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At San Quentin

Johnny Cash

1969

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At San Quentin

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3.79

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5

I mean, if the songs don’t do it for you then there’s still an entire comedy act in between them all.

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5

Well, that's just a damn good album. Cash can be hit and miss for me but this was 100% a hit. Every track perfect and powerful. Even more so knowing his audience for this one. Just damn good. His reputation is earned. Elvis be damned. Cash is King.

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5

Great albums transport you, this album transports you to a time and place like almost no other. Great tracks, great vibe, a true classic deserving of this list.

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5

On the face of it, the music is quite rudimentary. The atmosphere, though, is absolutely electric, and Cash sounds like he's having the time of his life. Incredible, we won't hear anything like this again

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5

so cool — the cheer after “San Quentin, I hate you through and through”, JC singing “Peace in the Valley” to violent criminals, and the introduction of “A Boy Named Sue”.

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5

I have a T- shirt from this concert - a shirt with the photo of him giving the finger to the filming crew during the show since they were blocking the audience's view.  I have ultimate respect for Johnny doing the series of concerts at jails. He was likely the only person of substance who gave respect to inmates who he didn't know. Before "Don't Know Where I'm Bound"  Johnny says that an inmate wrote that song and gave it to him the day before. Johnny  played the song and gave the inmate songwriting credit. Respect. Zeppelin and others could learn from him. San Quentin is a powerful song about the problems with the prison system. Of course the inmates loved it. Johnny was able to give the hard message about the prison system while being careful not to blame the particular prison or disrespecting the guards.    It's hilarious how Johnny mentions to the crowd that he might play "Boy Named Sue" and gets no reaction. I guess this concert is when he first recorded it so the audience had no clue. Great idea to release the live version of this single since the audience reaction hearing it the first time  adds a special dimension. Johnny would know that the prison audience would relate more to this song than other audiences since a substantially higher portion of  prisoners are raised without their fathers.  Many headline artists get musicians who have independent careers to play with them on tour. Most, however, don't let them sing their own songs. Johnny not only had Carl Perkins, Statler Brothers  and Carter Family sing their own songs, but also left the stage so as not to distract the audience. Johnny still did this with his bandmates  when I saw him in the early 90s. When I saw him he also brought his reverend on stage and said anyone who was having problems with life could talk with him afterwards. He also introduced his reverend at San Quentin after "Outside Looking In".  The medley to end the show is amazing. Johnny lets the others on stage sing the final songs. June singing the first verse of Folsom is the highlight.  As much as I complain about drum solos, I quite like the quick solo in the medley. The show ends with Johnny giving a shout out to the prisoners who, probably for safety or disciplinary reasons, couldn't leave their cells to watch the show.  I give the album a 4 based on the music but  +1 for the respect he shows everyone (well, perhaps not the filming crew but to everyone else.)

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5

Been way too long since I listened to this; I just love how loose and joyful it is. Interesting to listen now as I've been thinking more about prison abolition, decriminalization, etc. over the past few years. Johnny Cash was pretty damn radical and badass.

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al principio me gustó, pero ya después me cansó

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5

Great album already liked Johnny Cash. I did not like the bleep sound they used. My distaste for censoring in songs aside, it's an awful sound

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5

Johnny Cash comes out swinging with a raucous album of outlaw country. Where ‘Live at Folsom Prison’ took a more contemplative tone, this album was high energy throughout. An absolutely exhilarating show

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5

The second album in Cash's "prison albums". This concert may be slightly overshadowed by the great "At Folsom Prison", but it's still great nonetheless. Cash is such a natural performer, his rapport with the audience makes you feel like he was a prisoner himself. Oh, wait, he was! They don't call it "outlaw country" for nothing, eh? He puts on a damn good show. You'll hear mention of Cash speaking of the cameras from the UK telling him what to do. Those very cameras would capture the famous image of Cash giving us the middle finger. You can tell, in that little bit of trivia, that Cash is a performer of the people. He doesn't care about the cameras, he cares about the people in front of him. It's a great measure of showmanship. There are natural highlights on the album: I Walk The Line and A Boy Name Sue are some of his best performances of all time. Even the lowlights are worth hearing too, especially the audience banter. This leads him to play the song "San Quentin" twice in a row, which is awesome. Yeah, this is an all-timer.

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What are the odds our group would get this album the day after we listened to Cash Live at Folsom Prison!? I'm trying not to let the fact we just heard Cash live from a prison affect my rating. It feels strange to have two live albums from Cash here, but I think they represent different things. Live at Folsom helped revitalize his career, and Live at San Quentin feels like a continuation of that success as his fame grew - British TV filming him, Cash still actin' gruff and wanting to perform for locked up men. Also where his famous middle finger photo was from! || I'd say both Cash live albums deserve to be on this list, as strange as it seems, because of how different they are! This one in particular is great to hear the crowdwork chat and some of the other acts.

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The Godfather Part II of live prison albums. The Man In Black sings a few too many slow, depressing tunes in front of his captive Folsom audience. This album is more of a party. Be sure to listen to the Legacy Edition, which includes many more songs, since Johnny not only brought June Carter to San Quentin, but the freaking Statler Brothers and Carl Perkins as well. Johnny must have liked the inmates at San Quentin more than the ones stuck in Folsom Prison.

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Classic Johnny Cash. Not as good as Folsom Prison?

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love listening to Johnny Cash

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5

all killer

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5

Pretty incredible to have this many talented folks playing in a prison. What a party!! I gotta give this a 10/5

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5

Fantastic

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5

This album made a fan of me. It was such a crazy thing to hear live. Possibly the best live album I've ever heard.

