Johnny Cash - Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash At The Carousel Ballroom April 24, 1968 (2LP)

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Johnny Cash - Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash At The Carousel Ballroom
April 24, 1968 (2LP)

Previously Unreleased Live Recording On AAA All Analog Double LP

Recorded By Owsley "Bear" Stanley Days Before The Release Of At Folsom Prison

Features Two Bob Dylan Covers

The Owsley Stanley Foundation and Renew Records/BMG release Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968, an historic and never-heard live concert recorded in San Francisco by innovative sound wizard Owsley Stanley. Captured in the heart of Haight-Ashbury, just days before the release of Cash's iconic At Folsom Prison album (and over six months before the arrival of the equally revered At San Quentin), At The Carousel Ballroom serves as a third essential - and wholly unique - live document from the era, a moment of cultural collision, with Cash leaning into songs about society's outcasts, while playing a venue operated by The Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead.

At The Carousel Ballroom captures Cash at the height of his charismatic powers, in playful and powerful dialogue with his then-new bride June Carter, and backed by his legendary band The Tennessee Three: guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant and drummer W.S. Holland. His set list that evening diverged from other concerts of the time, as Cash chose to cover two Bob Dylan compositions ("Don't Think Twice It's Alright" and his earliest known recording of "One Too Many Mornings") and perform songs of the overlooked such as "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes".

Recorded by Stanley in a verité style, the album startles with its clarity and dimension. Many of the sound reproduction techniques that Stanley pioneered while serving as the in-house engineer at the Carousel are accepted sonic gospel today. When he listened back to the Cash concert, he knew he had captured something special, immediately earmarking it for preservation. This release marks the latest entry in the Owsley Stanley Foundation's 'Bear's Sonic Journals' series, which has previously included Stanley's live recordings of The Allman Brothers Band, Tim Buckley, Doc & Merle Watson and many more.

"When you hear this, you feel like you are on the stage with the band," says Starfinder Stanley. John Carter Cash agrees, describing At The Carousel Ballroom as "what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard."

NOTE: Stop and Consider! If you are expecting polished studio perfection, this item may not be for you. This is an unvarnished artifact of historical significance, lovingly mastered to vinyl from the 53-year old analog tape. Some blemishes in the original tape could not be corrected in this all-analog production. But if you love vinyl and you are interested in time travel, this just might be your ticket.



  • AAA All Analog Production
  • Double LP
  • Live recording/producer: Owsley Stanley
  • Previously Unreleased
  • Gatefold jacket
  • Made in Czech Republic



Johnny Cash guitar, vocals
June Carter Cash guitar, vocals
Luther Perkins electric guitar
Marshall Grant bass
W.S. Holland drums


Track Listing:

Side I:

  1. Cocaine Blues
  2. Long Black Veil
  3. Going To Memphis
  4. The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
  5. Rock Island Line

Side II:

  1. Guess Things Happen That Way
  2. One Too Many Mornings
  3. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  4. Give My Love To Rose
  5. Green, Green Grass Of Home
  6. Old Apache Squaw
  7. Lorena

Side III:

  1. Forty Shades Of Green
  2. Bad News
  3. Jackson
  4. Tall Lover Man
  5. June Carter Medley: Wildwood Flower / Foggy Mountain Top / This Land Is Your Land / Wabash Cannonball / Worried Man Blues

Side IV:

  1. Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man
  2. Ring Of Fire
  3. Big River
  4. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
  5. I Walk The Line



Format: LP Vinyl
Label: BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Catalog No: 75122
Barcode: 4050538675122
Genre: Country
No of Discs: 2
Release Date: 12/3/2021

UPC:  050538675122