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Out Among the Stars [Bonus Track]
     

Out Among the Stars [Bonus Track]

by Johnny Cash
 

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If Out Among the Stars had come out when its sessions were completed, it would've appeared sometime in 1984, arriving between 1983's flinty Johnny 99 and 1985's slippery, sentimental Rainbow. Allegedly, this album -- discovered by Legacy and John Carter Cash during some archival work in 2012 -- was shelved because

Overview

If Out Among the Stars had come out when its sessions were completed, it would've appeared sometime in 1984, arriving between 1983's flinty Johnny 99 and 1985's slippery, sentimental Rainbow. Allegedly, this album -- discovered by Legacy and John Carter Cash during some archival work in 2012 -- was shelved because its Billy Sherrill production was just a little bit too pop for Johnny Cash's taste, but that reasoning isn't sound, particularly with the Chips Moman-produced crossover of sugar of Rainbow taken into consideration. Moman had been riding high on the hits he produced for Willie Nelson -- notably "Always on My Mind," Willie's last great crossover smash -- and he applied a similar heavy-handed touch to Cash, who at that point was several years away from his last Country Top 10 hit ("The Baron" went to 10 in 1981). Sherrill had a lighter touch with Cash than Moman, something that might surprise listeners who associate his name with his symphonic, string-heavy productions for George Jones, but the producer winds up simply sweetening Johnny without changing his core sound. Comprised of sessions from 1981 and 1984, Out Among the Stars is generally chipper and bright, containing a couple of spare, reflective moments -- the sentimental "After All," the June Carter Cash bluegrass duet "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time," and "I Came to Believe," the gospel-ish closer that ambles along nicely -- that add a little dimension to a cheerful album. "Out Among the Stars" nicely updates the signature Cash train-track rhythm, a cover of the Dave Edmunds/Carlene Carter duet "Baby Ride Easy" rolls along with spirit, Cash yucks it up with Waylon Jennings on a cover of the Hank Snow standard "I'm Movin' On," and "I Drove Her Out of My Mind" conjures some of the old outlaw magic. Every one of these seem like they could have some kind of potential on the charts, so the fact they were shelved is a bit of a mystery because, when taken together -- despite misguided novelties like "If I Told You Who It Was" -- it adds up to one of Cash's stronger '80s albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2014
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0888837097321
catalogNumber:
370973
Rank:
21914

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Marty Stuart   Guitar,Mandolin
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Carlene Carter   Vocal Harmony
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Pat McLaughlin   Guitar
Bobby Wood   Piano
Minnie Pearl   Guest Appearance
Niko Bolas   Percussion
Pete Bordonali   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Guitar
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Kenny Malone   Drums
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Buddy Miller   Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Dale Sellers   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
John C. Williams   Bass
Mark Fain   Upright Bass
Rick Lonow   Percussion
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Laura Cash   Fiddle
Robert Wray   Guitar
Cash Cabin Vocal Group   Choir, Chorus
Student Body of Sumner Academy, K-8, Gallatin, TN   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Elvis Costello   Producer
Richard Dobson   Composer
Tommy Collins   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Charles Cochran   Composer
Paul Kennerley   Composer
Graham Lyle   Composer
Sandy Mason   Composer
Adam Mitchell   Composer
Dennis Morgan   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Gary Gentry   Composer
David Gorman   Art Direction
John Carter Cash   Producer,Liner Notes
Lou Robin   Executive Producer
Rick Scott   Composer
Adam Farber   Direction
Steve Berkowitz   Producer
Rhonda Fleming   Composer
Hillman Hall   Composer
Clarence E. "Hank" Snow   Composer
Charles Quillen   Composer
Kassondra Monroe   Art Direction
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Trey Call   Engineer
Ron "Snake" Reynolds   Engineer

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