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Johnny Cash – Bear’s Sonic Journals – Live At The Carousel Ballroom April 24 1968 (2021) [24-96]

Owsley Stanley Foundation and Renew Records/BMG release Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968, an historic and never-heard live concert recorded in San Francisco by innovative sound wizard Owsley Stanley. Captured in the heart of Haight-Ashbury, just days before the release of Cash’s iconic At Folsom Prison album (and over six months before the arrival of the equally revered At San Quentin), At The Carousel Ballroom serves as a third essential – and wholly unique – live document from the era, a moment of cultural collision, with Cash leaning into songs about society’s outcasts, while playing a venue operated by The Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead.

Live At The Carousel Ballroom captures Cash at the height of his charismatic powers, in playful and powerful dialogue with his then-new bride June Carter, and backed by his legendary band The Tennessee Three: guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant and drummer W.S. Holland. His set list that evening diverged from other concerts of the time, as Cash chose to cover two Bob Dylan compositions (“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” and his earliest known recording of “One Too Many Mornings”) and perform songs of the overlooked and underserved such as “The Ballad of Ira Hayes.”

Recorded by Stanley in a verité style, the album startles with its clarity and dimension. Many of the sound reproduction techniques that Stanley pioneered while serving as the in-house engineer at the Carousel are accepted sonic gospel today. When he listened back to the Cash concert, he knew he had captured something special, immediately earmarking it for preservation. This release marks the latest entry in the Owsley Stanley Foundation’s ‘Bear’s Sonic Journals’ series, which has previously included Stanley’s live recordings of The Allman Brothers Band, Tim Buckley, Doc & Merle Watson and many more.

“When you hear this, you feel like you are on the stage with the band,” says Starfinder. John Carter Cash agrees, describing At The Carousel Ballroom as “what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard.”

The Owsley Stanley Foundation’s 8th release of Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash – At the Carousel Ballroom features Cash playing songs of outsiders, outlaws, and in-laws, exquisitely captured by Bear.

“A masterpiece. Dad gave what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard.” – John Carter Cash

Thanks go out to AikoWolf for the share

Release Date: October 29, 2021

Track Listing:

  1. Cocaine Blues
  2. The Long Black Veil
  3. Orange Blossom Special
  4. I’m Going To Memphis
  5. The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
  6. Rock Island Line
  7. Guess Things Happen That Way
  8. One Too Many Mornings
  9. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  10. Give My Love To Rose
  11. Green, Green Grass Of Home
  12. Old Apache Squaw
  13. Lorena
  14. Forty Shades Of Green
  15. Bad News
  16. Jackson
  17. Tall Lover Man
  18. June’s Song Introduction
  19. Wildwood Flower
  20. Foggy Mountain Top
  21. This Land Is Your Land
  22. Wabash Cannonball
  23. Worried Man Blues
  24. Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man
  25. Ring of Fire
  26. Big River
  27. Don’t Take Your Guns To Town
  28. I Walk The Line

WE GOT MARRIED IN A FEVER, HOTTER THAN A PEPPER SPROUT

10 thoughts on “Johnny Cash – Bear’s Sonic Journals – Live At The Carousel Ballroom April 24 1968 (2021) [24-96]

  1. Ozymandias

    Man, Sat. mornings is for Country-ish and 70s Soul music for us, and this is making a killer Sat. morning. Pardon all the comments from me but this is special, as John Carter Cash thought as well. Thanks again Aiko, and BTJ.

    Isleys up next.

    1. aikowolf

      You’re welcome! Circumstances prevent me from really being able to post and seed right now but rest assured I’m still on the lookout for new releases and getting that info to the rest of the normal cast of characters.

      This is truly an awesome JC show.