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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Legacy/Columbia
  • ASIN: B0002XB7ZW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Following the artistic success that was `Ride This Train', Johnny Cash decided the change track and release an album of covers. He chose an excellent set of songs to cover, and really puts his stamp on them.

A little less experimental than his previous couple of releases, this record seems to have been designed for mass appeal. With an upbeat backing Cash launches himself into a series of well known country tracks, giving us a set of rollicking songs delivered in his distinctive, captivating, off key bass voice. While the feeling of the album is upbeat, there is a dark overtone lurking in the background, which gives a slight nagging sense of danger. This is most apparent with tracks such as `Transfusion Blues', by far and away the best track on the album.

It's a good crowd pleasing record, and one which will appeal to a wide range of listeners, not just the hardened Country fans. 5 stars.
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Your heart is alternately caressed and torn by the slide guitar while Mr Cash's voice seems to come from nowhere and yet dominate the whole world without being intrusive.
Now There Was A Song is an album of cover versions, and it is well worthwhile finding the originals but, as ever, Johnny Cash makes each his own.
In particular "I'd Just Be Fool Enough (To Fall)" is really haunting, while "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is given more than justice. For those who have seen WALK THE LINE, "Transfusion Blues" will be familiar.
In summary, this album is more country than rock 'n' roll, but this is its selling point. It's gorgeous. Get it.
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I originally bought this on vinyl years back, but recently replaced it with this CD version. Recorded in 1960,- on the back of 'Ride this Train' another of my favourites,- from the first track to the last the music really drives along, and its pure country all the way, with loads of atmosphere. I cannot recommend it too highly, if you like JR you will love this product.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2014
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The fascinating aspect about this for me is the choice of material. Johnny chose to cover two George Jones songs (Seasons of my heart, Just one time), two Bob Wills songs (Time changes Everything, My shoes keep walking back to you - the latter song was also a hit for Ray Price) and also covers of songs made famous by artists such as Hank Williams (I'm so lonesome I could cry) and Melvin Endsley (who wrote Singin' the blues, but Johnny covered I'd just be fool enough).

At this distance in time, some of the originals do not look like the most obvious ones to have covered, but they all sound great here. A fantastic covers album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The music is five stars, the time is not. 22 July 2002
By ty7777 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Clocking in at about half an hour or less, this album is still rich and probably Cash at his most country. Cash can often be folk and maybe even a little rock and always very much his own brand of music, but this is completely country and perfectly done at that. His voice never ever sounded better. The songs- Well they're pure country classics, great great great. Talk about hits for Marty robbins, Ernest Tubb, and George jones respectively but also one of the greatest songwriters ever-Hank Sr. too. Cash does all these songs with true respect and care of them. Usually he's on par with the originals themselves. Johnny was great then, before then and now. This record is a treasure and any true blue country fan or fan of Big John Cash can truly enjoy it no matter how short the record is. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Johnny's finest albums ever! 29 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Well friends, if there was ever a Johnny Cash album that is true country, this is it. All these great versions of country standards such as My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You, Time Changes Everything, Honky Tonk Girl and the rest are very well done. This is indeed a different Johnny Cash style but like that other reviewer said he is in excellent shape on this album. I wish Johnny recorded more country albums like this, but I think every Cash fan will enjoy this album. I guess back in those days people were so uptight about using words like Cocaine in a song, that's why he had to change it to Transfusion Blues. Now you will hear Johnny's famous style with Luther Perkins on guitar, etc. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early one morning while making the rounds... 24 May 2005
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 1960 album marked a departure from past Johnny Cash releases in that it is made up of old country standards. It is also unique in that it was recorded at only one session and no master required more than three takes to complete. "Seasons of the Heart" was released as a single from the album, and it reached #10 on the Country chart. Another notable song from the album is "Transfusion Blues", which is a censored version of "Cocaine Blues", which Cash later more famously recorded under the original title on the Folsom Prison album. This is a decent enough album, but it's not one of my personal favorite Johnny Cash albums. For reasons that I can't explain, it just doesn't grab me that much. But a lot of people seem to like it more than I do, so you may want to give it a try. It should be noted that the CD is very short, clocking in at a mere 27 minutes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 3 Sept. 2002
By THOMAS CASAGRANDA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album reminds me of Costello's "Almost Blue" what with "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" yet it also transcends it. It is Cash doing country standards with the "Beat Vision" described by Bob Dylan in 1963. Indeed, "Transfusion Blues" is both an earlier version of Cash's "Cocaine Blues" and Dylan's "In Search of Little Sadie".
"Honky Tonk Girl" was used on Oliver Stone's U TURN soundtrack and "Seasons of My Heart" beats Jerry Lee and Linda Gail Lewis's version hands down. What with albums such as, "Bitter Tears", "Ballads of The True West", and "Ride This Train" Cash is the ultimate chameleonesque concept artist and not David Bowie. Hell, its rumoured that Bowie did a cover of Ira Hayes in 1974 for an unreleased album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very different Johnny Cash... finally!! 6 Sept. 2002
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If, like myself, you've sometimes found the Cash catalog a little on the, um, monotonous side, then you might wanna check out this little disc. It's one of his most atypical albums, Johnny doing covers of country standards that were originally recorded by other artists -- folks like George Jones, Hank Williams, Ferlin Husky and Ray Price -- and the arrangements are much different than his usual minimalist approach. Pedal steel and fiddles seep into his sound, instruments that Cash had generally shied away from, and it sounds pretty darn good. Honestly, he doesn't sound much more uncomfortable with this backup than with any of his other studio efforts around this time, and if he'd cut loose a little bit more, these tracks would be even more fun than they are to begin with. Regardless, this is one of my favorite Johnny Cash albums -- I like the material, and I like his spin on it. One silly note: Cash (or, more likely, his producers) altered the lyrics to "Cocaine Blues" into "Transfusion Blues," which not only doesn't make much sense, it also sounds a lot more dangerous. Anyway, I think this is a goodie & recommend it wholeheartedly.
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