Verdict: If you already own the 2000 reissue and don’t have money burning a hole in your pocket you can let this one pass you by. It’s capitalizing on the wildly successful Walk The Line film and subsequent Johnny Cash fever. Not too mention the Holidays are about here. But, and this is a big but, if you haven’t gotten your hands on that 2000 reissue this newly minted one is admittedly mighty fine. Or hey, you can always go old school and just pony up for the original vinyl release.
If it seems like this 1969 recording, Johnny Cashs second Live stint in a prison, was just reissued not too long ago it’s because, well, it was. In 2000 audiences were graced with the At San Quentin (The Complete 1969 Concert) two disc reissue featuring: “2-CD’s of music with 2 previously unreleased Cash tracks, and a full hour of guest artist recordings, now presented in their original sequence. Also features the original 1 hour documentary on DVD. Deluxe edition will be packaged in a 5×10 longbox with updated cover art, unreleased photos of the event, and new liner notes.” That sounds pretty good right? Hold on, old chap — not so fast. This new-fangled 2006 job has everything recorded at the prison get-down…from every musician there, plus the DVD of bonus extras.