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Greatest of all time.

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Essential

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5

One of the best live albums ever made. Period.

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I dont normally like live albums and it took me a minute to get the right version of this one. I know all these songs and I think the live versions were the originals I heard. So I agree with this album being on the list.

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5

First time I listened to this all the way through - legendary

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so cool. Historical album.

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I love this man. Instant classic. Superb soul.

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I like me some Johnny Cash.

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5

Really good, might even prefer it to fulsome prison!

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Really really good live album

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Cool Dude. Incredible "album" because of the context in itself, but songs obviously awesome too

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Man, give me an extra star here. Legend

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5

Couldn't stop smiling the whole way through. Fun, funny, and a worthy sequel to Folsom Prison.

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5

all you could want from a great country album!

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Best live album ever

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5

Loved this.

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Love some Johnny Cash

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All time classic a master at work

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5

Loved the country type vibe. Really refreshing. Hilarious commentary too.

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Second to only Fulsum Prison

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Oh the humanity.

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Another good Cash in Prison album. “A Boy Named Sue” was a childhood favorite.

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5

Look, it's not At Folsom Prison, but if this doesn't embody what it means or what it meant to be country (because country is a rotting corpse now), then I don't know what does. It's brilliant in its anti prison industrial complex premise. It's brilliant in its support of the working class. In Johnny's iconic simplicity. In his silver tongue. The crowd is happy and you're happy because there's nothing to complain about. A classic, through and through. Also features one of my first and favorite Cash songs of all time, a story of a drunken bar fight with your dead beat dad who named you "Sue".

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5

Johnny Cash and live recordings are two things I've never really listened to much before, but I think I might be changing that. An all-round great album. You can really feel the humanity of it.

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This album just oozes atmosphere, I usually hate 'live' albums but there's something special about this particular one that I can not only forgive it but revel in it. Only drawback is the censoring beeps.

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Classic Album.

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The better of the 2 prison albums

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Very enjoyable. Loved the performances and the commentary.

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The prison’s antennas quit after seeing the reception Cash gets from the inmates. Loved the interaction with the crowd and him stirring them and the guards up.

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5

Perfect

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5

A great showman, you can feel the great atmosphere. Love the funny little bits between songs I’ve heard hundreds of times.

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5

I'll admit I was surprised to see this over his album at Folsom Prison, but after listening to it for the first time, I get why it's included (though I hope they're both on this list somewhere). Incredible energy from Cash and the audience alike. Plus, Cash's laid back attitude with regards to people telling him what to do is hilarious. I have massive respect for Cash for his series of prison performances. Just an outstanding, fun album.

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I always just love Johnny with all my heart and he never fails. So great hearing him chat with the prisoners and just fuck around. San Quentin is solid and ofc a lil Folsom prison blues to close out. Wish I could’ve been alive to see him irl 😫

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Outra gravação ao vivo fundamental

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Peerless

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5

I knew this would be somewhere in the list. Not as absolutely 200% fucking classic as Folsom Prison, but compared to so many albums on here this still deserves full marks and then some. 5/5.

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5

The TV recording is off the scale brilliant. https://youtu.be/PSLsfwTbo4Q

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5

Good ol' Johnny

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5

Absolute classic album - and feels completely real.

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The man in his pomp! Not entirely sure why we needed live in San Quentin and live in Folsom in the same list though!

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The performance here is clearly something magical. It's marred a bit by the artifice history made clear was there: Cash wasn't actually as close to the prisoners as he made himself out to be. But the bridging of the outside and inside worlds is important, as is the fact that he sang about tearing down the prison walls twice, back to back. The recording itself is marred by the short length, sequencing, and censorship. It's a testament to Cash and his prison concerts that the record is fine despite all that.

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4

Definitely a slow burn album. Some duds here and there, but it grew on me.

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Johnny's got great banter in between songs, something missing from Folsom, if I remember right. He seems really at ease and funny. Songs are great too, but it's Cash; we knew that already. Favorite tracks: "Starkville County Jail", "Boy Named Sue", "Peace in the Valley"

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Live Show with June Carter and more

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Johnny is a legend. I’ve never heard of anyone else playing a prison let alone several. This isn’t Folsom but it’s great to hear him rile the inmates. This is the type of country I can get behind.

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Good album, great runtime, good crowd working, nice songs

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Predobar live

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I mean, it’s Johnny cash. It’s good. He’s good at stuff. Buy named sue is funny.

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Песни, которые помогают не пасть духом

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- Literal Jailhouse Rock

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Not on the level of At Folsom, but I'll always dig Cash in front of inmates.

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A darn good live album!

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Such an experience. Love that Cash performed for inmates so often.

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4-4.5 stars

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Interesant live-album, kunne faktisk ret godt lide det

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I might have made a huge mistake partaking in this endeavor.

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Classic. Johnny Cash is so comforting and familiar. Reminds me of home.

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Odd to say, but a really "fun" album. He seems like such a nice guy. The music is entertaining.

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Gute Liveaufnahmen

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Some of the best songs of all time. Bummed I was never able to see him live.

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Interested in the history of all these prison shows. Boy Named Sue is an all time classic

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Qué discazo se aventó Cash en San Quentin; de hecho el show está tan bueno que la versión extendida (con todo y Carl Perkins y las hermanas Carter) vale mucho la pena. Además, es un tipo que ya en el status de ícono musical (¡este es su dicso número 31!), se mete a una prisión a cantar para los reos incluyendo su rola acerca de lo mal que está la prisión.

