Johnny Cash – Personal File

The first of several big hitters purchased this month. During a clear out (let’s not call it ‘pillage’) of the archives of The House Of Cash after Johnny’s death a set of tapes marked Personal File were found. These were dated from 1973 for almost a decade and featured the man himself, his guitar, and his memories. It is a collection of songs from his childhood, religion and career (those never released) often with some down-home hokum introduction while he explains the significance.

And, it’s brilliant. Of course it is. Ok, it doesn’t touch on the Sun Records or American Recordings genius that bookended his career, but it does highlight that at the height of his fame (Vegas, the TV show, huge overblown orchestration) he still had what made him special. It’s probably the period when his voice was at it’s most powerful too, and this bare-bones take only serves to drive home a singular talent.

I just wonder what else is lying in the back of cupboards. The man had a lot of houses.

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Written by Tony Kiernan

09 June 2006 at 11:27 am

Posted in Records

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