Whoo! Pretty much everything Johnny
recorded for Columbia from 1963 to 1969 – the most artistically varied years of his career, all stuffed into one incredible box set from Bear Family! At this point Johnny
had really started to outgrow the simpler rebel stuff he recorded for Sun and began thinking in even grander terms than you heard in the earlier Columbia material. Hence the struggle between heavenly aspirations and hell bound behavior that brought about "Ring Of Fire", which kicks off this set, his infatuation both personal and aesthetic with the Carters, his flirtation with the then progressive and contemporary protest songs, ballads sung in Spanish, and sooooo many great songs! There's 152 tracks (!!!) in this whopping box set – and a great, full size, nearly 50 page book full of intimate photos, essays and biographical details, studio and production notes which include the full roster of session players – what the heck more could you ask for? The tracks are laid out in chronological order over 6 CDs according to the recording dates, and include alternate versions and instrumentals. You'll find "Ring Of Fire", "The Matador", "I'll Still Be There", "Fuego D' More", "It Ain't Me Babe" (nice!), "Hey Porter", the updated "Folson Prison Blues", "I'd Still Miss Someone", "Bottom Of The Mountain", "Hardin Wouldn't Run", "The Sound Of Laughter", "Austin Prison", "The Bug That Tried To Crawl", "The Frozen Logger", "You Comb Her Hair", "Ancient History", "Shanty Town", "Pack Up Your Sorrows", "Jackson", "Thunderball", "On The Line", "The Devil To Pay", "My Clinch Mountain Home", "Wildwood Flower", "Big River", "Ballad Of Ira Hayes", and well over 100 more!