Strawberry Cake

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Strawberry Cake
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Live album by Johnny Cash
Released March 1976
Recorded September 21st, 1975
Genre Country, rock and roll, folk
Length 35:03
Label Columbia
Johnny Cash chronology
Look at Them Beans
(1975)
Strawberry Cake
(1976)
One Piece at a Time
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Strawberry Cake is a live album and 53rd overall album by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1976. The album includes numerous pieces of between-song stage banter. The album includes several of Cash's most well-known early songs, such as "Big River", "I Still Miss Someone" and "Rock Island Line", as well as a number of more obscure compositions, some of which were performed by Cash for the first time; this includes "Strawberry Cake" and "Navajo". The title track was released as a single, but did poorly on the charts, peaking at No. 54.

The concert was held and recorded at the London Palladium on September 21, 1975. An IRA bomb threat warning given as June Carter Cash started to sing "The Church in the Wildwood" meant the theatre had to be evacuated but the show continued after the building was searched. The bomb threat announcement and subsequent evacuation order is included on the recording and is in fact a "hidden" track and is not listed on the record sleeve or CD cover. Later, prior to the performance of "Destination Victoria Station," June Carter Cash is heard joking that the threat might have been made because she was about to sing.

Track 7 is mislabelled on the sleeve as "Dialogue" but is in fact a comedic a capella duet performance by Cash and June Carter Cash of "Another Man Done Gone", a song Cash had recorded for Blood, Sweat and Tears. Prior to performing "Rock Island Line", a song Cash recorded for Sun Records, singer Lonnie Donegan, who had a major US hit with the song, is introduced in the audience.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Big River" (Cash) – 3:07
  2. Dialogue – 0:39
  3. "Doin' My Time" (Jimmie Skinner) – 2:28
  4. Dialogue – 0:23
  5. "I Still Miss Someone" (Cash, Cash) – 2:55
  6. Dialogue – 0:43
  7. "Another Man Done Gone" (Tartt, Hall, Lomax, Lomax) – 1:11 (mislabelled as "Dialogue")
  8. "I Got Stripes" (Cash, Charlie Williams) – 2:19
  9. Dialogue (introduction of June Carter Cash) – 0:38
  10. "The Church in the Wildwood" (interrupted by evacuation announcement) – 0:43 (not listed on sleeve)
  11. "The Church in the Wildwood" / "Lonesome Valley" (A. P. Carter) – 3:03
  12. Dialogue – 1:18
  13. "Strawberry Cake" (Cash) – 3:06
  14. Dialogue (introduction of Lonnie Donegan) – 0:44
  15. "Rock Island Line" (Lead Belly) – 3:25
  16. "Navajo" (Cash) – 2:59
  17. Dialogue – 1:09
  18. "Destination Victoria Station" (Cash) – 2:48
  19. "The Fourth Man" (Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith) – 2:34

Personnel[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Producer: Charlie Bragg
  • Engineer: Charlie Bragg
  • Mixed at House of Cash Recording Studios, Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • Album Design: Bill Barnes
  • Cover Photography: Chance Martin
  • Flyleaf Photography: Hope Powell
  • Linear Notes by: Johnny Cash
  • Linear Notes by: Charlie Bragg

Charts[edit]

Album - U.S. Billboard charts

Year Chart Position
1976 Country Albums 33

Singles - U.S. Billboard charts

Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Strawberry Cake" Country Singles 54

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