The legendary Johnny Cash just may be the success story of the new millennium. Now The Legend Of Johnny Cash Vol. II (Universal Music TV), continues the musical story that began with 2005’s double platinum selling The Legend Of Johnny Cash.
Spanning his monumental career from 1956 to 2003 with 20 selections from his years with Sun, Columbia, Mercury, and American, The Legend Of Johnny Cash Vol. II features the best of his country hits; performances with June Carter, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams Jr.; and the live orchestral version of the Leonard Cohen classic Bird On A Wire.
From his Sun Records era, the collection brings together the ‘50s tracks There You Go, Home Of The Blues, Ballad Of A Teenage Queen and The Ways Of A Woman In Love. Moving to the Columbia label, he concludes the decade with I Still Miss Someone and Don’t Take Your Guns To Town.
His ‘60s output is represented by the Native American tribute The Ballad Of Ira Hayes, pop-flavored It Ain’t Me (with June Carter), Daddy Sang Bass and a pair of Celtic-based tracks, Girl From The North Country (with Bob Dylan) and The Long Black Veil. His Columbia tenure closes with the album’s sole ‘70s contribution, the decade opening Flesh And Blood. From his Mercury days in the late ‘80s The Legend Of Johnny Cash Vol. II connects two Hank Williams related recordings, The Night Hank Williams Came To Town (with Waylon Jennings) and That Old Wheel (with Hank Williams Jr.).
Cash’s popular resurgence with a new generation took place on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. Included in the retrospective are The Beast In Me and Unchained from the ‘90s and I Won’t Back Down, I Hung My Head, Bird On A Wire and In The Sweet By And By from the early ‘00s.
Cash’s death at age 71 on September 12, 2003, closed a career spanning nearly half a century. Thanks to the Oscar winning 2005 biopic Walk The Line, new compilations, and even a new album, 2004 posthumous charting American V: A Hundred Highways–the Cash legend continues to grow.
There You Go
Home Of The Blues
Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
The Ways Of A Woman In Love
I Still Miss Someone
Don’t Take Your Guns To Town
The Long Black Veil
The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
It Ain’t Me Babe – With June Carter
Girl From The North Country – Bob Dylan
Daddy Sang Bass
Flesh And Blood
The Night Hank Williams Came To Town – Guest Vocal: Waylon Jennings
That Old Wheel – With Hank Willams Jr
The Beast In Me
I Won’t Back Down
I Hung My Head
Bird On A Wire (Live With Orchestra)
In The Sweet By And By