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Tengo que ver ese DVD para ver todo lo que te transmite la grabación 'naked'. El tremendo respeto que le tienen los reos a Cash y su familia es algo que no cualquiera puede lograr. También tener los tamaños para ir a una prisión, escribir una canción sobre lo que sucede dentro y que no comience un motín ha de haber sido muy divertido. 'A boy named Sue' siempre es garantía.

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Antes de comenzar un disclaimer: la versión que escuché de este disco fue la "Legacy Edition", de casi 1:50. Este disco es una joya, porque más que la música, me impresionó el tipo de concierto: dentro de una cárcel, y además televisado. Es como una pequeña cápsula de tiempo que refleja cómo eran ciertas cosas en esa época y lugar. Imagino que para los reos que estuvieron ahí ha de haber sido una experiencia única, y también un "break" de su rutina. Por último, me impresiona la entrega de "A boy named sue". Es una canción con un ritmo inusual y una letra que es más bien una pequeña fábula, y Johnny realiza una presentación impecable. Lo hace de una forma tan natural que pareciera que está contando una anécdota personal. Casi diría que me hubiera gustado estar ahí para verlo en persona, pero pensándolo bien, qué bueno que no :)

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Cool, raw Country Music. Nice gospel touch :)

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Great mix of talent

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Enjoyed him speaking with the crowd and the set list was solid

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What a great time capsule. Talk about context. It would be hard to believe this was a real event if this didn’t exist. Still totally not music I’m interested in, but the package. Great package.

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Yep

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Great chapter of Johnny. Funny guy.

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Era o este disco o el de Folsom, la verdad son distintos, musicalmente creo que me gusta más Folsom pero no puedo negar que este concierto se siente mucho más cercano, crudo, real y quizá hasta en algunos puntos casi llegando a tocar la posibilidad de peligro. Toda la plática de Cash y sus comentarios, especialmente cuando se dirige a los custodios son maravillosos. Tocando muy bien como era lo normal, la grabación no es lo mejor pero ayuda quizá a la sensación de crudeza que uno quiere de un concierto en una prisión. A pesar de todo lo que me gusta tengo un par de puntos con el disco como tal, el primero es que hay un par de elecciones de canciones que no entiendo. Sobre todo tomando en cuenta el disco original que sacó, incluir DOS veces San Quentin creo no viene al caso y se come tiempo que podía usar en otra canción (entiendo el querer comunicar la emoción de los reos pidiendo un encore, pero la verdad creo es innecesario), también para nada siento viene al caso que cante Folsom Prison Blues... es como ir a cantar el himno del otro equipo al estadio. Eso es lo que lo detiene para mí de la quinta estrella, la versión original es tremendamente corta y tiene esos puntos que siento desaprovechados, ya cuando escucha uno la versión ultralarga remasterizada de dos horas no es un problema, pero la verdad no habría por qué verse obligado a escuchar esa versión tan larga y siento se tiene que tomar al disco como el album original que salió a la venta. A fin de cuentas es Johnny Cash y sigue siendo un excelente disco, ahí no hay pierde.

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Well I am a coyote...

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Its a pretty amazing and subversive recording, I spent the whole time wondering what it would have been like to be there, either as a prisoner or as a performer. Amazing recording. Can't say its something I'd put on and listen to, but the tunes are fun and the atmosphere is special.

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Awesome stuff - love the songs, love the chat between songs. So much more compelling than your average live album. Favourite track - "San Quentin". I mean, I like a lot of Cash's tracks more overall, but that song on this album in context - WHOAH.

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Not really a country fan, but - Johnny Cash, playing live at San Quentin prison...wow! Will have to watch the movie at some point

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Jonny Cash ist mal wieder jeden >Penny< wert! Absolut geile Country Musik zum im Pickup durch die Gegend eiern und sich American Spirit ins Paper rollen bis man die Trucker Kabine zugequalmt hat wie Karin Ritter ihr Wohnzimmer. Kleiner Downer, da es ein Live-Album ist, aber bin jetzt ned >hurt< deswegen. Insgesamt auch einfach gute Laune Country vom Cashmeister. Klare >Line die er da läuft<. Für mich einfach geile Musik zum alt sein. Holt mich als Trans-Ager mehr als nur ab. Stelle mich mir dazu auf meiner Veranda in Tennessee mit nem Krug Moonshiner vor und ab 11:00 geil besoffen. Aber is ja fine, bin alt. >Rundes Album und absolute fire!< Punkverrat out!

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4 - nice atmo

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Iconic, very playful and a fun recital overall

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Cash

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I'm a big fan of Johnny Cash. His first performance at a prison was in 1957 and I'm guessing he was one of the first musicians to do that on the regular. Great road trip music.

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Shouldn't we be consistent here? Are live albums allowed? If so, then this list is all screwed up... Live albums are on the same level as Greatest Hits, no? There is nothing wrong with the album, but I would say it is unfair to give it 5 stars.

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Great length, good songs, he works the crowd well, and it leaves an enjoyable album. Not sure I understand the concept of prison concerts.

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Ceo que nunca le he agarrado tanto la onda a Johnny Cash. En definitiva me hace falta escucharlo mucho más porque hizo un chingo, pero este álbum en vivo me parece un buen extracto para conocerlo, valorarlo, con una energía y una desfachatez muy particulares. Disfruté sobre todo "San Quentin", junto con "San Quentin (reprise)". El final con "Folsom Prison Blues", pues ya, todo bien, me uno a la celebración de los reos. 8/10.

