This posthumous collection delves deep into Johnny Cash's recording career to find twelve new tunes: most of them are covers or versions of folk and country standards, though there are also a couple of Cash originals on here, such as "Call Your Mother" and "I Came to Believe". The music of 'Out Among the Stars' was dug up by Cash's son John Carter Cash and stands as Cash's very own lost record.
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7/10 Penrith Steve 13th November 2014
“Out Among The Stars” is an album of entirely new material recorded in 1981 and 1984 by Johnny Cash. It was uncovered by his son, John R. Cash in 2012.
I expected this to be rubbish but as it turns out I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it would suffer badly from 80s production values, but whilst it doesn’t have Rick Rubin’s stripped back production found on the American Recordings series, it seems to have been done with some care and you can’t really date it.
The opener and title track is a fairly standard melodic country stomp and Cash’s mournful voice carries songs like “After All” and “I Came To Believe”. The highlights of the album are the duet with June Carter “Baby Ride Easy” and “She Used To Love Me A Lot”. The former was originally recorded by June’s Daughter, Carlene and english rocker Dave Edmunds.
I think Johnny Cash fans new and old will enjoy this, in parts, if not all the way through.
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