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Boom Chicka Boom

Johnny Cash

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Boom Chicka Boom is one of those Johnny Cash records that touches on everything, from the craziness of being backstage at a Willie Nelson gig to a stirring cover of "Family Bible" (with Cash's mom singing backing vocals) to Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" (done Tennessee Three style) to the custom-fitted "Hidden Shame" (written for Cash by Elvis Costello). But it's Cash's own songs that give this record its merit: the funny and poignant "A Backstage Pass," the solid bluesy morality tale "Farmer's Almanac," the rollicking environmentalist anthem "Don't Go Near the Water," and "I Love You, Love You." "Harley," by Chick Rains and Michael Martin Murphey, is a vehicle made for a singer like Cash, written about a down and outer whose entire life consisted of working the assembly line -- until one of those magic moments where a choice gets made, something gets traded in for something gained, and what's lost is its own gain. There's more rock than billy and more country than Willie here, and while the tracks add up to a fine record, it does lack the loose feel of Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town, in part because Bob Moore isn't Cowboy Jack Clement, and the other part is that the family, friends, and regular road band that made that earlier record feel so hand in glove are all absent here. The studio cats like Reggie Young, Hargus Robins, and Roy Huskey, Jr. are fine players and they work well with Cash, but they don't make him go as deep as he could with these songs. So it's a good record, but not a great one.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
A Backstage Pass
00:03:23

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1989 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

2
Cat's In The Cradle
00:03:17

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Harry Chapin, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer - Sandy Campbell Chapin, ComposerLyricist - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
Farmer's Almanac
00:03:48

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Don't Go Near The Water
00:02:29

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer

℗ 1990 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Family Bible
00:02:49

Claude Gray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Buskirk, ComposerLyricist - Walter Breeland, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

6
Harley
00:04:09

Chick Rains, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Cash, MainArtist - MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1989 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
I Love You Love You
00:02:54

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Hidden Shame
00:03:59

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Monteagle Mountain
00:03:12

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard McGibony, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

10
That's One You Owe Me
00:03:03

Mark D. Sanders, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Elliott, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

11
Veteran's Day
00:03:02

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Bob Moore, Producer - Tom Russell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
I Shall Be Free
00:03:29

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
I Draw The Line
00:03:28

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer

℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
A Backstage Pass (Early Version)
00:03:22

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Harley (Early Version)
00:04:09

Chick Rains, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Cash, MainArtist - MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY, ComposerLyricist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
That's One You Owe Me (Early Version)
00:03:03

Mark D. Sanders, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Bob Moore, Producer - Bob Bradley, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Elliott, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ritchie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Dunkleberger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Veteran's Day (Early Version)
00:02:58

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Bob Moore, Producer - Tom Russell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Boom Chicka Boom is one of those Johnny Cash records that touches on everything, from the craziness of being backstage at a Willie Nelson gig to a stirring cover of "Family Bible" (with Cash's mom singing backing vocals) to Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" (done Tennessee Three style) to the custom-fitted "Hidden Shame" (written for Cash by Elvis Costello). But it's Cash's own songs that give this record its merit: the funny and poignant "A Backstage Pass," the solid bluesy morality tale "Farmer's Almanac," the rollicking environmentalist anthem "Don't Go Near the Water," and "I Love You, Love You." "Harley," by Chick Rains and Michael Martin Murphey, is a vehicle made for a singer like Cash, written about a down and outer whose entire life consisted of working the assembly line -- until one of those magic moments where a choice gets made, something gets traded in for something gained, and what's lost is its own gain. There's more rock than billy and more country than Willie here, and while the tracks add up to a fine record, it does lack the loose feel of Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town, in part because Bob Moore isn't Cowboy Jack Clement, and the other part is that the family, friends, and regular road band that made that earlier record feel so hand in glove are all absent here. The studio cats like Reggie Young, Hargus Robins, and Roy Huskey, Jr. are fine players and they work well with Cash, but they don't make him go as deep as he could with these songs. So it's a good record, but not a great one.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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