Christmas With Johnny Cash [Columbia Legacy]

Christmas With Johnny Cash [Columbia Legacy]

by Johnny Cash


It's very eerie reviewing a new Johnny Cash Christmas collection on the morning of his death, September 12, 2003, exactly three months after the passing of June Carter Cash. It's weird to even think about Christmas without Johnny Cash in the world. But nonetheless, what has been given to listeners by Legacy's fine reissue department is a collection of 12 songs recorded between 1962 and 1980. Many of these songs will be familiar to the Cash faithful, since all but one song have been previously released, but there are a few surprises. Cash's own "The Christmas Spirit," from an album of the same name recorded in 1962, is moving in that otherworldly way that only Cash could be. He spoke and sang as a man forgiven. Likewise, his "O Come All Ye Faithful" is a different reading of the song. Rather than just a work of power and majesty, one can hear in the grain of his voice not so much a rallying cry, but a gentle exhortation to open one's eyes and see. In "Silent Night," the earth whispers to a profound stillness. But the most moving track here is the final one, the unreleased "Christmas as I Knew It," from a rehearsal for The Johnny Cash Show. Cash intones a poem about his childhood, strumming a guitar with vibes quietly in the background before strings come up underneath, offering an opening into the gentle, stalwart dignity in Cash's delivery that every word is true. And it was true -- every word -- for 50 years in the music business; every word, whether lived or imagined, was all true. And in the spirit of Christmas there is something to be grateful for: we at least had Johnny Cash in this old world.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2004
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886976948320
catalogNumber: 769483

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Johnny Cash   Arranger,Composer
Grandpa Jones   Composer
Jan Howard   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Larry Butler   Producer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
B. Walker   Arranger
Isaac Watts   Composer
Bill Walker   Producer
Lowell Mason   Composer
John Reading   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Bob Irwin   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
Smay Vision   Art Direction
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
J.D. Cash   Arranger
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Composer
Jay Johnson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jean Baptiste Calkin   Composer
Bill Walker   Arranger,Composer,Producer
James R. Murray   Composer
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
William J. Kirkpatrick   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer

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