Johnny Cash portrait This page is the second part of a larger Johnny Cash discography, reviewing his albums made from 1970-79. More album reviews can be found on the pages listed below, along with other Cash-related resources and links.

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Johnny Cash "Sings Folsom Prison Blues" (Sun, 1970)

Johnny Cash "The Blue Train" (Sun, 1970)

Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash "Jackson" (Columbia, 1970)

Johnny Cash "The Legend" (1970)

Johnny Cash "The Walls Of A Prison" (Columbia-Harmony, 1970)

Johnny Cash "Sunday Down South" (Sun, 1970)

Johnny Cash "Showtime" (Sun, 1970)

Johnny Cash "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash" (Columbia, 1970)

Johnny Cash "The Singing Storyteller" (Sun, 1970)

Johnny Cash "The World Of Johnny Cash" (Columbia, 1970)

Johnny Cash "Sings I Walk The Line" (Sun, 1970)

Johnny Cash "The Rough Cut King Of Country Music" (Sun, 1970)

Johnny Cash "The Johnny Cash Show" (Columbia, 1970)

Johnny Cash "I Walk The Line" (Soundtrack) (Columbia, 1970)

Johnny Cash "Little Fauss And Big Halsy" (Soundtrack) (1970)

Johnny Cash "Man In Black" (Columbia, 1971)

Johnny Cash "The Man, His World, His Music" (Columbia, 1971)

Johnny Cash "Understand Your Man" (Columbia, 1971)

Johnny Cash "A Thing Called Love" (Columbia, 1972)

Johnny Cash "Give My Love To Rose" (Columbia, 1972)

Johnny Cash "America" (Columbia, 1972)
Balancing out his affinity for the political counterculture, Johnny recorded this concept album of patriotic and historical recitations and story-songs. Great for history buffs and kitsch collectors, but not one of his best efforts musically speaking. Still, there is a song for every battle, from the War Of Independence on down through, 1812, the Alamo, etc., as well as songs that reflect the growing American culture and spirit of exploration and pioneering, from settling the colonial West (Kentucky and Ohio), to the moon launches of the '60s. True, Cash adds a certain gravitas to the proceedings, but he also sounds like he's running on autopilot during many of the sessions. His version of the moving Civil War weeper, "Lorena," is pretty darn nice, though.

Johnny Cash "The Johnny Cash Songbook" (1972)

Johnny Cash "Christmas: The Johnny Cash Family" (Columbia, 1972)

Johnny Cash "The Gospel Road" (Columbia, 1973)

Johnny Cash "Any Old Wind That Blows" (Columbia, 1973)

Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash "Johnny Cash And His Woman" (Columbia, 1973)
Ah, Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug must have loved this album title...!

Johnny Cash "Sunday Morning Coming Down" (Columbia, 1973)

Johnny Cash "Ballads Of The American Indian" (Columbia, 1973)

Johnny Cash "Ragged Old Flag" (Columbia, 1974)
Ol' Johnny really had a few bones to pick on this issue-oriented album, which reflects the disillusionment and disaffection of Middle America in the post-Watergate era. Environmental collapse, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and patriotism are all adressed, with Cash adopting a somewhat aggrieved tone, an exasperated insistence that us folks could probably all pull together and make things a lot better than they've been. A good album, although a bit more "message-y" than his work tends to be. The title track is a classic country recitation, while the rest of the record has plenty of solid music to back it up... and plenty of powerful lyrics, many with real emotional punch.

Johnny Cash "The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me" (Columbia, 1973)

Johnny Cash "Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories" (Columbia, 1975)

Johnny Cash "The Children's Album" (Columbia, 1975)

Johnny Cash "John R. Cash" (Columbia, 1975)

Johnny Cash "Johnny Cash At Osteraker Prison" (Columbia, 1975)
Good lord... how many prisons are there in this country? And did Johnny Cash sing at each and every one of them?? Oh, wait: this one is in Sweden... what a weird venue. Actually, it's another solid set from the Man In Black, with an understandably appreciative audience. (Note: several of these tracks were reissued on the 2010 Setlist CD... worth tracking down if you like his live stuff.

Johnny Cash "Look At Them Beans" (Columbia, 1975)

Johnny Cash "Strawberry Cake" (Columbia, 1975)

Johnny Cash "One Piece At A Time" (Columbia, 1976)

Johnny Cash "Destination Victoria Station" (Columbia, 1976)

Johnny Cash "The Last Gunfighter Ballad" (Columbia, 1977)
(Produced by Johnny Cash & Charlie Bragg)

The title track's a little-known Guy Clark tune (and sounds pretty good here in Cash's hands...) While it's easy to discount this as another one of his down-period albums, with Johnny and Co. coasting again, this disc actually has some nice, moving performances, notably gospel numbers like "Give It Away" and "Far Side Banks Of Jordan," a nice duet with Jan Howard with additional backing by the remnants of the Carter Family. Johnny's brother Tommy also puts in an appearance on a version of "That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine," which closes the album. Worth checking out!

Johnny Cash "The Rambler" (Columbia, 1977)

Johnny Cash "I Would Like To See You Again" (Columbia, 1978)

Johnny Cash "Gone Girl" (Columbia, 1978)

Johnny Cash "Silver" (Columbia, 1979)

(Produced by Brian Ahern)

Riding high off several years of sculpting delicious Emmylou Harris hits, producer Brian Ahern was brought in to twiddle the knobs on this late-'70s Cash effort. It's not a complete stylistic mismatch; I'm generally in favor of hearing Johnny try something different, although his low-key delivery isn't well suited to reap the benefits of Ahern's ornate "Happy Sack" production style, and Ahern wisely doesn't try to lay it on too thick. This album is sleepy, but it has its moments; and they did manage to get a big hit out of a cover version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky..." A few re-recordings, several new tunes, a bunch of guest performers -- including George Jones, a late '70s edition of the Carter Family, and bluegrasser Ricky Skaggs, brought in as a studio player on several songs. There's also a Rodney Crowell song on here, "Bullfighter," which was never one of Rodney's finest efforts, but it's still worth noting the introduction of material by Johnny's new son-in-law... Not Johnny's best, but it's a decent entry in his ouvre. (The CD reissue includes two previously unreleased duets with George Jones... both pretty rough, but "I Got Stripes" is kinda fun...)

Johnny Cash "A Believer Sings The Truth" (Columbia, 1979)

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