From the minute he walked into Sun Studios, Johnny Cash began a career that would see him become one of the biggest and most influential musicians of our time. Though only on Sun from 1955-58, Johnny made some of his most legendary recordings there. When he moved on to Columbia Records, Johnny left behind a large cache of material which Sun happily compiled and released on LPs throughout the 60’s, mixing Cash’s singles-sides with previously unissued recordings. The resulting platters were a goldmine for fans eager to hear more from country’s newest superstar.
From the original Sun masters, featuring many raw, in-the-studio sides (sans overdubs) - the Man in Black has never sounded better!
A gritty bodacious masterpiece! Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar was not only Cash’s debut album, it was also the first full-length LP released by Sun. The LP’s twelve tracks include one side of his debut single, “Cry, Cry, Cry,” along with two of his best-known recordings, “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line.” Backed by “The Tennessee Two,” Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass, the tracks are spare, direct and intense. Cash’s distinctive “boom-chicka” rhythm propels every song as his commanding voice captures and holds the listener.