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Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire: The Legend Of

Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

AS A new film prepares to lift the lid on part of the life story of Johnny Cash, fans can also revisit his music by getting hold of Ring of Fire, a new CD that offers the first ever definitive best of collection of songs from the country icon, covering his whole career over five decades.

From modest country beginnings in the mid-’50s to his death in 2003, the ‘Man In Black’ became a legend thanks to his ability to transcend his chosen musical genre.

The album collects tracks from his early Sun Records days through to his defining era at Columbia Records to his last recordings, the famed and critically acclaimed American Recordings.

The packaging features comprehensive sleeve notes and biography from US music writer Rich Kienzle and exclusive photographs from throughout Cash’s career.

Highlights most definitely include the seminal hits, Ring Of Fire, which remains catchy to this day, I Walk The Line and Jackson, as well as the seminal Folsom Prison Blues.

More recently, Cash proved himself equally adept at remaining contemporary, teaming up with Bono and U2 for another modern classic, Wanderer, and then covering the classic U2 track One in his own inimitable style.

Another cover, of Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus, may not have been to everyone’s tastes but it once again proved that his music and ability to adapt his own style to a different genre and keep it contemporary remained intact until his untimely death.

The album rounds off with another gem, Hurt, his last final hit and a lasting tribute to his enduring appeal as a singer.

Once you’ve seen the Joaquin Phoenix film, Walk The Line, you’re sure to want to rush out and buy this definitive collection. The long-term fans might also appreciate having such a strong body of work represented on just the one CD as well.

Needless to say, it comes highly recommended.

Track listing:

  1. Ring Of Fire
  2. I Walk The Line
  3. Jackson
  4. Folsom Prison Blues
  5. Boy Named Sue
  6. Big River
  7. Get Rhythm
  8. Cry Cry Cry
  9. Hey Porter
  10. Thing Called Love
  11. Guess Things Happen That Way
  12. San Quentin
  13. Man In Black
  14. Highwayman
  15. Wanderer – Cash, Johnny & U2
  16. I’ve Been Everywhere
  17. Rusty Cage
  18. Personal Jesus
  19. Give My Love To Rose
  20. One
  21. Hurt