Ride This Train

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ride This Train was the first explicit Americana concept album that Johnny Cash recorded. As the title implies, the album is about railroads, how they developed, and how they changed the land. Apart from a couple of songs, Ride This Train isn't comprised of traditional folk ballads -- they are songs that tell the history of trains and rails, offering an educational lesson. Cash expounds on the songs with brief spoken narratives. Though it is hard to fault Cash's intentions, the songs aren't very good although "The Shifting Whispering Sands" is a standout and the history is a bit simplistic and silly. On the whole, Ride This Train sounds as if it were of a piece ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ride This Train was the first explicit Americana concept album that Johnny Cash recorded. As the title implies, the album is about railroads, how they developed, and how they changed the land. Apart from a couple of songs, Ride This Train isn't comprised of traditional folk ballads -- they are songs that tell the history of trains and rails, offering an educational lesson. Cash expounds on the songs with brief spoken narratives. Though it is hard to fault Cash's intentions, the songs aren't very good although "The Shifting Whispering Sands" is a standout and the history is a bit simplistic and silly. On the whole, Ride This Train sounds as if it were of a piece with the Walt Disney educational features produced at the same time, and like those films, it is more interesting as an historical artifact than a piece of art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972399324
  • Catalog Number: 723993
  • Sales rank: 36,659

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Loading Coal (4:58)
  2. 2 Slow Rider (4:12)
  3. 3 Lumberjack (3:02)
  4. 4 Dorraine of Ponchartrain (4:47)
  5. 5 Going to Memphis (4:26)
  6. 6 When Papa Played the Dobro (2:55)
  7. 7 Boss Jack (3:50)
  8. 8 Old Doc Brown (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist, Vocals
Al Casey Guitar
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Red Foley Composer
Tex Ritter Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Hollie Dew Composer
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