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Rosanne Cash
"Hits 1979-1989"

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track listing
  • Seven Year Ache
  • I Don't Want To
    Spoil The Party
  • Hold On
  • Blue Moon
    With Heartache
  • My Baby Thinks
    He's A Train
  • No Memories
    Hangin' Around
  • I Don't Know Why
    You Don't
    Want Me
  • I Wonder
  • Never Be You
  • The Way We Make A
    Broken Heart
  • Black And White

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    Rosanne Cash
    "Hits 1979-1989"

    With the recent passing of country legend Johnny Cash, it is an honor to feature his daughter Rosanne for this week's album pick of the week, with her greatest hits compilation, Hits 1979-1989. Rosanne's biggest hits are here, including 8 of her 11 #1 country hits. Of the many songwriters on this release, includes her ex-husband, country artist Rodney Crowell, Tom Petty, John Hiatt, and her father. She also wrote or cowrote songs on this album, and all in all, it is a wonderful compilation, from a country legend's daughter.

    The most popular Rosanne Cash I can remember was the first track, the #1 Country hit, "Seven Year Ache." It still sounds fresh today as it did back in 1980. John Lennon & Paul McCartney's "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" is another well-done remake, having a revised country feel to one of the Beatles' earliest recordings. Rosanne Cash penned "Hold On," another well-done song, having a mixture of pop and country.

    The next two songs became her third and second #1 country hits: "Blue Moon With Heartache" (written by Rosanne Cash, and a beautiful country song, and can be compared to a future country star, Wynonna Judd), and "My Baby Thinks He's A Train" (written by Leroy Preston, and has the honky-tonkin' country and western style). Rodney Crowell wrote "No Memories Hangin' Around," and is a duet (assuming it's Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash; it didn't mention who the male singer was on the liner notes). This song has the country sound, yet it could also be classified as Country Rock, compared to the likes of 1970s popular artists such as Jackson Browne and the early Eagles. "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me" (cowritten by Cash and Crowell, and her fourth #1 Country hit) also has the mix of Country/Pop Rock. unreleased.

    "I Wonder" has a mix of Country and Jazz (written by Leroy Preston); it has a very entertaining and fresh sound, where both Jazz and Country lovers will want to play this song over and over. Pop and Country has the style for "Never Be You," a song that became her fifth #1 Country hit. Her sixth #1, "The Way We Make A Broken Heart" has the Country sound, likewise it could be compared (as well as many songs from this compilation) to that of another Country/Rock artist, Linda Ronstadt. Her father wrote her next #1 record, the remake of "Tennessee Flat Top Box." "Black And White" is a very touching ballad, it was written by Preston Smith, ending a 10-year look at Rosanne Cash's career in Country music.

    Combining the styles of traditional Country, and Country Rock, Rosanne Cash has made a very interesting and entertaining career for herself. Of the 12 songs contained on this compilation, Rodney Crowell produced (or coproduced) all but one song. (David Malloy produced "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me.") In 1990, Cash and Crowell's marriage was deteroriating, and songs from her future releases reflected her relationship, where in 1992 she and Crowell divorced. But for the first ten years of her career, it has been very pleasant from a daughter of a country legend, Johnny Cash. Hits 1979-1989 features 8 of her 11 #1 country hits, and her remaining three -- "If You Change Your Mind" and "Runaway Train" were from her 1987 release, King Record's Shop. The Country #1 duet with Crowell, "It's Such A Small World" can be found on the Rodney Crowell greatest hits compilation, Super Hits.

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