by Johnny Cash



"Here is my personal selection of my recordings of songs of robbers, liars and murderers. These songs are just for listening and singing. Don't go out and do it." --Johnny Cash, liner notes excerpt

Not as brutal as its title suggests, MURDER finds room for, well, tenderness in its song selection, making this disc the most surprising in the triptych that includes LOVE and GOD. Familiar fare dots the collection, such as the 1955 original Sun recording of "Folsom Prison Blues," the 1964 studio version of "The Long Black Veil," and the cautionary western tale from 1958, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." These tracks are buttressed by lesser-known gems. From 1964 comes Johnny and June Carter Cash's delicate duet on Johnny Horton's "When It's Springtime in Alaska." Johnny's stark 1983 reading of Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman" reminds us that Cash was the first country artist to pick up on the Boss, continuing a track record he established in the early '60s when he introduced country fans to Dylan. For those who got a kick out of the gleeful brutality of Cash's AMERICAN RECORDINGS version of "Delia's Gone," this set includes the 1961 original, previously unreleased in the States. MURDER is good for what ails you. David McGee

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646554326
catalogNumber: 65543

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Johnny Horton   Composer
Bud Freeman   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer,Compilation Co-Producer
Charlie Bragg   Producer
Larry Butler   Producer
Ramblin' Jack Elliott   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Quaglieri   Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Chris Athens   Engineer
Quentin Tarantino   Liner Notes
Dick Toops   Composer
Mike Cimicata   Packaging Manager
John Naatjes   Tape Research
Hollie Dew   Composer
Karl Silbersdorf   Composer
Léon Pober   Composer
Larry Butler   Producer
T.J. "Red" Arnall   Composer

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