The List

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
After the dark and chilling themes of 2006's Black Cadillac, which saw Rosanne Cash dealing with the deaths of her mother, Vivian Liberto, her father, Johnny Cash, and her stepmother, June Carter Cash -- all of whom passed within a two-year span -- one might assume that her next project would move into an even deeper level of bleakness, but with The List, it's immediately clear that she has instead found a more measured place to stand, and it's a lovely and redemptive outing that looks back to go forward. When Cash turned 18, her father, alarmed that his daughter only knew the songs that were getting played on the radio, gave her a list of what he considered 100 essential...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
After the dark and chilling themes of 2006's Black Cadillac, which saw Rosanne Cash dealing with the deaths of her mother, Vivian Liberto, her father, Johnny Cash, and her stepmother, June Carter Cash -- all of whom passed within a two-year span -- one might assume that her next project would move into an even deeper level of bleakness, but with The List, it's immediately clear that she has instead found a more measured place to stand, and it's a lovely and redemptive outing that looks back to go forward. When Cash turned 18, her father, alarmed that his daughter only knew the songs that were getting played on the radio, gave her a list of what he considered 100 essential American songs; Cash kept that list, and now she's drawn on it for this wonderfully nuanced outing that brims with a kind of redemptive timelessness. The List is a renewal and a testament to life, and it belongs to her father as much as it belongs to her, a beautiful restatement of her father's passions, only now, they've become his daughter's treasures, as well. It's an affirming story, but that's all it would be if Cash didn't sing her heart out here. And she does sing her heart out. The opener, a version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Miss the Mississippi and You," is full of comfortable grace and sentiment, and Cash keeps that fine emotional tone throughout this set. Songs like the folk classic "500 Miles" feel at once both lovingly rendered and reborn for a new century in Cash's hands, and she doesn't update them so much as find redemption and solace in them, which in turn gives these songs a bright relevance, and because of the connection to her father and the list he gave to her, it also feels like a deep personal statement. There's so much to take comfort in here, including her fine rendering of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," a nice turn at Harlan Howard's "Heartaches by the Number" which features Elvis Costello, a calm but still spooky duet with Jeff Tweedy on the faux-murder ballad "Long Black Veil," and a duet with Bruce Springsteen on Hal David and Paul Hampton's "Sea of Heartbreak." Cash sings with a calm, measured authority, and all these the songs fit together with the same sort of refreshing resignation and care. Contemporary country radio probably won't touch anything here, since country these days seems to be more about name-checking than any actual preservation, but Cash is after something else again -- it's about connecting with the past and carrying it forward as an act of personal faith. It has nothing to do with hats or belt buckles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • EAN: 5099969657627
  • Catalog Number: 96576
  • Sales rank: 746

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Miss the Mississippi and You (3:12)
  2. 2 Motherless Children (3:06)
  3. 3 Sea of Heartbreak - Bruce Springsteen (3:06)
  4. 4 Take These Chains from My Heart (3:32)
  5. 5 I'm Movin' On (3:45)
  6. 6 Heartaches by the Number - Elvis Costello (3:21)
  7. 7 500 Miles (3:04)
  8. 8 Long Black Veil - Jeff Tweedy (3:10)
  9. 9 She's Got You (3:07)
  10. 10 Girl from the North Country (3:32)
  11. 11 Silver Wings - Rufus Wainwright (3:45)
  12. 12 Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosanne Cash Primary Artist
Elvis Costello Vocals
Bruce Springsteen Vocals
Joe Bonadio Drums
Zev Katz Upright Bass
Curtis King Background Vocals
John Leventhal Organ, Bass, Dobro, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Drums, Harmonium, Wurlitzer
Shawn Pelton Drums
Jeff Tweedy Vocals
Rufus Wainwright Vocals
Kenny Williams Background Vocals
RIck DePofi Piano, Bass Clarinet, Horn
Tim Luntzel Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Rosanne Cash Arranger, Adaptation
Merle Haggard Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Mike Bailey Management
A.P. Carter Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Hal David Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
John Leventhal Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Adaptation, Tic Tac, Instrumentation
Fred Rose Composer
Hedy West Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Danny Dill Composer
RIck DePofi Producer, Engineer
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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Highly Resommended

    Rosanne has a beautiful voice and the songs from the list are great. You will want to sing along with her.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Classic

    "The List" is a collection of classic country songs, passed on from Johnny Cash to his very talented daughter. The songs themselves are reason enough to buy this CD. However, what makes it even more special is the straightforward manner in which the songs are produced. There is nothing forced or fake about this music. From the first song "Miss the Missippi and You" this CD provides some of the best in country music. There are guest artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, but they don't take over and only compliment the music. The songs are the stars and Ms. Cash does a credit to each and every one. I will keep this CD as treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD

    This CD is so rich. It has what a lot of today's music is missing. Rosanne's interpretation is deep and soulful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great songs, so-so arrangements

    The arrangements were not to my liking although the songs are great. Rosanne's voice and the voices of the other artists would have been sufficient, in my estimation, to provide the authenticity and originality artists' seek. Whenever I play it I think of how it could have been so much better rather than just enjoying the music.

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