Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars - 2014 C+W 180 Grm LP
Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
Label: Columbia, Legacy
Format: Vinyl, LP, 180 gram
All Selection Previously Unreleased
Front cover sticker says "Includes free MP3 download"
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
A1 Out Among The Stars
A2 Baby Ride Easy
A3 She Used To Love Me A Lot
A4 After All
A5 I'm Movin' On
A6 If I Told You Who It Was
B1 Call Your Mother
B2 I Drove Her Out Of My Mind
B4 Rock And Roll Shoes
B5 Don't You Think It's Come Our Time
B6 I Came To Believe
B7 She Used To Love Me A Lot (JC/EC Version)
Copyright (c) Sony Music Entertainment
Distributed By Sony Music Entertainment
Producer Billy Sherrill, John Carter Cash, Steve Berkowitz
Original recordings produced by Billy Sherrill
Produced for release by John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered in Tennessee
Out Among the Stars is a posthumous studio album from Johnny Cash, released through Legacy Recordings on March 25, 2014. The recordings come from lost 1980s sessions with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill which were shelved by Cash's record company, Columbia and discovered by Cash's son John Carter Cash in 2012. Cash also recorded the 1981 album The Baron with Sherrill in an attempt to turn around his dismal album sales but the strategy did not work, leaving his record executives eager to dump him.
It's hard to believe there was ever a time that Johnny Cash was irrelevant to the country music scene, but this "lost" release of "Out Among The Stars" is proof of that fact and it's just plain crazy. The album contains songs that Cash cut in 1981 and 1984 and never released because there simply was no market for his music at the time.
The sound quality of the material is excellent, better than a lot of other 80's era releases that I've heard showing the care that was put into the mastering of these tracks. Cash's voice is in fine form and he is singing his heart out. The instrumentation is top notch as well, including the great Marty Stuart playing guitar and mandolin on these tracks.
One of the highlights for me is a cover of the Hank Snow tune "I'm Movin' On" where Waylon Jennings joins Cash in the studio for the recording. Hearing both of their voices on a "new" track was priceless to me and they both show fine form here ripping through this track and having a grand time doing it. To me this track alone is worthy of the purchase price.
"She Used To Love Me A Lot" is a darker tune, but those are always the ones Johnny Cash did best. It's a song about losing someone important in your life and when Cash sings it you believe it.
Every now and then there's a song that you just have to hear to enjoy and there is a track like that here in "If I Told You Who It Was." It's a track about an intimate encounter with a famous female. It made me smile, then laugh out loud as the "secret" is revealed.
"I Drove Her Out Of My Mind" is one of the most unique tracks I've ever heard from Johnny Cash, it's an uptempo track where he talks about planning on driving off a cliff with the girl that broke up with him. Don't know if I've called something with that subject matter fun but Cash shows off his sense of humor here like never before.
"Rock and Roll Shoes" is a fun track that goes back to Cash's early days with Sun Records.
There are two tracks where June Carter Cash lends her vocals, "Baby Ride Easy" and "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time," both showing the energy and passion that they both brought to their music and each other.
The bottom line is this is a great Johnny Cash album that his fans and anyone that enjoys real country music will enjoy.
Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
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Johnny Cash - I'm Movin' On
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Johnny Cash - She Used To Love Me A Lot
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Johnny Cash - Baby Ride Easy
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Johnny Cash - Rock And Roll Shoes
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|Format||LP, 180 Gram|