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Johnny Cash - The Gospel Collection

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    Personnel includes: Johnny Cash, Johnny Western (vocals, guitar); Luther Perkins, Ray Edenton (guitar); Marvin Hughes (piano, vibraphone); Floyd Cramer (piano); William Whitney Pursell (organ); Ralph Hansell (vibraphone); Marshall Grant (bass); Morris ......more

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Artist: Cash, Johnny
Personnel includes: Johnny Cash, Johnny Western (vocals, guitar); Luther Perkins, Ray Edenton (guitar); Marvin Hughes (piano, vibraphone); Floyd Cramer (piano); William Whitney Pursell (organ); Ralph Hansell (vibraphone); Marshall Grant (bass); Morris Palmer, Murray "Buddy" Harman Jr., W.S. "Fluke" Holland (drums); Don Helms (steel drum). The songs on this compilation span the years 1958-1961. Although Cash had been recording for Sun Records since 1955, it wasn't until he signed with Columbia in 1958 that he was allowed to record non-secular music. The 2 ensuing gospel albums were HYMNS BY JOHNNY CASH (1958) and HYMNS FROM THE HEART (1961). For the first three years of his career, Johnny Cash recorded for the regional Sun label (the same label that launched the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Howlin' Wolf, and Elvis Presley). When his Sun contract expired, Cash was wooed by a number of major labels. He chose Columbia because A&R director Don Law granted him wide artistic freedom, allowing Cash to record the gospel music he loved alongside his more commercially successful secular music. THE GOSPEL COLLECTION contains Cash's first two gospel albums for Columbia. The first, 1959's HYMNS BY JOHNNY CASH, sticks close to the formula that worked so well at Sun. Cash's resonant, quavering vocals and Luther Perkins' "boom-chick" guitar style define the sound; the arrangements are often augmented by a vocal chorus, at times effective and at other times thankfully inobtrusive. The spare setting suits Cash, making the first twelve tracks of THE GOSPEL COLLECTION a perfect introduction to his gospel work. The final twelve come from Cash's 1961 album HYMNS FROM THE HEART, and are more heavily produced than the first batch. The song selection and performances here are also effective, despite the fact that Cash's voice is sometimes lost among the instruments and reverb.
See Also:
The Man in Black: 1963-1969, Man in Black: His Greatest Hits, At Folsom Prison, The Sun Years [Rhino], The Fabulous Johnny Cash, American Recordings, Johnny Cash at San Quentin, American IV: The Man Comes Around, The Legend [Columbia], The Essential Johnny Cash, The Complete Original Sun Singles, Walk the Line
See Influences:
Jimmie Rodgers (Country), The Louvin Brothers, Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Carl Smith, The Swan Silvertones, Woody Guthrie, Roy Acuff, John Lee Hooker, Webb Pierce, Bob Wills, The Sons of the Pioneers, Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, Hank Snow, The Stoneman Family, Lead Belly, Dock Boggs, Lefty Frizzell, Cowboy Copas, Ernest Tubb
See Contemporaries:
Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Larry Gatlin, Flatt & Scruggs, Charlie Rich, The Statler Brothers, Dave Dudley, Rosanne Cash, Tommy Cash, Elvis Presley, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Sleepy LaBeef, Loretta Lynn, Carl Smith, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Johnny Burnette, Johnny Horton, Rodney Crowell, Dick Curless, Carlene Carter, Roy Orbison, Charlie Louvin, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Carl Perkins (Rockabilly), George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Emmylou Harris, Porter Wagoner, Joe Ely, Charlie Feathers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Billy Lee Riley, Roger Miller (Country), Kitty Wells, Ed Ames, Johnny Paycheck, The Everly Brothers, Marty Robbins, Jimmie Driftwood, The Highwaymen (Folk), Stonewall Jackson, Clint Black, Brenda Lee, Warren Smith (Percussion), Jerry Reed, Henson Cargill, Big Al Downing, Buck Owens, Carl Mann, Little Jimmy Dickens, Merle Kilgore, David Allan Coe, Chris Isaak, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Billy Edd Wheeler, Jack Scott
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Camden Records
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
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Guest Artist:
Floyd Cramer
Editorial Reviews:
Mojo (Publisher) (9/03, p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It's the voice - intimate and honest - that makes these old-time spirituals, hymns and dead-Mom songs so special..."
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