At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition Bottom Line:At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition is a two album, one DVD collection that is a must-see if you're interested in everything related to Johnny Cash's performance from January 13, 1968. Not only do you get BOTH of Johnny's shows, but you also get a superb documentary with behind-the-scenes information from people who were there that particular day.
About The Artist:Johnny Cash is a man who really needs no introduction. Chances are, if you're a fan of any type of music, you will already be familiar with the Man in Black or his music.
His influence was not only on artists in the country music genre, but others as well. That's what happens when you just make the kind of music you want and don't worry about boxing yourself in to specific sounds. Once you start doing that, musically, your creativity will be stifled and you'll wind up suffocating. That's why I'm glad Johnny kept on writing his songs and doing his own thing. If he wouldn't have, think of how much we, the fans, would have missed out on.
The Performances:In the Legacy Box Set there are two different shows recorded at Folsom Prison, put on separate discs. The first one features a more lively Johnny and starts off with Hugh Cherry making a few announcements before Carl Perkins comes out to sing "Blue Suede Shoes."
Then, after fixing some PA problems, the Statler Brothers sing "This Ole House."
You can tell the audience is loving the entertainment, but they really get excited when the Man in Black comes out for his set. Most of us have heard the infamous line: "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."
What some might not have known is that it was set up for the recording and not spontaneous in the least. Hugh Cherry instructed the audience to not cheer and clap until the line was said and they saw Hugh giving them the go ahead.
Another song that received a great response was "Dark As A Dungeon," either because of Johnny's ad-lib in the middle, the song itself, or perhaps a little of both.
"25 Minutes To Go" had a lot of applause as Johnny sang about everything that goes on in a man's last twenty-five minutes of life, before he was to be hanged for the crime he committed.
June Carter Cash provided some more entertainment for the guys as she sang "Jackson" and "I Got A Woman."
The second show's setlist is almost identical to the first, but there are some noticeable differences. Since this is Johnny's second performance in one day, it's obvious he's tired and gets even more so as the time rolls on, despite the whole show sounding more put together.
Opening acts Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers were back again, but this time Carl added "The Old Spinning Wheel" and "Matchbox" to his set. The Statler Brothers sang three new songs: "You Can't Have Your Kate and Edith, Too," "How Great Thou Art," and the hit tune "Flowers On The Wall."
The song that really stands out during both shows is "Greystone Chapel," which was not written by Cash. It was penned by Folsom Prison inmate Glen Sherley.
At Folsom Prison The DVD:The DVD by itself is certainly able to stand on its own, with wonderful footage, memories, and interviews from the people who were there first-hand to witness Johnny's legendary January 13, 1968 performance at Folsom Prison. What I most enjoyed was hearing about how Johnny met with the prisoners and treated them like regular people in a time where they must have felt like animals instead of men. It gave the inmates some hope that someone like Johnny was just a regular man like they were. He wasn't pretentious, walking around like he was mightier than anyone else. Johnny might have been there to record an album, but he was also there for a greater purpose. I feel that it really came across not only in the music recordings, but the behind-the-scenes information contained in this documentary.
Release date: October 14, 2008 - Sony Legacy
At Folsom Prison Track List:Disc 1:
- Opening announcements from Hugh Cherry (Live)
- Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (Live)
- This Ole House - Statler Brothers (Live)
- Announcements and Johnny Cash intro from Hugh Cherry
- Folsom Prison Blues
- Busted (Live)
- Dark As A Dungeon (Live)
- I Still Miss Someone (Live)
- Cocaine Blues (Live)
- 25 Minutes To Go (Live)
- I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail (Live)
- Orange Blossom Special (Live)
- The Long Black Veil (Live)
- Send A Picture Of Mother (Live)
- The Wall (Live)
- Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog (Live)
- Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart (Live)
- Joe Bean (Live)
- Jackson (Live)
- I Got A Woman (with June Carter) (Live)
- The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer (Live)
- June's Poem (Live)
- Green, Green Grass Of Home (Live)
- Greystone Chapel (Live)
- Closing Theme and announcements