Johnny Cash - The Greatest: Country Classics

Johnny Cash - The Greatest: Country Classics
Artist: Johnny Cash
Duration: 38:59
Album: The Greatest: Country Classics
Recording Date: February 17, 1960 - July 23, 1984
Genre: Country
Styles: Country-Pop, Traditional Country, Country-Folk
Release Date: August 6, 2012

As part of Columbia/Legacy's ongoing celebration of Johnny Cash's 80th Birthday in 2012, the label assembled a series of compilations under the rubric "The Greatest." This 14-track collection functions as a companion of sorts to his daughter Rosanne's 2009 album The List, which itself was based on a list of classic country songs Johnny assembled for his daughter back in 1973. Here, we have Johnny's versions of country standards, including such stalwarts as "Wildwood Flower," "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Delia's Gone," and "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky." Some may carp that the definition of "Country Classics" may not cover such songs as 1978's "The Gambler," which Cash cut just weeks before Kenny Rogers, but its inclusion goes a long way in illustrating what an adept interpreter Cash was.

He had a way of shaping familiar songs to fit his style -- and when he dipped his toe into traditional honky tonk, as he does on the appropriately named "Honky Tonk Girl," he did so to his signature two-step beat -- without ever altering the songs beyond recognition, and this compilation goes a long way in showcasing this gift.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Wildwood Flower / A.P. CarterJohnny Cash2:11
Old ShepJohnny Cash2:24
Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye / G. Autry / J. MarvinJohnny Cash2:23
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever KnowJohnny Cash2:28
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / H. WilliamsJohnny Cash2:39
A Wound Time Can't EraseJohnny Cash2:36
Honky-Tonk Girl / Hank ThompsonJohnny Cash1:58
Delia's GoneJohnny Cash3:02
The Long Black Veil / Marijohn WilkinJohnny Cash3:07
The Battle of New Orleans / Jimmie DriftwoodJohnny Cash2:22
The Three Bells / J. VillardJohnny Cash feat: The Carter Family3:45
The Gambler / Don SchlitzJohnny Cash3:42
(Ghost) Rider in the Sky / Stan JonesJohnny Cash3:47
I'm Ragged But I'm Right / TraditionalJohnny Cash2:35

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