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The Essential Rosanne Cash

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1979, when Rosanne Cash cut Right or Wrong, her first album for Columbia Records, she sounded like a revelation: a vocalist with a strong and versatile instrument, a rocker's nervy instincts, and a respect for country music traditions that didn't leave room for stodginess or the hollow sound of the emergent Nash Vegas era (not to mention an impressive lineage). What's most remarkable is that Cash became so much more with the passage of time; she grew into one of the most interesting acts on the country charts in the '80s and '90s, bringing pop, rock, and country together in a way that actually brought out the strengths in each style rather than diluting them, and then ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1979, when Rosanne Cash cut Right or Wrong, her first album for Columbia Records, she sounded like a revelation: a vocalist with a strong and versatile instrument, a rocker's nervy instincts, and a respect for country music traditions that didn't leave room for stodginess or the hollow sound of the emergent Nash Vegas era (not to mention an impressive lineage). What's most remarkable is that Cash became so much more with the passage of time; she grew into one of the most interesting acts on the country charts in the '80s and '90s, bringing pop, rock, and country together in a way that actually brought out the strengths in each style rather than diluting them, and then matured into a first-rate songwriter whose literate and deeply personal work dealt with the hardest realities of life and love with intelligence, honesty, and heart. There have been a handful of collections that have skimmed the cream from Cash's seven albums for Columbia, recorded between 1979 and 1993, but The Essential Rosanne Cash, compiled by Cash and Gregg Geller, puts nearly all of them to shame. Essential Rosanne Cash lives up to its title by including one tune from her misbegotten 1978 debut album (released only in Germany and practically disowned by Cash) and nine from the four albums she released through Capitol/EMI between 1996 and 2009, making it the first Rosanne Cash album that offers a truly comprehensive look at her career to date. Moving from the smart and stylish contemporary country of her early albums to the meditations on family, loss, and music of her mature work, Essential is more than just a well-compiled greatest-hits album: it allows us to watch an artist evolve from strength to strength over the course of 36 songs, and it's a fascinating and truly impressive collection from an artist who has never chosen to stay in the shadow of her father and his legendary music (though Johnny Cash does contribute vocals on one track, "September When It Comes"). The album also includes a thoughtful essay from Cash and another from her frequent collaborator (and former husband) Rodney Crowell. This is, quite simply, the best and most comprehensive Rosanne Cash collection released to date, and anyone looking for an introduction to her music or a well-chosen sampler of her catalog will be very well served by this set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886978271020
  • Catalog Number: 782710
  • Sales rank: 4,138

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can I Still Believe In You (5:37)
  2. 2 Baby, Better Start Turnin' Em Down (4:11)
  3. 3 No Memories Hangin' Round (3:25)
  4. 4 Seven Year Ache (3:16)
  5. 5 Blue Moon With Heartache (4:28)
  6. 6 My Baby Thinks He's a Train (3:14)
  7. 7 It Hasn't Happened Yet (3:24)
  8. 8 I Wonder (3:05)
  9. 9 If It Weren't For Him - Vince Gill (3:33)
  10. 10 I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me (3:18)
  11. 11 Never Be You (3:29)
  12. 12 Hold On (3:38)
  13. 13 Runaway Train (4:01)
  14. 14 The Way We Make a Broken Heart (3:55)
  15. 15 If You Change Your Mind (3:22)
  16. 16 It's Such a Small World - Rodney Crowell (3:21)
  17. 17 Tennessee Flat Top Box (3:18)
  18. 18 I Don't Want To Spoil the Party (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Real Me (4:25)
  2. 2 On the Surface (2:57)
  3. 3 What We Really Want (3:30)
  4. 4 I Want a Cure (4:20)
  5. 5 Mirror Image (3:18)
  6. 6 The Wheel (4:20)
  7. 7 Sventh Avenue (5:13)
  8. 8 Sleeping In Paris (4:07)
  9. 9 Love is Forever (4:13)
  10. 10 Western Wall (3:02)
  11. 11 September When It Comes (3:40)
  12. 12 Black Cadillac (3:46)
  13. 13 House On the Lake (3:32)
