Christmas With Johnny Cash [Columbia Legacy]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's very eerie reviewing a new Johnny Cash Christmas collection on the morning of his death, September 12, 2003, exactly three months after the passing of June Carter Cash. It's weird to even think about Christmas without Johnny Cash in the world. But nonetheless, what has been given to listeners by Legacy's fine reissue department is a collection of 12 songs recorded between 1962 and 1980. Many of these songs will be familiar to the Cash faithful, since all but one song have been previously released, but there are a few surprises. Cash's own "The Christmas Spirit," from an album of the same name recorded in 1962, is moving in that otherworldly way that only Cash could be. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's very eerie reviewing a new Johnny Cash Christmas collection on the morning of his death, September 12, 2003, exactly three months after the passing of June Carter Cash. It's weird to even think about Christmas without Johnny Cash in the world. But nonetheless, what has been given to listeners by Legacy's fine reissue department is a collection of 12 songs recorded between 1962 and 1980. Many of these songs will be familiar to the Cash faithful, since all but one song have been previously released, but there are a few surprises. Cash's own "The Christmas Spirit," from an album of the same name recorded in 1962, is moving in that otherworldly way that only Cash could be. He spoke and sang as a man forgiven. Likewise, his "O Come All Ye Faithful" is a different reading of the song. Rather than just a work of power and majesty, one can hear in the grain of his voice not so much a rallying cry, but a gentle exhortation to open one's eyes and see. In "Silent Night," the earth whispers to a profound stillness. But the most moving track here is the final one, the unreleased "Christmas as I Knew It," from a rehearsal for The Johnny Cash Show. Cash intones a poem about his childhood, strumming a guitar with vibes quietly in the background before strings come up underneath, offering an opening into the gentle, stalwart dignity in Cash's delivery that every word is true. And it was true -- every word -- for 50 years in the music business; every word, whether lived or imagined, was all true. And in the spirit of Christmas there is something to be grateful for: we at least had Johnny Cash in this old world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886976948320
  • Catalog Number: 769483
  • Sales rank: 35,897

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Johnny Cash Arranger, Composer
Grandpa Jones Composer
Jan Howard Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
William James Kirkpatrick Composer
Larry Butler Producer
June Carter Cash Composer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
B. Walker Arranger
Isaac Watts Composer
Bill Walker Producer
Lowell Mason Composer
John Reading Composer
Charles Wesley Composer
Bob Irwin Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Darcy Proper Mastering
Frederick Oakeley Composer
Smay Vision Art Direction
John Francis Wade Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
J.D. Cash Arranger
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Composer
Jay Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
Jean Baptiste Calkin Composer
Bill Walker Arranger, Composer, Producer
James R. Murray Composer
Abe Vélez Packaging Manager
Bill Hayes Composer
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