Out Among the Stars

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Out Among the Stars
A black-and-white photograph of Cash dressed in black with a guitar slung around his back. The title and artist are written on top of the cover.
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)
Recorded 1981 and 1984
Studio
  • Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, United States (first session)
  • 1111 Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California, United States (second session)
  • with additional recording in 2013
Genre Country
Length 36:37
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer
Compiler John Carter Cash
Johnny Cash chronology
Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
(2012)Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection2012
Out Among the Stars
(2014)
Singles from Out Among the Stars
  1. "She Used to Love Me a Lot"
    Released: March 11, 2014[1]

Out Among the Stars is a posthumously released studio album by Johnny Cash, published through Legacy Recordings on March 25, 2014. The recordings come from lost 1980s sessions with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill which were shelved by Cash's record company, Columbia Records, and discovered by Cash's son John Carter Cash in 2012.[2] Cash also recorded the 1981 album The Baron with Sherrill in an attempt to turn around his dismal album sales but the strategy did not work, leaving his record executives eager to end his affiliation with the label.[3] The album also doubles as a posthumous release for singer June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash's wife, who is featured on vocals on two tracks, and for Minnie Pearl and Waylon Jennings, who provide vocals on two other songs.

Two of the tracks would later be rerecorded by Cash at American Recordings and would be released posthumously prior to earlier versions being included here; "I Came to Believe" on American V: A Hundred Highways and a non-duet version of "I'm Movin' On" appears in the box set Unearthed.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was preceded by the single "She Used to Love Me a Lot" with a b-side remix of the song from Elvis Costello.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Mojo3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]

Prior to its release, Stereogum named it one of the most anticipated albums of 2014.[7]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that Billy Sherrill "winds up simply sweetening Johnny without changing his core sound". He added that the album "is generally chipper and bright" and "one of Cash's stronger '80s albums".[4]

Rob Tannembaum's review in Rolling Stone mentions Cash's fading star power in the early 1980s amidst the "Urban Cowboy fad". Tannembaum continued: "You might expect Out Among the Stars—a set of unreleased songs he cut with Sherrill in 1981 and 1984—to be a contract-fulfilling sleepwalk. (Cash put out several mostly mediocre LPs in those years, but left this material unfinished; it was discovered after his death.) Instead, it proves that even at his most uninterested, Cash couldn't help but make a record with weight, moral complexity and grim humor."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Released on March 25, 2014, Out Among the Stars debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, selling 54,000 copies its first week.[8][9] As of June 29, 2014, the album has sold 149,000 copies in the United States.[10]

In the UK, the album debuted at No. 4 in the album chart. The album has sold 63,700 copies in the UK as of July 2014.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]
Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 22
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[16] 2
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[17] 7
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[18] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[19] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[20] 32
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 11
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[23] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 6
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[25] 13
South African Albums (RISA)[26] 9
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[27] 68
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 4
UK Country Albums (OCC)[31] 1
US Billboard 200[32] 3
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[33] 1
Year-end charts[edit]
Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard 200[34] 132
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[35] 25

Sales certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[36] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Further release of additional material[edit]

In a March 2014 interview promoting the release of Out Among the Stars, John Carter Cash indicated that there may be as many as "four or five" albums worth of previously unreleased material from Cash's 1990s–2000s American label recording sessions, with Cash's last producer, Rick Rubin indicating at least one more such release is planned for the future.[38]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Out Among the Stars" (Adam Mitchell)  – 3:02
  2. "Baby Ride Easy" (Richard Dobson)  – 2:43
  3. "She Used to Love Me a Lot" (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan, Charles Quillen)  – 3:11
  4. "After All" (Charles Cochran, Sandy Mason)  – 2:47
  5. "I'm Movin' On" (Hank Snow)  – 3:09
  6. "If I Told You Who It Was" (Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman)  – 3:05
  7. "Call Your Mother" (Cash)  – 3:17
  8. "I Drove Her Out of My Mind" (Gary Gentry, Hillman Hall)  – 3:01
  9. "Tennessee" (Rick Scott)  – 3:27
  10. "Rock and Roll Shoes" (Paul Kennerley, Graham Lyle)  – 2:41
  11. "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time" (Tommy Collins)  – 2:17
  12. "I Came to Believe" (Cash)  – 3:29
  13. "She Used to Love Me a Lot" (JC/EC Version) (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan, Charles Quillen)  – 3:23
  • Tracks 1–8, 10, 12, recorded in 1984
  • Tracks 9, 11, recorded in 1981
  • Track 13 originally recorded in 1984, remixed in 2013

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[39]

Original session musicians
Additional musicians on 2013 sessions

Additional backing vocals by the "Cash Cabin Vocal Group" and the full student body of Sumner Academy of Gallatin, Tennessee.

Technical

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Talbott, Chris (December 10, 2013). "New Johnny Cash Album to Be Released Next Spring". Associated Press. 
  3. ^ Cash, Johnny (October 1997). "Cash: The Autobiography". Harper San Francisco: 250. ISBN 0062515004. 
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Out Among the Stars review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ Simmons, Sylvie (April 2014). "Back to black: Johnny Cash Out Among the Stars". Mojo. p. 105. 
  6. ^ a b "Johnny Cash Out Among the Stars Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ DeVille, Chris (December 23, 2013). "The 100 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014". Stereogum. 
  8. ^ Matt Bjorke (April 2, 2014). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of April 2, 2014: Johnny Cash Is Out Among The Stars While It's High Noon time for Jerrod Niemann". Roughstock. 
  9. ^ Wade Jessen (April 3, 2014). "Johnny Cash Debuts at No. 1 On Top Country Albums". Billboard. 
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  35. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  36. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Johnny Cash; 'Out amongst the stars')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  37. ^ "British album certifications – Johnny Cash – Out amongst the stars". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Out amongst the stars in the search field and then press Enter.
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