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Essential Rosanne Cash

Rosanne CashAudio CD
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"I went back to where I was born, and these songs started arriving in me," says Rosanne Cash. "All these things happened that made me feel a deeper connection to the South than I ever had. We started finding these great stories, and the melodies that went with those experiences."
With The River and the Thread, Cash has added the next chapter to a remarkable period of ... Read more in Amazon's Rosanne Cash Store

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B004Q56716
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Can I Still Believe In You
2. Baby, Better Start Turnin Em Down
3. No Memories Hangin Round Duet with Bobby Bare
4. Seven Year Ache
5. Blue Moon With Heartache
6. My Baby Thinks He s A Train
7. It Hasn t Happened Yet
8. I Wonder
9. If It Weren t For Him Duet with Vince Gill
10. I Don t Know Why You Don t Want Me
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Real Me
2. On The Surface
3. What We Really Want
4. I Want A Cure
5. Mirror Image
6. The Wheel
7. Seventh Avenue
8. Sleeping In Paris
9. A Lover Is Forever (live)
10. Western Wall
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Editorial Reviews

The idiosyncratic and innovative music of Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, made her one of the pre-eminent singer/songwriters of her day. Although Rosanne Cash is often classified as a country artist, her music draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock and blues. In the 1980s, she had a string of chart-topping singles, which crossed musical genres and landed on both C&W and Top 100 charts, the most commercially successful being her 1981 breakthrough hit "Seven Year Ache", which topped the U.S. country singles charts and reached the Top 30 on the U.S. pop singles charts. Included on The Essential Rosanne Cash are 36 tracks over 2 discs, including 10 #1 US Country singles.
There is a story here on The Essential Rosanne Cash that runs from 1978's "Can I Still Believe In You" to 2009's "Sweet Memories." Within the joints and joists of these songs Cash married, had children, married again, had children again, traveled, lived in five cities on two continents, lost loved ones, got sick and got well again. Many of the selections on this compilation are signposts of sorts for the landmarks of her life, and the personal and musical are essentially interwoven.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Landmarks Of Her life May 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD
As Rosanne Cash related in her recent memoir, 'Composed', her life has been filled with many highs and lows, and Rosanne is a glass half-full kind of girl. From the first track of 'Can I Still Believe In You' to the last track 'Sweet Memories', Rosanne brings us her history. Rosanne comes from a family rich in music from the old folk tunes, cultural and regional tunes, jazz, pop, rock and blues and country. Rosanne Cash is not a one note woman, her lucious voice crosses many genres. Her father, Johnny Cash, gave her a list of songs that she cherishes. It is filled with the tunes that describe our Americana. Rosanne has given us a cross section of some of those tunes, and the songs that she has sung in her albums over the past thirty plus years. Her life is interwoven through out these songs.

Rosanne sings with her father, Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Bruce Springsteen and Chris Thile. Many of my favorites are on this 36 song, two disc marvel. In this 'Essential' CD Rosanne brings us from her early beginnings, 'It Hasn't Happened Yet', to the sad times with one of the most emotional songs, 'September When It Comes' with Johnny Cash, to her record seller, 'Seven Year Ache'. It is difficult to pick a favorite, but 'Sea of Heartbreak' sung with Bruce Springsteen is it for me. You will find many songs that speak to you in this set, and we will all find our favorite voice.

Rosanne Cash brings us her life on a platter of 36 songs. All of them real and all of them a part of her life that brings us the whole truth. This is a comprehensive history of the singing life of Rosanne Cash.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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For an artist of her stature, Rosanne Cash has been the subject of surprisingly thin compilation releases. Several 10- and 12-track single disc collections have been issued, but only Raven's imported 21-track Blue Moons and Broken Hearts and to a lesser extent Legacy's earlier Very Best Of really dug beyond the hits. That list is now expanded with this two-disc, thirty-six track collection, featuring a song list picked and programmed by the artist herself. The set opens with "Can I Still Believe in You," from her 1978 self-titled Germany-only debut, and closes over thirty years later with a trio of tracks drawn from 2009's The List. The latter selections include a cover of Mickey Newbury's "Sweet Memories" previously available only on the Borders Books version of The List.

