Johnny Cash

Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom

April 24 1968, San Francisco

Apr 24, 1968

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After a tumultuous 1967 for Johnny Cash, the year 1968 was bookended by what would become his two iconic, highest-grossing albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin. But now, fifty-three years later, a lost chapter has emerged to enrich and complement the story of that very good year.

Johnny Cash – At the Carousel Ballroom, recorded on April 24, 1968, captures the Man in Black at the height of his charismatic powers. Confidently departing from the more formalized setlist he’d been doing, we hear him in playful and powerful dialogue with his new bride June Carter and his longtime musicians—guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant and drummer W.S. Holland—connecting with an audience more accustomed to the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.

What makes the performance even more significant is that it was recorded by the innovative sound wizard Owsley “Bear” Stanley in a verité style that startles with a clarity and dimension missing from the two more well-known releases. In 1968, it was just another entry in Bear’s continuing “sonic journal” of recorded shows, a means to keep improving his art. But thirty years later, Stanley would recognize it as one of a handful of the most significant performances he’d captured.The Owsley Stanley Foundation presents Bear’s Sonic Journals:

Johnny Cash? At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968

* Featuring more than an hour of live performances from April 24, 1968 at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. 

* Digital master by Jeffrey Norman, long-time collaborator with the Grateful Dead and Owsley Stanley. For vinyl, all analog master by Bear’s collaborator Paul Stubblebine.

“A masterpiece. Dad gave what I believe to be one of the most intimate and connected shows I have ever heard.” –John Carter Cash

“I don’t think there are any live recordings of Johnny that weren’t originally intended to be an album. So to be able to stumble across such a live recording during such a golden era for him, and find that it was recorded in such a dynamic way, is incredible. It’s an opportunity to show Johnny in a new light. When John Carter Cash heard the first fifteen seconds of this recording, he recognized it as something significant. It has a three-dimensional, dynamic quality that a lot of live music from that era does not have.”–Josh Matas, on behalf of the John R. Cash Trust


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Setlist at Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968, San Francisco, CA on Apr 24, 1968

Set One

Cocaine Blues 183

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Long Black Veil 191

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Orange Blossom Special 184

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Going to Memphis 247

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The Ballad of Ira Hayes 173

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Rock Island Line 184

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Guess Things Happen That Way 84

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One Too Many Mornings 123

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Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 131

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Give My Love to Rose 149

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Green, Green Grass Of Home 150

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Old Apache Squaw 89

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Lorena 203

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Forty Shades of Green 142

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Bad News 159

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Jackson 206

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Tall Lover Man 139

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June’s Song Introduction 93

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Wildwood Flower 53

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Foggy Mountain Top 45

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This Land is Your Land 55

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Wabash Cannonball 34

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Worried Man Blues 75

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Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man 143

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Ring Of Fire 91

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Big River 154

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Don’t Take Your Guns to Town 159

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I Walk the Line 219

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