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The Legend [BOX SET]

The Legend [BOX SET]

There are several Cash boxes available, but The Legend--spanning the years 1955-2002 concentrating on his long tenure at Columbia and, to a lesser degree, his beginnings at Sun--probably belongs at the top of the list. Cash's greatest strengths are dramatized on these four, thematically programmed discs: Win, Place and Show: The Hits; Old Favorites and New; The Great American Songbook (mostly traditional songs); and Family and Friends (collaborations). For starters, consider the staggering depth and breadth of his repertoire (perhaps matched only by those of Bob Dylan and Ray Charles), embracing ancient folk tunes ("Streets of Laredo"), teen pop ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), mature contemporary rock ("Highway Patrolman"), gospel ("Were You There When They Crucified My Lord"), topical fare ("Ballad of Ira Hayes"), country standards ("Time Changes Everything"), novelties ("One Piece at a Time"), and more. Then there's the way his spare, spacious sound opens up to take in horns ("Ring of Fire"), strings ("Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"), anything. The Legend includes seven previously unissued sides, most prominently "It Takes One to Know Me," a stirring salute to his wife June. --John Morthland
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Disc: 1
1. I Walk The Line
2. There You Go
3. House Of The Blues
4. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
5. Guess Things Happen That Way
6. The Ways Of A Woman To Love
7. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
8. Ring Of Fire
9. The Matador
10. Understand Your Man
11. The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
12. Orange Blossum Special
13. The One On The Right Is On The Left
14. Rosanna's Going Wild
15. Folsom Prison Blues
16. Daddy Sang Bass
17. A Boy Named Sue
18. What Is Truth
19. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
20. Flesh And Blood
21. Man In Black
22. A Thing Called Love
23. Kate
24. Oney
25. Any Old Wind That Blows
26. One Piece At A Time
27. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky

Disc: 2
1. Hey Porter
2. Cry, Cry, Cry
3. Luther Played The Boogie
4. Get Rhythm
5. Give My Love To Rose
6. I Was There When It Happened
7. Big River
8. I Still Miss Someone
9. Pickin' Time
10. The Man On The Hill
11. Five Feet And Rising
12. Tennessee Flat Top Box
13. i Got Stripes
14. Troublesome Waters
15. The Long Black Veil
16. Dark As A Dungeon
17. The Wall
18. 25 Minutes To Go
19. Cocaine Blues
20. Doin' My Time
21. I Will Rock And Roll With You
22. Without Love
23. The Big Light
24. Highway Patrolman
25. I'm Never Gonna Roam Again
26. When I'm Gray
27. Forever Young

Disc: 3
1. The Wreck Of The Old 97
2. Rock Island Line
3. Good Night Irene
4. Goodbye, Little Darlin'
5. Born To Love
6. Walking The Blues
7. Frankie's Man, Johnny
8. Delia's Gone
9. In The Jailhouse Now
10. Waiting For A Train
11. Casey Jones
12. The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer
13. I've Been Working On The Railroad
14. Sweet Betsy From Pike
15. The Streets Of Laredo
16. Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
17. Down In The Valley
18. Wabash Cannonball
19. The Great Speckle Bird
20. Wildwood Flower
21. Cotton Fields
22. Pick A Bale O' Cotton
23. Old Shep
24. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
25. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
26. Time Changes Everything

Disc: 4
1. Keep In The Sunny Side
2. Diamonds In The Rough
3. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley
4. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)
5. Another Man Done Good
6. Pick The Wildwood Flower
7. Jackson
8. If I Were A Carpenter
9. Girl From The North Country
10. One More Ride
11. You Can't Beat Jesus Christ
12. There Ain't No Good Chain Gang
13. We Ought To Be Ashamed
14. Crazy Old Soldier
15. Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine
16. Who's Gene Autry
17. The Night Hank Williams Came To Town
18. I Walk The Line (Revisited)
19. Highwayman
20. The Wanderer
21. September When It Comes
22. Tears In The Holston River
23. Far Side Banks Of Jordan
24. It Takes One To Know Me