Ring of Fire

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's been well documented that June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore wrote the song "Ring of Fire," which is about her early relationship with Johnny Cash. What's less well known is that it was her youngest sister, Anita, not Johnny Cash, who cut it first, accompanied only by a pair of acoustic guitars. Ring of Fire is the German Bear Family label's presentation of Anita Carter's 1962-1964 Mercury recordings. While Carter is also a daughter of Mother Maybelle, country music, at least in the early '60s, was not her forte -- folk music was. There are 25 tracks here, all of them stunning, some of them unknown, but all of them fine. Some of the cuts here are historic debuts of ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's been well documented that June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore wrote the song "Ring of Fire," which is about her early relationship with Johnny Cash. What's less well known is that it was her youngest sister, Anita, not Johnny Cash, who cut it first, accompanied only by a pair of acoustic guitars. Ring of Fire is the German Bear Family label's presentation of Anita Carter's 1962-1964 Mercury recordings. While Carter is also a daughter of Mother Maybelle, country music, at least in the early '60s, was not her forte -- folk music was. There are 25 tracks here, all of them stunning, some of them unknown, but all of them fine. Some of the cuts here are historic debuts of songs performed by folk and country artist later on. The initial recording of "Satan's Child," written by sister Helen and Danny Dill, Kilgore's "Sour Grapes," her own "All My Trials," and the cut she wrote with June and Kilgore, "As the Sparrow Goes," are all here, as well as readings of A.P. and Maybelle tunes such as her mother's "Fair and Tender Ladies" and "In the Highways," A.P.'s "John Hardy, Bury Me Beneath the Willow," and more. There are unreleased gems here too: a recording of Harlan Howard's "A Few Short Years Ago" and Irving Gordon's "The Kentuckian Song." But more than the cuts -- produced in Nashville and New York by Jerry Kennedy, Shelby Singelton, and Milt Okun -- this recording reveals that Carter's voice is one of the purest and most expressive vehicles either country or folk ever produced. Carter's own reticence is what held her back from superstardom. The music here, most of it with two acoustic guitars, some with a double bass, is simple, even ghostly in the way it frames a voice so seemingly plaintive, yet with a range that is awe-inspiring, given how pristine her singing was, and how she could take even the corniest song "Voice of the Bayou" and make it a believable and true statement of passion, purpose, or poisonous emotion. By the time the record ends with "Wildwood Flower," the listener has been transported out of time and space and into the heart of Carter's mysterious, darkly inviting, and spiritually resilient vocal. This is one of the best single-volume compilations Bear Family has ever done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127154347
  • Catalog Number: 15434
  • Sales rank: 4,678

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anita Carter Primary Artist, Vocals
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Eric Weissberg Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Harold Bradley Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Tenor Banjo
Ernie Calabria Guitar
Ray Edenton Acoustic Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Jerry Kennedy Acoustic Guitar
Clyde Lombardi Bass
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Bob Moore Bass
Helen Carter Vocals
Priscilla Mitchell Choir, Chorus
Margie Singleton Choir, Chorus
Bob Johnson Banjo, Lute
Technical Credits
Anita Carter Adaptation
Harold Bradley Tic Tac
Jerry Kennedy Producer
Milton Okun Producer, Adaptation
Shelby Singleton Producer
Otto Kitsinger Liner Notes
Tom Muller Mastering
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Shelby Singleon Producer
Bob Johnson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Just As Good As Thom Jurek Says It Is

    The review accompanying this listing just about says it all and probably better than I could. I agree with the description he provided 100%.
    This is one of the most unique and enjoyable folk/country cds I have heard in a long time. The material she chose to perform and that haughtingly beautiful voice make this one of the all time favorites I have ever owned. She has that accent from the South West corner of Virgina that just makes you want to go home. Even if you're from Brooklyn.

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