Children's Album

Performers Johnny Cash

Legacy Recordings | May 23, 2006 | Compact Disc

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Anybody that's only familiar with Johnny Cash the outlaw or the brooding mythic figure of his latter-day albums will find the very idea of a Johnny Cash children's album improbable, or at the very least amusing. Truth is, Cash always showed a fondness for novelty tunes and silly songs, dating all the way back to his Sun sides (and this is not even counting the unintentional silliness of his corny Americana records), so it was not a stretch for Cash to do a children's album -- particularly in 1975, when he was coming off a stretch of hosting a TV variety show and about to enter a mid-career decline. It was an opportune time to kick out a good children's album, which Children's Album is, a sweet, good-natured collection of novelties, ditties, and the occasional standard. Musically, this isn't miles away from Cash's usual territory, but it's much lighter and mellower than even his poppiest work of the '60s and '70s, which only makes sense: he is singing for kids, after all. But what makes this Children's Album click is that Cash is never singing down to his audience, he's singing straight to them, just like he sings to any other audience. This lack of condescension makes up for the occasionally spotty material, as it gives the album heart and makes it an album that feels like a Johnny Cash album in addition to a kids album. In that sense, it's a good "my first Johnny Cash LP" -- it provides a good introduction to the Man in Black for little ones. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 23, 2006

Genre: General

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2006

Label Name: Legacy Recordings

UPC: 828768132821

Found in: General

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Children's Album

Children's Album

Performers Johnny Cash
Producer Charlie Bragg, Johnny Cash

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 23, 2006

Genre: General

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2006

Label Name: Legacy Recordings

UPC: 828768132821


Title Track Time
1.Nasty Dan --
2.One And One Makes Two --
3.I Got A Boy And His Name Is John - (with June Carter Cash) --
4.Little Magic Glasses --
5.Miss Tara --
6.Dinosaur Song --
7.Tiger Whitehead --
8.There's A Bear --
9.Wooda, The --
10.Call Of The Wild --
11.Little Green Fountain --
12.Old Shep --
13.Timber Man --
14.Grandfather's Clock --
15.Ah Bos Cee Dah --
16.Why Is A Fire Engine Red --

Editorial Notes

Anybody that's only familiar with Johnny Cash the outlaw or the brooding mythic figure of his latter-day albums will find the very idea of a Johnny Cash children's album improbable, or at the very least amusing. Truth is, Cash always showed a fondness for novelty tunes and silly songs, dating all the way back to his Sun sides (and this is not even counting the unintentional silliness of his corny Americana records), so it was not a stretch for Cash to do a children's album -- particularly in 1975, when he was coming off a stretch of hosting a TV variety show and about to enter a mid-career decline. It was an opportune time to kick out a good children's album, which Children's Album is, a sweet, good-natured collection of novelties, ditties, and the occasional standard. Musically, this isn't miles away from Cash's usual territory, but it's much lighter and mellower than even his poppiest work of the '60s and '70s, which only makes sense: he is singing for kids, after all. But what makes this Children's Album click is that Cash is never singing down to his audience, he's singing straight to them, just like he sings to any other audience. This lack of condescension makes up for the occasionally spotty material, as it gives the album heart and makes it an album that feels like a Johnny Cash album in addition to a kids album. In that sense, it's a good "my first Johnny Cash LP" -- it provides a good introduction to the Man in Black for little ones. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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