Included are all eleven of Cash's country chart-toppers, seventeen of her twenty country chart entries, and tracks drawn from all twelve studio albums she's recorded for Ariola, Columbia and Capitol/EMI. There are augumented with bonuses drawn from earlier antholgies, and duets from albums by Vince Gill ("If It Weren't For Him") and Rodney Crowell ("Its Such a Small World"). The bulk of the collection is devoted to Cash's tenure with Columbia, with the second half of disc two stepping through her more recent work for Capitol/EMI. These latter tracks find Cash reinventing herself from a country hit maker to a writer, album auteur and Grammy nominee.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be listening to this one for a long time. May 27, 2011
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The Essential Rosanne Cash is a wonderful career retrospective. She is at the top of the Singer-Songerwriter Americana genre, in my opinion, and this collection makes it clear why. You will not be disappointed. Excellent selection, excellent music, excellent writing. I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice cd January 16, 2014
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I wanted a new cd and decided to give this one a try. It is a very good cd and I recommend it.. I liked it so well I. Ordered another of her CDS
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough early stuff..... December 28, 2013
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I probably feel like a lot, if not most, early country Rosanne Cash fans. The early stuff is great the later stuff not so much. It's like Rosanne's career. Her country music is great, then she moved to New York(literally) and wanted to S T R E T C H her talent. The post country songs land like a thud. To call this Essential Rosanne Cash with so much of her early work missing is, well o.k., a stretch. For what is missing this CD probably deserves a two star rating. However, my early life is so intertwined with Rosanne's early work, that if you were to remove her early music from my life, my biography just wouldn't be the same. It's impossible to do. Therefore, I don't have the strength, to give her anything lower than a three star review. I just have to choose not to listen to anything, except for the song What We Really Want, post King's Record Shop.

Rosanne your country fans are wondering why you don't want us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. January 3, 2013
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Not my favorite album as most of the songs are a little like lets weep in our beer tonight but OK,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential. May 13, 2013
By Brenda
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One for my car. Satisfies all my Rosanne Cash needs. Definitely worth the purchase. Two cd's a STEAL! Definitely order this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, effervescent, smooth tone throughout
If you are a Rosanne Cash fan, you need this CD. It's a beautiful compilation. It shows her growth from the early part of her career and covers a multitude of her great hit... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Misty Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the father-daughter similiarity
Roseanne writes songs much like her father Johnny Cash. She has a depth and a serious side to her lyrics, and goes very deep, and makes one think. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Celine Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 trax of excellence
All the hits--album The Very Best of Roseanne Cash(16 tracks) plus newer ones and a few rarities. Excellently sung, mastered in Austria on 2 discs so the complex backing is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. J
5.0 out of 5 stars true artist
Rosanne is great? Seven Year Ache caught my eye.... loved her duets with once husband Rodney Crowell... awesome cd and more
Published 2 months ago by terry morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosanne Cash - Essential
How can you not love Rosanne Cash? Her voice is pure, her song selections are just beautiful. This will be a cd I listen to over and over.
Published 7 months ago by Christine Post
3.0 out of 5 stars Hurts my ears
Sounds like serious stomach ache. Guess that's what people want cause I know she could sing beautifully. Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. Ion May
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of the one and only Rosanne Cash!
If you are already a Rosanne Cash song, this is a great collection. If you're not, after hearing this collection you will be.
Published 10 months ago by Montana
4.0 out of 5 stars She Is Esssential
I purchased this album for my daughter and she loves it. I would recommend this album to anyone.
my daughter doesn't like typical country but likes this artist
Published 12 months ago by Karen R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I have a lot of her albums and am not sure which of my favorites are included in this and which not because I have only recently discovered her through The List, a more recent... Read more
Published 13 months ago by rastaman
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