Impex - IMP6008 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - Pressed at RTI
AAA 100% Analogue - Mastering by Bernie Grundman - Pressed at RTI
3,000 Numbered Limited Edition - Columbia CS 8122
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
This IMPEX reissue absolutely crushes the original "6 Eye" edition—at least the copy I have. It's far more cleanly rendered, with less watery echo, probably added during the original mastering and not on the actual tape, though of course the fast reverb echo heard here obviously is part of the tape.
Overall, while the sonics don't compare to Bill Porter's Studio B work for RCA, they come enough to rate this a "near" sonic spectacular in terms of transparency. Cash's voice is "in the room" and that's enough! Music 8/10 Sound 9/10 Michael Fremmer Analogue Planet
Johnny Cash The Fabulous Johnny Cash on 180g LP Impex Records and Audio International Announce the Resurrection of an American Classic Originally released in 1958,
The Fabulous Johnny Cash is the third album from music legend Johnny Cash and first for Columbia Records after his departure from Sam Phillips' Sun Records. A strong set that features some of the best material he ever recorded for the label such as
"Don't Take Your Guns to Town," "Frankie's Man, Johnny," "Pickin' Time" and "The Troubador" among others.
“When Johnny Cash comes on the radio, no one changes the station. It’s a voice, a name with a soul that cuts across all boundaries and it’s a voice we all believe.
Yours is a voice that speaks for the saints and the sinners, it’s like branch water for the soul. Long may you sing out. Loud.” – Tom Waits
Cash's debut Columbia LP contained some of his strongest tunes post Sun Records, including the hits "Blue River" and "I Still Miss Someone" and the now classic "Don't Take Your Guns To Town." The sonics were smoother, more "studio," but his voice retained the immediacy and richness that gave his earlier recordings their gravitas and soul. Mastered by Kevin Gray, the cutting engineer who knows when to leave a good thing alone, this is early Johnny Cash the way you remember it - without the noisy, thin vinyl!
"When Johnny Cash comes on the radio, no one changes the station. It's a voice, a name with a soul that cuts across all boundaries and it's a voice we all believe. Yours is a voice that speaks for the saints and the sinners - It's like branch water for the soul. Long may you sing out. Loud." - Tom Waits
"This IMPEX reissue absolutely crushes the original "6 Eye" edition—at least the copy I have. It's far more cleanly rendered, with less watery echo...Cash's voice is "in the room" and that's enough!" - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8/10, Sound 9/10
"Once again, the Impex crew has not only improved upon an original pressing, they've done it in an original way. The sound of this reissue is full and fully integrated, not parsed and scrubbed of its wholeness. Cash's voice is more booming, seemingly coming from deeper within his chest, the twangy reverb complementary instead of overwhelming...Johnny Cash's series of stripped-down albums with producer Rick Rubin are often the way younger listeners first encounter him, his voice far mellower and not as sure. He's in his prime on The Fabulous Johnny Cash, singing with all the power and grip of a young man, and his choice of material is astutely guided. If you think, as I do, that country music has seriously lost its way, this album will remind you just how it has gone off the track." - Marc Mickelson, theaudiobeat.com, 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
"Cash's voice is "in the room" and that's enough!" - analogplanet, Music 8/11, Sound 9/11
Johnny Cash The Fabulous Johnny Cash
1. Run Softly, Blue River
2. Frankie's Man, Johnny
3. That's All Over
4. The Troubadour
5. One More Ride
6. That's Enough
7. I Still Miss Someone
8. Don't Take Your Guns to Town
9. I'd Rather Die Young
10. Pickin' Time
11. Shepherd Of My Heart
Impex Records is the exciting audiophile label from the team that brought you Cisco Music. With more than 20 years experience and 150 titles released, Cisco Music developed many of the techniques used by other labels to make higher quality 180-gram LPs, SACDs and Gold and aluminum CDs.
We brought definitive editions Jennifer Warnes' The Well, The Hunter and Famous Blue Raincoat in multiple formats, including a 45 rpm box set that Absolute Sound magazine declared "defines the state-of-the--art in vinyl playback." Other classic reissues we nurtured to fantastic rebirths include the jazz-rock perfection of Steely Dan's Aja, Joan Baez' Farewell Angelina, NathanMilstein's poetic interpretation of Dvorak's Violin Concerto and four exquisite 45-rpm Three Blind Mice LPs.
Even in our humbler origins we were trusted with the distribution and production of The Super Analogue Disc, the original audiophile 180-gram LPs. King Records recognized, from the very beginning, that Cisco Music brought unflinching passion to the music and unflailing dedication to the process of bringing that music to the most discerning listeners in the world.
Now as Impex Records some of the original Cisco staff (Abey Fonn, Robert Pincus and Robert Sliger), along with Robert Donnelly, will follow and expand our own high standards for a new generation of audiophile products. Analog products will always be cut using analog tapes and analog mastering at the finest mastering facilities like Sterling, Cohearent and Bernie Grundman--just as it should be. Gold CD's will always be cut with high-definition digital or analog tape transfers from original sources. We will introduce America to Sony's revolutionary Blu-Spec CD, which redefines production excellence in 16-bit digital playback.
With a singular vision for making the best records anywhere, Impex Records is poised to expand Cisco Music's peerless legacy well into the 21st century. It's going to be quite a journey and we look forward to your joining us. We have committed ourselves, with every new release, to your complete satisfaction.
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