Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash

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Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash
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Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released August 6, 1963
Recorded July 24, 1958 - March 25, 1963
Length 33:36
Label Columbia
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Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash is the sixteenth album in total by the singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1963 (see 1963 in music). This album collects tracks from singles and an EP released between 1959 and 1963, Cash's first years on the Columbia label, and marked the first release of these tracks in LP format, with the exception of "I Still Miss Someone," which had previously appeared on the 1958 album The Fabulous Johnny Cash. "Ring of Fire", one of Cash's most famous tracks, made its first LP appearance here. Ring of Fire was the first #1 album when Billboard debuted their Country Album Chart on Jan. 11, 1964. It was certified Gold on 2/11/1965 by the RIAA. It stands as the only Columbia "greatest hits" collection to be included in the Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection box set.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Released Length
1. "Ring of Fire" (Single A-Side) June Carter Cash, Merle Kilgore April 1963 2:38
2. "I'd Still Be There" ("Ring of Fire" B-Side) Cash, Johnny Horton April 1963 2:34
3. "What Do I Care" ("All Over Again" B-Side) Cash September 1958 2:07
4. "I Still Miss Someone" ("Don't Take Your Guns To Town" B-side) Johnny Cash, Roy Cash December 1958 2:35
5. "Forty Shades of Green" ("The Rebel - Johnny Yuma" B-side) Cash April 1961 2:54
6. "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord" ("Peace In The Valley" B-side) Traditional, The Carter Family October 1962 3:56
7. "The Rebel - Johnny Yuma" (From Johnny Yuma EP) Richard Markowitz, Andrew Fenady 1959 1:52
8. "Bonanza" (Single A-side) Jay Livingston, Ray Evans August 1962 2:20
9. "The Big Battle" (Single A-side) Cash February 1962 4:03
10. "Remember the Alamo" (From Johnny Yuma EP) Jane Bowers 1959 2:50
11. "Tennessee Flat Top Box" (Single A-side) Cash September 1961 3:00
12. "Peace In The Valley" (Single A-side) Thomas A. Dorsey October 1962 2:47
Total length: 33:36


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Produced By: Don Law and Frank Jones
  • Reissue Producer: Bob Irwin
  • Digitally Remastered for CD by: Vic Anesini, Sony Music Studios, NY
  • Cover Photo: Frank Bez
  • Liner Notes: Joe Goldberg


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1963 Country Albums 1
1963 Pop Albums 26

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1961 "The Rebel - Johnny Yuma" Country Singles 24
1961 "Tennessee Flat Top Box" Country Singles 11
1961 "Tennessee Flat Top Box" Pop Singles 84
1962 "The Big Battle" Country Singles 24
1962 "Bonanza" Pop Singles 94
1963 "What Do I Care" Country Singles 7
1963 "What Do I Care" Pop Singles 52
1963 "Ring of Fire" Country Singles 1
1963 "Ring of Fire" Pop Singles 17

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