Out Among the Stars - Johnny Cash
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  • Summary: Originally produced by Billy Sherrill, the album of 12 songs contains songs recorded during sessions in 1981 and 1984 with guest appearances from June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings was shelved by Columbia. Discovered by John Carter Cash in 2012, Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas, Hargus "Pig"Originally produced by Billy Sherrill, the album of 12 songs contains songs recorded during sessions in 1981 and 1984 with guest appearances from June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings was shelved by Columbia. Discovered by John Carter Cash in 2012, Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas, Hargus "Pig" Robbins and Marty Stuart re-recorded their parts for this new release. Expand
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  1. Mar 21, 2014
    90
    Out Among the Stars is, at least contextually, a reminder that sometimes things got in Johnny Cash's way, but there are very few forces on Earth that could stifle his voice and conviction when he set his mind to getting a song across.
  2. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Arrangements are unfussy--at least by today’s standards--and Cash’s rich, familiar baritone is in fine shape.
  3. Mar 27, 2014
    80
    Crucial for all Cash fans.
  4. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    Every one of these seem like they could have some kind of potential on the charts, so the fact they were shelved is a bit of a mystery because, when taken together--despite misguided novelties like "If I Told You Who It Was"--it adds up to one of Cash's stronger '80s albums.
  5. 70
    At times the record’s pleasantness feels forced, part of a calculated game plan. But at its best, Out Among The Stars is a gentle reminder of how sweet the everyman missives of the Man In Black could be.
  6. 70
    Somewhere in between the high times and the death throes lies Out Among The Stars. The songs contained are mostly simple pleasures, but they’re pleasures nonetheless.
  7. 50
    The suits might have been right the first time. It's mostly Sherrill's fault; the slide-heavy arrangements and hokey production flourishes would have sounded remarkably cornpone even 30 years ago.

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  1. Oct 15, 2014
    6
    I absolutely love Johnny Cash and his music but it needs to end now. People are releasing these "lost" albums and just extorting money.I absolutely love Johnny Cash and his music but it needs to end now. People are releasing these "lost" albums and just extorting money. Hardly lost really there are reasons why these albums don't get released. I do love she used to love me a lot but apart from that there isn't much else. Let the good mans name go now Expand