Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West

Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West
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Studio album by
Released August 2, 1965
Recorded August 14, 1959 - April 26, 1965
Genre
Length 64:52
Label Columbia
Producer
Johnny Cash chronology
Orange Blossom Special
(1965)
Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West
(1965)
Everybody Loves a Nut
(1966)
Singles from Johnny Cash Songs the Ballads of the True West
  1. "Mister Garfield / The Streets of Laredo"
    Released: June 1, 1965
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Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West is a concept double album and the 22nd overall album released by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1965 (see 1965 in music). Covering twenty individual songs, the album, as its title suggests, contains various ballads and other songs on topics related to the history of the American Old West. This includes Carl Perkins' "The Ballad of Boot Hill", "Streets of Laredo", and the sole single from the album, "Mr. Garfield", describing the shock of the population after the assassination of President James Garfield. One of the songs, "25 Minutes to Go", would later be performed at Folsom Prison and appear on Cash's famous At Folsom Prison recording in 1968, while the melody of "Streets of Laredo" would be recycled for the song "The Walls of a Prison" featured on Cash's album From Sea to Shining Sea.

Sings the Ballads of the True West was re-issued in 2002 (see 2002 in music) through Legacy Recordings, with two bonus tracks, one of which is an instrumental version of a track available on the album. The original album was included on the Bear Family box set Come Along and Ride This Train.

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Charts

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1965 "Mr. Garfield" Country Singles 15

Modern Interpretations & associations

Baltimore based creative folklore/music ensemble Television Hill have recorded a 6-song concept EP called My Name's Hardin, the title of which pokes fun at Bob Dylan's misspelling of outlaw Wes Hardin's name on his 1967 release John Wesley Harding and paying homage to Dylan's record and Johnny Cash's double concept LP Sings the Ballads of the True West. The EP is a biographical work exploring Wes Hardin's life and draws from Hardin's autobiography, Letters from Prison and an assortment of other biographical and relevant source material.

Mean as Hell!

In March, 1966 (see 1966 in music), Columbia released Mean as Hell! : Ballads From The True West, a single LP distillation of Sings the Ballads of the True West. It peaked at #4 on the top country albums chart. It has not been released on CD.

Mean as Hell! : Ballads From The True West
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Studio album by
Released March 1966
Recorded August 14, 1959 - April 26, 1965
Genre
Length 38:15
Label Columbia
Producer Don Law, Frank Jones
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Track listing

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1965 Country Albums 4

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