Chris Willman
December 03, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Johnny Cash
genre
Country

We gave it an A

Three years after providing dramatic bookends for Walk the Line, Johnny Cash’s 1968 Folsom shows get unchained, in their entirety. The first disc of At Folsom Prison is his unabridged morning set; a second CD offers a mostly unheard afternoon show, where his voice goes wildly out of control, as if the convicts plied him with pills at lunchtime. Hearing him sing ? about how he ”shot that bad bitch down,” you wonder if any performer in history knew his ? audience quite so well. A

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