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At Folsom Prison

Johnny Cash

1968

At Folsom Prison

Album Summary

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison is the first live album by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records on May 6, 1968. After his 1955 song "Folsom Prison Blues", Cash had been interested in recording a performance at a prison. His idea was put on hold until 1967, when personnel changes at Columbia Records put Bob Johnston in charge of producing Cash's material. Cash had recently controlled his drug abuse problems, and was looking to turn his career around after several years of limited commercial success. Backed by June Carter, Carl Perkins, and the Tennessee Three, Cash performed two shows at Folsom State Prison in California on January 13, 1968. The album consists of 15 songs from the first show and two from the second. Despite little initial investment by Columbia, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison was a hit in the United States, reaching number one on the country charts and the top 15 of the national album chart. The lead single, a live version of "Folsom Prison Blues", was a top 40 hit, Cash's first since 1964's "Understand Your Man". At Folsom Prison received positive reviews and revitalized Cash's career, becoming the first in a series of live albums recorded at prisons that includes At San Quentin (1969), På Österåker (1973), and A Concert Behind Prison Walls (1976). The album was rereleased with additional tracks in 1999, a three-disc set in 2008, and a five LP box set with bonus rehearsals in 2018 for Record Store Day. It was certified triple platinum in 2003 for US sales exceeding 3.4 million.

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Rating

3.95

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5579

Genres

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Thu May 20 2021
4

I want to go to prison

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

One of the few live albums I've heard where the audience is just as much a part of the performance. The songs are great, Johnny's performance is charmingly flawed, but it's all about the atmosphere created by the little details: the inmate's reactions, Johnny's asides, and the warden's announcements.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

I guess I mistakenly thought I knew Johnny Cash, mostly through the radio and general consciousness, and I was not prepared for how incredible and just fuckin metal this album is. This dude is up there singing about murdering dudes to applause from murderers. if your black metal isn't this black, go the fuck home.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

Amazing album! Amazing that it was performed live and the flaws and asides and prison chatter add to the overall vibe, rather than detract. I'm normally not as much a fan of live music, but this was great all the way through.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

(Listened to Before) One of the most genuine and authentic albums I’ve ever heard. I love it when he breaks mid-song to tell a joke or a laugh slips, especially when it’s in contrast to some soul-crushingly melancholy lyrics. I don’t really think there’s a bad track in the bunch. I love this album and the special place it takes me to every time I revisit it. Favorite Tracks: 25 Minutes to Go, Orange Blossom Special, The Long Black Veil, Dirty Old Egg-Suckin’ Dog, Jackson, Greystone Chapel Least Favorite Tracks: I Still Miss Someone

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Look: even if the music wasn't great (which it is), the man sang about taking cocaine and shooting a bad bitch down to a group of cheering convicts, so this may as well get five mics on principle. The concept alone is novel and raw as hell, but once you throw in Cash's devil-may-care stage presence, the atmosphere set by the wardens' announcements over the PA and the more-than-receptive crowd (I'll spare you a line about a "captive audience" because I'm sure plenty of rock critics thought they were the first to come up with that gem), plus the impeccable choice in songs, you end up with one of the most entertaining records I've ever heard. Key Tracks: Cocaine Blues, Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart, Greystone Chapel

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Mon Nov 23 2020
4

"This show is being recorded for an album release on Columbia Records, and you can't say 'hell' or 'shit' or anything like that." "How does that grab you, Bob?"

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

I don't know anyone who doesn't like Johnny Cash, and this is him at his best. I love how it's a live album but he sounds about the same as in the studio, it's authentic as. 5/5.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

I needed this so bad today. This dudes the fucking King. I need more stars...raw, authentic, fuck you. Yes!

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Tue Jan 05 2021
5

Really good stuff. I might just go and get obsessed with Johnny Cash now

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Cash proves he is every measure the legend on this record. Even though the vast majority is covers, his crowd work is great and you can hear a pin drop on The Long Black Veil. Jackson is a cool duet. booing the warden on the last track is great

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

We've had the greatest live album ever from Nirvana but this is bang there with it. Cash is at his best live. And when he combines that with doing this sorta outlaw country stuff he's peerless. Its fucking brilliant and I'm gonna have to bring out the 5 again. A superstar at the top of his game. 5/5

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

i don't believe there's much to be said here. it's johnny fucking cash at folsom fucking prison, with june fucking carter. to whom, if my chronology isn't way off, he was not yet married - so we witnessed it all, very raw, and very real. i also particularly loved that they didn't cut out the warden's(?) announcements, and what i believe was them slapping johnny in cuffs at the end.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

So this album is great. Obviously. And, taken by itself, it's a masterpiece live album against which other live albums should be measured which is why it's earned a 5-star review from me. That said, I'm unclear as to why this list contains both "At Folsom Prison" and "At San Quentin" since they're essentially the same album. The amount of deja vu that I experienced listening to this after having listened to the other was uncomfortable. Sure the tracks (barring one, "Folsom Prison Blues", which is on both albums) are all different but the banter, lyrical content, and delivery is so similar that you'd be hard pressed, if the tracks were mixed up, to tell which song went on which album.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

I mean Johnny fucking nails this performance for a number of reasons, but to me one of the standout moments is with June on Jackson, as she surprises me with her power and what it adds to the record. Instant classic.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

The best live album ever recorded. Bar none.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Fucking visceral. “I shot a man in Reno just to see him die” & they cheer… Best live album ever.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Möglicherweise das Beste Live-Album als Live-Album. Die Interaktion zwischen Cash und den Insassen, der Jubel bei »just to watch him die«, die währenddessen ununterbrochenen Abläufe des Gefängnisses – einfach unglaublich.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

I suppose my detailed comments on the San Quentin review apply here. I have loads of respect for Johnny doing these prison shows. Giving something to people who have nothing deserves our respect. As was the case at San Quentin, he performs a song written by a prisoner in the audience and gives him credit and a piece of the royalties. The song is Greystone Chapel which is a bible thumpin song. Normally not my thing but Johnny used religion to help him get off drugs and booze so it's understandable that this made him a tad evangelical about his religion. I'll leave my different opinion on religion at the door. Highlights from the first 5 songs (I stopped the list after that): Folsum Prison Blues( one of his best songs ever) Cocaine BLues, 25 Min to go Since I gave San Quentin a 5 I can't give another 5 to Johnny.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

This was a great listen. I've been aware of this album for a long time and it's place in legend and lore. What little I know about Johnny Cash (nope, haven't seen the well-known documentaries or the super-famous biopic, but I would like to one day), I really like him as a person. As a musician, his appeal is easy to see. He makes it seem all so familiar and casual, but with his own signature sound, style, and of course, voice. I have heard his music in various settings over the years and I like it. It's not something I gravitate strongly towards on a regular basis. I have a feeling if I had ever seen him play live, I'd have been a lifelong huge fan. Seems like that kind of performer and person.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Never listened to the album before though know a good few of the songs. It's bloody good. The context - what he's singing about IN A PRISON - is just great, really adds something

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Mon Sep 14 2020
5

Pretty good record

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Wed Dec 30 2020
5

1968. Key Songs: Folsom Prison Blues, Cocaine Blues

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Mon Nov 23 2020
5

I cried

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Wed May 19 2021
5

You already fuckin kno. A quintessential bop all the way through.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Very good

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

One of the greatest of all time.

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Sat May 29 2021
5

A true legend, a phenomenal performance. The stars aligned perfectly to make this perfect album, a snapshot in time of an artist's career unlike any other.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Love this

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

What a legendary album. I just love his interactions with the inmates, it makes the music even more powerful. I don't remember hearing the announcements and chit chat at the end, I like that they didn't cut that off.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

what a wild, brilliant work.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Johnny Cash is the real deal. This is one of the coolest albums I've ever listened to. I love the crowd work, and you can tell he was playing for each individual in that room. Great great great work!

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Alles Super. Musik. Setting.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Yes. Yes. Yes. All the yes.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Really nice vibe in the prison

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Quando uma pessoa com um talento real consegue transmitir a verdade dele, com todas as incongruências, defeitos e qualidades, um álbum como esse é o resultado.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Stonking album

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Yeee haaaaa

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Legendary performance from one of the all time greats

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Excellent live album, love the asides and the total bizarreness of it all

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

Enjoyed heavily

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Mon May 31 2021
5

One of the greatest live albums of all time. Fact. BT: Folsom Prison Blues, I Still Miss Someone, Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

Classic

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

An amazing live experience. Loved it.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Just brilliant

