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John R. Cash
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released March 1975
Genre Country
Length 28:37
Label Columbia
Producer Gary Klein
Professional reviews
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John R. Cash is an album by country singer Johnny Cash, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music) on Columbia Records. The album consists mostly of covers of others' songs. As one of his more enjoyable albums from his later Columbia era, John R. Cash is a nice reminder of Cash's talent for choosing great material written by others. The album's first track, a version of "My Old Kentucky Home", the state song of Kentucky, was released as a single, though "The Lady Came from Baltimore" achieved greater success on the charts, reaching No. 14. The Cash original "Lonesome to the Bone" had previously appeared on Ragged Old Flag (1974) and would make one more appearance on Silver (1979).

Cash himself disliked John R. Cash, criticizing both the process in which the album was made and the results in his 1997 autobiography, Cash: The Autobiography. In it, he claimed the release was "[the CBS bosses'] idea of an album to restore [Cash's] sales potential", mentioning that the instrumental tracks were recorded separately from the vocals.


Track listing

  1. "My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine and Dandelion Wine)" (Randy Newman) – 2:49
  2. "Hard Times Comin'" (Jack Routh) – 2:40
  3. "The Lady Came from Baltimore" (Tim Hardin) – 2:43
  4. "Lonesome to the Bone" (Cash) – 2:34
  5. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (Robbie Robertson) – 3:25
  6. "Clean Your Own Tables" (Chip Taylor) – 3:36
  7. "Jesus Was Our Saviour and Cotton Was Our King" (Billy Joe Shaver) – 2:46
  8. "Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin) – 2:08
  9. "Cocaine Carolina" (David Allan Coe) – 2:38
    • With David Allan Coe
  10. "Smokey Factory Blues" (Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood) – 3:18



Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "The Lady Came from Baltimore" Country Singles 14
1975 "My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine and Dandelion Wine)" Country Singles 42

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