Release Date: Oct 11, 2011
Record label: Columbia
Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Country-Folk, Country Gospel, Traditional Country
You've got to be a Johnny Cash fan to truly appreciate what's happening on the third volume in Legacy's Bootleg series Live Around the World. This double-disc collection contains 53 tracks culled from 23 years, 1956 to 1979. The heart of its performances are from the Newport Folk Festival in 1964; a show for the troops in Long Binh, Vietnam in 1969; for Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970, and at the Osteraker Prison in Sweden in 1972.
It might be possible to become saturated with Johnny Cash releases. This year alone has given us three double-disc volumes in the Bootleg series. The first offered a collection of solo songs apparently recorded for personal use, and the second compiled relatively early rarities. This third volume Live Around the World does basically what you’d expect, grabbing performances from a variety of locations.
There’s little here that doesn’t back up the opinion of Cash as an American Original. John Robinson 2011 Notorious for many things, Richard M Nixon should maybe have got more recognition as a music journalist. Introducing Johnny Cash at a 1970 White House concert, the President tells the gathered notables that Cash "was born in Arkansaw, lives in Tennessee, but belongs to all America".