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The Johnny Cash Children's Album

Johnny CashAudio CD
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Beginning his career as an outlaw to the Nashville establishment, Johnny Cash has come to define country music over the last 40 years. At first, his unique mix of hillbilly music with gospel and blues made him a perfect fit at Sam Phillips' Sun records, where he recorded such classics as "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk The Line." From there, Johnny signed with ... Read more in Amazon's Johnny Cash Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000F2CC36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nasty Dan
2. One And One Makes Two
3. I Got A Boy And His Name Is John
4. Little Magic Glasses
5. Miss Tara
6. Dinosaur Song
7. Tiger Whitehead
8. There's A Bear In The Woods
9. Call Of The Wild
10. Little Green Fountain
11. Old Shep
12. (The) Timber Man
13. Grandfather's Clock
14. Ah Bos Cee Dah
15. Why Is A Fire Engine Red

Editorial Reviews

As foreboding a figure as Johnny Cash was, his son John Carter Cash writes in liner notes to this excellent CD, he was also a big kid: "a fun-loving, easygoing, laughing man." That's not to say he was more inclined to skateboard over the line than to walk it, only that given his mesmerizing voice and his gift for storytelling, he had an enviable way of relating to kids. Thirty years on, parents who pick up this disc will find not a lot has changed: In 15 songs never before released on CD--four of which are bonus tracks not included on the 1975 classic--the Man in Black melds the silly with the sweet, the madcap with the meaningful, and emerges as a country-folk Pied Piper any kid would kill to have for an uncle. "Nasty Dan," the opener, will be familiar not only to those who grew up singing along to the original LP, but also to subsequent generations of "Sesame Street" watchers (Oscar duets on a later version). But for most, the rest will arrive as pure revelation. "Old Shep," a dog song, deserves placement on a disc of classic pet tributes, if such a thing exists; "Tiger Whitehead" treads fearlessly through wild bear territory; "Ah Bos Cee Dah" is nonsensical noodling with the language at its most brilliant; and "I Got a Boy and His Name Is John," a duet with the great June Carter Cash, steers the modern listener to a long-lost place where love of family was enough for a kid to get by on. --Tammy La Gorce

Product Description

With his gift for storytelling in song, it's no surprise that Cash crafted an enjoyable album for kids, both small and big, with this 1975 release, now featuring 4 bonus tracks. Includes Nasty Dan, Little Magic Glasses, I Got a Boy (and His Name is John); Tiger Whitehead; Old Shep; My Grandfather's Clock , and 8 more. The lighter side of the Man in Black.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Essential May 24, 2006
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The Johnny Cash must be one of the oddest entries in the Cash Library. It is at the least a very different Cash than we get usually. Yet it seems to make perfect sense. This reissue allows us to get a more complete picture of the man. Like his son John Carter Cash writes in the liner notes; "I see the dark, foreboding figure of Johnny Cash far too much these days. This dark side of John R. Cash is real and significant, but there is another that is just as true, and for us, those who love the man, even more important to remember; The big kid".

There is a lot to enjoy on this record. The moods are endearing, moving and joyful. A side of Cash that usually under lit; although this is an album for children, adults will find their share here. The Children's Album is a true family album.

As a musician he was perfect for children songs. The rhythms are simple, the song structure plain and the stories imaginative. Hearing this album leaves you wondering why Cash didn't do more material for children. Though intended for children, the material is rich and layered. Songs like "Little Magic Glasses" and "Call of the Wild" have a mature undertone that will be wasted on most kids, and will almost move you to tears.

