America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song

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America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released July 1972
Genre Country
Length 32:57
Label Columbia
Producer Larry Butler
Johnny Cash chronology
A Thing Called Love
(1972)
America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song
(1972)
The Johnny Cash Family Christmas
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song is a concept album and the 40th overall album by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1972 (see 1972 in music). As its title suggests, it comprises a number of tracks dedicated to the topic of American history, not unlike several of Cash's other Americana albums. The record is a mix of songs and narration, in which Cash attempts to describe elements of the country's past, including famous personalities like Paul Revere or Big Foot. America also includes a re-recording of "Mr. Garfield" and "The Road to Kaintuck", songs previously released as singles in 1965 on Sings the Ballads of the True West. Most of the tracks on the album were written by Cash, with some exceptions, including a rendition of the well-known song "The Battle of New Orleans" and a reading of Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Opening Dialogue" (Cash) – 0:23
  2. "Paul Revere" (Cash/Glenn D. Tubb) – 2:17
  3. "Begin West Movement" (Cash) – 0:26
  4. "The Road to Kaintuck" (Cash/June Carter Cash) – 1:21
  5. "To the Shining Mountains" (Cash) – 0:48
  6. "The Battle of New Orleans" (Jimmie Driftwood) – 2:21
  7. "Southwestward" (Cash) – 0:37
  8. "Remember the Alamo" (Jane Bowers) – 2:26
  9. "Opening the West" (Cash) – 0:56
  10. "Lorena" (Charles Williams) – 1:50
  11. "The Gettysburg Address" (Abraham Lincoln) – 2:38
  12. "The West" (Cash) – 0:57
  13. "Big Foot" (Cash) – 3:02
  14. "Like a Young Colt" (Cash) – 0:38
  15. "Mister Garfield" (Ramblin' Jack Elliott) – 3:53
  16. "A Proud Land" (Cash) – 0:24
  17. "The Big Battle" (Cash) – 3:05
  18. "On Wheels and Wings" (Cash) – 0:30
  19. "Come Take a Trip in My Airship" (Cash) – 1:05
  20. "Reaching for the Stars" (Cash) – 0:42
  21. "These Are My People" (Cash) – 2:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Johnny Cash: vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Carl Perkins: electric guitar
  • Bob Wootton: electric guitar, gut-string guitar
  • WS Holland: drums
  • Marshall Grant: bass
  • Red Lane: rhythm guitar, gut string guitar
  • Chuck Cochran: piano
  • Norman Blake: rhythm guitar, gut string guitar, banjo
  • Mark Morris: percussion
  • Charlie McCoy: harmonica, bass
  • Ray Edenton: rhythm guitar

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Produced by: Larry Butler
  • Dialogue written by: Johnny Cash
  • Cover design: Bill Barnes
  • Cover photo: Al Clayton

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Country Albums 3
1972 Pop Albums 176

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