June 4: Johnny Cash Live at San Quentin was released in 1969


June 4:  Johnny Cash Live at San Quentin was released in 1969

When I was little boy I was very interested in music, the radio and records. My father had a small  but very good record collection. Among the treasures in his collection was this album, Johnny Cash – Live at San Quentin. My father told me the story of the album, and I remember that the Norwegian broadcast company (yes there were only one channel at the time, early 70s) showed the actual concert. It was very late at night but my father woke me and I got to see this legendary show.   It marked me for life.

At San Quentin is the 31st overall album and a recording of a live concert given by Johnny Cash to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. As well as being released on record the concert was filmed by Granada Television.

Johnny Cash – San Quentin Songs Compilation (with great sound!):

The album was a follow-up to Cash’s previous live album, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful At Folsom Prison.

On the original LP release, the song order was changed and several songs were cut, probably for space reasons. Despite the title of the version released on CD in 2000 – At San Quentin (The Complete 1969 Concert) – the CD does not contain the entire concert uncut, but does feature additional tracks and running order that parallels the actual set list. In 2010, The album was reissued on vinyl by Sundazed Records with the original Columbia. Performed but not included were the songs “Jackson” and “Orange Blossom Special”, which are included in the video release of the show.

Released June 4, 1969
Recorded Live at San Quentin State Prison, February 24, 1969
Genre Country
Length 59:06 (re-release)
Label Columbia
Producer Bob Johnston (original), Bob Irwin (re-release)

San Quentin (look at the reactions on the prisoners faces!):

A Boy Named Sue:

Johnny Cash – Live at San Quentin:

– Hallgeir