My mom was a big Johnny Cash fan, and I was regularly subjected to At Folsom Prison during my childhood. I developed a bit of a phobia around a couple of the songs, which seemed too intense and disturbing to my very young mind – like that bit in “Folsom Prison Blues” where Cash sings “I shot a man in Reno / Just to watch him die.” After a few visits to an actual prison – San Quentin in fact, which Cash later sang at in another album – all the prison songs seemed too intense to me and the whole album made me a bit uncomfortable.
I can listen to the whole thing now, and do, with great pleasure, but even when i was little I loved this song. It’s perfect for kids – maybe The Wiggles or Raffi will cover it one of these days… Or maybe not – it does have a real badass quality to it.
It’s brilliant. Funny, sharp and rollicking.
Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison & San Quentin: Johnny Cash had been breaking new ground for a decade when At Folsom Prison suddenly made the world at large take notice. The interaction of a volatile prison population starved for entertainment and a desperately on-form Johnny Cash was electrifying. His somber machismo finally found a home. The songs, which included every prison song Cash knew (“I Got Stripes,” “The Wall,” “25 Minutes to Go,” “Cocaine Blues,” plus his own “Folsom Prison Blues”) were tailored to galvanize the crowd. This set is all about atmosphere. Live at the Grand Ole Opry this ain’t. (via A small selection of whatever fills my head!)
- Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison – Amazon.com
- The Essential Johnny Cash – Amazon.com
- At Folsom Prison – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- A small selection of whatever fills my head!: Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison & San Quentin.
- Johnny Cash-At Folsom Prison-Remastered-2006 – 4shared.com – download
- Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison (1968) [FLAC] (download torrent) – TPB
- Johnny Cash – Folsom – Legacy (download torrent) – TPB