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4/5

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Liked it more than I thought I would. The way he interacts with the crowd makes the music more fun and it was a good listen overall.

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Seminal live album from a very particular time and age. As good as Folsom's and among best albums in Cash's discography

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Muy bueno, pero hay un poco de música en el ruido de presos

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Guapo

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A fun listen! Probably wouldn't listen to the whole album again, but it was enjoyable and nice to have live. "Darlin' Companion" was so cute.

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Cash's charisma and rapport with the audience makes the album

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Extra star for tailoring for the crowd and the bants.

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It’s Johnny Cash - nuff said

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Class

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8

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Legend! love the announcements and interacting with the crowd, great sound aswell!

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I like that JC was clearly on the side of the inmates. Good jams.

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I love that this is the whole show. Johnny Cash was a cool motherfucker. And June Carter is funny

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Very interactive with dialogue between Cash and the inmates, part of his protest against the prison system. Wonderfully visual songs and comedic stab-at-authority through ‘San Quentin’.

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Cash was talented and charismatic; I don't think I could play at a prison this successfully!

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Surprisingly interesting. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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I feel like an absolute 2000s millennial hipster stereotype saying that Johnny Cash is the only country artist I actually like listening to, but damn this album is so good. I don’t know if this is the “definitive” Johnny Cash recording, but if it isn’t it’s got to be close. The Legacy edition is worth a listen, specifically, because it feels like a recording of the whole concert straight through, without the weird abridged version of Folsom Prison Blues cut out of an outro medley that was originally included on the album.

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At first I listened to the original 10 track version, which was heavily edited for time. It was OK. Then I realized that the Legacy Edition was different and sounds like the full show. Classic Johnny Cash. Carl Perkins’s Restless is a revelation.

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Sounds like a great show. Would have loved to see it live except for the being a prisoner part

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I always think I won’t like Johnny cash and I always do. Live music isn’t a thing I miss a ton but this made me miss it.

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Y'a pas 3,5 mais cool

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A legend for good reason. Lyrics and voice on this are one of a kind, and the live performance has so much charisma and personality. I’d go 9.3 or so out of 10, but 5/5 is like 10/10 right, so I’ve gotta be super judicious with the 5’s.

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already listened to songs from this album, but it's nice to hear it all in one go

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Interesting how he tows the line between allowing the prisoners to experience some catharsis by booing and disparaging the guards, but also thanks the prison warden and staff to boos from the prisoners. A different kind of anti-prison/anti-establishment sentiment than NWA for instance. Potentially caused in part due to differences in racial makeup at these prisons as well as the existence of white supremacy then and now in the USA.

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Great live album. I loved hearing the prisoners cheer during the song "San Quentin".

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There's such a natural, laid back rapport between Cash and the audience on this. Really great live album

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although i did not listen to all of the songs, i liked all the ones i did listen to. i liked how on some of the songs he included himself talking/interacting with the audience. it was a bit long though. he sounds great live. love johnny cash.

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Sfeervolle klassieke country in een setting die je tijdens het afspelen ‘voelt’. Niet te vergelijken, maar ik kreeg een blues brothers gevoel bij het luisteren. Heerlijk album dit.

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Five stars without the beeps.

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Really enjoyed. Would listen again

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Love the energy of this album, live performances are always fun

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Historicamente relevante y musicalmente histórico. Tengo que aprovechar este disco para proyectar una frustración: escribir una canción como A boy named Sue es todo lo que yo hubiera querido en mi vida.

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Is toch geweldig: ben je gevangene, komt Johnny cash voor je zingen. Ik houd ervan.

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Johnny Cash is geweldig! Die stem is fantastisch! En de grappen tussendoor zijn in deze gevangenis-setting zelfs ook nog goed te hebben. Wat een vent 😁

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Love Johnny Cash en een klassieker

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The atmosphere generated by this album is brillaint.

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Cool vibes! Lorena lislikes

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4.4

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Just Johnny and his simple on the first view music, but how much magic it produces. This is the sound of liberty, of real America, I really appreciate the moment i found or it's better to say open to myself his peaceful and calming guitar. This is my debut in reviews and i write every idea which has come to my mind and while i am doing it, i'm listening to johnny. He is saying that everything is okey, you are alive, you have anoter day, so wake your fucking ass and do something, it will ve great

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Live album performed at a prison. Johnny has a personable attitude, southern drawl and sense of humor my grandfather would love

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Дед крут

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It's Johnny Cash with a loud, raucous audience. How can you not like it?

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Enjoyed this immensely. June Carter far more prominent than other live albums I have heard of Johnny

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Never listened all the way through before. Quite the historical artefact

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Johnny Cash's best albums are this and Folsom. This one is nice because it has Carl Perkins, the Carters, and even the Statler Brothers. I would hate to have to go to prison to see that lineup.

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what a man!

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This was my first ever live album, so needless to say I was excited to listen, yet also worried, because I usually prefer studio recordings over live recordings. But the vibes here were awesome! Having the little breaks in between songs where Johnny speaks is nice, and it makes you feel as though you were right there in the prison at that time (solely to hear the concert, I am not a criminal, I swear!). It makes the listening experience so much more genuine. But my main focus is obviously the music, and I enjoyed it a lot! If I ever listen to country/rock & roll, it's usually contemporary alternative country from indie artists, but getting to hear the voice of a classic country guy was really great. His voice is very soothing and melodious, and has just the right amount of southern twang for me. The bits where his wife June Carter popped in were beautiful; their voices really complement each other. The band is also amazing. And this might just be me, but the backup singers in Peace In The Valley sound a lot like The Andrews Sisters... (I know it's not them, leave me and my weird voice associations alone lol) My one complaint is the censoring beeps. They surprised me as a first-time listener, and they ruin the flow of the music or speech. However, considering I only heard four throughout the entire record, they are not huge of a weakness. There is always the legacy edition ;) Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys live music, but I would encourage them to listen to the legacy edition and adhere to the tracklist of the original.

