20-BIT digitally remastered.
It was a sunny cool day on January 13, 1968, when Johnny Cash performed a concert at Folsom Prison. Cash's imposing bass-baritone is in front of the bumping, "boom-chicka-boom" two-beat that was the hallmark of the Tennessee Three, led by his longtime guitarist Luther Perkins (who died that same year in a tragic fire). Also on board for the crackling set were Cash's future wife June Carter, The Statler Brothers quartet, and the legendary Carl Perkins. There had never been a recording session quite like the one that produced this album. Playing to 2,000 inmates--and, of course, their well-armed guards - at a notoriously tough California penitentiary, Cash tapped right into the tension in the hall. Having been through a scrape or two with the law in his younger, wilder days, he offered a number of songs that resonated with this audience. But then he broke thetension with the gallows humor of "25 Minutes To Go," the comic vignette of his "Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog," and a tale of woe concerning how he got the big kiss-off ("Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart").