To hear Johnny Cash’s swaggering Sun Records-era material is to marvelat one of the primal source-streams of what was fast becoming the headwaters of rock ’n’ roll. Cash’s craggy, lunch-bucket vocals on gleaming original versions of songs like “Cry! Cry! Cry!,” “Get Rhythm,” “Big River,” and “I Walk the Line,” backed by the signature guitar style of Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant’s steady bass, are really just the tip of the iceberg corralled on this stunning collection. “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hey Porter,” and “So Doggone Lonesome”—and plenty more just as exciting— offer still more rock-solid cornerstones of the Johnny Cash legend,an edifice that will stand as long as the pharaohs’ pyramids.
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