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    Johnny Cash At San Quentin (Speakers Corner)

    Johnny Cash was a country legend even during his lifetime, although, or perhaps because, he was very different from the numerous country singers with chequered shirts. When performing he chose to wear black as a symbol of solidarity with the oppressed and those who had no rights. His chosen outlaw image was just as convincing as the train-like boom-tiddy-boom sound of his rhythm group who lent their typical sound to many of his 500 songs.



    At the very zenith of his career, Cash (who himself had committed a few minor offenses) had the idea of singing and playing for the bad guys behind the prison walls for nothing. Initially his suggestion to market the live recording was rejected, but finally his record company decided to release the album At Folsom Prison. Fired by the success of his jailhouse recording, Columbia Records released At San Quentin shortly afterwards. The recording, in which Cash and his combo were frenetically applauded more or less at the end of each verse, exceeded all expectations. Today it is still considered by Cash fans to be the best live recording by the 'man in black'.



    Musicians:



    • Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar)

    • June Carter Cash, Carter Family (voc)

    • Bob Wootton (electric guitar)

    • Marshall Grant (bass)

    • W.S. Holland (drums)




    Recording: 24 February 1969 live at San Quentin State Prison, USA, by Neil Wilburn and Bob Breault

    Production: Bob Johnston




    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.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Wanted Man
    2. Wreck Of The Old 97
    3. I Walk The Line
    4. Darlin' Companion
    5. Starkville City Jail
    6. San Quentin
    7. San Quentin
    8. A Boy Named Sue
    9. Peace In The Valley
    10. Folsom Prison Blues

    Johnny Cash
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  • Johnny Cash at San Quentin Johnny Cash at San Quentin Quick View

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    Johnny Cash at San Quentin

    Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, Johnny Cash at San Quentin captures Cash at his most raw and uninhibited. The artists raucous rapport with his captive audience is obvious on an inspired mix of Cash classics (I Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues), jailhouse ballads (Starkville City Jail, San Quentin), traditional tunes (Wreck of the Old 97, Therell Be Peace in the Valley) and well-chosen covers (Bob Dylans Wanted Man, the Lovin Spoonfuls Darling Companion). The albums most popular track, though, remains the Shel Silverstein-penned novelty number A Boy Named Sue, which became the biggest hit single of Cashs career.


    Johnny Cashs five-decade musical career was loaded with bigger-than-life landmark moments. None were more memorable than the Man in Blacks historic concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin State Prison, and the beloved albums that documented those shows. Cashs passion for prison reform and rehabilitation inspired him to perform a series of concerts for inmate audiences, and two of these unique events were documented on Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and Johnny Cash at San Quentin. These albums, originally released in 1968 and 1969 respectively, remain among Cashs best-selling and best-loved recordings. At the time of their original release, they revitalized his career, and played a crucial role in his crossover from the country music world to the mainstream pop charts.

    1. Wanted Man

    2. Wreck of the Old 97

    3. I Walk the Line

    4. Darling Companion
    5. Starkville City Jail

    6. San Quentin
    7. San Quentin

    8. A Boy Named Sue

    9. Peace in the Valley

    10. Folsom Prison Blues
    Johnny Cash
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    Johnny Cash at San Quentin

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    Remastered


    Even though Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" is the better known prison recorded live album, "At San Quentin" is seen as the artistically better album. Cash seems wilder - some attribute it to the loss of guitarist and friend Luther Perkins - yet at the same time more comfortable and more in tune with his audience. He jokes about his drug addiction, he rebels against orders from the British television company that is recording the show, and he really seems to want to kill the bastard who named him Sue. Wife June Carter shyly but surely joins in on 'Darlin' Companion', and he debuts the songs 'San Quentin' and 'Wanted Man', which he co-wrote with Bob Dylan.


    After the huge success of "At Folsom Prison" this is Johnny Cash under pressure, and as he says himself, it's when he's at his best.

    1. Wanted Man

    2. Wreck of the Old 97

    3. I Walk the Line

    4. Darling Companion
    5. Starkville City Jail

    6. San Quentin
    7. San Quentin

    8. A Boy Named Sue

    9. Peace in the Valley

    10. Folsom Prison Blues
    Johnny Cash
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  • At Folsom Prison At Folsom Prison Quick View

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    At Folsom Prison

    Ranked 88/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison fully captures Cashs gritty intensity and hard-headed humanity, capturing a high-energy set performed for an equally spirited audience. With a set list tailored for the occasion, Cash focuses on songs dealing with crime and imprisonment, balancing dark subject matter with wry, playful humor. The album opens, appropriately enough, with the venerable Folsom Prison Blues, and continues with such outlaw anthems as Cocaine Blues, 25 Minutes to Go, The Wall and I Got Stripes, alongside such Cash classics as I Still Miss Someone, Orange Blossom Special and Jackson, with the latter track featuring Cashs wife and frequent duet partner June Carter. The album closes on an inspirational note with Greystone Chapel, a song written by convict Glen Shirley, which Cash and his band learned especially for this show.


    Johnny Cashs five-decade musical career was loaded with bigger-than-life landmark moments. None were more memorable than the Man in Blacks historic concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin State Prison, and the beloved albums that documented those shows. Cashs passion for prison reform and rehabilitation inspired him to perform a series of concerts for inmate audiences, and two of these unique events were documented on Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and Johnny Cash at San Quentin. These albums, originally released in 1968 and 1969 respectively, remain among Cashs best-selling and best-loved recordings. At the time of their original release, they revitalized his career, and played a crucial role in his crossover from the country music world to the mainstream pop charts.

