Greatest! is a compilation album by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. It was released on October 19, 1959, by Sun Records after Cash had left the label and signed with Columbia Records. The album is made of songs Cash recorded for Sun prior to leaving the label. The album was re-issued in 2003 by Varèse Sarabande with four additional tracks, two of them being alternate versions of songs already on the album.

Greatest!
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1959
RecordedJuly 30, 1955 - July 17, 1958
Genre
Length25:46
LabelSun
Producer
Johnny Cash chronology
Songs of Our Soil
(1959)
Greatest!
(1959)
Now, There Was a Song!
(1960)
Singles from Greatest!
  1. "It's Just About Time"
    Released: November 12, 1958
  2. "Luther Played the Boogie"
    Released: February 15, 1959
  3. "Katy Too"
    Released: June 2, 1959
  4. "Goodbye Little Darlin'"
    Released: September 15, 1959
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [1]

The tracks on Greatest! were recorded between July 1955 and July 1958. Six out of the twelve songs became singles, with "Get Rhythm" topping the Country charts and becoming the most successful one.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye"Gene Autry, Johnny Marvin2:14
2."I Just Thought You'd Like to Know"Charlie Rich, Bill Justis2:23
3."You Tell Me"Roy Orbison1:48
4."Just About Time"Johnny Cash2:07
5."I Forgot to Remember to Forget"Stan Kesler, Charlie Feathers2:09
6."Katy Too"Johnny Cash, Jack Clement1:57
7."Thanks a Lot"Charlie Rich2:38
8."Luther Played the Boogie"Johnny Cash2:03
9."You Win Again"Hank Williams2:18
10."Hey Good Lookin'"Hank Williams1:41
11."I Could Never Be Ashamed of You"Hank Williams2:14
12."Get Rhythm"Johnny Cash2:14
Total length:25:46
Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Fool's Hall of Fame"Jerry Freeman, Danny Wolfe2:26
14."I Forgot to Remember to Forget" (Undubbed Master)Stan Kesler, Charlie Feathers2:11
15."Hey Good Lookin'" (Undubbed Master)Hank Williams1:43
16."Rock and Roll Ruby"Johnny Cash1:42
Total length:33:48

ChartsEdit

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1958 "Just About Time" Country Singles 30
1959 "Thanks a Lot" Country Singles 12
1959 "Luther Played the Boogie" Country Singles 8
1959 "Katy Too" Country Singles 11
1959 "Cry Cry Cry" Pop Singles 66
1959 "Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye" Country Singles 22
1959 "Get Rhythm" Country Singles 1

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