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Hard album to evaluate since the only available version is greatly expanded from the original release and features a number of other musicians. Normally you ignore expanded versions... but the added material is the rest of the original concert. I guess at the end of the day, it's a great concert, just not as tight or iconic as Folsom.

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Incredibly entertaining.

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Know all the songs, but never gave this album a true front to back listen. More of an experience when done this way and is one of the most unique live albums ever made.

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It's pretty tough to beat Johnny Cash performing live at a prison. The man seems to do his best work there because the way he comes off on this album make it feel like these performances are where he's most at home. Loved hearing all the classics plus some that I hadn't heard before. Fav songs: wanted man, I walk the line, boy named sue, folsom prison blues

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I know Folsom Prison better. Sure I've listened to it before, and I know most of the songs already. He's on gloriously naughty form with his banter - so far as to play San Quentin twice after it nearly instigates a riot, and calling his guitar a very rude word. The songs fairly zip along, the band seeming well drilled but still enjoyably loose.

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Good live album

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Just as entertaining as the Folsom album

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Was good, but felt like the chord progression and overall album sounded kinda the same

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Performance was nice. Not my vibe though

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hard-nosed country music performed for a very appreciative crowd. excellent recording

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Surprised to see this album come up, I'd have thought "At Folsom Prison" would have covered the "prison concert" entry for the 1001 list. As a live album, it's raw, real, and Cash doesn't pull his punches. Like Folsom album, the prison setting gives a new perspective to having a captive audience. The Legacy Edition is too long for me, the original release would have more impact. Still a good album.

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A banger

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If I want to listen to a bit of country this is what I’d choose

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Gotta love that voice, the Johnny Cash drawl. He was a great story teller and this live album does just that. It bit samey, heck he even plays the title song more than once. The album rolls along with Cash in good humour. Yeah I enjoyed listening to this one.

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Great album, great performances and songs, a little long.

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Johhny Cash i pjevanje u zatvorima jednostavno uvijek ima smisla, cak i kad nije tamo da reformira sistem.

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Johnny Cash is a lot funnier than I expected lol

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This was a lot of fun. At Folsom Prison was probably the best of his prison performances, but At San Quentin has a similar spirit. Cash's live albums capture his talent and charisma in a way that's simply missing from a lot of his studio recordings. The raucous energy of the audience is on full display. And it's that interplay between Cash and his audience that really gives this album its fire. Fave Songs: A Boy Named Sue, I Walk the Line, Darlin' Companion, Wanted Man, Wreck of the Old 97

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Classic. Just classic. You can feel the energy, and a great companion to Fulsom Prison, which is one of my favourites. Interesting this was chosen over that.

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Great record, full of atmosphere

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scheun en heel leuk om zijn vrouw te horen praten tegen die gevangenen

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mr cash the goat

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Disc 1 Track 01 - 3.5/5 Track 02 - 3.25/5 Track 03 - 3/5 Track 04 - N/A Track 05 - 3/5 Track 06 - 3.75/5 Track 07 - 3.5/5 Track 08 - 3.25/5 Track 09 - 4.5/5 Track 10 - 4/5 Track 11 - 4.75/5 Track 12 - 3.25/5 Track 13 - 4.25/5 Track 14 - 3/5 Track 15 - 2.5/5 Track 16 - 2.75/5 Track 17 - 3.25/5 Disc 2 Track 01 - 4.75/5 Track 02 - 4.75/5 Track 03 - 3.25/5 Track 04 - 3.75/5 Track 05 - 4/5 Track 06 - 3/5 Track 07 - 4.5/5 Track 08 - 3.75/5 Track 09 - 2.5/5 Track 10 - 4.75/5 Track 11 - 2.25/5 Track 12 - 3.5/5 Track 13 - 2.5/5 Track 14 - 4/5 Overall: 4.25/5 Album Art: 3.75/5

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San Quentin, I hate every inch of you!

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Cash is een geboren entertainer, aan het gevangenen-publiek te horen. Leuk live-album waar je merkt dat de setlist aan de omgeving is aangepast

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Great crowd. He's good with the crowd too

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Great album. I usually don't like live albums, but something about the atmosphere and interaction between JC and the crowd really did it for me. Favorite Song: A Boy Named Sue

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A rare enjoyable live album. The whole is a sum of the parts - it really transports you to a place and time. For someone who usually rates country very low, this was a joy.

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interesting for the location, the songs kinda take care of themselves

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Really cool banter and a beautiful voice from Cash.

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4.5

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Johnny Cash was a master of working the crowd, and the atmosphere in this live recording is absolutely electric. Just a hugely entertaining album from a true legend!

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Wanted Man composed with Bob Dylan. Nothing like performing in a prison. Defiant Cash! Walk The Line - great. John and June Darling Companion. San Quinten - I hate every inch of you. May you rot and burn in hell. The water. A Boy Named Sue. A classic Johnny Cash.

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If I was judging solely on songs, it would be a 3. Has a few good songs and personally like Johnny Cash's voice, though nothing special about the music. But San Quentin gets bumped up with its inmates vocal responses during and after songs, and Cash's banter and wordplay with the audience. These elements represent how a live album can provide a breath of fresh air to its studio counterparts.

