På Österåker

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På Österåker
Live album by Johnny Cash
Released 1973
Recorded Live 1972 at Österåker
Genre Country, folk, gospel
Length 34:07
Label Columbia
Producer Larry Butler / Charlie Bragg
Johnny Cash chronology
International Superstar
På Österåker
Any Old Wind That Blows
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars http://www.allmusic.com/album/r105818

På Österåker ("At Österåker") is a live album by country singer Johnny Cash released on Columbia Records in 1973, making it his 43rd overall release. The album features Cash's concert at the Österåker Prison in Sweden held on October 3, 1972. Its predecessors in concept are the more notable At San Quentin and At Folsom Prison. Unlike the aforementioned, På Österåker does not contain any of Cash's most well-known songs; it does, however, include a version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee". "Orleans Parish Prison" was released as a single, faring rather poorly on the charts. Cash had previously recorded "I Saw a Man" for his 1959 album, Hymns by Johnny Cash.

The majority of the songs featured in the original release would remain unique to this concert recording, though Cash would later record a studio version of "City Jail" for his 1977 album, The Last Gunfighter Ballad. Some lyrics from "City Jail" taken from the protagonist's dialogue with a policeman would later be incorporated by Cash into live performances of "Orange Blossom Special".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Orleans Parish Prison" Dick Feller 2:32
2. "Jacob Green" Johnny Cash 3:07
3. "Me and Bobby McGee" Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson 3:11
4. "The Prisoner's Song" Guy Massey 2:24
5. "The Invertebraes" Johnny Cash, Craig Dillingham, A. C. Johnston 2:27
6. "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" Gene Autry, Jimmy Long 3:08
7. "City Jail" Johnny Cash 3:56
8. "Life of a Prisoner" Larry Wilkerson 2:49
9. "Looking Back in Anger" Harlan Sanders, Glen Sherley 2:14
10. "Nobody Cared" June Carter Cash 2:07
11. "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Kris Kristofferson 3:09
12. "I Saw a Man" Arthur Smith 3:03


På Österåker was rereleased during the latter part of 2007. The album differs significantly from the original. "Orleans Parish Prison" is a completely different performance; the original release version was in fact a studio recording overdubbed with applause for the original album and single release; the 2007 Legacy reissue replaces it with the original live rendition. "San Quentin" was recorded with Cash replacing San Quentin with Österåker which was greatly appreciated by the inmates and this version, which was performed twice, is included in the reissue along with two previously unreleased performances by Carl Perkins at the same concert. In addition, the extended version includes renditions of several of Cash's well-known hits that had been omitted from the original release in deference to new material.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Walk the Line" (instrumental) Johnny Cash 1:50
2. "A Boy Named Sue" Shel Silverstein 3:22
3. "Sunday Morning Coming Down" Kris Kristofferson 4:11
4. "Österåker (San Quentin)" Johnny Cash 2:45
5. "Me and Bobby McGee" Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson 2:57
6. "Orleans Parish Prison" Dick Feller 3:16
7. "Jacob Green" Johnny Cash 2:59
8. "Life of a Prisoner" Larry Wilkerson 3:12
9. "The Prisoners Song" Guy Massey 3:04
10. "Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash 2:39
11. "City Jail" Johnny Cash 3:59
12. "Help Me Make It Through The Night" Kristofferson 3:15
13. "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" Gene Autry, Jimmy Long 3:01
14. "The Invertebraes" Cash, Craig Dillingham, A. C. Johnston 3:11
15. "Lookin' Back In Anger" Harlan Sanders, Glen Sherley 2:18
16. "I Saw A Man" Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith 3:29
17. "High Heel Sneakers" (performed by Carl Perkins) Tommy Tucker 3:20
18. "Blue Suede Shoes" (performed by Carl Perkins) Carl Perkins 3:30
19. "Dirty Old Egg Suckin' Dog" Jack Clement 2:20
20. "Wreck of the Old 97" Arranged by Cash, Bob Johnson and Norman Blake 1:46
21. "I Promise You" Johnny Cash 2:28
22. "Nobody Cared" June Carter Cash 2:00
23. "San Quentin" Johnny Cash 1:46
24. "Folsom Prison Blues" (instrumental) Johnny Cash 0:53
Total length: 1:07:31


Additional personnel (2007 reissue only)[edit]

  • Original Recordings Produced by: Larry Butler & Charlie Bragg
  • Produced for Reissue By: Al Quaglieri
  • Mixed and Mastered by: Bob Irwin at Sundazed Studios
  • Legacy A&R: Steve Berkowitz
  • Project Direction: Lars Hoglund & Tom Burleigh
  • Art Direction and Design: Ricky Tillblad & Joan Kjellberg/Zion Graphics
  • Photography: Don Hunstein, Sony BMG Archives
  • Executive Producers: John Carter Cash & Lou Robin


Singles - U.S. Billboard charts

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Orleans Parish Prison" Country Singles 52

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