Seven Year Ache [Bonus Tracks]

Seven Year Ache [Bonus Tracks]

by Rosanne Cash

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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.…  See more details below


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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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
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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