Johnny Cash, The Legend of Johnny Cash
Universal Music Company, 2005
Legend of Johnny Cash is one of those career-spanning compilations,
ranging from Cash’s first hit (1954, Sun Records), “Cry, Cry, Cry,” to
2003’s “Hurt,” produced by star re-maker Rick Rubin. There are 21 tracks
on the disk, in order of release date, every one a favorite of Cash
problem is, any Cash fan already has these songs. Sure, it’s interesting
to hear, in one sitting, how Cash’s voice and style changed over the
years. You can hear the drugs and then the sobriety. Heck, you can even
hear a difference in the music he recorded after he cracked up June
Carter’s Cadillac in the night he was kicked off the Grand Old Opry in
the late 1950s. (He’d broken his nose, again.) But there is nothing new
about the disk.
fans, and there likely will be a lot of interest engendered by Cash’s
upcoming biopic Walk the Line (Nov. 18), will enjoy it, as it gives them
every Cash hit from every decade of his recording career. It’s a quick
Frankly, I bought the disk for the liner notes, knowing I already had
every song on the record. Considering I’ve read both of Cash’s
autobiographies, I didn’t find anything new there either. In fact, I
found a mistake, leading me to believe the album was a rush job.
Sorry, Johnny, there’s not much of a legacy in The Legend.