ARTIST: Johnny Cash
TITLE: Now Here’s Johnny Cash
YEAR RELEASED: 1961
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: So Doggone Lonesome (#4 Country), Cry! Cry! Cry (#14 Country)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Hey Porter
LINEUP: Johnny Cash, Al Casey, Luther Perkins, Marshall Grant, maybe others
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Sun Records mines its vaults again.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Thanks to some foresight by Sam Phillips and the prolific nature of Johnny Cash, Sun Records was still able to release records by Cash well after he left the label.
This collection featured 12 songs, nine of which were not on an album before, and two of them were hits for Cash very early in his career but had never been on a regular Sun album.
This odds-and-ends collection is better than most of these later Sun Records. There’s still three repeats, but the other nine cuts are pretty decent representation of early Cash.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: After three albums in 1960, this was the only Cash album released in 1961.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: There are some bonus tracks released later – Phillips hadn’t quite mined all of the tracks from his collection – though one is a very rough mix.
GRADE: B: Downgraded for three repeat tracks, but otherwise pretty solid.