In February 1969, Johnny Cash was nearing the peak of his popularity – his 'At Folsom Prison' album was a smash success - but he was nearly at his wildest in his personal life, which surely spilled over into his performance.
All of this sets the stage for 'At San Quentin,' that surpasses its predecessor and captures Cash at his rawest and wildest. Part of this is due to the shifting dynamic within his band.
Without Luther Perkins, Cash isn't tied to the percolating two-step that defined his music to that point. No other Johnny Cash record sounds as wild as this. He sounds like an outlaw and renegade here, which is what gives it power. He sounds that way throughout the record, making it the case that this is the best Johnny Cash album ever cut.
RIYL Willie Nelson, The Highway Men
A1 Wanted Man
A2 Wreck Of The Old 97
A3 I Walk The Line
A4 Darling Companion
A5 Starkville City Jail
B1 San Quentin
B2 San Quentin
B3 A Boy Named Sue
B4 (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley
B5 Folsom Prison Blues