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At The Carousel Ballroom - April 24, 1968

At The Carousel Ballroom - April 24, 1968

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Johnny Cash - Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968 (Limited Edition) - After a tumultuous 1967 for Johnny Cash, the year 1968 was bookended by what would become his two iconic, highest-grossing albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin. Now, fifty-three years later, a lost chapter has emerged to enrich and complement the story of that very good year. Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom, recorded on April 24, 1968, captures the man in black at the height of his charismatic powers. Confidently departing from the more formalized setlist he'd been doing, we hear him in playful and powerful dialogue with his new bride June Carter and his longtime musicians - guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant, and drummer W.S. Holland - connecting with an audience more accustomed to the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. What makes the performance even more significant is that it was recorded by the innovative sound wizard Owsley "Bear" Stanley in a verité style that startles with a clarity and dimension missing from the two more well-known releases. In 1968, it was just another entry in Bear's continuing "sonic journal" of recorded shows, a means to keep improving his art. But thirty years later, Stanley would recognize it as one of a handful of the most significant performances he'd captured, and there began its journey



  • A1: Cocaine Blues (3:02)
  • A2: Long Black Veil (2:29)
  • A3: Going To Memphis (4:07)
  • A4: The Ballad Of Ira Hayes (2:54)
  • A5: Rock Island Line (2:59)
  • B1: Guess Things Happen That Way (1:37)
  • B2: One Too Many Mornings (2:02)
  • B3: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (2:08)
  • B4: Give My Love To Rose (2:28)
  • B5: Green, Green Grass of Home (2:29)
  • B6: Old Apache Squaw (1:37)
  • B7: Lorena (2:12)
  • C1: Forty Shades Of Green (3:03)
  • C2: Bad News (2:29)
  • C3: Jackson (3:06)
  • C4: Tall Lover Man (2:37)
  • : June Carter Medley (4:50)
  • D1: Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man (2:27)
  • D2: Ring Of Fire (1:31)
  • D3: Big River (2:33)
  • D4: Don't Take Your Guns To Town (2:38)
  • D5: I Walk The Line (2:52)

Genres & Styles

Genres: Folk, World, & Country
Styles: Country and Bluegrass

Other Information

Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set includes psychedelic colored vinyl, retro re-print Johnny Cash Comic Book, original concert poster, and more. The set features an hour of live performances from April 24, 1968, at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. Additionally, a 12-page booklet contains musings on Johnny Cash from contributors Bob Weir, John Carter Cash, and Dave Schools. The all-analog production was meticulously mastered by Bear’s collaborator Paul Stubblebine directly from the original source tape. Original artwork by 3x Grammy-winner Susan Archie. ℗© 2021 Owsley Stanley Foundation. Made in Czech Republic.

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