På Österåker

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På Österåker
Live album by
VenueÖsteråker Prison, Sweden
GenreCountry, folk, gospel
ProducerLarry Butler, Charlie Bragg
Johnny Cash chronology
International Superstar
På Österåker
Any Old Wind That Blows
Singles from Johnny Cash på Österåker
  1. "Orleans Parish Prison"
    Released: January 11, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

På Österåker (Swedish for At Österåker) is a live album by country singer Johnny Cash released on Columbia Records in 1973, making it his 43rd overall release. The album features Cash's concert at the Österåker Prison in Sweden held on October 3, 1972. Its counterparts in concept are the more notable At Folsom Prison (1968), At San Quentin (1969), and A Concert Behind Prison Walls (1976). Unlike aforementioned, På Österåker does not contain any of Cash's most well-known songs; it does, however, include a version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee". "Orleans Parish Prison" was released as a single, faring rather poorly on the charts. Cash had previously recorded "I Saw a Man" for his 1959 album, Hymns by Johnny Cash.

The majority of the songs featured in the original release would remain unique to this concert recording, though Cash would later record a studio version of "City Jail" for his 1977 album, The Last Gunfighter Ballad. Some lyrics from "City Jail" taken from the protagonist's dialogue with a policeman would later be incorporated by Cash into live performances of "Orange Blossom Special".

Track listing[edit]

1."Orleans Parish Prison"Dick Feller2:32
2."Jacob Green"Johnny Cash3:07
3."Me and Bobby McGee"Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson3:11
4."The Prisoner's Song"Guy Massey2:24
5."The Invertebraes"Johnny Cash, Craig Dillingham, A. C. Johnston2:27
6."That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine"Gene Autry, Jimmy Long3:08
7."City Jail"Johnny Cash3:56
8."Life of a Prisoner"Larry Wilkerson2:49
9."Looking Back in Anger"Harlan Sanders, Glen Sherley2:14
10."Nobody Cared"June Carter Cash2:07
11."Help Me Make It Through the Night"Kris Kristofferson3:09
12."I Saw a Man"Arthur Smith3:03


På Österåker was re-released during the latter part of 2007. The album differs significantly from the original. "Orleans Parish Prison" is a completely different performance; the original release version was, in fact, a studio recording overdubbed with applause for the original album and single release; the 2007 Legacy reissue replaces it with the original live rendition. "San Quentin" was recorded with Cash replacing San Quentin with Österåker which was greatly appreciated by the inmates and this version, which was performed twice, is included in the reissue along with two previously unreleased performances by Carl Perkins at the same concert. In addition, the extended version includes renditions of several of Cash's well-known hits that had been omitted from the original release in deference to new material.

Track listing[edit]

1."I Walk the Line" (instrumental)Johnny Cash1:50
2."A Boy Named Sue"Shel Silverstein3:22
3."Sunday Morning Coming Down"Kris Kristofferson4:11
4."Österåker (San Quentin)"Johnny Cash2:45
5."Me and Bobby McGee"Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson2:57
6."Orleans Parish Prison"Dick Feller3:16
7."Jacob Green"Johnny Cash2:59
8."Life of a Prisoner"Larry Wilkerson3:12
9."The Prisoners Song"Guy Massey3:04
10."Folsom Prison Blues"Johnny Cash2:39
11."City Jail"Johnny Cash3:59
12."Help Me Make It Through The Night"Kristofferson3:15
13."That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine"Gene Autry, Jimmy Long3:01
14."The Invertebraes"Cash, Craig Dillingham, A. C. Johnston3:11
15."Lookin' Back In Anger"Harlan Sanders, Glen Sherley2:18
16."I Saw A Man"Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith3:29
17."High Heel Sneakers" (performed by Carl Perkins)Tommy Tucker3:20
18."Blue Suede Shoes" (performed by Carl Perkins)Carl Perkins3:30
19."Dirty Old Egg Suckin' Dog"Jack Clement2:20
20."Wreck of the Old 97"Arranged by Cash, Bob Johnson and Norman Blake1:46
21."I Promise You"Johnny Cash2:28
22."Nobody Cared"June Carter Cash2:00
23."San Quentin"Johnny Cash1:46
24."Folsom Prison Blues" (instrumental)Johnny Cash0:53
Total length:1:07:31


Additional personnel (2007 reissue only)[edit]

  • Original Recordings Produced by: Larry Butler & Charlie Bragg
  • Produced for Reissue By: Al Quaglieri
  • Mixed and Mastered by: Bob Irwin at Sundazed Studios
  • Legacy A&R: Steve Berkowitz
  • Project Direction: Lars Hoglund & Tom Burleigh
  • Art Direction and Design: Ricky Tillblad & Joan Kjellberg/Zion Graphics
  • Photography: Don Hunstein, Sony BMG Archives
  • Executive Producers: John Carter Cash & Lou Robin


Singles - U.S. Billboard charts

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Orleans Parish Prison" Country Singles 52


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