Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden

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Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden
Live album by Johnny Cash
Released August 27, 2002
Recorded December 5, 1969 At Madison Square Garden
Genre Country, rock and roll, gospel
Length 76:56
Label Legacy Records / Columbia
Producer Bob Johnston (original)
Al Quagleri (for release)
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Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden is an album by Johnny Cash that was recorded on December 5 1969 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but which was not released until 2002 (making it his 86th album overall). Discounting guest appearances, this was the last release of "new" live recordings in Cash's lifetime, and was the first album of previously unreleased material to be issued by Cash's longtime label, Columbia Records since he left Columbia in 1986 (notwithstanding recordings later made for Columbia by the Highwaymen supergroup).

The album was recorded just 4 months after Cash's seminal At San Quentin was released, which is probably why it was not released soon after its recording. As with all Cash live shows of this period, he was backed up by the Tennessee Three, which consisted of W.S. Holland, Marshall Grant and Bob Wooton. Also joining Cash on stage were the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins his brother Tommy Cash and the Carter Family. Noticeably absent from the show was Cash's wife June Carter Cash, who was home pregnant with their son John Carter Cash, a fact referenced during the recording.

As with most Cash shows, the genres covered ran the gamut from country music to rockabilly to even some folk rock. Similarly to the extended releases of both the San Quentin and At Folsom Prison that had been made available around the same time, Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden includes numbers performed by Perkins, the Statlers and the Carters while Johnny was offstage. During this particular show, however, Cash introduced his father Ray and also Shel Silverstein, who wrote Cash's biggest pop hit, "A Boy Named Sue". Silverstein is the subject of some good-natured ribbing by Cash as he performs an uncensored version of "A Boy Named Sue". At the time of the recording, The Johnny Cash Show was in production and a popular TV series; its weekly "Come Along and Ride This Train" segment is referenced in the introduction to "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Big River" (J. Cash) – 2:21
  2. "I Still Miss Someone" (Cash, Roy Cash, Jr.) – 1:37
  3. "Five Feet High and Rising" (Cash) – 2:52
  4. "Pickin' Time" (Cash) – 2:36
  5. "Remember the Alamo" (Jane Bowers) – 2:48
  6. "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" (Ed McCurdy) – 3:04
  7. "Wreck of the Old 97" (Arranged by Cash, Norman George Blake, Robert Johnson) – 2:14
  8. "The Long Black Veil" (Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin) – 3:01
  9. "The Wall" (Harlan Howard) – 1:09
  10. "Send a Picture of Mother" (Cash) – 2:36
  11. "Folsom Prison Blues" (Cash) – 3:35
  12. "Blue Suede Shoes" (C. Perkins) – 3:13 (Carl Perkins)
  13. "Flowers on the Wall" (L. DeWitt) – 2:32 (The Statler Brothers)
  14. "Wildwood Flower" (A.P. Carter) – 3:45 (The Carter Family)
  15. "Worried Man Blues" (A.P. Carter) – 1:40 (The Carter Family)
  16. "A Boy Named Sue" (Shel Silverstein) – 4:25
  17. "Cocaine Blues" (T.J. Arnall) – 1:57
  18. "Jesus was a Carpenter" (C. Wren) – 3:40
  19. "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" (Pete LaFarge) – 3:11
  20. "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow" (LaFarge) – 3:50
  21. "Sing a Traveling Song" (K. Jones) – 3:30
  22. "He Turned the Water into Wine" (Cash) – 3:16
  23. "Were You There (When They Crucifed My Lord)" (Traditional, Arranged by Cash) – 4:16
  24. "Daddy Sang Bass" (Carl Perkins) – 2:15
  25. "Finale Medley" – 4:45:
    1. "Do What You Do, Do Well" (N. Miller) (Tommy Cash & Johnny Cash)
    2. "I Walk the Line" (Cash) (The Carter Family)
    3. "Ring of Fire" (Cash, M. Kilgore) (The Statler Brothers)
    4. "Folsom Prison Blues" (Cash) (Carl Perkins)
    5. "The Rebel - Johnny Yuma" (R. Markowitz, A. Fenady)
    6. "Folsom Prison Blues" (Cash)
  26. "Suppertime" (I. F. Stanphill) – 2:55


Carter Family[edit]

The Statler Brothers[edit]

Backing Band[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Original Recording Produced by: Bob Johnston
  • Produced for Release by: Al Quaglieri
  • Mixed By: Thom Cadley at Sony Music Studios, New York
  • Assistant Engineer: John Hill
  • Edited and Mastered by: Darcy Proper at Sony Music Studios, New York
  • Legacy A&R: Steve Berkowitz
  • Project Designer: John Jackson
  • A&R Coordination: Darren Salmieru
  • Art Direction: Howard Frizson
  • Design: Roxanne Slimark

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
US Billboard 200[1] 196
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[2] 39