Best sounding Johnny Cash CD(s)?

This is a genre I’m just not very familiar with but have of late taken an interest in hearing some really well-recorded Johnny Cash on CD or maybe even if there are any good 24/96 DAD or SACD recordings out there?  I’ve also got Qobuz so if anything particularly good there that’s fair game too. Of course the music’s gotta be captivating too so there’s that (I’m sure even the great Johnny Cash had a dud or two).  I could sift through all this myself but hoping some of you more experienced “Cashophiles” could save me a ton of time and point me in the right directions.  Thanks for any suggestions!


I haven't listened to all of his many albums but "American Recordings" sounds exceptionally good on my system. It has some of his most iconic songs done in a style that's more spare than some of his earlier stuff. 

+1 "American Recordings" for production. J C and HQ are like watching the Godfather in HD. Nice but it doesn't add much.

American Recordings (believe there are four of them) are fantastic

I think the American Recordings are some of his best work

I have the older God,Love, Murder, 3 cd set that is a fine spin

Oh, his daughter Rosanne Cash is wonderful as well, check her work out.

Happy Spinning.

"Live at Folsom' is a must listen to Johnny Cash

" The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983" on Columbia is a good place to start 

I enjoy his latest Bears Sonic Journals Johnny Cash at the Carousel ballroom. Bear had a unique way of recording so you may want to read some reviews before purchasing. PSaudio has a great review in their Copper magazine on line.

There are six albums in the American Recordings series. I have all of them. They are excellent!


Thanks guys.  I’ve got a lot to go on now.  I noticed The Man in Black didn’t get any mentions.  Is it the standard compressed mass-market recording made for radio and Alexa? 



Excellent suggestions as above. Add;

"Live at Folsom" SACD


Happy Listening!