Johnny Cash - Sings The Ballads Of The True West
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Sings The Ballads Of The True West (DCC, 2000)

Johnny Cash

Reviewed by Ken Burke

As a straight-up reissue, 1965's "Songs Of The True West" resonates with creative risk and backwoods wisdom. In the narrative sections, Cash's imagery is eloquent yet spare, and his honest, expressive baritone never sounded more poignant.

Musically, the Carter Sisters and the Statler Brothers bring rousing vocal color and authenticity to many songs. Though a few public domain ditties seem overly familiar, potent tunes from Carl Perkins and Mother Maybelle refine the different emotional spectrums of Cash's down-home historical vision. Cash himself fairly revels in the odes to evil gunman and comedic ditties of men being hung. Less a lost masterpiece than an undervalued experiment, this outing proves that even during his dark years of addiction, Cash could still deliver first-rate, occasionally inspired work.

CDs by Johnny Cash

Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live), 2016 Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971, 2015 Out Among the Stars, 2014 Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth, 2012 From Memphis To Hollywood, 2011 American VI: Ain't No Grave, 2010 Johnny Cash's America CD/DVD, 2008 At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition, 2008 The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978 DVD, 2008 The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1979 DVD, 2008 At San Quentin, 2006 American V: A Hundred Highways, 2006 Personal File, 2006 The Johnny Cash Children's Album, 2006 The Legend, 2005

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