söndag 5 juni 2016

Johnny Cash - With His Hot and Blue Guitar (1:a Albumet US 1957, Idel Hits!)


250:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Johnny Cash 1:a klassiska album på SUN Records. Endast detta exemplar i lager.)

Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar is the debut album of country singer Johnny Cash, released on October 11, 1957. The album contained four of his hit singles: "I Walk the Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "So Doggone Lonesome," and "Folsom Prison Blues." Cash auditioned for a place on the music label Sun Records in 1955, but failed to impress its founder Sam Philips after presenting himself as a gospel singer. 


Cash was told to come back with a more commercial sound, as gospel wouldn't sell. He returned with the songs "Hey Porter!" and "Cry! Cry! Cry!" and subsequently released them as his debut single on Sun Records in July 1955. On the recording he was backed by Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass, dubbed "The Tennessee Two" by Philips. ("Hey Porter" was not included on the original Sun album, but was included in later reissues by other labels.)

"Cry! Cry! Cry!" became a commercial success, entering the country charts at number fourteen.

His second single, "Folsom Prison Blues", was released in December 1955 and reached the country Top Five in early 1956.

His final single on With His Hot and Blue Guitar, "I Walk the Line", continued his success, reaching number one on the country charts and staying there for six weeks, eventually crossing over into the pop Top 20.


Folsom Prison Blues:
"Folsom Prison Blues" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk styles, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash would continue to use for the rest of his career. It was one of Cash's signature songs. It was the eleventh track on his debut album With His Hot and Blue Guitar but was also included (same version) on All Aboard the Blue Train.

Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison). Cash recounted how he came up with the line "But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die": "I sat with my pen in my hand, trying to think up the worst reason a person could have for killing another person, and that's what came to mind."

Cash took the melody for the song and many of the lyrics from Gordon Jenkins's 1953 Seven Dreams concept album, specifically the song "Crescent City Blues". Jenkins was not credited on the original record, which was issued by Sun Records. In the early 1970s, after the song became popular, Cash paid Jenkins a settlement of approximately US$75,000 following a lawsuit.


Cash included the song, considered one of his signature songs, in his repertoire for decades. Cash performed the song at Folsom Prison itself on January 13, 1968, and this version was eventually released on the At Folsom Prison album the same year. 

That opening song is more up-tempo than the Sun studio recording. According to Michael Streissguth, the cheering from the audience following the line "But I shot a man in Reno / just to watch him die" was added in post-production. 

A special on the Walk the Line DVD indicates that the prisoners were careful not to cheer at any of Cash's comments about the prison itself, fearing reprisal from guards. Pitchfork Media placed this live version at number 8 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s." 

The live performance of the song won Cash the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, the first of four he would win in his career, at the 1969 Grammy Awards.

Personnel
 Johnny Cash - Main Performer, Vocals, Guitar
 Luther Perkins - Electric Guitar
 Marshall Grant - Bass

01. "Rock Island Line" (Unknown)  02:11
02. "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle" (Jimmie Davis, Hank Williams)  02:25
03. "Country Boy"  01:49
04. "If the Good Lord's Willing" (Jerry Reed)  01:44
05. "Cry! Cry! Cry!"  02:29
06. "Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)" (Stuart Hamblen)  02:01
07. "So Doggone Lonesome"  02:39
08. "I Was There When It Happened" (Jimmie Davis, Fern Jones)  02:17
09. "I Walk the Line"   2:46
10. "Wreck of the Old 97" (Trad. (prob. Charles Noell); arr. Cash)  01:48
11. "Folsom Prison Blues"  02:51
12. "Doin' My Time" (Jimmie Skinner)  02:40