Album Details

RELEASE
February 22, 2011
LABEL
Sony Legacy
GENRES
Country, Traditional Country, Country-Folk, Country Gospel, Country-Pop

Album Review

This double-disc collection of unreleased material from Legacy is a rare thing. These tapes are not dead-dog files from Columbia's vaults. Instead, they contain songs Johnny Cash cut at his home studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee between July of 1973 and December of 1983. While closing down the House of Cash studio, museum, and store, John Carter Cash invited Steve Berkowitz and some colleagues to sort through the material and tapes housed in Cash's personal vault. They found some tidy white tape boxes marked "Personal File"; these are those tapes. Some of the songs here are traditional and spiritual songs Cash sang as a boy or heard from his companions. He tells stories to introduce many of the tunes, and these recollections become as important as the songs themselves. When he introduces "Far Away Places," he tells a story about one of his first talent contests (he got only two votes) and reveals that his selection of material cost him first place. You can hear the memories, painful and hopeful, float back through his delivery, spoken and sung. His reading of "Saginaw, Michigan" contains no peremptory tale, but the song says it all, and Cash brings the tune's tragic narrative to life in the listener's present. Likewise, three other Northern-themed numbers -- "When It's Springtime in Alaska," "Girl from Saskatoon" (co-written with Johnny Horton), and a devastating read of Robert Service's poem "Cremation of Sam McGee" -- add to this narrative. "It's All Over" is an original that comes from Cash's early days but was never recorded properly. There are also covers of tunes by the Louvin Brothers, John Prine, Doug Kershaw, Rodney Crowell, and Carlene Carter.
Disc two is primarily made up of devotional songs; they range from well-known hymns -- "Lily of the Valley," "Farther Along," and "The Way Worn Traveler" -- to provocative tunes of unknown origin -- "If Jesus Ever Loved a Woman" (It Was Mary Magdalene)." There are gorgeous original songs such as "No Earthly Good," "What Is Man?," and the track Greil Marcus bases his new liner notes on, "A Half a Mile a Day." Marcus does his usual riff, appropriating French critical theory to (mis)interpret the American experience with claims that "the songs sing the singer," and Cash "disappears into the songs"; but he's wrong. Both the original and historical songs become the stuff of myth and pathos (instead of quaint, dusted-off reflections from musical history) as we eavesdrop on Cash's voice; he delivers them from the ashes with his authority as an artist because he couldn't help but do that. Cash recorded the cover tunes, folk songs, and hymns because they meant something to him; he cut the songs he wrote in order to simply not forget them. Bootleg, Vol. 1: Personal File is a slice of musical autobiography cut in a setting of solitude for the sake of documenting it audio-journal style. For Cash fans, this is simply essential listening.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Letter Edged In Black [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. There's a Mother Always Waiting At Home [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. The Engineer's Dying Child [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. My Mother Was a Lady [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. The Winding Stream [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Far Away Places [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Galway Bay [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. When I Stop Dreaming [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Missouri Waltz [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Louisiana Man [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Paradise [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. I Don't Believe You Wanted To Leave [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Jim, I Wore a Tie Today [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Saginaw, Michigan [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Girl In Saskatoon [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. The Cremation of Sam McGee [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Tiger Whitehead [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. It's All Over [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. A Fast Song [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Virgie [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. I Wanted So [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. It Takes One To Know Me [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Seal It In My Heart and Mind [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Wildwood In the Pines [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Who At My Door is Standing [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Have Thine Own Way Lord [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Lights of Magdala [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. If Jesus Ever Loved a Woman [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. The Lily of the Valley [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Have a Drink of Water [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. The Way Worn Traveler [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Look Unto the East [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Matthew 24 (is Knocking At the Door) [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. The House is Falling Down [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. One of These Days I'm Gonna Sit Down and Talk To Paul [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. What On Earth (Will You Do For Heaven's Sake) [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. My Children Walk In Truth [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. No Earthly Good [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Sanctified [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Lord, Lord, Lord [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. What is Man [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Over the Next Hill (We'll Be Home) [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. A Half a Mile a Day [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Farther Along [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. Life's Railway To Heaven [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. In the Sweet Bye and Bye [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/johnny-cash-bootleg-vol-1/id417753039?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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