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JOHNNY CASH SUN RECORDS

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Johnny Cash Sun Records discography

The Johnny Cash Sun Records discography details the music recorded by country music legend Johnny Cash and released on Sun Records. From late 1954 to July, 1958, Cash recorded for Sun Records, a label founded by Sam Phillips and located at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Despite making his final recordings for Sun in 1958 and subsequently moving to Columbia Records, Phillips amassed sufficient backlog to continue to release new material by Cash in single and album format until as late as 1964.

Sun Recording History

Between Late 1954 and July, 1958, Cash recorded several sessions at Memphis Sun Studios. The Sun singles and albums were recorded at the sessions describe below. ‘Master’ indicates which take of a song was used for singles and albums.

Demo Session, Probably Late 1954
1.”Wide Open Road” (Demo) – 2:26
2.”You’re My Baby” (Demo) – 1:42
3.”My Treasure” (Demo) – 2:31
4.”My Treasure” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:17

Demo Session, March 22, 1955
1.”Folsom Prison Blues” (Demo) – 2:32
2.”Wide Open Road” (Demo) – 2:36
3.”Wide Open Road” (Demo) – 2:28
4.”My Two Timin’ Woman” (Demo) – 1:59
5.”Hey Porter” (Demo) – 2:13

Studio Session, Probably May, 1955
1.”Hey Porter” (Master) – 2:14
2.”Cry, Cry, Cry” (Master) – 2:29
3.”Wide Open Road” (Master) – 2:24

Studio Sessions, 1955
1.”Port of Lonely Hearts” (Master) – 2:36
2.”I Couldn’t Keep from Crying” (Master) – 2:02
3.”New Mexico” (Master) – 2:07

Studio Session, July 30, 1955
1.”Folsom Prison Blues” (Master) – 2:50
2.”Luther Played the Boogie” (Master) – 2:05
3.”So Doggone Lonesome” (Master) – 2:38
4.”Mean Eyed Cat” (MasterM) – 2:30

Demo Session for KWEM, Probably Late 1955 – KWEM Radio Studio, West Memphis, Arkansas
1.”Rock ‘n’ Roll Ruby” (Demo) – 1:42

Studio Session, April 2, 1956
1.”I Walk the Line” (Outtake) – 2:41
2.”Brakeman’s Blues” (FS+Incomplete) – 1:02
3.”Get Rhythm” (Outtake, mike test) – 2:16
4.”Get Rhythm” (Outtake) – 2:16
5.”I Walk the Line” (Master) – 2:46
6.”Get Rhythm” (Master) – 2:15
7.”Train of Love” (Alternate) – 2:37

Studio Session, August 8, 1956
1.”Train of Love” (Outtake) – 2:20
2.”Train of Love” (Master) – 2:24
3.”There You Go” (Master) – 2:19

Studio Session, October 1, 1956
1.”One More Ride” (Incomplete) – 0:54

Studio Session, December 13, 1956
1.”I Love You Because” (Outtake) – 2:27
2.”Goodbye Little Darling” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:15
3.”Straight A’s in Love” (Undubbed Master) – 2:14
4.”I Love You Because” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:28
5.”Straight A’s in Love” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:15

Studio Session, April 4, 1957
1.”Don’t Make Me Go” (Outtake) – 2:45
2.”Don’t Make Me Go” (Outtakes) – 2:53
3.”Don’t Make Me Go” (Master) – 2:30
4.”Next in Line” (Master) – 2:47

Studio Session, July 1, 1957
1.”Home of the Blues” (Undubbed Master) – 3:01
2.”Give My Love to Rose” (Outtakes) – 3:12
3.”Give My Love to Rose” (Outtake) – 2:44
4.”Give My Love to Rose” (Master) – 2:46
5.”Home of the Blues” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:41

Studio Session, Summer 1957
1.”Rock Island Line” (Master) – 2:11
2.”Wreck of the Old ’97” (Master) – 1:48
3.”Belshazar” (Master) – 2:27

