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Vor einigen Jahren habe ich amerikanischen Country/Folk erst so richtig für mich entdeckt im Zuge dieser Americana-Welle. Die Carter-Family kannte ich zwar, aber um ehrlich zu sein, eigentlich auch nur wegen "No Depression" von Uncle Tupelo. Dann kam der geniale Film "O Brother, Where Art Thou" mit dem noch genialeren Soundtrack und den ersten Songs der Carter Family. Und dann das Filmhighlight dieses Jahres "Walk The Line", in dem June Carter Cash eine nicht unwesentliche Rolle spielt. Inspiriert von der Person "June Carter Cash" und ihrem fröhlichen Wesen habe ich mich dann an diese CD gewagt und wurde keineswegs enttäuscht. Das ist sooo nostalgisch und versetzt einen direkt in die 30er Jahre in die Südsaaten der USA. Mit dem Schaukelstuhl auf der Veranda und einen kühlen Drink in der Hand. Wenngleich die Texte sehr nachdenklich stimmen und eigentlich weniger zum "nebenher hören" geeignet sind. Hier wird traditionelle Folk/Countrymusik auf aufnahmetechnisch höchstem Niveau präsentiert, was Spaß auf mehr macht, doch leider ist June Carter wie wir wissen noch vor Veröffentlichung ihres "Vermächtnisses" - diese CD - verstorben. Jeder, der mal einen schlechten Tag hatte, sollte sich "Keep on the sunny Side of Life" anhören.
June's final album was recorded over a two day period in 2002. It was released several months after her passing at 72 in May 2003. After her 1999 release was re-issued on vinyl a few years ago I hoped "Wildwood Flower" would get the same treatment. When I found this out in May that the album would see a vinyl re-issue in June 2014, I was very pleased. The album is made of 100% clear virgin vinyl. The sound is as good as the CD release! I'm not going to comment on each song because I most likely did review the CD ages ago. June Carter Cash was/is a part of history. A dying breed. I feel she never got the recognition she deserved in life. Too many people either saw as only riding on Johnny Cash's coattails or as just "Johnny Cash's Wife". June performed for 62 plus years of her 72 years. June was a gifted actress, comedienne, instrumentalist, writer of both songs and books, plus a unique singer with a sound of her very own. One person once said June's one great talent was sensing talent in young song writers, singers & musicians and giving them a helping hand to help them get started in the music biz. June had a good heart & loving spirit that still lives in the people she knew and loved, plus her many fans around the world. R.I.P June, you are still very much loved & missed...
This album is so richly layered. It makes you feel like you are right there in the cabin with the generations of Cash and Carter families, having a great time with the old favorites. June's spunk, heart, and personality even in her 70's really shine through every track. The accompaniments are pure and beautiful country, and I think it's wonderful that they preserved some of these old songs with the clarity of modern recording technology.
The cello on "Storms Are On The Ocean" is deeply gorgeous and unexpectedly fitting. I'm also such a fan of Johnny Cash's voice in his older age...it is tender, wise, and resonant. There are so many wonderful aspects of this album that I can't describe all at once, but I have to say it belongs in the collection of any country, bluegrass, gospel, Carter/Cash fan as well as anyone who deeply appreciates pure American folk music. We play this on road trips and even my young children enjoy it. My husband and I have a lot of fun singing the songs together, like we do every song on the JC/JCC Duets CD.
I only wish I'd had the opportunity to meet June in this life and look forward to having a good chat with her on the other side :-)
Since I bought this CD I play it a lot! Yes, June's voice has lost some power but she makes that up completely by singing the songs with a joy and enthusiasm like no other.
With family (Johnny Cash and A.P. & Sarah Carter's children Joe & Janette Carter, daughter Carlene Carter and grandchildren Laura Cash and Tiffany Carter Love) helping out, the arrangements and background vocals are fine. In fact, I can't find any bad song. It's not that strange, cause it are mainly Carter Family songs and those are as folk/country as can be.
The bonus video part of this CD is interesting, you really should check it out. It's been recorded at the Carter Family Estate a few months before her passing.
This truly is a great CD by a truly great original 'Flower': June Carter Cash!
Is is no secret that June Carter did not sing like her more talented sisters and mother. That is evident here when often she sounds frail and doesn't always hit the notes. Given that, there is much to love on this CD, not the least of which is June herself as a decent, loving human being. The notes are written by Rosanne Cash, her stepdaughter-- a word that June Carter Cash banned from her vocabulary, according to Cash. That Rosanne gave the eulogy at June's funeral speaks volumes and makes up for a few missed notes. June is joined on the CD by several members of her family including Johnny Cash and Joe Carter and Janet Carter, the children of A. P. and Sara Carter. Eight of the thirteen selections are songs of A. P. Norman Blake on acoustic guitar is quite wonderful. June does some humorous things on this CD, but I like the traditional Carter songs best. "Storms Are On The Ocean" has a cello in a conversation with the guitar-- we all know that the cello is not a bluegrass instrument-- but its soulful dark sound adds a nice touch to the song. "Church In The Wildwood" segues into "You Gotta Walk That Lonesome Valley," also unexpected but very effective. My favorite on this CD is A. P. Carter's "Anchored in Love" sung by Joe and Janet Carter in precisely the same way they have sung this beautiful song for years. "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone" now takes on a sadder note as June asks the question: "will you miss me" and Johnny Cash with other family members repeats the refrain, "miss me when I'm gone." The obvious answer is, yes, we do.