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Goat

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

For et fantastisk live-album! Følelsene til publikum er så tydelige at man blir transportert til en overfylt kafeteria i et skittent amerikansk fengsel. Cash var nok aldri kriminell, men han spiller rollen perfekt med tøffe kommentarer og bokstavelig talt galge-humor. Folsom Prison Blues er nok høydepunktet, men stemninga holder hele veien, og blir løfta litt ekstra av en kvinnelig vokalist mot slutten.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

Classic live, music does magic anywhere

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

Has to be in the discussion for greatest live album of all time.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

You can’t go wrong with Johnny Cash

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Tue May 11 2021
5

A deeply emotional and entertaining performance. The energy from the audience & Cash make for an incredible live album.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Classic live performance. Feels like you're really in the audience.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

ICONISCH, Johny met prachtige verhalen in zijn nummers en dat in een gevangenis lets goo Cocaine blues is next level, deze gaat meer opgezet worden!

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

GET THIS MAN A GLASS OF WATER!!! wat zou ik graag met deze man één wiskey’tje drinken. Het album is mooi en genieten. Ik ben echt fan van zen rustige nummers. Niet te veel honky tonky shit, dat verwacht ik niet van hem. Maar zeker de listen waard

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

Dit is zoveel meer dan gewoon een album, zoveel meer dan gewoon een optreden. uitblinkers zijn sowieso: - folsom prison blues: gewoon top - flushed from the bathroom of your heart - greystone chapel: het verhaal hierachter is echt top, zeker achter de schrijver (zijn versie is ook goed)

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

What a legend, what an album, what a venue, what a performance!

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

O melhor dele fora da série de versões dos American. A concepção de álbum e do show é fantástica.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

Classic for a reason. This is a fantastic album. Does a good job of conveying the energy and comedic wit that he brought to live performances.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

Great album of a live performance, Johnny is having a great time laughing in the middle of songs and cracking jokes with the inmates and staff.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

100 stars. As iconic an album as exists.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

Couple of total classics, live from a prison too, so points for effort

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

Alto rock and roll de guitarra acustica.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

I don't like live albums UNLESS they bring something to the table, and this one does exactly that.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

I hate country, but now.... I love it. The record is very good.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
5

Fuck yeah.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Such a good album. Brings a smile to my face.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Listened!

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

One word: Atmosphere

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

johnny cash performs in a prison sings about doing cocaine and shooting his wife the crowd cheers unfathomably based

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

A perfect album. No skips. What an opening track! This album has it all—great songs, energy, sound, and the audience participation! The way JC interacts with the audience, his band mates… all that, and he was committed to playing for inmates.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Despite being a live album, this s*** rocks! This kind of feels like hip-hop humble beginings. Melodies and rhymes are pretty darn good. 4.5/5

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Well, what an album. What a performer. Some gritty themes that increasingly... don't so much offend as carry no value for my ear and listening time. The harmony is Jackson is second to none. Two voices, dancing the eternal dance. Give My Love to Rose is another favorite, which I first listened to from the American Recording production (when Johnny was a few years from death). His voice at Folsom prison is younger, obviously. I'd never noticed Greystone Chapel before, written by an inmate at Folsom.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

New to me, but what a perfect album! This one is ironically upbeat in a good way. Great concept executed just right. He had the voice/style/personality to pull it off. I wouldn't listen to it over and over, but I like it for what it is.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Great live album

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

NO SKIPS. ALL FUN. great album tho fr

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Having heard of this famous album, I never realized how it really was live at a prison. The small interluded comments about guards and prisoners were wild.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Brilliant album - real, honest & fun.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Cool story behind this album. Great music, love Johnny singing the blues

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Not all of my favorite Cash tunes, but some real greats, and the story and legacy of playing for prisoners at prisons and just how cool this and Cash is brings a 4 of an album up to a 5.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

I love Johnny Cash and liked most of this album a lot. The songs about executions (the long black veil, 25 minutes to go) are pretty disturbing to me though, and I skip through them. Fun to hear the prison crowd and songs they liked. Struggling between a 4 and 5 on this one. Going 5, cuz it’s The Man in Black.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Live, in una prigione e comincia proprio con 'Folsom Prison Blues' che parla di un assassino: brividi! Poi un live che non sia in uno stadio mantiene sempre una certa qualità, ma include comunque il pubblico e i commenti dell'artista che gli danno fascino. Le prime 5 sono una più bella dell'altra. Comunque tutto lo stile blues in accordo con la caldissima voce di Johnny Cash è fantastico. Jackson con June Carter <3

