Silver [Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The mid-to-late '70s is generally not regarded as Johnny Cash's golden era, but the albums he made during those years have held up surprisingly well. While Cash himself has said he wasn't paying enough attention to his music back then, he was at least paying attention to other artists' music, championing talented young songwriters such as Rodney Crowell and Bruce Springsteen and penning some strong original tunes as well. Produced by Brian Ahern, noted for his behind-the-board work for Emmylou Harris, Silver sounded slicker than the usual Cash long-player -- lots of horns and enough other instruments to make Phil Spector envious -- but Ahern knew how to cast the Man in ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The mid-to-late '70s is generally not regarded as Johnny Cash's golden era, but the albums he made during those years have held up surprisingly well. While Cash himself has said he wasn't paying enough attention to his music back then, he was at least paying attention to other artists' music, championing talented young songwriters such as Rodney Crowell and Bruce Springsteen and penning some strong original tunes as well. Produced by Brian Ahern, noted for his behind-the-board work for Emmylou Harris, Silver sounded slicker than the usual Cash long-player -- lots of horns and enough other instruments to make Phil Spector envious -- but Ahern knew how to cast the Man in Black's voice so that his formidable baritone was always the star of the show. Tom T. Hall's nostalgic romp, "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore," Crowell's atmospheric, well-observed tale of rodeo life, "Bull Rider," Billy Joe Shaver's easygoing "Lately I've Been Leanin' Toward the Blues," and a majestic treatment of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" are all captivating performances. The original album contained one honky-tonk duet with George Jones on Cash's original love song "I'll Say It's True," but this reissue adds two more Cash-Jones gems: an updated treatment of the exquisite "I Still Miss Someone" and a sprightly reworking of Cash's prison song "I Got Stripes." An interesting choice for reissue, Silver shows that even when Cash felt he was only going through the motions, the results were almost always entertaining, and often beautiful and moving.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 696998679122
  • Catalog Number: 86791
  • Sales rank: 91,896

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Ricky Skaggs Banjo, Fiddle, 12-string Guitar
The Carter Family Vocals
George Jones Track Performer
Bob Johnson Mandocello
Jan Howard Vocals, Background Vocals
Anita Carter Background Vocals
Alisa Jones Hammered Dulcimer
Mark Morris Percussion
Brian Ahern Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Acoustic Bass, 6-string bass
Earl Ball Piano, Electric Piano, Tack Piano
June Carter Cash Background Vocals
Jack Clement Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Charles Cochran Piano
Marshall Grant Bass, Electric Bass
Jack Hale Trumpet, French Horn
Jerry Hensley Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Bob Lewin Trumpet, French Horn
Jack Routh Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Bobby Wooten Electric Guitar
Bob Wootton Electric Guitar
W.S. Holland Drums
Helen Carter Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Rodney Crowell Composer
Jean Ritchie Composer
Phil Rosenthal Composer
Billy Joe Shaver Composer
Brian Ahern Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Jack Clement Composer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Jack Hale Arranger
Harold Lee Engineer
Gilly Sherill Engineer
Billy Sherrill Engineer
Johnny Whiteside Liner Notes
Al Quaglieri Producer
Norman Seeff Contributor
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Roy Cash Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Charlie Williams Composer
John Christiana Packaging Manager
T.J. "Red" Arnall Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unsympathetic update of Cash's sound

    This 1979 release was recorded and issued in celebration of Cash¿s twenty-fifth anniversary in show business. Ironically, and to its detriment, the album commemorates Cash¿s career by updating his sound with the production choices of Brian Ahern. The modern touches and adornments of brass and strings (not to mention phase-shifters on some of the guitars) detract, rather than magnify. The result is an odd compendium of Cash¿s trademark voice, fine original compositions, well-picked titles from Rodney Crowell and Billy Joe Shaver (among others), and an oddly unsatisfying sound. Columbia/Legacy¿s reissue adds two previously unreleased bonus tracks, both recorded in 1979, and featuring George Jones sharing the vocals. "I Still Miss Someone" suffers from the underlying accompaniment (especially the processed guitar), but the combination of Cash and Jones on both cuts is a kick. It¿s impressive to hear a legend continuing to prospect new songs and new sounds after twenty-five years in the business, and though the songs are fine, the updated sound isn¿t one of Cash¿s more valuable strikes.

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