Out Among The Stars is a new album consisting of songs from “lost” sessions Johnny Cash recorded in the 1980s. In sound it’s nearly the opposite of the pared-down albums Cash made with Rick Rubin that revived his career.
Muscle Shoals tells the story of how a tiny Alabama town on the Tennessee River became the site of some of the best rock and soul music recordings of the 1960s and 1970s.
I was hired as an intern at The New York Review during my last month as an undergraduate, when the previous intern was abruptly deported. After interviewing at the old office on 56th and Broadway, I started work during the first week in our light-filled place on Hudson Street, in the spring of 2008. Bob’s desk, for the only time in my tenure, had only two or three hundred pieces of paper on it.
The songs from Johnny Cash’s “lost” recording sessions of 1984 have bright, bouncing bass-lines and swells of canned strings—pure mainstream country.