    1. Folsom Prison Blues
    2. Dark as the Dungeon
    3. I Still Miss Someone
    4. Cocaine Blues
    5. 25 Minutes to Go
    6. Orange Blossom Special
    7. The Long Black Veil
    8. Send a Picture of Mother
    9. The Wall
    10. Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog
    11. Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart
    12. Jackson (With June Carter)
    13. Give My Love to Rose (With June Carter)
    14. I Got Stripes
    15. Green, Green Grass of Home
    16. Greystone Chapel
    Johnny Cash
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary Quick View

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    Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

    Until it closed in 2009, Tennessee's Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was one of the most notorious penal institutions in America. Located in mountainous Petros, it was a forbidding rockpile hewn out of the rough countryside by its own inmates in 1896.


    On Oct. 17, 2001, Mark Collie came to Brushy Mountain with a sheaf of newly written songs about crime and punishment and an all-star band for a pair of performances that were recorded for a live album release. Mostly, though, Collie showed up at Brushy Mountain with a mission.


    God gave me the opportunity to get in there and share something that might make a difference, he says. I believed the songs could matter. I wanted to make something that people could find hope in, or redemption, or restoration, or forgiveness.


    His close friendship with country icon Johnny Cash supplied the principal inspiration for his own prison recording. Collie was well aware of Cash's celebrated 1968-69 live albums recorded at California's Folsom and San Quentin penitentiaries. He also knew the impact that a 1959 performance at the latter facility had on Inmate #A-45200, better known as the legendary country star Merle Haggard. Without Johnny going to San Quentin, Collie says, there might not have been a Merle Haggard. A lot of lives were changed or made better as a result of that music. Collie began writing his own cycle of prison songs.


    A top-flight crew of musicians was assembled, including guitarist Dave Grissom (John Mellencamp, Joe Ely), keyboardist Mike Utley (Jimmy Buffett, the Dixie Flyers), guitarist-mandolinist Tommy Burroughs (Memphis Riverbluff Clan), Collie's longtime accordionist Hassel Tekkle, bassist Willie Weeks (the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, B.B. King), drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler), and guitarist-fiddler-vocalist and solo star Shawn Camp. Austin-based critics darling Kelly Willis, who takes lead vocals on two tracks, also supplied backup vocals on several numbers; the late Texas blues giant Clarence Gatemouth Brown is the album's other special guest.


    Alive at Brushy Mountain embraces a breadth of American styles - country, blues, gospel, bluegrass, and rock n roll. It largely comprises striking original material, which contemplates the convict's lot with compassion, keen detail, and sometimes boisterous humor.

    LP 1
    1. One More Second Chance
    2. I Could've Gone Right
    3. Maybe Mexico
    4. Heaven Bound (feat. Kelly Willis)
    5. Got A Felling for Ya (feat. Kelly Willis)
    6. On The Day I Die
    7. Dead Man Runs Before He Walks (feat. Shawn Camp)
    8. Rose Covered Garden


    LP 2
    1. Why Me Lord (feat. Kelly Willis)
    2. Do As I Say
    3. Someday My Luck Will Change (feat. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown)
    4. Folsom Prison Blues
    5. Reckless Companions
    6. Gospel Train (feat. Brushy Mountain Prison Choir)

    Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions
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  • Live At Town Hall Party 1958 Live At Town Hall Party 1958 Quick View

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    Live At Town Hall Party 1958

    FIRST TIME ON VINYL


    The birth of country cool! The Johnny Cash you hear on these two remarkable live per formances is not the venerable legend of today. This was the young, feral Cash, full of piss, vinegar and sly orneriness. Even to those who know every note, joke and guitar lick on Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison or San Quentin, hearing Cash in his prime, aided and abetted by the Tennessee Two, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant, is a revelation. These historic documents, sourced directly from the 1958 and 1959 kinescope reels, capture Cash in his most revolutionary days, laying the bedrock of all that was to come anddespite age and infirmitiescontinues today.

    1. Town Hall Party Intro
    2. Johnny Cash Intro

    3. Get Rhythm
    4. Johnny Introduces The Band
    5. You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven
    6. I Was There When It Happened
    7. Don't Take Your Guns To Town

    8. Frankie's Man Johnny
    9. I Walk The Line
    10. The Ways Of A Woman In Love

    11. Give My Love To Rose

    12. It Was Jesus
    13. All Over Again
    14. Suppertime
    Johnny Cash
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  • Live At Town Hall Party 1959 Live At Town Hall Party 1959 Quick View

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    Live At Town Hall Party 1959

    FIRST TIME ON VINYL


    The birth of country cool! The Johnny Cash you hear on these two remarkable live performances is not the venerable legend of today. This was the young, feral Cash, full of piss, vinegar and sly orneriness. Even to those who know every note, joke and guitar lick on Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison or San Quentin, hearing Cash in his prime, aided and abetted by the Tennessee Two, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant, is a revelation. These historic documents, sourced directly from the 1958 and 1959 kinescope reels, capture Cash in his most revolutionary days, laying the bedrock of all that was to come and -despite age and infirmities- continues today.

    1. Town Hall Party Intro
    2. Guess Things Happen That Way
    3. Five Feet High And Rising
    4. Johnny Introduces The Band
    5. I Got Stripes
    6. The Ways Of A Woman In Love
    7. Big River
    8. Frankie's Man Johnny
    9. I Walk The Line
    10. Pickin' Time
    11. Folsom Prison Blues
    12. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
    13. I Was There When It Happened
    14. Heartbreak Hotel
    15. I Got Stripes
    Johnny Cash
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