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Johnny Cash
Songs Of Our Soil (Sony Legacy)

By: Alex Steininger

The first of many concept albums from the Man in Black, Songs of Our Soil, an album filled with American folk ballads and Cash's infamous brand of gospel, was released in 1959, only a year after he signed with Columbia Records. Featuring Cash-penned numbers dealing with the Great Depression ("Five Feet High and Rising" and "Man On The Hill). And "Clementine" and "I Want To Go Home" (better known as "My Darling Clementine" and "Sloop John B.", respectively), Songs Of Our Soil is a tribune to the United States of America. It is a collection of well-written, penned-from-the-heart numbers honoring the U.S. and raising its hand to salute the great country, while telling stories of the people who inhabit it. I'll give it an A+.
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