The Essential Rosanne Cash

The Essential Rosanne Cash

by Rosanne CashRosanne Cash


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In 1979, when Rosanne Cash cut Right or Wrong, her first album for Columbia Records, she sounded like a revelation: a vocalist with a strong and versatile instrument, a rocker's nervy instincts, and a respect for country music traditions that didn't leave room for stodginess or the hollow sound of the emergent Nash Vegas era (not to mention an impressive lineage). What's most remarkable is that Cash became so much more with the passage of time; she grew into one of the most interesting acts on the country charts in the '80s and '90s, bringing pop, rock, and country together in a way that actually brought out the strengths in each style rather than diluting them, and then matured into a first-rate songwriter whose literate and deeply personal work dealt with the hardest realities of life and love with intelligence, honesty, and heart. There have been a handful of collections that have skimmed the cream from Cash's seven albums for Columbia, recorded between 1979 and 1993, but The Essential Rosanne Cash, compiled by Cash and Gregg Geller, puts nearly all of them to shame. Essential Rosanne Cash lives up to its title by including one tune from her misbegotten 1978 debut album (released only in Germany and practically disowned by Cash) and nine from the four albums she released through Capitol/EMI between 1996 and 2009, making it the first Rosanne Cash album that offers a truly comprehensive look at her career to date. Moving from the smart and stylish contemporary country of her early albums to the meditations on family, loss, and music of her mature work, Essential is more than just a well-compiled greatest-hits album: it allows us to watch an artist evolve from strength to strength over the course of 36 songs, and it's a fascinating and truly impressive collection from an artist who has never chosen to stay in the shadow of her father and his legendary music (though Johnny Cash does contribute vocals on one track, "September When It Comes"). The album also includes a thoughtful essay from Cash and another from her frequent collaborator (and former husband) Rodney Crowell. This is, quite simply, the best and most comprehensive Rosanne Cash collection released to date, and anyone looking for an introduction to her music or a well-chosen sampler of her catalog will be very well served by this set.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2011
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886978271020
catalogNumber: 782710
Rank: 19178

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosanne Cash   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Ricky Skaggs   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Patty Larkin   Background Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Acoustic Bass
Marc Cohn   Vocal Harmony
Bobby King   Background Vocals
Albert Lee   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Buck White   Mandolin,Piano
Brian Ahern   Acoustic Guitar
Hal Blaine   Drums
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Bonadio   Drums
Bill Bottrell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Tony Brown   Piano,Electric Piano
Rosemary Butler   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Background Vocals
Larry Crane   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Anthony Crawford   Background Vocals
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Hank DeVito   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar
Shane Keister   Piano
Terry Evans   Background Vocals
Larry Farrell   Trombone
Anton Fig   Drums
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Steve Gaboury   Organ
Vince Gill   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlie Giordano   Accordion
Steve Goldstein   Keyboards
Emory Gordy   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Rhythm Guitar
Marty Grebb   Saxophone
Ula Hedwig   Background Vocals
Jose Hernandez   Trumpet
John Hobbs   Keyboards
David Hungate   Bass
Zev Katz   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jerry Kroon   Drums
John Leventhal   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Soloist,Guitar (Baritone)
Maxayn Lewis   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
Randy McCormick   Keyboards
Jerry McEwen   Electric Guitar
Jerry McGee   Electric Guitar
Vince Melamed   Keyboards
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle,Mandolin,Mandola
Bill Payne   Organ
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Jim Photoglo   Background Vocals
Mike Porter   Percussion
Frank Reckard   Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Upright Bass
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Steuart Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Bee Spears   Bass
Frank Vilardi   Percussion,Drums,Hand Drums
Billy Joe Walker   Guitar
John Ware   Drums
Willie Weeks   Bass
Reggie Young   Guitar
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Drayton   Drums
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Jim Hanson   Bass
Aldo Strucci   Electric Guitar
Larrie Londin   Drums
Chris Thile   Mandolin
RIck DePofi   Percussion,Horn
Jean Smith   Background Vocals
Billy Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Willie Green   Background Vocals
Patty d'Arcy   Background Vocals
Kristen DeLauer   Background Vocals
Dan Schwartz   Bass
Brian Macleod   Drums
Larrie London   Drums
Michael Lawler   Keyboards
Chelsea Crowell   Vocal Harmony
Bob Sabino   Synthesizer
Tony Kadler   Flugelhorn
Milahs Bros.   Hand Clapping
Paul Lem   Drums

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Duet
Johnny Cash   Composer
Rosanne Cash   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Rodney Crowell   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Duet
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Steve Goodman   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
Paul Hampton   Composer
Benmont Tench   Composer
Bill Bottrell   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Hank DeVito   Composer,Cover Photo
Vince Gill   Composer,Duet
Emory Gordy   Producer,String Arrangements
John Leventhal   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
David Malloy   Producer
Leroy Preston   Composer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Michael Stewart   Remote Recording
David Thoener   Producer
Jimmy Tittle   Composer
Hedy West   Composer
RIck DePofi   Producer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Fred Knobloch   Composer
John Carter Cash   Engineer
Zak Profera   Marketing
Rosanne   Composer
Long Vu   Art Direction
Danny Kahn   Management

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