Demo Session, August, 1957
1.”Country Boy” (Demo) – 1:49
2.”Leave That Junk Alone” (Demo) – 1:30

Studio Session, August 4, 1957
1.”Doin’ My Time” (Master) – 2:39
2.”Country Boy” (Master) – 1:53
3.”If the Good Lord’s Willing” (Master) – 1:44
4.”I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow” (Master) – 2:25
5.”I Was There When It Happened” (Outtake) – 2:18
6.”I Was There When It Happened” (Master) – 2:17
7.”Remember Me” (Master) – 2:48

Studio Session, November 12, 1957
1.”Big River” (Outtakes) – 3:46
2.”Big River” (Master) – 2:32
3.”Ballad of a Teenage Queen” (Undubbed Master) – 2:18

Overdub Session, November 22, 1957
1.”Goodnight Irene” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:41
2.”Ballad of a Teenage Queen” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:14

Studio Session, Unknown Date, 1957
1.”Come in Stranger” (Alternate) – 2:03

Studio Session, April 9, 1958
1.”Guess Things Happen That Way” (Undubbed Master) – 1:58
2.”Come in Stranger” (Master) – 1:43
3.”Oh Lonesome Me” (Undubbed Master) – 2:30

Overdub Session, May, 1958
1.”Guess Things Happen That Way” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:52
2.”Oh Lonesome Me” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:29

Studio Session, May 15, 1958
1.”Sugartime” (Undubbed Master) – 1:46
2.”Born to Lose” (Undubbed Master) – 2:10
3.”You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven” (Undubbed Master) – 2:38
4.”You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:41
5.”Sugartime” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:46
6.”Born to Lose” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:11

Studio Session, May 15, 1958
1.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Outtake) – 2:35
2.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Outtake) – 2:32
3.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Outtakes) – 1:39
4.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Outtakes) – 2:05
5.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Master) – 2:12
6.”Always Alone” (Outtakes) – 1:40
7.”Always Alone” (Outtake) – 1:13
8.”Always Alone” (Master) – 1:52
9.”You Tell Me” (Outtakes) – 0:34
10.”You Tell Me” (Master) – 1:20
11.”Life Goes On” (Master) – 2:01

Studio Session, May 15, 1958
1.”You Win Again” (False Starts) – 0:33
2.”You Win Again” (Undubbed Master) – 2:17
3.”I Could Never Be Ashamed of You” (Undubbed Master) – 2:14
4.”Hey Good Lookin'” (Undubbed Master) – 1:43
5.”I Can’t Help It” (Undubbed Master) – 1:46
6.”Cold, Cold Heart” (Undubbed Master) – 2:20
7.”You Win Again” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:18
8.”I Could Never Be Ashamed of You” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:14
9.”Hey Good Lookin'” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:43
10.”I Can’t Help It” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:46
11.”Cold, Cold Heart” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:21

Studio Session, May 28, 1958
1.”Blue Train” (Master) – 2:02
2.”Katy Too” (Master) – 1:58

Studio Session, July 10, 1958
1.”The Ways of a Woman in Love” (Undubbed Master) – 2:28
2.”Fools Hall of Fame” (Outtake) – 2:25
3.”Fools Hall of Fame” (FS + Master) – 2:34
4.”Thanks a Lot” (Outtakes) – 3:10
5.”The Ways of a Woman in Love” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:17
6.”Thanks a Lot” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:38

Studio Session, July 17, 1958
1.”It’s Just About Time” (Undubbed Master) – 2:08
2.”I Just Thought You’d Like to Know” (Undubbed Master) – 2:23
3.”I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (Outtake) – 2:07
4.”I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (Outtake) – 2:10
5.”It’s Just About Time” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:10
6.”I Just Thought You’d Like to Know” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:25
7.”I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:55
8.”Down the Street to 301″ (Overdubbed Master) – 2:03

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