Strawberry Cake

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Strawberry Cake
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Live album by Johnny Cash
Released March 1976
Recorded September 21, 1975
Venue London Palladium, London
Genre Country, rock and roll, folk
Length 35:03
Label Columbia
Producer Charlie Bragg
Johnny Cash chronology
Look at Them Beans
(1975)Look at Them Beans1975
Strawberry Cake
(1976)
One Piece at a Time
(1976)One Piece at a Time1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 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 was 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 the 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]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Big River"Johnny Cash3:07
2."Dialogue"0:39
3."Doin' My Time"Jimmie Skinner2:28
4."Dialogue"0:23
5."I Still Miss Someone"Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash2:55
6."Dialogue"0:43
7."Another Man Done Gone" (mislabelled as "Dialogue")Ruby Pickens Tartt, Vera Hall, John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax1:11
8."I Got Stripes"Cash, Charlie Williams2:19
9."Dialogue (introduction of June Carter Cash"0:38
10."The Church in the Wildwood" (not listed on sleeve; interrupted by evacuation announcement)0:43
11."The Church in the Wildwood" / "Lonesome Valley"A. P. Carter3:03
12."Dialogue"1:18
13."Strawberry Cake"Johnny Cash3:06
14."Dialogue (introduction of Lonnie Donegan"0:44
15."Rock Island Line"Lead Belly3:25
16."Navajo"Johnny Cash2:59
17."Dialogue"1:09
18."Destination Victoria Station"Johnny Cash2:48
19."The Fourth Man"Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith2:34

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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