Very Best of Rosanne Cash

Very Best of Rosanne Cash

by Rosanne Cash
     
 

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A single disc doesn't afford much space to explore the work of an artist who's had a dozen chart-topping hits and remains one of her era's most important singer-songwriters. Nevertheless, The Very Best of Rosanne Cash stands as a model of retrospective assessment, managing to be both economical and sweeping. For starters, the song selections aren't limited toSee more details below

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A single disc doesn't afford much space to explore the work of an artist who's had a dozen chart-topping hits and remains one of her era's most important singer-songwriters. Nevertheless, The Very Best of Rosanne Cash stands as a model of retrospective assessment, managing to be both economical and sweeping. For starters, the song selections aren't limited to Cash's work with Columbia but rather include two numbers from her Capitol years: including one of the most powerful and moving moments on any Cash recording, "September When It Comes" (from 2003's Rules of Travel), which features dad Johnny Cash, who sings ominously of his fading faculties as he faces mortality. The other 14 songs span the younger Cash's catalog, from her impressive 1979 debut, Right or Wrong -- notable for the lead single, the lilting, Rodney Crowell–penned heartbreaker "No Memories Hangin' Around" (a duet with Bobby Bare) -- to her final Columbia album, The Wheel, represented here by three tracks, including the towering title song featuring Steuart Smith's amazing "circular" guitar solo. Crowell, Cash's ex, figures prominently here as both writer and producer, their work together prefiguring the New Traditionalist movement. Soon enough, Cash commanded a producer credit herself and delivered the searing, intensely personal Interiors album, which lends Very Best two numbers, one being the swaying, country-folk plea "What We Really Want." From the underrated Rhythm & Romance album comes this disc's lone new entry, a previously unissued version of the rocking "Never Be You." As an introduction to the scope of an important artist's body of work, this album can't be beat.

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Compiling "The Very Best" of Rosanne Cash from her Columbia catalog is a difficult proposition for anyone, especially on a single disc. She traveled many roads aesthetically, from the rollicking (then) new country of Seven Year Ache to her flirtation with '80s pop on Rhythm & Romance to her free-rolling rock, country, and folk classic King's Record Shop to the more introspective material on Interiors and The Wheel. But Legacy has done a fine job, beginning with the title track of personal transformation of "The Wheel" and careening through her career. There's the gender-bending folk-country classic "The Way We Make a Broken Heart" (written by John Hiatt) and the title track of Seven Year Ache. Along the way there are stops at "Hold On" from Rhythm & Romance and duets with father Johnny on "September When It Comes" and Bobby Bare on "No Memories Hangin' Around." And the real hits, like "My Baby Thinks He's a Train" and "Tennessee Flat Top Box" are here, too. But it's in the tracks like "What We Really Want," "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," and "Sleeping in Paris" where the balance and depth of Cash's contribution really come to light. This set also has a previously unreleased version of "Never Be You." There are 16 cuts in all, and each of them is a pearl. This is as fitting an introduction to an artist as country music has ever produced. She's ultimately unclassifiable, and one suspects from the candid comments she makes in Alanna Nash's liner essay that she likes it that way. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998699625
catalogNumber:
86996

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosanne Cash   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle
Bobby Bare   Vocals
Johnny Cash   Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Patty Larkin   Background Vocals
Marc Cohn   Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee   Electric Guitar
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Piano
Benmont Tench   Piano,Electric Piano
Tony Brown   Piano
Rosemary Butler   Vocal Harmony
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Background Vocals
Larry Crane   Guitar
Hank DeVito   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar
Terry Evans   Background Vocals
Larry Farrell   Trombone
Anton Fig   Drums
Steve Gaboury   Organ
Vince Gill   Vocals
Charlie Giordano   Accordion
Steve Goldstein   Keyboards
Emory Gordy   Bass,Piano,Rhythm Guitar
William "Bill" Greene   Background Vocals
Ula Hedwig   Background Vocals
David Hungate   Bass
Tony Kadleck   Flugelhorn
Zev Katz   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Mike Lawler   Keyboards
Paul Leim   Drums
John Leventhal   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Guitar (Baritone)
Stan Lynch   Drums
Randy McCormick   Keyboards
Vince Melamed   Keyboards
Mark O'Connor   Mandolin
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Frank Reckard   Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Robert Sabino   Synthesizer
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Steuart Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Frank Vilardi   Percussion,Drums,Hand Drums
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Ware   Drums
Willie Weeks   Bass
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Larrie Londin   Drums
Maxine Lewis   Vocal Harmony
Bobby "Blanco" King   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Duet
Johnny Cash   Composer
Rosanne Cash   Composer,Producer
Rodney Crowell   Composer,Producer
John Hiatt   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
Benmont Tench   Composer
Hank DeVito   Cover Photo
Emory Gordy   String Arrangements
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
John Leventhal   Composer,Producer
David Malloy   Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Mastering
Leroy Preston   Composer
David Thoener   Producer
Jimmy Tittle   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Steve Strauss   Packaging Manager
Alanna Nash   Liner Notes

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