Silver (Johnny Cash album)

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Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released May 30, 1979
Recorded February 14, 1979 - May 23, 1979
Length 32:05
Label Columbia
Producer Brian Ahern
Johnny Cash chronology
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Silver is the 62nd album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1979. It peaked at #28 on the Billboard albums chart. "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" peaked at #2 on the singles chart; the two other singles, "Bull Rider" and "I'll Say It's True", reached #66 and #42, respectively. Recordings of "Cocaine Blues" had previously appeared on At Folsom Prison and Now, There Was a Song!, under the title "Transfusion Blues" on the latter. The album was produced by Brian Ahern, who controversially introduced digital elements into the songs to the disapproval of some listeners. This is the last album that Marshall Grant, the original Tennessee Two bass player, played on. He departed from Cash's band the following year.

Silver was re-released in 2002 through Legacy Recordings, with remakes of two early Cash songs, "I Still Miss Someone" and "I Got Stripes," as bonus tracks; both are duets with George Jones.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore" Jean Ritchie 3:17
2. "Lonesome to the Bone" Cash 2:40
3. "Bull Rider" Rodney Crowell 3:12
4. "I'll Say It's True" (with George Jones) Cash 2:48
5. "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" Stan Jones 3:49
6. "Cocaine Blues" T. J. "Red" Arnall 3:21
7. "Muddy Waters" Phil Rosenthal 3:29
8. "West Canterbury Subdivision Blues" Jack Clement 3:48
9. "Lately I Been Leanin' Toward the Blues" Billy Joe Shaver 2:37
10. "I'm Gonna Sit on the Porch and Pick on My Old Guitar" Cash 3:04
Bonus tracks on 2002 re-issue
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "I Still Miss Someone" (with George Jones) J. Cash, Roy Cash 2:52
12. "I Got Stripes" (with George Jones) Cash, Charlie Williams 2:16



  • Original recording produced by: Brian Ahern
  • Recorded at Jack Clement Recording Studio and Enactroc Studios
  • Engineers: Billy Sherrill & Harold Lee, Brian Ahern and Donivan Cowart
  • Produced for reissue by: Al Quaglieri
  • Mastered by: Seth Roster at Sony Music Studios, New York
  • Tracks 11 and 12 Mixed by: Chris Theis at Sony Music Studios, New York
  • Legacy A&R: Steve Berkowitz
  • Project Designer: John Jackson
  • A&R Coordinator: Darren Salmieri
  • Art Direction: Howard Fritzson
  • Design: Randall Martin
  • Photography: Urve Kuusik/Sony Music Archives, spine sheet: Norman Seeff (from original LP)
  • Packaging Manager: John Christiana


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 Country Albums 28

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" Country Singles 2
1979 "I'll Say It's Her" Country Singles 42
1980 "Bull Rider" Country Singles 66

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