At Folsom Prison

Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 351 ratings
1968 Ratings: #3
Liked by 23 people
May 1, 1968 / Release Date
Live / Format
Columbia / Label
Bob Johnston / Producer
Country / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Never before had his music seemed so vigorous as it does here, nor had he tied together his humor, gravity, and spirituality in one record. In every sense, it was a breakthrough, but more than that, At Folsom Prison is the quintessential Johnny Cash album, the place where his legend burns bright and eternal.

90
Sputnikmusic

Johnny Cash taught me to enjoy my time, even if this is prison. I hope more people hear the recording that comes out of the concert because it speaks with such emotion and tells the true story of prisoners.

MrMercury7
95
The greatest live album of all time.
zachthesnack
97
Goddammit how could you not love this

It comes off so wholesome and pure

And imagine what this meant to the incarcerated people at Folsom, this was probably the highlight of their life!

I’ll take this over any MTV Unplugged, any day
biglasagnayeet
84
"At Folsom Prison" is one of the most wholesome and fun albums I've heard in a while. The live experience, which, as the title suggests, is reaffirmed on just about every single track, where cheers seep in between Cash's vocal and instrumental pauses. However, this only adds authenticity to the record, which is as great as it is because of such qualities. Throughout the record, Cash feels as if he's having the time of his life; like singing before all those Folsom prisoners was a ... read more
MickyT
90
I've never really bothered to listen to a lot of live albums but I'd say that 'At Folsom Prison' by the Man in Black himself Johnny Cash was a great live album to start with and it's another album in the country spectrum that I enjoy. 'At Folsom Prison' is a collection of... well... live tracks from Johnny Cash's perfromances at Folsom State Prison in California and a lot of these perfromances contained some dark songs, most of which are written in the outlaws perspective, with tales of ... read more
RakkSmells
88
[Genre: Country]

Sorry Nirvana, but your title of favourite live album just got taken.

This performance is just amazing. It seemed that performing at a prison was something Johnny Cash had always wanted to do, as a lot of these songs are tailored to the prisoners with tales of being a prisoner and doing crimes. But not only did he pick the perfect songs for that performance, they downright slap too. While most of these songs sound pretty much the same the album as a whole is impossible not to ... read more
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Track List

  1. Folsom Prison Blues 
  2. Dark as a Dungeon
  3. I Still Miss Someone
  4. Cocaine Blues
  5. 25 Minutes to Go
  6. Orange Blossom Special
  7. The Long Black Veil
  8. Send a Picture of Mother
  9. The Wall
  10. Dirty Old Egg-Suckin' Dog
  11. Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart
  12. Jackson (with June Carter)
  13. Give My Love to Rose (with June Carter) 
  14. I Got Stripes
  15. Green, Green Grass of Home 
  16. Greystone Chapel 

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Added on: May 13, 2013