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Classic Johnny Cash album.

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Mjög flott live plate, kallinn í góðu stuði og fangarnir líka.

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An historic registry for the music. After listened, Liked to know that a video exists and watched it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSLsfwTbo4Q

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Love JC

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I know I said I'm not going to listen to live albums but this is Cash at San Quenten. Gotta support that. This was a fun one, and I'm impressed he played "San Quenten" twice in a row. Great album

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This was surprisingly entertaining. Not sure I'd want to listen to it loads just cos it'd get old but for every so often it's great

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Good album, enjoyed Cash’s storytelling and music

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Typical country music, but the fact that you hear the prisoners reacting to Johnny Cash's punchline is awesome

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Live at Folsom is so much better than this. Neat album, but not Johnny's best.

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Still not a huge Cash fan. But you can tell he's charismatic!

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nice. sadness was still a thing. but a few songs had a brighter beat. i liked it but wont listen again

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not bad, but live albums are a bit cheating.

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Album was okay. Felt more like a history lesson(in a good way), but not 100% my jam.

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This is a delight, there are so many smiles and laughs and everyone is having a great time, enjoying the moment. It's very uplifting.

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Honestly, it wasn't too bad. I'm not a huge Johnny Cash fan, but it felt fun and had that country twang. Liked the Carter Family stuff and the Bob Dylan written song was neat.

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Jo toinen Cashin vankilalive tällä listalla. Parempi tämä oli kuin Folsom Prisonin levy. Välispiikit ja yleinen tunnelma nostaa arvosanan kolmoseen, vaikka musiikin puolesta kakkonen olisi ollut sopivampi arvio.

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Struggled to like it.

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Nice to listen to. I like this kind of country en folk music.

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I hold Johnny in very high regard. He reminds me of my grandfather and "A Boy Named Sue" is one of my absolute favorites (besides the obvious "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues"). That said, I get more out of the "At Folsom Prison" album vs. San Quentin. I think it just comes down to the tracklist - these ones don't resonate with me too much.

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A classic but super depressed me.

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Está muy breve fue mi primer pensamiento. No es At Folsom, fue el segundo. Aún siendo breve la selección de canciones me parece buena, me encanta que toque dos veces St Quentin porque se lo piden. A boy named Sue siempre me pone de buen humor. Songs: A boy named Sue, Cocaine blues

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Better than I expected

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Bon album. Mais l’original me plait plus 3.75

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interesting

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- live album? not usually a huge fan of live albums but i do like johnny cash - blue suede shoes does kinda fuck

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Gimmick

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Country folk americano

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The original LP wasn'ta very good value, at just a bit over 30 minutes and one of the songs played twice! So based on that I'll review this deluxe version but score the original. The fact this was recorded in a prison adds so much. The songs are more poignant, the audience reaction to the lyrics is great, plus there's all of the off-color banter, whether you like it or not. e.g. "you should know better than bending over in a place like this". I liked the supporting acts, though I could have done without June Carter's monologue. Needless to say the editing between songs could have been better but it adds to the authenticity. Johnny sounds a bit cranky. I'm surprised at the amount of complaining about his life that he does, considering his audience is going back to their prison cells after the show.

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I think Tanner was at this gig

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Tämä on varmaan ollut hyvä keikka paikan päällä. Ainakin välispiikkien perusteella siitä lienee myös videotallenne. Leppoisaa kantrimenoa ja läpyskää yleisölle. Erikoisuutena sama San Quentin -biisi pariin kertaan peräkkäin. :D

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One of my favorite songs - a man named Sue. But I don't really like live recordings. Somewhat repetitive.

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3.5 *

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good ol johnny cash

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Not as good as Folsom, made a bit slower by the fact he plays the same song twice

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Rock n roll country.

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At first I didn't like the audience part of the live album, but it grew on me. There was a good report between cash and the crowd. The songs were dead simple, but that allowed them to get pretty raw, almost a stream of conscious. Favorite song: Starkville County Jail

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I love Johnny Cash but not a fan of live albums in general. So much of the magic is lost when you just have an audio recording with no video showing the nuances of the performance. Still very solid though!

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A slice of history, you don't get shows like this anymore. If I could give it 3.5 I would.

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Good as far as country goes, but nothing much more to add. A bit weird to jump into a discography with a live album but there wasn't much choice in that

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Recorded at San Quentin Prison. Very interesting to listen to the spoken word as well as the music.

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3/5

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Legendary.

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Old live. Wel een lekker sfeertje. Maar zowel live als van Cash zijn er betere voor mijn gevoel.

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Ik vind muziek van Johnny Cash altijd leuk. Goude oude rock'n'roll. Ik ben echter niet altijd fan van "live" albums. Dat geldt ook voor dit album. Geef mij maar gewoon de studio opnames. Gewoon lekker muziek luisteren. Grootste hit is natuurlijk "Ring Of Fire" maar klassiekers als "Walk The Line" en "A Boy Named Sue" staan ook op dit album.

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Enjoyed it. Every song sounds the same though, but I really enjoyed. I just hate the beeps.

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3.4 + I fell in love with this album when I first heard it but like many others was crestfallen to learn that all of the crowd sounds are canned and were added after the fact. Hearing that news felt as disappointing as when I learned Santa Claus isn't real. Still, a great live album highlighting Cash as an energetic performer and amazing live singer.

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this album was (BEEP) cause i found (BEEP) johnny boy had (BEEP) for prison and he (BEEP) (BEEP) (BEEP) the soap!

