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  • Orange Blossom Special Orange Blossom Special Quick View

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    Orange Blossom Special

    28pt. Gatefold Includes New Archived (Early 1960s Era) Photos Of Johnny Cash


    Box Car Numbered Edition


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    ''Johnny Cash transcends country music...he represents what American Music is all about!''


    Known throughout the world as one of the major figures of post-Hank Williams country music, Johnny Cash constantly sought to expand his musical horizons and avoid being pigeonholed. Cash was at his most engagingly eclectic on Orange Blossom Special, recorded in 1964.


    For starters, ''The Man In Black'' covered three tunes by Bob Dylan, then the most talked-about young singer-songwriter of the dawning folk-rock era. (''It Ain't Me Babe,'' ''Don't Think Twice, It's Alright,'' and ''Mama, You've Been On My Mind''), The Nashville musical establishment hardly embraced Dylan's mind-blowing lyrics, but Cash, knowing genius when he heard it, was the first major country star to cover Dylan's work. By the same token, he also rendered two numbers by A.P. Carter of the legendary Carter Family, who, along with Jimmy Rodgers, created the musical template that's still the model for ''traditional'' country, bluegrass, and some forms of folk. And Cash's unmistakable, tough-hewn baritone rendered the classic fiddle tune that is the title track, as well as ''Danny Boy'' (with a spoken word intro), the spiritual ''Amen'' and the traditional story-song ''The Long Black Veil.''. Cash's compositions include ''The Wall,'' one of the prison songs for which he is known, and the protest tune ''All Of God's Children Ain't Free.'' Orange Blossom Special (with liner notes by the artist and never-before seen archive photos) finds Cash backed by the Tennessee Two, his outstanding guitar/bass tandem of Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant and guest appearances by such Nashville aces as Boots Randolph on tenor sax, pianists Floyd Cramer and Bill Pursell, guitarist Norman Blake, and harmonica ace Charlie McCoy. And on Johnny Horton's ''When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below),'' Cash is accompanied by the now-familiar female voice of June Carter.

    1. Orange Blossom Special
    2. The Long Black Veil
    3. It Ain't Me Babe
    4. The Wall
    5. Don't Think Twice It's All Right
    6. You Wild Colorado
    7. Mama, You Been On My Mine
    8. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)
    9. All Of God's Children Ain't Free
    10. Danny Boy
    11. Wildwood Flower
    12. Amen
    Johnny Cash
    $29.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Orange Blossom Special (Speakers Corner) Orange Blossom Special (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Orange Blossom Special (Speakers Corner)

    Just like the often sung-about fellow locomotives 'Midnight Special' and the 'Chattenooga Choo Choo', the 'Orange Blossom Special' finds itself bathed in the very best tradition of American long-distance trains and memorable journeys. Puffing steam trains symbolise an atmosphere of departure, endurance and the mechanical pulse beat of profit-oriented industrialisation, while also conjuring up the spirit of down-and-outs who tramp from one end of the country to the other along the railtracks, dodging train fares.



    Almost guilelessly at first, the album number 20 forged ahead into the hearts and hips of Cash fans with old favourites and climbed to number three in the Country charts. If you listen carefully, you will notice that three top Bob Dylan songs have crept in - It Ain't Me Babe, Mama, You've Been On My Mind and Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. Dylan, who in his early years was far from enjoying cult status and was condemned a godless troublemaker, communist and traitor to folk music, found a perspicacious patron in Cash. In no uncertain terms, Cash demanded that Dylan's critics should »Shut up! ... and let him sing!« and even sang Dylan himself. This present LP is not merely a perfectly produced Country album by the Man In Black, but a traction engine for the work of his spiritual brother.



    Musicians:



    • Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar)

    • Charles R. Charlie McCoy (harpsichord)

    • Homer L. Boots Randolph (saxophone)

    • William K. Bill McElhiney (trumpet)

    • Luther Perkins (guitar)

    • Floyd Cramer (piano)

    • Marshall Grant (bass)

    • W.S. Holland (drums)




    Recording: 1964

    Production: Don Law, Frank Jones




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Orange Blossom Special
    2. The Long Black Veil
    3. It Ain't Me, Babe
    4. The Wall
    5. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
    6. You Wild Colorado
    7. Mama, You Been On My Mind
    8. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)
    9. All Of God's Children Ain't Free
    10. Danny Boy
    11. Wildwood Flower
    12. Amen
    Johnny Cash
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    A Concert Behind Prison Walls