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

So much character. Incredible country music recorded pretty well all things considered. Johnny Cash Highlights: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Wonderful piece! The setlist, the energy, and the way how Johnny and his audience interacts make this album perfect. It’s like a modern ritual. Even the cover shows some type of intimacy: Johnny looking at you from above with his sweat dripping. I love it

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Un classique qui mérite amplement ça note. 5

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Exquisite! I am truly impressed that he was able to do this and that it didn't incite a riot. Great energy in the performance and the song selection is dynamite.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Brilliant album, one of my dad's favourite artists. Folsom prison blues, give my love to rose, the hilarious flushed from the bathroom of your heart, and, of course, Jackson are awesome songs that I just keep coming back to

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Classic

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Such a cool concert, the connection between Cash and the audience is great to hear. And the songs fit with the atmosphere so well.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

An outstanding classic.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

GOAT

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Such a good album! Love Johnny Cash!

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

The Godfather of live prison albums, which in my book, means that it pales a bit to The Godfather Part II of live prison albums. But the original Godfather is one of the best movies ever made, just as this is one of the best live albums ever released. The best moment - oh hell, there are a lot of best moments - comes after Cash sings "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die" when a Folsom inmate punctuates the line with a triumphant cheer. It's a vocal cheer that says that guy knew exactly what Johnny Cash was singing about. An excited "been there/done that" affirmation. That recorded moment alone puts this baby at a 5. And I'm pretty sure that same inmate is the one getting a little too excited during certain parts of Cocaine Blues.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Wow, it was was something very different - for album 2, for name +1, for idea +2, so in total 5 due to a good idea where to play and record.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

One of the greatest comeback albums of all time. Johnny Cash did not shy away from the uncomfortable and wasn’t afraid to share his spotlight with those cast out by society. This set showcases Cash’s empathy, skill as a live performer, and ability to connect with an audience. June Carter’s appearance is another highlight.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Such a classic!

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

immediate love for this album

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Very much a jam. I loved 25 Minutes to Go and I loved the bit after The Long Black Veil.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

One of my favorite albums. It's raucous and full of energy, with a songlist that hits on some of the best of his work. I never get tired of listening to it.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Man, this album makes me remember that we're all human. This guy is over here singing songs about "shooting a bad bitch down" while all the inmates cheer. He cracks some jokes, laughs, asks for water - Johnny Cash just seems like such a down to earth guy. I don't even like country but the book was right for once.. I think my ghost would have been a bit upset if I died without listening to this. Also, I never knew that this album is from 1968. I always thought it was from the late 50s or so.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

One of the greatest live albums, heck, albums in general of all time.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. Iconic. Absolutely brilliant album!

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

So many live albums on this list. I'm not complaining, especially if they are ones of the calibre of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. This is the album I would tell people to listen to next if the discovered Johnny Cash through his NIN cover or the bio movie. Really nice cross section of the Man in Black's career until that point. None of his other recordings capture the underlying humour of Cash's music, something that is often overlooked about his work. San Quentin is a perfect follow up to this release so check it out if you haven't already.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Fantastic album. Live albums are a hit or a miss for me, but this one is totally up there for intensity, passion, fun, and great sound.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Essential country/live album. Need I say more?

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

What a guy

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

I've loved this album since I got it in a 3 for £20 at East Kent's legendary old record store, Sound House. I said of San Quentin that it's great, but it lacks the driving energy of this superior (if slightly better behaved) live set. And listening today, it holds true A joy from start to end.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

This may just be the greatest live album of all time. From "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash" to the closing bars of Greystone Chapel and the announcements that follow, this is essential and engaging listening. The recording somehow transports you into the room in Folsom Prison. The energy from the inmates is palpable and it's clear that they are hanging on every Cash's every word. 5/5

