The Man in Black 1954–1958

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The Man in Black 1954-1958
Box set by Johnny Cash
Released 1990
Recorded 1954-1958
Genre Rockabilly/Country
Length Seven hours
Label Bear Family Records BCD 15517 EH
Johnny Cash chronology
Highwayman 2
(1990)
The Man in Black 1954-1958
(1990)
Come Along and Ride this Train
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
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The Man in Black 1954–1958 is a Bear Family Records 5-CD box set of Johnny Cash's music.

The box itself is shaped as a square border box as it holds cases for the discs,and a booklet for a welcome bonus.

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Original Album Length
1. "Wide Open Road"   The Sun Years 1:50
2. "You're My Baby"   The Sun Years 1:48
3. "My Treasure"   The Sun Years 2:31
4. "My Treasure"   Now Here's Johnny Cash 1:17
5. "Hey Porter"   Previously unreleased 2:13
6. "Folsom Prison Blues"   Previously unreleased 2:32
7. "Wide Open Road"   The Sun Years 2:36
8. "My Two Timin' Woman"   The Roots of Rock, Vol. 10: Sun Country 1:59
9. "Hey Porter"   Now Here's Johnny Cash 2:15
10. "Cry! Cry! Cry!"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:29
11. "Wide Open Road"   Story Songs of the Trains and Rivers 2:30
12. "Port Of Lonely Hearts"   Now Here's Johnny Cash 2:36
13. "I Couldn't Keep from Crying"   The Singing Storyteller 2:03
14. "New Mexico"   The Sun Years 2:07
15. "Folsom Prison Blues"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:50
16. "So Doggone Lonesome"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:39
17. "Mean Eyed Cat"   Sings Hank Williams 2:30
18. "Luther Played The Boogie"   Greatest! 2:05
19. "Rock And Roll Ruby"   The Sun Years 1:44
20. "I Walk The Line"   The Sun Years 2:41
21. "Brakeman's Blues" (Incomplete) Previously unreleased 1:32
22. "Get Rhythm"   Previously unreleased 2:16
23. "Get Rhythm"   Greatest! 2:15
24. "I Walk The Line"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:46
25. "Train Of Love"   Sun Records, The Country Years 2:38
26. "Train Of Love"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:24
27. "There You Go"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:19
28. "One More Ride" (Incomplete) The Sun Years 00:50
29. "I Love You Because"   The Sun Years 2:27
30. "Goodbye Little Darling"   Greatest! 2:16
31. "I Love You Because"   Sings Hank Williams 2:28
32. "Straight A's In Love"   Sings Hank Williams 2:14
Disc Two
No. Title Original Album Length
1. "Don't Make Me Go"   Previously unreleased 2:53
2. "Next In Line"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:48
3. "Don't Make Me Go"   The Sun Years 2:33
4. "Don't Make Me Go"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:30
5. "Home Of The Blues" (Undubbed Master) Previously unreleased 3:01
6. "Give My Love To Rose"   Previously unreleased 3:12
7. "Give My Love To Rose"   Sings Hank Williams 2:46
8. "Home Of The Blues" (Overdubbed Master) Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:41
9. "Rock Island Line"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:01
10. "Wreck Of The Old 97"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 1:48
11. "Belshazzar"   The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash 2:27
12. "Country Boy"   The Sun Years 1:49
13. "Leave That Junk Alone"   The Sun Years 1:30
14. "Doin' My Time"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:39
15. "Country Boy"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 1:53
16. "If The Good Lord's Willing"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 1:44
17. "I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:25
18. "I Was There When It Happened"   Sun Records, The Country Years 2:18
19. "Remember Me"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:49
20. "I Was There When It Happened"   With His Hot and Blue Guitar 2:17
21. "Big River"   Previously unreleased 3:46
22. "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen"   Previously unreleased 2:18
23. "Goodnight Irene"   The Sun Years 2:41
24. "Big River"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:33
25. "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:14
26. "Come In Stranger"   The Roots Of Rock, Vol. 4: Cotton City Country 2:03
27. "Guess Things Happen That Way" (Undubbed Master) Previously unreleased 1:58
28. "Come In Stranger"   Sings Hank Williams 1:43
29. "Oh, Lonesome Me" (Undubbed Master) Previously unreleased 2:30
30. "Guess Things Happen That Way"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 1:52
31. "Oh, Lonesome Me" (Overdubbed Master) Now Here's Johnny Cash 2:29
Disc Three
No. Title Original Album Length
1. "Sugartime"   Previously unreleased 1:46
2. "Born To Lose" (Undubbed Master) The Sun Years 2:10
3. "You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:41
4. "Born To Lose"   The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash 2:11
5. "Sugartime" (Overdubbed Master) Now Here's Johnny Cash 1:50
6. "Story Of A Broken Heart"   The Sun Years 2:33
7. "Always Alone" (Incomplete) The Sun Years 1:35
