Seven Year Ache [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Blame whomever you want for Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, but the bottom line is that Rosanne Cash's masterpiece Seven Year Ache paved the way for both of those folks as well as for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and then some. Proclaimed by Cash and her husband/producer/collaborator, Rodney Crowell, as "punktry," the album adds an entirely new twist on the Nashville sound. Perhaps it is because this is L.A. country and reflects the cocaine bliss sound of the era as well as Fleetwood Mac's Tusk does. Utilizing everything from synthesizers and rock arrangements to pop ballad-styled charts and plenty of attitude, Seven Year Ache yielded three number one singles and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Blame whomever you want for Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, but the bottom line is that Rosanne Cash's masterpiece Seven Year Ache paved the way for both of those folks as well as for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and then some. Proclaimed by Cash and her husband/producer/collaborator, Rodney Crowell, as "punktry," the album adds an entirely new twist on the Nashville sound. Perhaps it is because this is L.A. country and reflects the cocaine bliss sound of the era as well as Fleetwood Mac's Tusk does. Utilizing everything from synthesizers and rock arrangements to pop ballad-styled charts and plenty of attitude, Seven Year Ache yielded three number one singles and songs by rock musicians such as Tom Petty and singer/songwriters like Keith Sykes and Steve Forbert. Of the singles, Cash penned two: the title track, which is a sorrowful indictment of her husband's philandering ways, and the shattering ballad "Blue Moon with Heartache." The third, the smash "My Baby Thinks He's a Train," was written by Asleep at the Wheel's Leroy Preston. Musically, the band included many of the same players from the Right or Wrong sessions, with the emerging vocal talent of former Pure Prairie League member Vince Gill. Forbert's "What Kinda Girl" is almost rockabilly in its shuffling intensity and punk bravado. It dares the listener to define the protagonist just to shatter the preconception. There's also a nod to tradition here in Cash's beautifully updated read of the Merle Haggard/Red Simpson nugget "You Don't Have Very Far to Go," complete with whinnying pedal steels and a honky tonk backbeat. In "My Baby Thinks He's a Train," Cash and Crowell very consciously offer a new-generation interpretation of dad Johnny's sound. This rocks harder yet is smooth as silk and full of that desolate want Johnny offered in his delivery. But unlike her father's, this isn't a forlorn yearning want, it's a pissed-off anthemic want. For the ambulance chasers, this record with its songs of infidelity and broken promises may indeed be the first crack in a marriage and collaboration that ended a decade later. The tempo borrows the old Tennessee Three rhythm, but sped up into the stratosphere, with a shifting Western swing line near the refrain. Over 20 years after it was first issued, Seven Year Ache sounds as fresh and revolutionary as it did when it was issued. Any album that stands that test of time in a field like country deserves to be regarded as a classic. Yes, this is the one that changed everything. [The 2005 remastered edition includes two bonus tracks: the unreleased "The Feeling" and a live version of the title cut. It also contains liner notes by Chet Flippo that don't do the record's achievement justice.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767763729
  • Catalog Number: 77637

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosanne Cash Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ricky Skaggs Vocal Harmony
Rodney Crowell Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Emmylou Harris Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Tony Brown Piano, Electric Piano
Rosemary Butler Vocal Harmony
Larry Campbell Guitar, Saxophone
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Hank DeVito Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Vince Gill Vocal Harmony
Emory Gordy Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Booker T. Jones Organ
Zev Katz Bass
Phil Kenzie Saxophone
John Leventhal Guitar
Maxayn Lewis Vocal Harmony
Dennis McDermott Drums
Jerry McGee Electric Guitar
Frank Reckard Electric Guitar
Millah's Bros. Hand Clapping
Larrie Londin Drums
Clifford Carter Keyboards
Technical Credits
Rosanne Cash Composer
Rodney Crowell Composer, Audio Production
Merle Haggard Composer
Steve Forbert Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
Keith Sykes Composer
Red Simpson Composer
Glen D. Hardin Composer
Hank DeVito Composer, Original Production Assistance
Emory Gordy String Arrangements, Original Production Assistance
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Leroy Preston Composer
Chet Flippo Essay
Beverly Parker Original Photography
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Jerry Rappaport Reissue Producer
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Arlene Katz Original Production Assistance
Tom Choi Packaging Manager
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