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

This guy bucks, the cocaine song was good

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Great live album, very entertaining. What worked really well was the rawness of the recording, showing the engagement of the audience and Cash' personality as a performer, and including mundane announcements by the prison management that had nothing to do with the concert itself.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Hello, I love this album. This is classic Cash, punchy, full of attitude and humor, but also tinged with faith and sadness. Cash has a mindfulness of where he is and a clear sense of purpose toward his audience. The love between Johnny Cash and his audience is genuine and it radiates through these songs beautifully. It's a joy to hear. The enthusiastic roars and hollers from the crowd (sometimes at inappropriate times) brings a gallows humor and an exuberance to these songs that doesn't always exist in the studio versions. Cash is charismatic, in excellent voice and the band has great energy. June Carter's presence is an added delight. There is nothing else quite like this in music, and it's a strong candidate for best live album of all time. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Folsom Prison Blues, Cocaine Blues, Jackson, I Still Miss Someone, 25 Minutes to Go, The Long Black Veil, Orange Blossom Special, I Got Stripes, Dark as the Dungeon, Green, Green Grass of Home, Greystone Chapel, Send a Picture of Mother, Give My Love to Rose, Dirty Old Egg-Suckin' Dog, The Wall, Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Great album throughout- was very interesting hearing the banter with the audience and the prisoners. Great country album and his voice is iconic, will listen to again.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

I really liked this album, Johnny cash is quite good and very charismatic during the live performance. Parts of the album were funny and the songs were all nice to listen to despite it technically being country music.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

10/10. This was so heavy, even compared to at San Quentin.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

10/10 amazing energy , cash and his backing band both giving legendary performances

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Live albums have never been my thing but this will always be the exception.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Johnny Cash plays a few country songs for a bunch of convicts. He's charismatic, devilish, and killing it. Classic album.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Super album and great to hear the banter between Cash and audience

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Sounds really good. This is prob worth the 5 stars.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Favorite live album.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

5/5. Legendary. Iconic. Thanks Johnny 🤠

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

9/10. But we love us some Johnny Cash.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

You know it.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

I really really dig it

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

The most fun live album I've listened to. I love Cash's banter, June Carter's guest appearance, the inmates' cheering and other minor sounds present in the audio, like coughing and laughter.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Classic. Such a great album.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Grande cash!

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Tue May 03 2022
5

This album top to bottom is legendary to say the least. From the bone chilling cheering and clapping from the prisoners to the down to earth moments that Johnny Cash has with the audience. The singing is magnificent and the song writing is perfect. Ive always loved this song, ever since i first listened to it on my record player. This album is truly one of a kind, not only because it was played in folsom prison for the prisoners, but also because of how incredible his singing is despite it being live recorded. You feel like you can just reach out and touch him. The album has so many slow sad songs, faster paced light hearted songs, and an underlying theme of being imprisoned in some way shape or form. I cannot say enough good things about this album.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Hello I'm Jimmy cash

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Sun May 15 2022
5

what an awesome album, 9/10 I mean some of these songs fit so perfectly for this performance, they had to be written for this I don’t know, just a really enjoyable experience I saw Walk the Line and I think it’s really cool actually getting to hear what actually happened as if you were there, it’s awesome

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Tue May 17 2022
5

I don't think there's an artist in the world, past or present, that could make an album like this. Probably the most crowd interaction you will hear in a live album. The whole thing feels so natural, as if the whole show was meant to be.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Sån banger... ett av de mest effektiva live-albumen jag nånsin hört.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

As lively as a live album can be. You can’t help but feel the excitement of the prisoners cheering at Johnny Cash singing “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”. A joy to listen to

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

Extremely well executed. Cash is charming, funny and sincere in this performance and I wish I could have seen him live. The stories in these songs are great and while sometimes the arrangements were a bit too sparse for my taste, I have to say they were well crafted. I’d probably give this a 4.5 if I could but I can’t.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

This is the album that captured Johnny Cash the icon best for me. The song selection given the setting is superb.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

Legendary. Enough said.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

One of the best live albums ever. Great songs and you can feel the atmosphere

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Incredible.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

What an awesome album, Johnny Cash is a fantastic performer and musician. I was completely enthralled by his excellent story telling and sense of humor. I loved this album.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Loved hearing the commentary in between sets

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

I dont usually like live albums but these are great songs and a great performance. Johnny was a master of his craft and just had so much charisma. A very interesting idea for a live album as well. A real gem.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

This was awesome - even better than "At San Quentin". Loved the strong narrative many of the songs had. Fave track - "25 Minutes to Go" - morbid!

