Johnny Cash was one of the most influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare, percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. He created his own subgenre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world weariness of country. Cash's career coincided with the birth of rock & roll, and his rebellious attitude and simple, direct musical attack shared a lot of similarities with rock. He was one of country music's biggest stars of the '50s and '60s, and this compilation offers an excellent selection of some of his finest songs from Johnny Cash's landmark Sun Records albums.
Highlights include “I Walk The Line”, "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hey Porter," and "Big River" as they show Cash's ability to build vivid imagery with simple lyrics. "I Walk the Line" and "Give My Love to Rose" exemplify his direct emotional appeal. This is a superb way to expand your collection beyond the well traversed hits.