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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • ASIN: B000088E5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

His 1987 Top 40 LP plus 1990's Boom Chicka Boom . Includes his take on Elvis Costello's The Big Light and Hidden Shame ; his duet with Waylon Jennings, The Night Hank Williams Came to Town ; his version of Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle , and more!

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Finding it made her very happy.
Sara Greenwald
If this is not the best - it is certainly one of the best Johnny Cash CD's I have ever heard!
D. H. Hudson
In spite of this I am very thrilled to add this album to my collection of Johnny's work.
J. Guild

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD reissues two lesser-known Johnny Cash albums, both from an era when his work wasn't given much respect. Still, anyone who gives this disc a spin will probably be pleasantly surprised.
"JOHNNY CASH IS COMING TO TOWN" (1987): Anybody wowed and mystified by Johnny Cash's "big change" in the 1990s, when he started covering edgy rock tunes must notta been paying attention during the '60s when he avidly championed Bob Dylan... Or here, when he tackled Elvis Costello's "Big Light." He also includes not one, but two songs by Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark -- "Let Him Roll" and Clark's ode to construction machinery, "Heavy Metal." Admittedly, this isn't the high point of Cash's career, and the sometimes misguided production frequently falls flat, but it's still an interesting album, and worth checking out. A high point is his tribute to the founders of western swing, "W. Lee O'Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys)" which thematically is a great country song, even if the horn arrangements and melodies are all wrong.
"BOOM CHICKA BOOM" (1989): Yeah, he's got that same old "boom chicka boom" rhythm going on behind him, but the songs sure veer off in some interesting directions. The opening track, "Backstage Pass To A Willie Nelson Show," affectionately makes fun of Willie and Waylon and their whole "outlaw" crew while "Farmer's Almanac," "Harley" and "Don't Go Near The Water" pursue political and environmental themes that are as pointed and on-the-nose as anything Johnny recorded in the Vietnam War era. The production is pretty simplified and stripped down, and it suits Johnny well. Good record... definitely worth checking out!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. C Lane on January 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you're curious as to what Johnny Cash did between Columbia Records dropping him in 1986, and hooking up with Rick Rubin in 1994, then this two-fer of albums released in 1987 and 1989 will satisfy you. Although, Coming To Town got the most attention, I've always been partial to the latter, with its Sun Rockabilly sound. These aren't essential releases for Cash newbies. But for die-hards they're a good addition to your Cash library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A friend recently offered me a Cash album someone gave him that had been laying around for several years.Lo and Behold it had never been opened.I didn't recall seeing it and when I looked at the songs on the back,most were not familar to me.This album was published in 1987 by PolyGram after Cash had left Columbia and was in a hiatus of his popularity,and before he teamed up with Rubin when it took off again.I have to admit,as much as I've followed Cash there were only two songs here that were familar;the title song and 'Sixteen Tons'.As for the rest,what a pleasant surprise.My favorite is "Let Him Roll',written by that great Texas Songwriter ,Guy Clark.In my opinion ,as great a song as ,and somewhat along the linesof 'The Ballad of Ira Hayes",one of Cash's all time best ballads.Clark filled this ballad with insightful and picturesque lines which get spoken like nobody but Cash can do.
Here are just a couple from it;
"He always thought that Heaven was a Dallas whore."
"He was an elevator man in a cheap hotel,in exchange for rent
in a one room cell."
"She turned his last proposal down in favor of being a girl
about town."
"Old One-eyed John said her name was Alice,she used to be whore
in Dallas."
"When they went through his personal affects,among the stubs
from the Welfare cheques....
"I'll bet he's gone to Dallas--Bless his Soul."

When do the words in a Country Song get better than that!!
This recording is a big departure from his earlier which were recorded in the Nashville studios.This was recorded in "The Cowboy Arms & Recording Spa with Jack "Cowboy" Clement ,the performer-writer-producer-publisher and proprietor in his home turned office/recording studio/salon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Dennis Wheeler on September 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I loved the album and the music is so real sounding with out all the studio garb in the music tracks. You can here the words and feel the story. I've been on Monteagle Mountain and That is a real Trucker song if ever there was one! I first heard this on the radio and was so glad to find that the album is that good with all the other songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Barry on April 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Despite being a huge Johnny Cash fan, I had not paid a whole lot of attention to his four albums he did for Mercury between 1987 and 1991. The "word on the street" was that they weren't very good, and his resurrection with Rick Rubin at American Records pretty much overshadowed everything between Cash's departure from Columbia and the "American Recordings" album. I did get the "Wanted Man" compilation of his Mercury stuff and found it uneven. Maybe the critics were right.

During Cash's post-television years at Columbia he recorded albums with all kinds of arrangements. Some had the classic "boom chicka boom" Cash sound invented by Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant in the 1950s (notably "One Piece at a Time") while some had strings - lots of them -- such as "John R. Cash" and "Silver." The traditional Cash sound was getting pushed away more and more, however.

Mercury has reissued two of the four Cash albums in a two-fer CD, 1987's "Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town" and 1990's "Boom Chicka Boom." I had not heard these albums before (other than a couple of songs on the "Wanted Man" sampler) and it was like finding a brand new Cash album after two decades. Both have their strong points.

"Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town" continues the sound of his late Columbia years -- a watered-down version of the 1960s sound. We start of with Elvis Costello's "The Big Light." Cash seldom sang about "the morning after" a wild night, and this drunk out of your mind song is just out of character for Cash. "The Ballad of Barbara" is a re-recording of a tune he did on a late Columbia album. This version is better. "I'd Rather Have You" is a fun song, but not a classic.

That brings us to "Let Him Roll," a song written by Guy Clark.
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