Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars

Legacy Recordings and John Carter Cash have made an important discovery in the Sony Music Archive vault. Out Among The Starsa remarkable new album comprised of 12 recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings.

The tracks on Out Among The Stars were originally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984 and produced by Billy Sherrill, the architect of the “countrypolitan” sound who was heading A&R at CBS Records Nashville at the time.

On these songs—which include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings—Johnny worked with an expanded ensemble featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin and Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass).

The recordings, which have never been released in any form, are not demos, outtakes or alternate versions. They remained in the vaults during the years Columbia Records released Johnny Cash’s last albums for the label and were subsequently forgotten.

Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars, Track Listing

1. Out Among The Stars
2. Baby Ride Easy – duet with June Carter Cash
3. She Used To Love Me A Lot
4. After All
5. I’m Movin’ On – Duet with Waylon Jennings
6. If I Told You Who It Was
7. Call Your Mother (Written by Johnny Cash)
8. I Drove Her Out Of My Mind
9. Tennessee
10. Rock and Roll Shoes
11. Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time – Duet with June Carter Cash
12. I Came To Believe (Written by Johnny Cash)


In the early 1960s, the Nashville sound began to be challenged by the rival Bakersfield sound.[2] Nashville’s pop song structure became more pronounced and it morphed into what was called countrypolitan. Countrypolitan was aimed straight at mainstream markets and it sold well throughout the later 1960s into the early 1970s. Among the architects of this sound were producers Billy Sherrill (who was instrumental in shaping Tammy Wynette‘s early career) and Glenn Sutton. Artists who typified the countrypolitan sound initially included Wynette, Glen Campbell (who recorded in Hollywood and not Nashville), Lynn AndersonCharlie Rich, and Charley Pride.[3]

The Bakersfield sound, and later Outlaw Country, dominated country music among aficionados while countrypolitan reigned on the pop charts.[3]

Earth, Wind & Fire – Now, Then & Forever

Forty years on the excitement continues with Earth, Wind & Fire. This week saw the release of their latest studio recording, Now, Then & Forever. (September 10th)

Earth, Wind & Fire have a proud history with CBS Sony and Legacy Recordings. I have hung tough with Earth, Wind & Fire the past decade as they attempted to strike flint and make fire with two previous studio recordings on the Sanctuary Records label, The Promise  (2003) and Illumination (2005). I liked both recordings for the collaborative inventiveness exhibited.

Now, Then & Forever on Sony Legacy is the 21st studio album from this prolific group. This is the first album produced without musical input from founder Maurice White.

Earth, Wind & Fire used a sales formula that a couple of their musical peers (The Beach Boys, Rod Stewart) have been effective masterminding. They staged a product launch and musical concert with The Home Shopping Network and HSN Live The HSN marketing machine has tremendous reach with cable shoppers and InterWeb fans. The live television event helped Earth, Wind & Fire sell 10,000 albums in 90 minutes.

Welcome Back Earth, Wind & Fire your perseverance is awe-inspiring.

Paul Allen and The Underthinkers, Everywhere At Once, Available Tuesday August 6th

I was in my favorite Sunday repose watching CBS Sunday Morning, enjoying the segment “Sunday Morning” Calendar.

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I saw that music release Tuesday features the début album from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his band, “The Underthinkers,” titled Everywhere At Once. This revelation struck an immediate power chord in the music of our heart. Knowing what I do about Paul Allen’s passion for music (Experience Music Project Museum, his extensive private Jimi Hendrix collection, how he loves to jam and play with famous musicians), I had to investigate this project further.

I ensuingly discovered that Everywhere At Once pleased my palate. Paul Allen is a major league guitarist, listen to his command of the instrument on the choice, “Straw of Gold” with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I sampled some more tracks and my appreciation increased substantively for Paul Allen as a competent song lyricist and writer.

It hasn’t totally escaped my grasp that Allen had collaborative help with the 12 of the 13 recordings. He either wrote or co-wrote every track on Everywhere At Once. “Inside Out” is the lone solo composition. Every other track was co-written with either Doyle Bramhall II, Ty Baillie, or Underthinkers bandmates John Bohlinger (guitar), Doug Barnett (bass guitar) and Tim Pike (vocals).

The recording has wonderful merits, a diverse yet challenging range of songs that are complemented with a sharp tonal feel. The studio production embodies sound as it is meant for us to be heard. The audio comes across pure, direct and immediate.

