ARTIST: Johnny Cash
TITLE: Now There Was a Song
YEAR RELEASED: 1960
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Seasons of My Heart (#10 Country)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I Feel Better All Over, Transfusion Blues
LINEUP: Johnny Cash, Luther Perkins, Johnny Western, Don Helms, Marshall Grant, Buddy Harman, Gordon Terry, Floyd Cramer
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Johnny cuts 12 of his favorite country songs, from Hank Williams to Ernest Tubb, to George Jones, to Bob Wills
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Johnny Cash was a prolific songwriter in the early days, but he still loved to perform his favorite country songs from the era. This record showcases 12 of those, all done with Cash in fine voice and his band backing him like the pros they were.
The selections would be noticeable to country fans from the time, for the most part. There are a couple of standards (“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “My Shoes Come Walking Back to You”). Cash unearths some nuggets like the George Jones B-side he took to the top 10.
He even recorded a song written by THE Kenny Rogers (“I Feel Better All Over”) (not that anyone knew who the hell Kenny Rogers was). This collection of country songs gives an insight to Cash’s taste, and as you could guess, he’s got great taste.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Transfusion Blues” is actually the infamous “Cocaine Blues”, best known from the Folsom Prison shows later in the decade. Even though there had been many versions of this known by the proper title, Cash and company decided to change it for this record.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A: One of the best early Columbia albums for Cash.