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

An album I already own - and it's a corker. Shame that this list also includes the San Quentin set - really, amidst the 1,001 albums to listen to before you die, how many Johnny Cash jailhouse performances does a body need? Nonetheless, taken in isolation, this one crackles with a rare electricity. A lovely setlist, and Cash sounds like a man fully in command of everything he surveys, even when he cracks up during 'Dark as the Dungeon'. What a voice, an Old Testament voice.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

5 stars. Love this one, listened to it lots. Love how simple the songs are and the ambiance of the prison audience. The announcements here and there are just great. This works as foreground and background for me.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

This is just wonderful. So much humour, so much love.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

This album was already in my heavy rotation list, but I'd never really taken the time to think about the end-to-end album (and the event itself) all that much. It's really quite remarkable that a well-established artist from any musical genre would opt to setup inside of a prison and perform a whole show for the prisoners. I very seriously doubt there is any modern musician with an established career and the courage to do the same (especially any country musician). I could be wrong, but I doubt I am. So, then the show gets started, and instead of rolling off a series of radio-worn popular tunes, the band plays a setlist of songs that tell the tales of criminals. Each song honestly, and often sympathetically, portrays the personhood and humanity of the criminal, without romanticizing or pitying. And in an amongst all of it, Johnny is chatting up the crowd and making jokes just like it's nothing. It's an enjoyable and voyeuristic musical experience, with a very subtle underlying tragedy that, when explored enough, challenges the listener to think of the humanity of the people that have been locked away from society.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Interesting. First Johnny Cash album

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

After reading Steve's review of Cash's "At San Quentin" I realized that there were several of these live-in-prison albums so I was gushing over a different one when I meant to be gushing over this one. They are both fantastic though and I think deserving of their spots in this 1001 list. This album is excellent and has everything that I would want in a country folk singer songwriting record. I love the energy, the banter, the recording quality, and the performance overall is stellar.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

His wit and banter really make Johnny Cash a one of a kind performer, totally meant to have live albums like this. I love how he caters to his audience in every way, and handles everything with humor. 5 for the music. 5 for the charisma.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

I'm loving these Johnny Cash albums. He's a great performer and knows how to work the crowd. The songs feel carefully selected for his inmate audience. Most of the songs are about imprisonment, loneliness, betrayal and guilt. He keeps them short and sweet too; sometimes I get the impression that he wraps up a song and moves the show along to make sure he keeps the crowd's attention. June Carter has similar crowd-pleasing instincts too. She's not on the album much but she really goes for it on "Jackson." She wants to make sure these guys get a good show. Johnny Cash is a great singer but I can't say enough what a great performer he is. He handles interruptions from the crowd with humility and humor. Like on "The Long Black Veil," one of the saddest songs I know, he pauses to laugh at the reaction to the line "I had been in the arms of my best friend's wife." There's a lot of humor in the songs too. "25 Minutes to Go" is really fun and "Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart" has some great one-liners.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Honestly enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I respect Johnny Cash and admire his influence, but in general wouldn't voluntarily listen to much of his music. It's not really my cup of tea, even if I enjoy a lot of the country music today that was inspired by this sort of thing. That being said, the atmosphere created (singing about crime in a prison to a pretty engaged audience, in a pretty engaging way) was remarkable. I teetered for a bit...4 or 5? But by the end I was sold.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Classic

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

I can’t think of another live album which so viscerally places in you in the setting of a concert. Perhaps more than any other American singer, Johnny Cash embodies the struggles of this country-and the ideals we aspire to.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

This man’s portfolios are ridiculous. The interaction with the crowd, the live mistakes, the warden announcements… and that’s before you consider the music & lyrics

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

What can I say about this album that hasn’t been written before. Perfect, just perfect. Also inspired me to watch the Johnny Cash episode of Columbo

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

This is one of the most amazing live albums ever recorded. I don't have the right words to describe it, but it's incredible to hear these simple folk/country songs performed by this incredible talent for this unique audience. The appreciation they have for it and the bond between performer and audience are apparent. I miss the days when we could acknowledge that even the lowest among us, including convicted criminals, were still human beings. This album is a good reminder of that. Truly a special experience listening to this. 5 stars.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

I'm not going to lie I was shocked. I always thought Johnny Cash was overrated because I basically only ever heard Hurt and Ring of Fire. After listening to this all the way through I can see why he was as big as he was. The voice and the music was very very talented.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