8. "Always Alone"   The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash 1:52
9. "Story Of A Broken Heart" (False Starts) Previously unreleased 2:28
10. "Story Of A Broken Heart"   Now Here's Johnny Cash 2:12
11. "You Tell Me"   Greatest! 1:55
12. "Life Goes On"   Now Here's Johnny Cash 2:01
13. "You Win Again"   Previously unreleased 2:18
14. "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You"   Previously unreleased 2:14
15. "Hey Good Lookin'"   Previously unreleased 1:43
16. "I Can't Help It"   Previously unreleased 1:46
17. "Cold Cold Heart"   Previously unreleased 2:21
18. "Blue Train"   All Aboard the Blue Train 2:03
19. "Katy Too"   Greatest! 1:58
20. "The Ways Of A Woman In Love"   The Sun Years 2:28
21. "Fools Hall Of Fame"   Previously unreleased 2:25
22. "The Ways Of A Woman In Love"   Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 2:17
23. "Thanks A Lot"   Greatest! 2:38
24. "It's Just About Time"   Previously unreleased 2:08
25. "I Forgot To Remember To Forget"   Previously unreleased 2:10
26. "I Just Thought You'd Like To Know"   Greatest! 2:25
27. "It's Just About Time"   Greatest! 2:10
28. "I Forgot To Remember To Forget"   Greatest! 1:55
29. "Down The Street To 301"   Now Here's Johnny Cash 2:03
Disc Four
No. Title Original Album Length
1. "Oh What A Dream"   Previously unreleased 2:05
2. "I'll Remember You"   Previously unreleased 2:07
3. "Drink To Me"   Songs of Our Soil 1:54
4. "What Do I Care"   "All Over Again" B-side 2:08
5. "Suppertime"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:51
6. "It Was Jesus"   Hymns by Johnny Cash 2:05
7. "Oh What A Dream"   Columbia Records 1958-1986 2:03
8. "I'll Remember You"   Previously unreleased 2:05
9. "Mama's Baby"   The Unissued Johnny Cash 2:22
10. "The Troubadour"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:16
11. "Run Softly Blue River"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:15
12. "All Over Again"   Single A-side 2:15
13. "That's All Over"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 1:54
14. "Frankie's Man Johnnie"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:17
15. "Fool's Hall Of Fame"   The Unissued Johnny Cash 2:09
16. "Walkin' The Blues"   The Unissued Johnny Cash 2:14
17. "Lead Me Father"   Hymns by Johnny Cash 2:27
18. "That's Enough"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:42
19. "I Still Miss Someone"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:36
20. "One More Ride"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:02
21. "Pickin' Time"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 1:59
22. "Don't Take Your Guns To Town"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 3:04
23. "I'd Rather Die Young"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:31
24. "The Shepherd Of My Heart"   The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:12
25. "Cold Shoulder"   The Unissued Johnny Cash 1:52
Disc Five
No. Title Original Album Length
1. "Lead Me Father" (Takes 1-4) Previously unreleased 3:41
2. "Lead Me Father" (Takes 5-9) Previously unreleased 4:32
3. "Lead Me Father" (Takes 10-12) Previously unreleased 3:47
4. "Lead Me Father" (Master-Take 13) Hymns by Johnny Cash 2:36
5. "That's Enough" (Takes 1-3) Previously unreleased 2:28
6. "That's Enough" (Master-Take 4) The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:52
7. "I Still Miss Someone" (Takes 1-5) Previously unreleased 4:07
8. "I Still Miss Someone" (Takes 6-8) Previously unreleased 4:19
9. "I Still Miss Someone" (Takes 9-10) Previously unreleased 2:55
10. "I Still Miss Someone" (Master-Take 11) The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:43
11. "One More Ride" (Takes 1-4) Previously unreleased 3:09
12. "One More Ride" (Takes 5-11) Previously unreleased 2:16
13. "One More Ride" (Master-Take 12) The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:06
14. "Pickin' Time" (Takes 1-2) Previously unreleased 2:32
15. "Pickin' Time" (Master-Take 3) The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:04
16. "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" (Takes 1-4) Previously unreleased 2:46
17. "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" (Takes 5-6) Previously unreleased 3:31
18. "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" (Master) The Fabulous Johnny Cash 3:04
19. "I'd Rather Die Young" (Take 1 and Master-Take 2) The Fabulous Johnny Cash 2:53
20. "The Shepherd Of My Heart" (Takes 1-2 and Master-Take 3) The Fabulous Johnny Cash 3:31
21. "Cold Shoulder" (Master-Take 1 and Master-Take 2) The Unissued Johnny Cash 2:15

Song information[edit]

Previously unissued:

  • CD 1: tracks 5, 6, 21, 22
  • CD 2: tracks 1, 5, 6, 21, 22, 27, 29
  • CD 3: tracks 1, 13 to 17, 21, 24, 25
  • CD 4: tracks 1, 2, 7, 8,3

CD 5 contains a complete session: false starts, breakdowns, rejected and finished masters of songs recorded on August 13, 1958.

Numbers next to some songs indicate the year of the release.

Credits[edit]

  • Mastered By - Bob Jones
  • Producer - Don Law, Jack Clement, Sam Phillips
  • Reissue Producer - Colin Escott, Richard Weize

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