  14. 14 The World Unseen (5:13)
  15. 15 Good Intent (3:45)
  16. 16 500 Miles (3:05)
  17. 17 Sea of Heartbreak - Bruce Springsteen (3:07)
  18. 18 Sweet Memories - Chris Thile (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosanne Cash Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Ricky Skaggs Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle
Rodney Crowell Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Emmylou Harris Vocal Harmony
Patty Larkin Background Vocals
Edgar Meyer Acoustic Bass
Marc Cohn Vocal Harmony
Bobby King Background Vocals
Albert Lee Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
James Burton Electric Guitar
Buck White Mandolin, Piano
Brian Ahern Acoustic Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Eddie Bayers Drums
Barry Beckett Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Benmont Tench Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Wurlitzer
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Joe Bonadio Drums
Bill Bottrell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Tony Brown Piano, Electric Piano
Rosemary Butler Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mary Chapin Carpenter Background Vocals
Larry Crane Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Anthony Crawford Background Vocals
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Hank DeVito Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar
Shane Keister Piano
Terry Evans Background Vocals
Larry Farrell Trombone
Anton Fig Drums
Pat Flynn Acoustic Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Steve Gaboury Organ
Vince Gill Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Charlie Giordano Accordion
Steve Goldstein Keyboards
Marty Grebb Saxophone
Ula Hedwig Background Vocals
Jose Hernandez Trumpet
John Hobbs Keyboards
David Hungate Bass
Zev Katz Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jerry Kroon Drums
John Leventhal Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Soloist, Guitar (Baritone)
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
Randy McCormick Keyboards
Jerry McEwen Electric Guitar
Jerry McGee Electric Guitar
Vince Melamed Keyboards
Mark O'Connor Fiddle, Mandolin, Mandola
Bill Payne Organ
Shawn Pelton Percussion, Drums
Jim Photoglo Background Vocals
Mike Porter Percussion
Frank Reckard Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes Bass, Upright Bass
Randy Scruggs Acoustic Guitar
Steuart Smith Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Bee Spears Bass
Frank Vilardi Percussion, Drums, Hand Drums
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Guitar
John Ware Drums
Willie Weeks Bass
Reggie Young Guitar
Kevin Breit Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Drayton Drums
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
Jim Hanson Bass
Aldo Strucci Electric Guitar
Larrie Londin Drums
Chris Thile Mandolin
RIck DePofi Percussion, Horn
Jean Smith Background Vocals
Billy Walker Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Willie Green Background Vocals
Patty d'Arcy Background Vocals
Kristen DeLauer Background Vocals
Dan Schwartz Bass
Brian Macleod Drums
Larrie London Drums
Michael Lawler Keyboards
Chelsea Crowell Vocal Harmony
Emory Gordy Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Rhythm Guitar
Maxayne Lewis Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bob Sabino Synthesizer
Tony Kadler Flugelhorn
The Milahs Bros. Hand Clapping
Paul Lem Drums
Technical Credits
Bobby Bare Duet
Rosanne Cash Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Rodney Crowell Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Duet
Mickey Newbury Composer
Steve Goodman Composer
John Stewart Composer
John Hiatt Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Paul Hampton Composer
Benmont Tench Composer
Bill Bottrell Producer
Hal David Composer
Hank DeVito Composer, Cover Photo
Vince Gill Composer, Duet
John Leventhal Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
David Malloy Producer
Leroy Preston Composer
Toby Scott Engineer
Michael Stewart Remote Recording
David Thoener Producer
Jimmy Tittle Composer
Hedy West Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
RIck DePofi Producer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Fred Knobloch Composer
John Carter Cash Engineer
Zak Profera Marketing
J.R. Cash Composer
Rosanne Composer
Emory Gordy Jr. Producer, String Arrangements
Long Vu Art Direction
Danny Kahn Management
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