Sunday, May 1, 2011
Till Things Are Brighter: A Tribute To Johnny Cash (1988)
Y'know, I'd like to offer you context about this proto-alt-country collection of Johnny Cash covers done at his career's nadir by a bunch of British post-punkers like Mark Riley of The Fall, Jon Langford of the Mekons (who together were the executive producers), Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks, Mary Mary of Gaye Bykers on Acid, Mark Almond of Soft Cell et al but Graeme Thompson over at The Guardian wrote the book on it. Don't miss his fantastic article, the inspiration for this post, right HERE. To learn about twenty-three covers that prove that Johnny Cash always kept in touch with the underside of culture, please go read (and listen to) THIS POST,of which I take some pride in.
Here, for your listening pleasure, are a few of the many highlights, including Mark Riley's cover of the Johnny Cash/Bob Dylan composition, "Wanted Man".
What do you make of this early attempt to restore some lost cool to Johnny Cash's reputation? Leave us a comment to let us know what you think.
The download link for this hopelessly out-of-print item is in the comments section.