"When one thinks of Johnny Cash's recordings, one thing is certain. The Columbia years loom larger than any other phase. A star when he arrived in 1958, when he departed, he was an American icon." (from the liner notes by Rich Kienzle)
Representing the entirety of the musical performances released by the Man in Black on Columbia Records during his lifetime, JOHNNY CASH: THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION is a 63-CD treasure trove that will appeal equally to longtime Cash followers, as well as new comers to his timeless body of music.
- 59 Columbia albums plus two new supplemental compilations make this the all-time, hands-down granddaddy of all Johnny Cash collections, period.
- 35 titles released for the first time on CD by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S.; The first 19 chronological titles released in monaural (mono) sound for the first time on CD by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S.
- Each title is packaged in an LP-replica minijacket with its original artwork, including the five original gatefold albums in Cash's Columbia discography.
- The accompanying 200-page book includes a definitive 5,000-word essay by veteran annotator Rich Kienzle.
- Also included in the booklet is complete discographic information (songwriters, recording dates and cities, musicians, guest performers, producers, release dates,
- original catalog numbers and Billboard chart numbers for albums and single tracks, and more).
- Contains album rarities galore:
- The Gospel Road (double-album New Testament chronicle in song and story, 1972)
- Koncert V Praze - In Prague Live (1978 Czech recording, licensed to Supraphon, 1983)
- I Walk The Line and Little Fauss and Big Halsey original 1970 movie soundtracks
- The Christmas Spirit (1963) and Christmas - The Johnny Cash Family (1972) holiday celebrations. and many more!
Checking in with his 59 original album titles for Columbia, from 1958's The Fabulous Johnny Cash through the two Highwayman albums of 1985 and 1990 (with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson), this impressive box set is living history. It shows Cash in command of his country & western and gospel roots, blues, straight-ahead rock and roll, the traditional balladry and folk music he loved so dearly, and much more.
Adding to those seminal 59 albums are two new compilations:
- The Singles, Plus - a 2-CD, 55-song collection of single sides that did not originally appear on albums, plus guest performances on other artists' albums, among them Bob Dylan, the Carter Family, mother Maybelle Carter, June Carter Cash, the Earl Scruggs Revue, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, and Shel Silverstein (spanning 1958-85).
- Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar - a 28-song collection of single and non-single tracks released during his Sun Records years, 1954-58, including "Hey Porter," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk The Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen," "Big River," and more.
- THE FABULOUS JOHNNY CASH (1958)*
- HYMNS BY JOHNNY CASH (1959)*
- SONGS OF OUR SOIL (1959)*
- NOW THERE WAS A SONG (1960)*
- RIDE THIS TRAIN (1960)*
- HYMNS FROM THE HEART (1961)*
- THE SOUND OF JOHNNY CASH (1962)*
- BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS (1962)*
- 9. RING OF FIRE: THE BEST OF JOHNNY CASH (1963)*
- THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT (1963)*
- KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE (1963)*
- The Carter Family With Special Guest Johnny Cash
- I WALK THE LINE (1964)*
- BITTER TEARS: JOHNNY CASH SINGS BALLADS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN (1964)*
- ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL (1965)*
- JOHNNY CASH SINGS THE BALLADS OF THE TRUE WEST (1965)*æ
- EVERYBODY LOVES A NUT (1966)*
- HAPPINESS IS YOU (1966)*
- CARRYIN' ON WITH JOHNNY CASH AND JUNE CARTER (1967)*
- FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA (1967)*
- JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON (LIVE) (1968)
- THE HOLY LAND (1968)
- JOHNNY CASH AT SAN QUENTIN (LIVE) (1969)
- HELLO, I'M JOHNNY CASH (1970) æ
- THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW (1970)
- I WALK THE LINE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (1970)
- LITTLE FAUSS AND BIG HALSEY ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (1970)
- MAN IN BLACK (1971)
- A THING CALLED LOVE (1972)
- AMERICA - A 200-YEAR SALUTE IN STORY AND SONG (1972) æ
- CHRISTMAS - THE JOHNNY CASH FAMILY (1972) æ
- ANY OLD WIND THAT BLOWS (1972)
- THE GOSPEL ROAD [2-CD] (1973) æ
- JOHNNY CASH AND HIS WOMAN (1973)
- PÅ ÖSTERÅKER (1973)
- RAGGED OLD FLAG (1974)
- THE JUNKIE AND THE JUICEHEAD MINUS ME (1974)
- THE JOHNNY CASH CHILDREN'S ALBUM (1975)
- JOHNNY CASH SINGS PRECIOUS MEMORIES (1975)
- JOHN R. CASH (1975)
- LOOK AT THEM BEANS (1975)
- STRAWBERRY CAKE (LIVE) (1976)
- ONE PIECE AT A TIME (1976)
- THE LAST GUNFIGHTER BALLAD (1977)
- THE RAMBLER (1977)
- I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU AGAIN (1978)
- GONE GIRL (1978)
- SILVER (1979)
- ROCKABILLY BLUES (1980)
- CLASSIC CHRISTMAS (1980)
- THE BARON (1981)
- THE SURVIVORS (1982) - Johnny Cash + Jerry Lee Lewis + Carl Perkins (Live)
- THE ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY CASH (1982)
- JOHNNY 99 (1983)
- KONCERT V PRAZE - IN PRAGUE LIVE (1983)
- RAINBOW (1985)
- HIGHWAYMAN (1985) - Waylon Jennings + Willie Nelson + Johnny Cash + Kris Kristofferson
- HEROES WITH WAYLON JENNINGS (1986)
- HIGHWAYMAN 2 (1990) - Waylon Jennings + Willie Nelson + Johnny Cash + Kris Kristofferson
- AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (LIVE) (2002)
61. JOHNNY CASH WITH HIS HOT & BLUE GUITAR (2012)
62. / 63. SINGLES, PLUS (2-CD) (2012) æ
* Indicates Original Monaural (Mono) Recording
æ Indicates Gatefold Cover Package