“Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous” by Johnny Cash - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1958Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s

TJR says

Although he was Sun’s most consistently selling and prolific artist at that time, Cash felt constrained by his contract with the small label partly due to the fact that owner Sam Phillips wasn’t keen on letting him record gospel, and he was only getting a 3% royalty as opposed to the standard rate of 5%. By the time of this second Sun LP, Cash had already switched over to Columbia. Sun seemed to release this one “strategically” – coming out just a week or so before Cash’s first Columbia LP in November 1958! In order to help bolster sales, “I Walk The Line” repeats from the debut. The album pools 10 sides from 1956-1958 with 2 first time offerings - the cover of Hank Williams “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)” and Johnny’s own “Big River”. The set gets off to a flyer with “Teenage Queen” and “There You Go” but fades quickly, with too much sickly sentiment for my taste-buds…

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:13] 7.4.png Johnny Cash - Ballad Of A Teenage Queen [1957] (Johnny Cash, Jack Clement) Country
A2 [02:19] 9.6.png Johnny Cash - There You Go (Johnny Cash) Country
A3 [02:46] 9.4.png Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line [1956] (Johnny Cash) Country
A4 [02:31] 5.7.png Johnny Cash - Don’t Make Me Go [1957] (Johnny Cash) Country
A5 [02:24] 5.2.png Johnny Cash - Guess Things Happen That Way [1958] (Jack Clement) Country
A6 [01:52] 5.5.png Johnny Cash - Train Of Love [1956] (Johnny Cash) Country
B1 [02:16] 5.0.png Johnny Cash - The Ways Of A Woman In Love [1958] (Bill Justis, Charlie Rich) Country
B2 [02:49] 5.4.png Johnny Cash - Next In Line (Johnny Cash) Country
B3 [02:42] 6.0.png Johnny Cash - You’re The Nearest Thing To Heaven (Jim Atkins, Johnny Cash, Hoyt Johnson) Country
B4 [01:49] 5.0.png Johnny Cash - I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) (Hank Williams) Country
B5 [02:41] 5.7.png Johnny Cash - Home Of The Blues [1957] (Johnny Cash, Glen Douglas, Vic McAlpin) Country
B6 [02:35] 6.3.png Johnny Cash - Big River [1957] (Johnny Cash) Country

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