My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: At Folsom Prison was recorded in January of 1968 and was released in May of the same year. The album is known for reviving Cash’s career which had been flagging commercially due to drug use.
What I think: I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I’ve never listened to this album (though I’ve heard At San Quentin numerous times). This is an interesting album to talk about, since it has a huge reputation that precedes any of the actual recording. I have to say that it earns every bit of that reputation. Cash’s banter with the inmates is humorous and at times a bit tense. The music is near perfection, highlights for me are “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Cocaine Blues” and “25 Minutes to Go”. You’ll notice I wrote near perfection though as I could really due without the novelty songs of “Dirty Old Egg-Suckin’ Dog” and “Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart”. It was also interesting to learn that “Greystone Chapel” was written by one of the inmates at the performance, that being Glen Sherley.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This surely does belong here, it’s an infamous album that deserves most of that of its reputation.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (95/118)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%