Paul Allen and The Underthinkers – Sony Legacy Recordings

The album features contributions from guests Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Ivan Neville, and others. I applaud the choice of musicians all of whom I collect and have heard perform live.


I feel sympatric with Paul Allen through this quote.

“I’m still moved by the power of live music,” Paul Allen states, “and I seek it out every chance I get.”

Guitar Aficionado Magazine – Paul Allen Cover Story

All proceeds from the recording sales will benefit the Experience Music Project’s educational initiatives.  Those resources include teen artist workshops, a music therapy camp for children with autism and developmental disabilities, and a program that provides coaching for local high school bands.

As a an EMP member I plan to buy this recording and I urge you to consider doing the same for a worthy cause.

Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship

The trajectory of Jefferson Airplane has produced a very solid flight path across three+ decades of rock and roll.

Legacy Recordings has reissued a double CD, The Essential Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, which covers the hits and popular tracks from these various bands from 1966 to 1989

It’s a nice music collection to have handy if you are a fan of any permeation of this group. You get a real sense of the (r)evolution of their sound as they kept current with the times, the fashions etc.

I find myself growing fond of this track from Jefferson Starship’s Spitfire

Janis Joplin – The Pearl Sessions

Yesterday would have been Janis Joplin‘s 69th birthday. Legacy Recordings took that opportunity to announce they will be repackaging a newly curated definitive two-disc edition of Joplin’s final studio album The Pearl Sessions. It contains newly discovered studio outtakes, live performances and other sonic rarities. It is due to be available on April 17, 2012.

The Pearl Sessions brings together, for the first time in one package, the original mono versions of the album’s 45s alongside the original LP tracks as well as the revelatory newly discovered alternate versions, outtakes and vocal takes of Pearl‘s classic tracks.

The Pearl Sessions includes newly discovered recordings of Janis in the studio, joking with producer Paul A. Rothchild and her Full Tilt Boogie bandmates as they work through what would become an essential part of Janis Joplin’s core catalog. Paul A. Rothchild is best known as the producer of the first five albums by The Doors. He also produced LPs and singles for John SebastianJoni MitchellNeil YoungTom PaxtonTom RushThe Paul Butterfield Blues BandThe Lovin’ Spoonful,Tim BuckleyLove, and Rhinoceros.


Disc One of The Pearl Sessions includes the original album as well as the original mono singles from the album.

Disc Two is a collection of behind-the-scenes recordings illuminating the Pearl sessions with highlights and insights revealed in candid studio dialogue, song demos and alternate takes including nine previously unissued tracks.

Pre-Order Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 CDColumbia/Legacy Recordings recently announced the release of Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968, a previously unavailable live concert recording of Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, recorded June 23, 1968 by legendary sound man Owsley Stanley, a/k/a “Bear,” who supervised the mastering of this release before his fatal car accident on March 12, 2011, in his adopted homeland of Australia. Dedicated to Bear, the album will be released on March 13, 2012, marking the one-year anniversary of his passing.

The Pearl Sessions Track List:

Disc One

The Pearl Album
Move Over
Cry Baby
A Woman Left Lonely
Half Moon
Buried Alive In The Blues
My Baby
Me and Bobby McGee
Mercedes Benz
Trust Me
Get It While You Can
Bonus Tracks – The Mono Single Masters
Me and Bobby McGee
Half Moon
Cry Baby
Get It While You Can
Move Over
A Woman Left Lonely

Disc 2 – The Pearl Sessions & more…

Overheard in the Studio…
Get It While You Can (Take 3) (Previously unissued)
Overheard in the Studio…
Get It While You Can (Take 5) (Previously unissued)
Overheard in the Studio…
Move Over (Take 6) (Previously unissued)
Move Over (Take 13) (Previously unissued)
Move Over (Take 17) (Previously unissued)
Me and Bobby McGee (Demo version)
Me and Bobby McGee (Take 5 – Alternate – Previously unissued)
Cry Baby (Alternate version)
A Woman Left Lonely (Alternate vocal)
Overheard in the Studio…
My Baby (Alternate take) (Previously unissued)
Overheard in the Studio…
Get It While You Can (Take 3) (Previously unissued)
My Baby (Alternate take)
Pearl (Instrumental) – Full Tilt Boogie Band
Tell Mama (Live – June 28, 1970 – Toronto)