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The Johnny Cash Children's Album CD

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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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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nasty Dan
  2. One and One Makes Two
  3. I Got a Boy and His Name Is John - Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash
  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B000F2CC36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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 and sing along at the top of our voices. Buy it.
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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 the car. This album is firmly in the second camp. The liner notes contain some neat stories about how Johnny Cash loved kids, and you can definitely hear that coming through in the music.
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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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