One of my favorite live albums

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

One of the best live albums I've heard. And I usually don't like live albums

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

It's a great album. Hard to put anything less than 5 for what it means and how it sounds.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Somehow better than I imagined

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Johnny Cash is a treasure and this album sums up the guy pretty well. If modern country music sounded like this, maybe I would listen to it.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Really enjoyed, first intro into Cash

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

I loved this project. I had heard many cuts from it before, but never the whole thing from start to finish. I look forward to playing it again and again.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Johnny Cash at his best.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Probably one of the best live albums I've heard. I love how the audience participation is just as important as Johnny's performance (which needless to say, it is really good), and is so funny to see how they interact with, cheer and joke around in a way that feels almost personal. Johnny also seems to have a lot of fun, singing the prisoners' own compositions and cracking up jokes ("please don't say s****, this is being recorded!" *proceeds to sing about a man killing his wife because of his cocaine addiction*) 10/10, I wish I was a male prisoner in 1968...

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

A live album with all the character of Johnny Cash distilled into less than hour

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

A-

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Johnny Cash is a badass. What else is there to say? Two Cash albums in (American IV being the first) and I am now a fan. Please excuse me as I look up where to watch his biopic, check YouTube for interviews & concert footage, and blast his greatest hits on Spotify. Standout tracks: At Folsom Prison, Cocaine Blues, 25 Minutes to Go (and a lot more, to be honest).

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Probably the best live album of all time. The atmosphere is great. Such great performances

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

This actually is legit an album that everyone should hear at least once. Incredible. 5/5

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

This is a great album from Johnny Cash, probably one of the best live albums of all time.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

A classic

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Really entertaining - one of the best live album atmospheres I've heard captured on record. Started off thinking it might make a interesting listen but nothing more and ended up being the fastest I've bought an album from this list. Great stuff

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Best country album of all time. Favorite track: Cocaine Blues

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Don't like country, don't like live albums but by god this is good. strangely jolly but also so so sad. You can hear the audience hanging on every word. They're almost an instrument in themselves at times. It's best when Cash is just telling a story - "the Wall" & "Joe Bean" cut deep This is music as it should be no matter the genre - talking directly to people.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

An album so good he then did one at Sam Quentin

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Nice sounds, I hate the British.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

Johnny Cash is a stone cold badass and he once said "You know who would love to hear my music? MURDERERS AND CRIMINALS AND SHIT" and he just went and sang a bunch of songs about DEATH AND BEING HANGED to STONE COLD MOTHERFUCKERS And we get to listen to it today.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

literally the definition of country, cunt-try if u will

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Tue Nov 24 2020
4

Didn't listen but im sure good

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Tue Dec 15 2020
4

Legendary live album

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

Great live album.

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

Johnny Cash is such a badass. I enjoyed learning about Glen Sherley, the inmate who wrote the final song on the album. Best track: Folsom Prison Blues.

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Mon Nov 23 2020
4

Ja visst fan är detta ett album man bör höra innan man dör.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

His songs always cheere me up. I love his tales and he‘s a great entertainer. Also, his voice is beautiful 😊.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Nothing like this ever great songs so down to earth, gritty and real.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Fav Song: Folsom Prison Blues

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Absolutely classic, a list of best ofs for Cash coupled with the amazing dialogue between performer and prisoners.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

The Man in Black!

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

I've only heard the first track, but it's a great concept. Not something I'd always listen to, but I have a soft spot for Johnny Cash. I love that they kept all the quips and dead-space, really puts you there.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

God Bless Johnny Cash!

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Already know that this is a great album. Listened to it a lot:)

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Nostalgic, reminds me of listening to music with Abe.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Typical Cash album. Not big fan of his muic. I like only some specific songs, but overall liked this album. If I'll randomly stumble onto it again, I'll listen it, but won't purposefully listen to it and not on repeat obviously.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Loved it. Incredibly raw, and the setting catches the moment, artist, and songs so well.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Icon. That hard driving sound was uniquely his. While it was not a marketing playing in a prison helped brand him as a rebel and renegade

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Ouuuu mama

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

You can feel he is enjoying all the way; complicity with audience -which is in constant attention to the lyrics and the man- is almost palpable. Kind of a greatest hits enriched and improved. One of most memorable and original live records ever. 4,5

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