Love

Love

by Johnny Cash
     
 

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"I remember when I fell into June's 'Ring of Fire.' There was a lot of showing it as well as saying it. Never has there been a deeper love than my love for her. At times it was painful, but we shared the pain, so it was just half painful." --Johnny Cash, liner notes excerpt

As much as Cash has celebrated the joy and pain of pursuing, finding, and losing

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"I remember when I fell into June's 'Ring of Fire.' There was a lot of showing it as well as saying it. Never has there been a deeper love than my love for her. At times it was painful, but we shared the pain, so it was just half painful." --Johnny Cash, liner notes excerpt

As much as Cash has celebrated the joy and pain of pursuing, finding, and losing love, he's been forever perplexed by its power. This is the subtext that gives many of the songs on LOVE (part of a triptych that includes GOD and MURDER) an edgy, restless ambience, as if what's here today might well be gone tomorrow if he doesn't watch himself. "I Walk the Line," from 1956, introduced a mindset that would be equally manifest in 1967's "I Tremble for You" (previously unreleased in the U.S.) and 1996's "The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart)." On the other hand, you can disregard the philosophical underpinnings and simply enjoy the feelings aroused by these stirring meditations: "Flesh and Blood," "Ring of Fire," the haunting, atmospheric "I Still Miss Someone," and a brisk foray into western swing on "I Feel Better All Over," an overlooked gem from 1960. Only a handful of artists have plumbed the complexities of love as effectively as Cash; fewer still have been big enough to admit to having no easy answers as to what it's all about. David McGee

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Sixteen songs and you're going to adequately sum up Johnny Cash's take on love, the most common element in his lyrics (as love is in the lyrics of most popular music performers). That's more of a sampler than a survey. Still, this is a decent compilation, spanning 1956-1996, and understandably most heavy on the earliest part of that period; only three of the songs postdate 1970. "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire," and "I Still Miss Someone" will be familiar to, and most likely already in the collection of, any Cash listener. To its credit though, the bulk of this disc spotlights LP tracks that are not all that well known, and are sometimes superb, such as "Oh, What a Dream." Also to its credit, this emphasizes the starker and less embellished of Cash's productions, with little in the way of gloppy supplements to the guitars and voices. Cash never sounded more like Leonard Cohen than he did on the brief "'Cause I Love You" (recorded 1969), though it's more likely that Cash influenced Cohen than it is the other way around. As bait to the completists, perhaps, there are two songs that were previously unreleased in the U.S.: the 1964 Cash-June Carter composition "My Old Faded Rose," whose jivey vocal does not sound altogether serious, and the 1967 cut "I Tremble for You" (co-penned by Cash and L.C. DeWitt Jr.), which has a satisfying acoustic demo ambience. June Carter contributes the liner notes. Love is also available as part of the three-CD box set Love God Murder, comprised of thematic discs that are available together or separately.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646554425
catalogNumber:
65544

Tracks

  1. I Walk the Line  - Johnny Cash
  2. Oh, What a Dream  - Johnny Cash
  3. All over Again  - Johnny Cash
  4. Little at a Time  - Johnny Cash
  5. My Old Faded Rose  - Johnny Cash
  6. Happiness Is You  - Johnny Cash
  7. Flesh and Blood  - Johnny Cash
  8. I Tremble for You  - Johnny Cash
  9. I Feel Better All Over  - Johnny Cash
  10. 'Cause I Love You  - Johnny Cash
  11. Ballad of Barbara  - Johnny Cash
  12. Ring of Fire  - Johnny Cash
  13. My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You  - Johnny Cash
  14. While I've Got It on My Mind  - Johnny Cash
  15. I Still Miss Someone  - Johnny Cash
  16. The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart)  - Johnny Cash

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Lew DeWitt   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer,Compilation Co-Producer
Bono   Liner Notes
Charlie Bragg   Producer
June Carter Cash   Composer,Liner Notes
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Kenny Rogers   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Quaglieri   Compilation Co-Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Leon Smith   Composer
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Chris Athens   Engineer
John Naatjes   Tape Research
L. Smith   Composer
K. Rogers   Composer

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