Adding this to your collection will give you a more real view and complete picture of Johnny Cash. The Children's Album is highly enjoyable for the casual listener and strangely essential for the Cash fan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply and profoundly whimsical August 19, 2006
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Very refreshing to hear such a whimsical childhood album that not only will entertain your kids but you as well. As thouroughly entertained as I was, I can't imagine any adult feeling less so. Really. I actually found myself listening to the album after my son had gone to bed. Like much of children's entertainment, there is a silver and simple profundity in the lining - a moral to the stories that Johnny Cash sings and an adult perspective that is framed by the simple honesty and goodness that is childhood. "There's a Bear in the Woods" contrasts the cynical skepticism of an adult as he seeks to discredit the imaginative truth of childhood. Yeah, maybe there wasn't an actual bear in the woods, but in spite of that fact the kid comes off as more honest than the adult who doubts him. Quite frankly I am astonished at the opinion of the reviewer who panned this album. Apparently they think raising a child should include inculcating some type of political message. Her comments about the song "Old Shep," are taken completely out of context. The song is a classic, sung by everyone from Elvis Presley to Dean Martin, and talks about the suffering of a poor boy who must "put down" his suffering and infirm dog. I remember hearing this song as a child and it made a lingering impact. After all there is nothing more affecting than "puppy" love as it always seems to stay with you througout your life. Who doesn't remember their first dog and his eventual death? This is comforting for children because most children have experienced the agony of a pet's loss. To say otherwise is to totally misunderstand the song. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A children's album that isn't idiotic. June 27, 2008
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I really dislike most children's albums. I think they're so sterile & cheesy. That said, we love singing children songs together and doing all of the gestures. Some of our favorite albums are Curious George, Catch the Moon (Elizabeth Mitchell & Lisa Loeb), Songs to Grow on for Mother & Child (Woody Guthrie), & Leadbelly Sings for Children.
Johnny Cash's Children's Album is my boy's favorite- we especially love I Got a Boy and His Name is John and Grandfather's Clock. It's beautiful to hear the love in Johnny's voice for his kids- that's what makes this album extra special. He's not trying to sound kid-friendly or upbeat (hate that)- he's just singing from his beautiful heart. For people who want their children to have a rich and varied taste in music, this is a great bet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great childrens album July 31, 2006
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As a parent most childrens albums are pretty awful. I can't stand Raffi or Barney. Frankly I would rather take an icepick to my ear drums.....That being said this is a excellent album. There are some sad song subjects on the cd as mentioned. But the songs are so great that it doens't matter. I mean we all sing a song about the plague; "Ring around the rosies" isn't exactly all sunshine and happiness is it? A real gem is his take on the alphabet. I really enjoy listening to this cd and my kids love it too. My 1 year old and 5 year old dance when I play it. My favorite song is the last song; Why is a fire engine red. This is such a fun, wonderful, suprising song. A classic Cash style song.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise! August 30, 2006
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I didn't know what to expect from this album but was pleasantly surprised. In fact, it has become one of my favorite Johnny Cash albums (the others being American IV, American V, Live at Folsom Prison, and Bitter Tears). A few of the songs are, perhaps, forgettable, but many of the others are catchy and down-right fun. "Nasty Dan" makes me smile whenever I hear it. "I Got a Boy" is both funny and sweet. I find the tune of "Ah Bos Cee Dah" often runs through my mind. "Why is a Fire Engine Red" is just plain silly but enjoyable.

But parents should be aware: Johnny's dark side does peak out at times. "Old Shep," about a boy and his dog (who dies) is very sad, perhaps even disturbing, and "Tiger Whitehead" tells the story of a man who hunts bears. That might not be very PC in this day and age; I have a feeling it's a song that would have been more appreciated by parents and kids back in the days when Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone were heroes.

Anyway, I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter loves it.
Published 13 days ago by Jerri pirtle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by GREG ELWORTHY
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny sings to the child in me!
For children of all ages. Johnny could sing for any age group. There have Ben only a few song that he has done that I didn't like. Loved all of these.
Published 4 months ago by Dianne Hertz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun album
My grandkids got a kick out of it. They like dinosaurs and boa constrictors! One doesn't think of Johnny Cash singing kids' songs.
Published 5 months ago by Richard W. Heller
2.0 out of 5 stars just okay
I was very disappointed with this album because we've had several of his albums in years past & this one for kids had songs of his on it not suitable for young children in my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jan Westhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really fantastic kids music
There are two types of kids' music. The kind that makes you want to drive the minivan off a cliff and the kind that you'll catch yourself listening to even when the kids aren't in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album!
Bought this for my niece because my brother and I adore Johnny Cash. It basically sounds like a Johnny Cash album without drugs, murder, and jail + dinosaurs!!!
Published 8 months ago by Kcamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Cash Rules
The title alone should be enough to buy this album. But since I did and have listened to it at LEAST 50 times in the car with the kids singing along, I can say we still love it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Baby Dance Party
My niece and her little friends love this album and the adults like it too. What more can you ask for
Published 11 months ago by JenniferD
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great classic
It's worth it just for the song Nasty Dan. What a fun album. My son loves it and we actually enjoy listening to it.
Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Reyes
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