Johnny Cash – Rainbow – Music Monday #28!

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This post is the latest edition of Music Monday, a series in which I give you an exclusive look into my ever-growing record collection!

Every Monday I pick a record from my collection completely at random and then I write about it! In today’s post the album I’m going to be talking about is Johnny Cash – Rainbow!

As this album is available on Spotify I will put a player here with the album in so that if you’d like to listen to it whilst you read the rest of this post then you can!

Johnny Cash was an American singer song writer and arguably one of the most well-known and influential country singers of all time! He is also one of the best-selling country singers of all time!

Although I keep referring to him as a country singer I think maybe that is a little unfair because he was more than a country singer, there were elements of Rock n Roll in his work and Blues and Gospel as well!

So much so that not only was Johnny Cash inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame he was also inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame too!

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Rainbow is the 43rd studio album by Johnny Cash, it was released in 1985, this isn’t my favourite Johnny Cash album, it’s a beautiful album and definitely worth a listen but it isn’t my favourite. I have the rather unpopular opinion that there is just something missing from this album.

Let’s take a look at the track list:

Side One:

  • I’m Leaving Now
  • Here Comes That Rainbow Again
  • They’re All The Same
  • Easy Street
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

Side Two:

  • You Beat All I Ever Saw
  • Unwed Fathers
  • Love Me Like You Used To
  • Casey’s Last Ride
  • Borderline (A Musical Whodunit)

My favourite tracks from this album are:

Side One: Here Comes That Rainbow Again which was originally a Kris Kristofferson song.

Side Two: Unwed Fathers

On the back of the album sleeve Johnny Cash has actually given a commentary on a few of the songs and so I’d like to share a few excerpts with you to round this post off nicely, why hear what I have to say when I can give you quotes from the man himself?

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Of ‘Here Comes That Rainbow Again’ he said “…A new song that I love… a really great song that gives me such a life that I forget the miles and the years and that song and I become one. Such a song is Kristofferson’s Here Comes That Rainbow Again…”

Of ‘They’re All The Same’ he said “They’re All The Same was written by Willie Nelson 20 years ago. I was living in California and I dreamed that Willie wrote a song for me. I tracked him down in Nashville and told him about my dream. He said ‘as a matter of fact, I did write a song for you.’ and he sent it.”

At the end of his entire commentary he writes “I don’t think about sales and promotion when I record a song. I don’t record songs to do family or friends a favour. I don’t record a song because I publish it. I record a song because I love it and let it become a part of me.”

Those are just a few of my favourite parts from the back of the album, if you want to read the rest then you’ll have to hunt the album down for yourself, I don’t want to put the entire back of the album in a post, it doesn’t seem fair!

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Charlotte xo