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Pleasantly surprised

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The Spotify album isn't the same one from the Wikipedia article. The one I listened to was way too long and had a few too many cameos from other artists. Also, not a big fan of live albums anyway (San Quentin twice in a row? Ok...) and some of the pandering in this one was hard to take. Still the songs were pretty good, but I'd rather hear them on their original albums.

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The second Live-Prison-Album was okay. The first live-album was comparatively more relaxed to listen to and more interesting. (6/10) Favourite Tracks: Wreck of the Old '97, Jackson

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Would listen to again, but not on my heavy rotation list.

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Another artist that I’ve never given much listening time to. An interesting album purely because of the environment that it was created in. The relationship between Cash and the audience was entertaining, Cash was quite funny with the chat between some of the tracks. Another album I would listen to again.

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It's alright. You didn't have to play the same song two times in a row though. 6/10

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Great banter from June carter. That song by the stalter boys is classic

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While the selection and quality of songs on 'Folsom' is better, the banter between Cash and the inmates here really sells the authenticity of these performances.

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Debuting two songs in front of a bunch of prisoners? Of course he does, because he's Johnny fuckin' Cash. Not quite as good as At Folsom, but still pretty great.

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I listened to the 'legacy' edition as per the album cover photo even though it's a 2006 version and possibly not the 'original' album that made the 1001 list. I think this was one of those albums I listened to once or twice because I'd never listened to it but it has the reputation. I know it's a live album but there's a lot of talking.... it would be better if it was tighter overall rather than being something more akin to a historical artifact. The legacy version is 1 hr 40 minutes, more than an hour longer than the 34 minute original (even if it doe have San Quentin played twice in a row). Also the crop of the photos for the Legacy version is pretty terrible and the orig cover photo wasn't that great to start with. I think this is the problem with all the expanded/box sets that became a thing, so much is unecessary and doesn't add a lot. After a listen or two you just end up skipping all the filler. Plus it often detracts from the original album. I'd give it 2.5 stars overall if I could, more if they edited it better.

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Not bad, but whole album at once was a bit boring

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So so long. Live albums are neat in a sense, but not something that I want most of the time.

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Cet enorme connard de Johnny Cash nous crache son arrogance à la figure pendant 34mn, ou devrais-je dire 17mn puisque 50% de l'album est passé à faire des blagues sur la denière femme qu'il a engrossée, le tout devant un public hilare. Une honte, je trouve d'ailleurs que cela ne ressemble pas à Robert de faire la promotion d'un tel marasme, je vais mener l'enquête et vous tiens au courant.

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Fun for the story, boring music

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3.5 Not my genre, but probably the best out of it

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I prefer Folsom

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When I saw this I thought, hmm, a live album? But this one actually has an interesting context, and it's fun to listen to the bits where Cash and the other performers talk to the audience. Full disclosure: I didn't sit through the whole thing.

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ну рокенрольчик такой, лайв из тюряги, забавно. Ничо так, по классике

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Альбом прослушал

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Compared to Folsom, this one fell a little flat to me. A Boy Named Sue is fun.

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Amazing live performance; culturally questionable- like trying to identify with prisoners/criminals yet you're Johnny Cash dude...could be humanizing for San Quentin's inmates.

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prison man

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Klassiker. Det är lite segt att lyssna på just eftersom att det är lite sval kvalitet på ljudet och att de låtar han spelar är ganska monotona ur en instrumental synvinkel. Däremot innefattar konserten den bästa versionen av "A Boy Named Sue", och den härligaste versionen av "San Quentin". Det är ändå klass.

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many meh intermisions. live album.

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You can feel the energy in the room in this recording, particularly during 'San Quentin'. Glad they included Cash addressing the audience between songs, but the heavy editing down of the setlist (to fit vinyl) and bleeping of profanities detracts somewhat. 3.5/5

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Seems an odd choice for inclusion given there's only a handful of songs and there's even a better prison album available....but....imagine a band performing at Strangeways these days!

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Its allright.

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Vadi Johnny Cash Cash nema u novoj oš neš.

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Ivica Gotovina, odličan live iz zatvora! Međutim nisam ga baš lijepo preslušao kao inače, pa je ovak kak je.

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It was fine, he was a funny guy

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it was good

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Prefer At Folsom Prison or the Rick Rubin produced American Series

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Not as good as folsom.

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Sure is a Johnny Cash playing to a prison album.

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Just classic Cash but in my opinion not some of his best songs

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A nice listen Johnny Cash is unfathomably cool and based Is there a single celebrity from this century that is as cool as Johnny Cash was? The answer is emphatically no

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Good stuff, not as good as his other stuff but I like

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walk the line is great, folsom prison sadly quite shortened.

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I know Alex is spinning in his not-yet-grave at getting another live album. Johnny Cash is one of a select few artists I would accept it for, even though this isn't even his signature live album. He's always got a great energy performing these songs for prisoners, that's I think why his live albums deserve some shine. It's not some guy at Whositwhatsit arena, it's the Man in Black performing at correctional facilities for the downtrodden dregs of society. I definitely enjoyed visiting hours. Favorite tracks: Starkville City Jail, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, San Quentin Reprise. Album art: Just a headshot of Johnny, but as far as live album covers go this one's pretty good and a tad artsy. Nothing special though. 3.5/5

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Gritty album from the classic J Cash!!

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This is an album I’ve always heard about but have never listened to.

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Johnny Cash invents a whole new genre - country prison comedy albums - and at least two (two!) of those albums feature on this list! One was enough.

