The Children's Album [Bonus Tracks]

The Children's Album [Bonus Tracks]

by Johnny Cash
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The Children's Album [Bonus Tracks]

With affectionate new liner notes by John Carter Cash and four previously unreleased tracks, Johnny Cash's 1975 Children's Album is returned to print in CD form, and it's about time. So much of Cash's dark side has been in the press since his death in 2003 that the loving and lighthearted fare here (some of which has shown up in anthologies over the years) is a much-needed reminder of the private man's true nature: As the son writes in the liner notes, the father was "a fun loving, easy going, laughing man who was, in scores of ways, as big a kid as I have ever been." Working with musicians that included some studio stalwarts supplementing his impeccable band -- featuring Carl Perkins and Bob Wootton on guitars, Marshall Grant on bass and W. S. "Fluke" Holland on drums -- Cash didn't have to go far to find material: He wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 15 songs, and those tunes are just plain fun. There's some nice comedic banter between Cash and June Carter Cash on the whimsical "I Got a Boy And His Name Is John"; "Little Magic Glasses," with a lovely string arrangement humming behind Cash's tender vocal, is a touching evocation of childhood wonder with a Brothers Grimm twist; a playful talking blues, "Dinosaur Song," offers a concise lesson in reptilian history and ponders what it might have been like to be a kid with a tyrannosaurus rex for a pet. Over soft, fingerpicked acoustic guitar accompaniment, Cash recounts a true-life tale on "There's a Bear in the Woods" (in which one of Roy Orbison's sons figures prominently), while beloved standards "Old Shep" and "Grandfather's Clock" add a proper sentimental tinge to the proceedings. Gotta love this man.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828768132821
catalogNumber: 81328

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar
Carl Perkins   Electric Guitar
Bill Pursell   Piano
Larry Gatlin   Guitar
Larry Butler   Piano
June Carter Cash   Background Vocals
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Marshall Grant   Bass
Red Lane   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
Bob Wootton   Electric Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums
David Jones   Guitar
William A. "Bill" Walker   Piano
Rosey Nix   Background Vocals
William Don Favorite   Drums
Larry McCoy   Piano

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer,Producer
Charlie Bragg   Producer
Larry Butler   Producer
June Carter Cash   Duet
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
B.J. Reed   Composer
John Carter Cash   Liner Notes

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