Legacy Recordings and John Carter Cash have made an important discovery in the Sony Music Archive vault. Out Among The Stars, a remarkable new album comprised of 12 recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings.
The tracks on Out Among The Stars were originally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984 and produced by Billy Sherrill, the architect of the “countrypolitan” sound who was heading A&R at CBS Records Nashville at the time.
On these songs—which include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings—Johnny worked with an expanded ensemble featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin and Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass).
The recordings, which have never been released in any form, are not demos, outtakes or alternate versions. They remained in the vaults during the years Columbia Records released Johnny Cash’s last albums for the label and were subsequently forgotten.
Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars, Track Listing
1. Out Among The Stars
2. Baby Ride Easy – duet with June Carter Cash
3. She Used To Love Me A Lot
4. After All
5. I’m Movin’ On – Duet with Waylon Jennings
6. If I Told You Who It Was
7. Call Your Mother (Written by Johnny Cash)
8. I Drove Her Out Of My Mind
10. Rock and Roll Shoes
11. Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time – Duet with June Carter Cash
12. I Came To Believe (Written by Johnny Cash)
In the early 1960s, the Nashville sound began to be challenged by the rival Bakersfield sound. Nashville’s pop song structure became more pronounced and it morphed into what was called countrypolitan. Countrypolitan was aimed straight at mainstream markets and it sold well throughout the later 1960s into the early 1970s. Among the architects of this sound were producers Billy Sherrill (who was instrumental in shaping Tammy Wynette‘s early career) and Glenn Sutton. Artists who typified the countrypolitan sound initially included Wynette, Glen Campbell (who recorded in Hollywood and not Nashville), Lynn Anderson, Charlie Rich, and Charley Pride.
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