Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar


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by Verian USER (5 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2012 | 18 replies | 2,582 views


Release Date: 1957 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The debut album from Johnny cash on the legedary Sun Label. Better than the debut of Elvis?

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar is the debut album of Johnny Cash, released on October 11, 1957. The album contained four of his hit singles: "I Walk the Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "So Doggone Lonesome," and "Folsom Prison Blues." It was re-issued on July 23, 2002 as an expanded edition, under the label Varese Vintage, containing five bonus tracks, three being alternate versions of tracks already present on the original LP. On the Varese re-issue It would appear that the version of ‘"Country Boy’, may well not be the one on the original release, it’s still a good version though.

Since the introduction of CD’s there seems to have been a move towards filling them up, with albums usually being at least 50 minutes, and many being well over an hour long. ‘The original vinyl of ‘with His Hot and Blue Guitar’ is 27 minutes and 40 seconds long and packs more quality into that short time span than many of the big acts of modern times could ever manage.

‘Folsom Prison Blues’ offers up the iconic lyric, “When I was just a baby my mama told me, Son, Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns, But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” later performed at Folsom Prison itself and resulting in a loud cheer from the prisoners. This track seems to me to be the first step on his path to becoming ‘The Man In Black’. Then again we have ‘I Walk Line’, a song with resonance through the ages and which was the title of the 2005 biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon. It was also the first number one Billboard (Country) hit for Cash. The single remained on the record charts for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies.

‘with His Hot and Blue Guitar ‘ was the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Records label. Phillips had Elvis, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis on the roster, but chose Cash for their first Long Player, and listening to this solid collection of songs, sparsely performed, with Cash accompanied by the Tennessee Two (Luther Perkins & Marshall Grant) it is fairly clear why. Also, four of the tracks had already been hits (I Walk the Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "So Doggone Lonesome," and "Folsom Prison Blues") so it was a solid foundation upon which to take the first foray into releasing Long Players. It is not immediately evident upon first listen that there is a the lack of drums, as the songs don’t miss percussion, standing up quite well for themselves without the need for beat, provided as it is by the upright bass and tick-a-tacka guitar.

Though it may be a contentious statement, I would rate this album higher than the debut release from then stablemate, Elvis Presley, which is a great album, but somehow more contrived and, as a whole, not as well conceived. This first release from Cash is extremely well formed, with not a second of wasted space, great songs, performed wonderfully and should be taken out and played regularly. It’s almost criminal not to.

Personnel:
Johnny Cash - Main Performer, Vocals
Luther Perkins - Electric Guitar
Marshall Grant – Bass
Sam Phillips – Producer


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An early audible example of American despair....


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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012



15882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cash >>>>> Elvis
pos'd

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ReturnToRock
October 3rd 2012



3448 Comments


This reads like a Wikipedia entry.

Verian
October 3rd 2012



15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ReturnToRock, I'll take that as a compliment, thanks.

ReturnToRock
October 3rd 2012



3448 Comments


It wasn't exactly meant as one. You give too much information about Cash himself and his trajectory, and too little about the actual album and its songs, plus you repeat the point about four hit singles twice.

Verian
October 3rd 2012



15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I imagine it wasn't. For my first attempt I thought it was a decent effort.

ReturnToRock
October 3rd 2012



3448 Comments


It is. Definitely well-written, just a little encyclopedic. But I'm not hating, I'm giving you advice.

tarkus
October 3rd 2012



5560 Comments


rules

Verian
October 4th 2012



15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No problem, I didn't think you were. I'll keep it in mind for the next one. Cheers.

FourthReich
October 4th 2012



17306 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuckin' smart user right here!

Verian
October 8th 2012



15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks FourthReich


tommygun
July 26th 2013



24178 Comments


groovy shit

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tommygun
July 29th 2013



24178 Comments


agreed this is so fuckin cash

FourthReich
July 29th 2013



17306 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hey porter what time ya sayyyyyy

tommygun
July 29th 2013



24178 Comments


I GOT LIVESTOCK MOTHERFUCKER

someguest
March 1st 2014



20393 Comments


Everyone on this web site should have a copy of this album.

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PowerBlitz
March 11th 2014



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a very charming album, the charisma he had in this album is amazing.
Rock Island Line is just incredible.

PowerBlitz
April 20th 2014



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyone else get this on vinyl on Record Store Day??

deathschool
April 20th 2014



6802 Comments


Cash destroys Presley in every conceivable way. Elvis wasn't even a songwriter. The pedestal Elvis has been put on really pisses me off sometimes.

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