The cuts on this plate are perfect examples of Johnny Cash early Columbia recordings. “I Got Stripes” came out on July 1959 together with “Five Feet High and Rising”, another great song self-penned by Johnny. Telling a prison tale with notorious humor, it was his fourth single at Columbia and a big hit that reached the Top Five in the country charts and entered the Top 50 in the pop charts. On the other side, being a minor addition to the great railroad songs the singer recorded throughout his long career, “Lovin’ Locomotive Man” (backed with “Girl In Saskatoon”) was far from enjoying the success of “I Got Stripes”, although Billboard gave the record a four-star "Very Strong Sales Potential" rating. Strange Things Happen Every Day, you know.
1. Lovin’ locomotive man
1. I got stripes