    Johnny Cash is one of the most influential musical figures of the last 50 years. His deep, resonant voice and sparse guitar style have given him an instantly recognizable sound that manages to sit somewhere between folk, rock and country. He has been awarded ten Grammy Awards and was the youngest ever inductee into the Country Hall of Fame. His music is as relevant today as it has ever been.The concert on this album was recorded at the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville in 1976. It is one of only two of his prison concerts that were filmed for broadcast. It features Cash with special guests Linda Ronstadt and Roy Clark performing a selection of their biggest hits such as Folsom Prison Blues, Orange Blossom Special, A Boy Named Sue and Ronstadt's version of the Eagles' Desperado.
    1. Folsom Prison Blues
    2. Sunday Morning Coming Down
    3. Jacob Green
    4. Comedy Routine
    5. Desperado
    6. You're No Good
    7. Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms
    8. That Honeymoon Feeling
    9. Shuckin' The Corn
    10. Half As Much
    11. Love Has No Pride
    12. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
    13. Hey Porter
    14. Wreck Of The Old Ninety Seven
    15. Orange Blossom Special
    16. A Boy Named Sue
    Johnny Cash
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Johnny Cash Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Awaiting Repress) Johnny Cash Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Johnny Cash Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Awaiting Repress)

    First Time on Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Cover presentation of his classic 1967 multi-platinum Greatest Hits LP!!!


    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray from the original Columbia Records tapes


    Manufactured at R.T.I.


    Johnny Cash was born during the great depression into a poor family in Arkansas. At a very young age he worked on the family farm
    and experienced many of life's struggles. This is also the time he would develop his love for music, family and the Bible, which followed him
    closely throughout his long career. In the early fifties after spending time in the Air Force, he moved to Memphis, became friends with folks
    like Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, and ultimately cut some sides at Sun Studios which became the catalyst
    that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar, troubadour and humanitarian unlike the world has ever known.


    The folks at Columbia Records knew that this young fellow named Johnny Cash was destined for superstardom. They quickly signed
    the legend to a long term deal, and his first Columbia singles like his prolific Don't Take Your Guns to Town forever etched "The Man In Black"
    trademark to his name.


    In 1967 after many chart topping country and pop albums and a bevy of hit singles and Grammy Awards, more fame followed as the
    brass at Columbia Records honored their journeyman Johnny Cash with his first hits collection, the multi-platinum Johnny Cash's Greatest
    Hits Volume 1.


    The album was a blockbuster as it topped the charts, making this a crossover hit with both country and pop audiences, proving once again that his career was of historic merit.
    Filled with more hits than a roadside jukebox, the amazing album takes off with the classic duet with wife June Carter Cash and
    Grammy Award winner Jackson. This chart topping single is followed up by one of his most famous songs the number one I Walk the Line.


    More treasures follow with the country belter Understand Your Man and Cash's own hit interpretation of Orange Blossom Special, which truly
    made the album a treasure trove of hits.
    More greatest hits follow as the LP features a nice helping of solid smashes like Ring of Fire, Five Feet High and Rising, the aforementioned Don't Take Your Guns to Town, and probably one of the first Bob Dylan covers ever with his haunting It Ain't Me Babe. In total, the
    album showcases eleven important Johnny Cash recordings which have truly gone on to become international classics for all time.


    In honor of the Man, the Music and the Legend, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the Columbia Records classic Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume 1 by Johnny Cash.
    As a first installment in our exciting Johnny Cash 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork
    in all its stereophonic glory. Mastered impeccably from the original Columbia Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with
    Kevin Gray and manufactured at R.T.I., Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume 1 will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for his
    fans everywhere!


    For this exclusive presentation, we are also including for the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the groundbreaking
    original LP cover photo by Sandy Speiser and are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined inner sleeve to help
    keep your Johnny Cash vinyl in mint shape.
    Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume 1 A history making album from a historic legend, an audiophile dream release first time
    gatefold cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Relayer Friday Music Stay tuned for more Johnny Cash
    original Columbia Records audiophile vinyl and remastered compact disc recordings from Relayer Friday Music.

    Side One
    1. Jackson
    2. I Walk the Line
    3. Understand Your Man
    4. Orange Blossom Special
    5. The One on the Right
    Is on the Left


    Side Two
    1. Ring of Fire
    2. It Ain't Me, Babe
    3. The Ballad of Ira Hayes
    4. The Rebel-Johnny Yuma
    5. Five Feet High and Rising
    6. Don't Take Your Guns
    to Town

    Johnny Cash
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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