Johnny Cash: Johnny 99 CD Track Listing
Johnny 99 (1998)
Originally issued as Columbia 38696 in 1983\nKoch CD Edition Released January 19, 1999\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: If the Springsteen tunes hadn't been included, this would still have been a good album. But Cash sinks his teeth into "Highway Patrolman" and the title tune and gives them the guts that Springsteen only dreamed of. -- Jim Worbois \n \nAmazon.com Editorial Review\nAlthough it went virtually unnoticed upon its initial release in 1983, this intriguing record momentarily put a halt to Johnny Cash's precipitous artistic decline and kept the promise of his resurgence alive. Recorded in Los Angeles with session men including Marty Stuart, Norton Buffalo, Jo-El Sonnier, and producer Brian Ahern, Johnny 99 focuses on the work of younger songwriters--Bruce Springsteen, Paul Kennerley, Guy Clark--and might be the lone oasis in an otherwise barren decade. The solemn opener, Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman," sets the tone as Cash turns a very restrained reading into an emotional powerhouse, supported by Hoyt Axton's baritone growl. The Springsteen-penned title track becomes a honky-tonk anthem as Cash delivers the Boss's lyrics with acute understanding. The touching Civil War ballad "God Bless Robert E. Lee," the tropical/topical "Joshua Gone Barbados," and the attractive duet with June Carter on Kennerley's "Brand New Dance" help round out a rather diverse (for Cash) collection. Aside from the occasional guitar effect and unnecessary keyboard intrusion (it was 1983 after all), this set marks a high point of a low period. --Marc Greilsamer \n\nHalf.com Album Credits\nHal Blaine, Contributing Artist\nHoyt Axton, Contributing Artist\nJames Burton, Contributing Artist\nJune Carter, Contributing Artist\nMarty Stuart, Contributing Artist\nNorton Buffalo, Contributing Artist\n\nAlbum Notes\nPersonnel: Johnny Cash, June Carter (vocals); Marty Stuart (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin); Tim Goodman (acoustic, electric & slide guitars, banjo, 6-string bass); James Burton, Bob Wooton (electric guitar); Brian Ahern (gut string guitar, 6-string bass, tambourine); David Mansfield (mandolin, mandocello, fiddle); Norton Buffalo (harmonica); Nick DeCaro, Jo'El Sonnier (accordion); Glen D. Hardin (keyboards); Jerry Scheff (bass); Hal Blaine (drums); Hoyt Axton, Barbara Bennett, Donivan Cowart, Lynn Langham (background vocals).\n\nProducer: Brian Ahern.\nReissue producer: Dave Nives.\nEngineers: Donivan Cowart, Brian Ahern Jack "Stack-A-Track" Grochmal.\n\nRecorded at Magnolia Sound Studios, North Hollywood, California. Originally issued on Columbia (38696). Includes liner notes by Grant Alden.\n\nThis is a reissue of a John R. "Johnny" Cash album that came out on Columbia Records in 1983. Back then, country wasn't' considered cool, and easy-listening pop-country ruled the country charts. There was very little crossover between country, rock and folk--or was there? Long before "alterna-country," "No Depression," "y'allternative" or roots-rock bands like Son Volt, Cash did this daring (for its time) album. Cash was a Classic Country Figure by this time, and so was taken for granted. A shame, for this great album was over-looked by the country, rock and folk crowds of the day.\n\nCash covers--wonderfully--two Bruce Springsteen tunes, "Highway Patrolman" and "Johnny 99," as well as songs by Guy Clark ("New Cut Road") and Erik Von Schmidt ("Joshua Gone Barbados"). Producer Brian Ahern (then married to Emmylou Harris) keeps the back-up band lean & mean (featuring guitar master James Burton) and Cash's deep, stoic voice is as reassuringly real & honest as a forest of Redwoods. Highly recommended to Cash fans as well as those into the neo-country/roots-rock bands.
This country cd contains 10 tracks and runs 36min 10sec.
Tags: music songs tracks country Country
- Johnny Cash - Highway Patrolman (05:23)
- Johnny Cash - That's The Truth (02:48)
- Johnny Cash - God Bless Robert E Lee (03:46)
- Johnny Cash - New Cut Road (03:37)
- Johnny Cash - Johnny 99 (03:37)
- Johnny Cash - Ballad Of The Ark (02:57)
- Johnny Cash - Joshua Gone Barbados (05:11)
- Johnny Cash - Girl From The Canyon (02:40)
- Johnny Cash - Brand New Dance (03:28)
- Johnny Cash - I'm Ragged But I'm Right (02:37)