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I like this one more than Folsom at least. He's dialed down his over the top voice a bit and the instrumentation is a bit more energetic and exciting. Still isn't my thing terribly but I won't complain about it being on.

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Country

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Live-optræden i fængsel, country, publikum-drevet, politisk, tilstedeværende

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okay

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not the biggest fan of cash but I love that he performed at san quentin. also nice that it ended up being sort of a greatest hits album

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I don't like live albums + it's listenable, but I only like 2-3 songs

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was nice, just don't like live music.... Probably 2/5 for live, 3/5 for actual good audio

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Jetzt mag ich die alten sachen von Johannes Bargeld eh nicht so gern. Dann auch noch Live in unsäglicher Qualität, Die Gitarre, die links hinten in meinen Kopfhörer krächzt, treibt mich noch in den erlösenden Freitod. Bis auf Blue Suede Shoes nichts durchhören können – und das ist nicht mal vom Cashlinger. Gut, A Boy named Sue ging noch, weils halt bisschen gaggich ist. 2* leider sonst unhörbar. Klassiker kann ich nicht mehr hören, die machen ein Album eher noch schlimmer. So jetzt hab ichs gsagt

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Me ha parecido un poco tostón. Tiene un par de sus éxitos "I walk the line" y "Ring of fire" pero el resto aún gustándome la Americana Music me parece un poco pesado. No digo que no merezca su atención y la labor que hizo llevando cierta dignidad a las cárceles pero no es un disco que haga historia por su música.

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I was really excited when this popped up this morning, but on closer inspection I saw it was recorded at San Quentin and not the legendary Folsom Prison. The Spotify version has a lot of "heavy" country filler from other artists that weren't my jam, so I've excluded them from this rating. But even then this was disappointing as it didn't seem to have much passion or energy and the editing of the songs to be frank, really sucks. The cover art is really iconic though!

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June Carters voice makes me want to burn my ears off. Music isn’t all bad tho.

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I had a hard time listened. Seemed off key to me much of the time. But I loved loved the movie Ring of Fire. Overall I like Johnny cash and June. But this album was hard to listen to

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thought I would like it more, didn't care for it that much

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Great musician, great songs, etc. but fucking live album. Why do this to us. Probably 4 stars for it if it were exactly the same songs as studio recordings. This gets 2.5. Rounded down for the really annoying censorship beeps.

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Er staan een paar leuke nummers op dit album de rest klinkt allemaal bijna hetzelfde en wel vervelend dat er zolang gepraat word bij ieder liedje

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Meh

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Si pues pero no.

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Cool to listen to since it was historic. Distracting while driving since it was recorded live in a prison

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Johnny Cash m'a bien baisé, n'ayons pas peur des mots. La liste des morceaux étant écrite en novlangue sur l'encyclopédie en ligne Wikipédia, je dus écouter l'intégralité de l'édition "legacy" de cet horrible album live pour être sûr de ne pas en perdre une miette. Mes oreilles subirent ainsi presque deux heures de beauferie sud-états-unienne. Un deux bien mérité.

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Most of the songs sound the same. I enjoy the hits, but even then he seems super low energy or perhaps he was on day 3 of a bender. Not his best.

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Son 10 canciones y una repetida. Supongo que el disco está aquí por todo lo emblemático que fue el concierto, pero las canciones que pusieron en el álbum no son las mejores de Johnny y se la pasa hablando mucho. Tal vez si en ese entonces se hubiera podido hacer todo el concierto completo otro disco sería.

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A little to old for my taste

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77. At San Quentin - Johnny Cash 31 tracks. He might have needed a captive audience to listen all the way through this. I managed it, but only because it was on @1001_albums_gen It's just not for me. I generally don't like Country & especially don't like Johnny Cash. 2/5

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Too much RnR

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What I really liked about this album was all the banter between songs. Very interesting idea going to a prison. Johnny seems to get of on it and talks as though he's in there with them. As for the music was ok he has a few crackers and I like his dark lyrics and gravel like vocals. Altough country music is not my fave.

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Proper country

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This Johnny Cash album was recorded live at the San Quentin State prison in California in February of 1969. This was his second album of a series of live albums recorded at prisons, and it was also his 31st album overall. This album has been certified triple platinum. At this live prison show, Johnny Cash performed 2 new songs - "San Quentin" (about the prison) and "A Boy Named Sue". The former song was performed twice as an encore and both appear on this album. The latter song became a staple of Johnny Cash's music, and it's amazing to learn he premiered it at a prison show. The original release of this album was alright, but the reissue with 9 extra tracks was much better. Johnny Cash was a great entertainer and it really shows on this live album, because the audience were all inmates that liked to heckle. If you're a fan of live albums then give this one a listen, but if you just want to listen to Johnny Cash's music then you may want to try a different album.

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the end couldn't have come sooner. his voice is v soothing but for some reason I don't like him. only liked 3 songs.

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Todo el tiempo pensé que cantaba Joaquin Phoenix. No lo superé. Todas las canciones iguales.

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I get why this album is included and it's significance, but the only thing worse than a live album is a live album from prison.

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is nie heel leuk imo

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Not my forte. Didn’t finish 😢

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Nul!

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Disliking the live version 1.5/5

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no soy americano

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Second live 60's Johnny Cash. I can't do this anymore. Please, let this be the last Johnny Cash.

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He has always been great country singer. Not a big C fan but he is an American Icon. Boy named Sue was fun for such a serious guy! Definitely knows how to rhythm his words.

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Awesome

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I didn’t listen lol

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