With His Hot and Blue Guitar
|Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar|
|Studio album by Johnny Cash|
|Released||October 11, 1957|
|Recorded||September 1954 – August 4, 1957|
|Johnny Cash chronology|
|Singles from Johnny Cash with his Hot and Blue Guitar|
Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar is the debut album of rock and roll pioneer Johnny Cash, released on October 11, 1957. The album contained four of his hit singles: "I Walk the Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "So Doggone Lonesome," and "Folsom Prison Blues." It was re-issued on July 23, 2002 as an expanded edition, under the label Varese Vintage, containing five bonus tracks, three being alternate versions of tracks already present on the original LP. In 2012, Columbia Records reissued the album with 16 additional non-album Sun tracks as part of its 63-disc Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection box set.
Cash auditioned for a place on the music label Sun Records in 1955, but failed to impress its founder Sam Philips after presenting himself as a gospel singer. Cash was told to come back with a more commercial sound, as gospel wouldn't sell. He returned with the songs "Hey Porter!" and "Cry! Cry! Cry!" and subsequently released them as his debut single on Sun Records in July 1955. On the recording he was backed by Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass, dubbed "The Tennessee Two" by Philips. ("Hey Porter" was not included on the original Sun album, but was included in later reissues by other labels.)
"Cry! Cry! Cry!" became a commercial success, entering the country charts at number fourteen.
His second single, "Folsom Prison Blues", was released in December 1955 and reached the country Top Five in early 1956.
His final single on With His Hot and Blue Guitar, "I Walk the Line", continued his success, reaching number one on the country charts and staying there for six weeks, eventually crossing over into the pop Top 20.
All tracks written by Johnny Cash, except where noted.
|1.||"The Rock Island Line"||Unknown||2:11|
|2.||"I Heard That Lonesome Whistle"||Jimmie Davis, Hank Williams||2:25|
|4.||"If the Good Lord's Willing"||Jerry Reed||1:44|
|5.||"Cry! Cry! Cry!"||2:29|
|6.||"Remember Me"||Stuart Hamblen||2:01|
|7.||"So Doggone Lonesome"||2:39|
|8.||"I Was There When It Happened"||Jimmie Davis, Fern Jones||2:17|
|9.||"I Walk the Line"||2:46|
|10.||"The Wreck of the Old '97"||Traditional (probably Charles Noell); arranged Cash||1:48|
|11.||"Folsom Prison Blues"||2:51|
|12.||"Doin' My Time"||Jimmie Skinner||2:40|
|Bonus tracks included in 2002 re-issue|
|15.||"I Was There When It Happened (Unreleased Alternate Version)"||Davis, Jones||2:18|
|16.||"Folsom Prison Blues (Unreleased Alternate Version)"||2:34|
|17.||"I Walk the Line (Unreleased Alternate Version)"||2:40|
Note that on the Varese CD reissue, "Country Boy" is not the original "full band" version from the LP, but rather an acoustic version with just Cash and his guitar which is the demo version, but the "full band" version is available on iTunes.
See Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection for the track listing of the extended edition included in the 2012 box set.
- Johnny Cash - Main Performer, Vocals, Guitar
- Luther Perkins - Electric Guitar
- Marshall Grant - Bass
- Sam Phillips - Producer
- Cary E. Mansfield - Reissue Producer
- Bill Dahl - Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
- Dan Hersch - Digital Remastering
- Bill Pitzonka - Art Direction
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1955||"Cry Cry Cry"||Country Singles||14|
|1956||"Folsom Prison Blues"||Pop Singles||17|
|1956||"Folsom Prison Blues"||Country Singles||3|
|1955||"So Doggone Lonesome"||Country Singles||4|
|1956||"I Walk the Line"||Country Singles||1|
|1956||"I Walk the Line"||Pop Singles||17|
- With His Hot and Blue Guitar at AllMusic
- "Johnny Cash - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". Retrieved 2013-03-29.
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