VA – Johnny Cash: Forever Words (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – Johnny Cash: Forever Words (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 57:01 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

When he passed away on 12 September 2003 at the age of 71, Johnny Cash left behind thousands of poems and lyrics for unrecorded songs. His son, John Carter Cash opened the treasure chest and chose a few, and he charged a handful of artists close to the Man in Black with setting them to music. Some tracks resonate much more powerfully than others. Take, for example, Forever/I Still Miss Someone, the ultimate Cash poem, recited Kris Kristofferson with Willie Nelson on guitar… Equally touching, To June This Morning, a letter from the master to the love of his life, June Carter Cash, here given a very sober treatment by another real on-and-off-stage couple: Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly. This Forever Words also offers some rather unexpected sequences. More than 20 years on from his unusual take on Rusty Cage by Soundgarden on the albumUnchained, Chris Cornell sings You Never Knew My Mind, one of his final recordings before his suicide in May 2017. Emotion guaranteed.

Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, T. Bone Burnett, Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp, Jewel, Carlene Carter, the trio I’m With Her, Robert Glasper and the Jayhawks are among the others featuring on this record, which has the advantage of not being yet another tribute album, but rather a way for active musicians to find a relevant way to communicate with this major auteur of the 20th century, whose reputation goes far beyond the boundaries of country music. Above all, none of them try to rip off Cash, or perform “in the style of Johnny Cash”. Everyone involved in Forever Words remains true to themselves, and that’s what makes the project a success.

1. Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson – Forever / I Still Miss Someone 00:47
2. Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves – To June This Morning 02:05
3. Brad Paisley – Gold All Over the Ground 03:31
4. Chris Cornell – You Never Knew My Mind 04:57
5. Alison Krauss & Union Station – The Captain’s Daughter 04:59
6. T Bone Burnett – Jellico Coal Man 03:40
7. Rosanne Cash – The Walking Wounded 05:05
8. John Mellencamp – Them Double Blues 02:50
9. Jewel – Body On Body 04:27
10. Elvis Costello – I’ll Still Love You 02:49
11. Carlene Carter – June’s Sundown 03:38
12. Dailey & Vincent – He Bore It All 03:16
13. I’m With Her – Chinky Pin Hill 03:24
14. Robert Glasper feat. Ro James, & Anu Sun – Goin’, Goin’, Gone 04:12
15. The Jayhawks – What Would I Dreamer Do? 03:16
16. Jamey Johnson – Spirit Rider 04:19