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10 Classic Country Albums Turning 50 This Year

From Johnny Cash's 'At Folsom Prison' to Dolly Parton's 'Just Because I'm a Woman'

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Johnny Cash, 'At Folsom Prison'

Johnny Cash, 'At Folsom Prison'

This famous live set was one of 1968's best albums and, arguably, country's best live album ever. After some lean years, it launched the first of Cash's comebacks: "Boy Named Sue" and a TV series are both just ahead. It also firmly and widely established the Man in Black persona so that, two decades later, Cash could have another comeback with producer Rick Rubin. The sincere gospel numbers and the gallows humor, the drug songs and work songs, the prison songs and murder ballads all bumping up against silly novelties that have rockabilly bite. All this, plus wife June Carter, who outperforms him on "Jackson." It's all here. You know: Johnny Cash. 

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