At San Quentin
|At San Quentin|
|Live album by Johnny Cash|
|Released||June 4, 1969|
|Recorded||Live at San Quentin State Prison, February 24, 1969|
|Producer||Bob Johnston (original)
Bob Irwin (re-release)
|Johnny Cash chronology|
|Robert Christgau||B− |
|Rolling Stone||favorable |
The album was a follow-up to Cash's previous live album, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful At Folsom Prison.
On the original LP release, the song order was changed and several songs were cut, presumably for space reasons. Despite the title of the version released on CD in 2000 – At San Quentin (The Complete 1969 Concert) – the CD does not contain the entire concert uncut, but does feature additional tracks and running order that parallels the actual setlist. In 2010, the album was reissued on vinyl by Sundazed Records with the original Columbia catalog number LP 5362. The reissued Sundazed vinyl is an exact copy of the original record except that the back cover has a barcode and indicates it is a Sundazed issue. Performed but not included were the songs "Jackson" and "Orange Blossom Special", which are included in the video release of the show. Two songs were somehow slowed down by half a step ("Starkville City Jail" and "Blistered"), possibly due to using another tape machine while the tape on the original machine was changed. The album was certified gold on August 12, 1969, platinum and double platinum on November 21, 1986, and triple platinum on March 27, 2003 by the RIAA.
Track listing 
All songs by Johnny Cash except as indicated.
Original release 
- "Wanted Man" (Bob Dylan)
- "Wreck of the Old 97"* (arranged by Cash, Bob Johnston, Norman Blake)
- "I Walk the Line"
- "Darling Companion" (John Sebastian)
- "Starkville City Jail"
- "San Quentin"
- "San Quentin"
- "A Boy Named Sue" (Shel Silverstein)
- "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley" (Thomas A. Dorsey)
- "Folsom Prison Blues"
CD reissue (2000) 
- "Big River" – 1:56
- "I Still Miss Someone" (J. Cash, Roy Cash) – 1:52
- "Wreck of the Old 97"* (arranged by Cash, Johnston, Blake) – 2:05
- "I Walk the Line" – 3:29
- "Darlin' Companion" (Sebastian) – 3:21
- "I Don't Know Where I'm Bound" (T. Cuttie) – 2:24
- "Starkville City Jail" – 6:15
- "San Quentin" – 4:07
- "San Quentin" – 3:13
- "Wanted Man" (Dylan) – 3:24
- "A Boy Named Sue" (Silverstein) – 3:59
- "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley" (Dorsey) – 2:30
- "Folsom Prison Blues" – 4:24
- "Ring of Fire" (June Carter, Merle Kilgore) – 2:07
- "He Turned the Water Into Wine" – 4:01
- "Daddy Sang Bass" (Carl Perkins) – 2:43
- "The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago" (L.R. Dalton) – 2:16
- "Closing Medley: Folsom Prison Blues/I Walk the Line/Ring of Fire/The Rebel-Johnny Yuma" (Cash)/(Cash)/(Carter, Kilgore)/(R. Markowitz, A. Fenady) – 5:08
* Has no author-credit. Apparently David G. George never won a law-suit against RCA-Victor in 1933 over the copyrights for this song.
It is worth noting, however, that it seems to be widely accepted that Henry Whitter wrote the music, as "The Ship That Never Returned"; Fred Lewey wrote the original words, and Charles Noell wrote the original two additional verses. Source: http://www.ezfolk.com/bgbanjo/bgb-tabs/wreck97/wreckbio/wreckbio.html
Legacy edition (2006) 
- Disc 1
|1||San Quentin||4.09||Johnny Cash||Johnny Cash|
|2||San Quentin||3:13||Johnny Cash||Johnny Cash|
|3||Wanted Man||3:29||Johnny Cash||Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan|
|4||Restless||3:54||Carl Perkins||Carl Perkins|
|5||A Boy Named Sue||3:45||Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins|
|6||Blistered||1:46||Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins|
|7||(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley||3:13||Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins||Dorsey|
|8||The Outside Looking In||3:00||Carl Perkins|
|9||Less of Me||2:45||The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins|
|10||Ring of Fire||2:07||Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins||Carter, Kilgore|
|11||He Turned The Water Into Wine||4:01||Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins|
|12||Daddy Sang Bass||2:43||Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins|
|13||The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago||2:16||Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins||Dalton|
|14||Closing Medley: Folsom Prison Blues/I Walk The Line/Ring of Fire/Folsom Prison Blues/The Rebel - Johnny Yuma/Folsom Prison Blues||5:08||June Carter/The Carter Family/The Statler Brothers/Carl Perkins/Johnny Cash/Johnny Cash|
- Disc 3 (DVD)
- The original 1969 documentary produced by Granada TV in the U.K. chronicles Cash's historic concert at the maximum security prison. Includes footage of the concert that became the 1969 best-selling LP, and features an edited performance of the number 1 hit "A Boy Named Sue". Also contains one-on-one interviews with several of the prison guards and inmates, talking about their time and experiences behind bars. (Running time: approx. 60 minutes)
Sundazed (2010) 
- 1. "Wanted Man"
- 2. "Wreck of the Old 97"
- 3. "I Walk the Line"
- 4. "Darling Companion"
- 5. "Starkville City Jail"
- 6. "San Quentin"
- 7. "San Quentin"
- 8. "A Boy named Sue"
- 9. "Peace in the Valley"
- 10. "Folsom Prison Blues"
- Johnny Cash - vocal, Acoustic guitar
- June Carter Cash - vocal
- Carter Family - vocals, Autoharp, Guitar
- Marshall Grant - bass guitar
- W.S. Holland - drums
- Carl Perkins - electric guitar
- Bob Wootton - electric guitar
- The Statler Brothers - vocals
Album - U.S. Billboard charts
Singles - U.S. Billboard charts
|1969||"A Boy Named Sue"||Country Singles||1|
|1969||"A Boy Named Sue"||Pop Singles||2|
- Cash, Johnny, et al. (2000). Johnny Cash At San Quentin liner notes. New York: Sony/Columbia/Legacy.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Johnny Cash at San Quentin Review at Allmusic. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- Christgau, Robert. "Johnny Cash". Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- Marsh, Phil (July 26, 1969). "Johnny Cash: At San Quentin". RS 38. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
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