Johnny Cash’s 1968 live album gets its first official release

Days before Johnny Cash released his iconic live album At Folsom Prison in 1968, he performed in San Francisco in a venue run by members of Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. His group included June Carter Cash, Luther Perkins, Marshall Grant and WS Holland. This show was recorded by The Dead’s sound manager, Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and this year, its official release is late.

At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968 was released on vinyl and CD on September 24 (via Owsley Stanley Foundation / Renew Records / BMG / Legacy Recordings). The tracklist includes two Bob Dylan covers: “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” and “One Too Many Mornings”. Check out the recording of the album “Going to Memphis” below (via Rolling Stone).

The release contains essays in the cover notes of Cash’s son John Carter Cash, Stanley’s son Starfinder Stanley, and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, at the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968:

01 cocaine blues
02 Long Black Veil
03 Orange Blossom Special [CD/digital only]
04 Go to Memphis
05 The ballad of Ira Hayes
06 Rock Island Line
07 Guess Things Are This Way
08 too early a morning
09 Don’t think twice, everything is fine
10 give my love to Rose
11 Green and green house grass
12 Old Squaw Apache
13 Lorena
14 forty shades of green
15 bad news
16 Jackson
17 Great Male Lover
Introduction of the June 18 song
19 Wild wood flower
20 Misty Mountain Peak
21 This land is your land
22 wabash cannonball
23 Worried Man Blues
24 Pickin ‘Man Long Legged Guitar
25 Ring of Fire
26 Grande Rivière
27 don’t take your guns to town
28 I’m walking the line

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