Johnny Cash At San Quentin (The complete 1969 concert)

Posted By: Bully

Johnny Cash - At San Quentin - The complete 1969 concert
2000 (CD) | C*u*t*y | MP3 192 Kbps | 85 MB
Opfesoft request | A great part of music history

This is one of the few records even country-haters accept :-)

A few days ago our famous uploader Opfesoft asked for a copy of the San Quentin Concert. I made the mistake to think he was joking and upped some very "special" country for him (Big And Rich). Next day Nagiants39 thought "prison is prison" and uploaded the Folsom Prison Concert. :-)

OK, Opfesoft, here finally is the real one.

San Quentin

Prison sucks, and Johnny Cash makes no bones about that. But in this defiant prison concert, he pulls fire, freedom, and even fun, out of that long darkness.

The Man in Black, himself an ex-con, stands proud in front of a roomful of tough convicts. He jokes, swears and takes shots at the warden, the guards and the whole prison racket.
"San Quentin, you been living hell to me!
San Quentin, I hate every inch of you!
San Quentin, what good do you think you do?
San Quentin, may you rot and burn in hell, may your walls fall
...and may all the world regret you did no good!"
It's his third trip there, and the roars, whistles and cheers let him know he is very welcome. These cons know a strong man, and a true one, when they see and hear him.

Johnny Cash has long been the most credible country singer alive, as his recent albums and anthology attest. (His personal endorsement of Bob Dylan on this cd and on the Cash TV show was a milestone for Dylan.) He never shied away from hard truth, delivered straight up. To his great credit, Cash was the first Nashville artist to condemn the Vietnam War,a brave step, indeed.

Live At San Quentin was Cash's most popular album, released in 1969 and Number One on Billboard's album chart for four weeks that Woodstock summer. The popularity was well-deserved, as this cd is close to a definitive sketch of Johnny Cash at his most powerful and wide-ranging. Oldtime folk music ("Wreck of the Old 97"), touching spirituals ("Peace in the Valley"), rockabilly ("I Walk the Line"), a Dylan cover ("Wanted Man") and a song so corny only Cash himself could pull it off to laughter and wild applause ("A Boy Named Sue").

Cash's backup on this album includes June and the Carter Family, the Statler Brothers and Carl Perkins. And that fierce audience, clapping, singing, stomping and hooting along. ("Folsom Prison Blues" suggests a jailbreak might be imminent!) A great, exciting recording. One truly free voice. - Bill Nevins

The Platinum Record

The tracks are:

01 Big River
02 I Still Miss Someone (Bonus)
03 Wreck of the Old 97
04 I Walk the Line
05 Darlin' Companion
06 I Don't Know Where I'm Bound (Bonus)
07 Starkville City Jail
08 San Quentin
09 San Quentin (continued)
10 Wanted Man
11 A Boy Named Sue
12 (There'll be) Peace in the Valley
13 Folsom Prison Blues (Bonus)
14 Ring of Fire (Bonus)
15 He turned the Water into Wine (Bonus)
16 Daddy Sang Bass (Bonus)
17 The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago (Bonus)
18 Closing Medley (Bonus)

The tracks noted as (Bonus) are missing on the original vinyl.

To Opfe: If you wanted the original set, delete these tracks :-)

A final note: No matter the CD was released in 2000, I did set the ID3tags to 1969 - makes more sense to me.

And a pre-final note: If someone is missing my humor: It got lost during the long time it took uploading :-)