STUDIO SESSION FOR JOHNNY CASH
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1957
 
SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: MONDAY JULY 1, 1957
SESSION HOURS: 15:00-18:00
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - JACK CLEMENT
 
OVERDUB SESSION: WEDNESDAY JULY 31, & THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 1957
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - JACK CLEMENT
 
Johnny Cash had released five singles within two years, and the striking originality of his formula was beginning to wear thin. When Cash went into the studio on July 1 and back in again for an overdub session at the end of the month, his sound was gradually eased uptown by Jack Clement, to whom Sam Phillips had entrusted the supervision of Cash's sessions.
 
"Home Of The Blues" was inspired by Cash's favourite Memphis record store located at Beale Street, and it was the first time he wasn't the sole writer of his material. Luther opens the song with a guitar intro that goes from one end of the scale to the other. There is a short false start where Perkins misses a note and is following by the undubbed master.
 
"HOME OF THE BLUES" - B.M.I. - 2:58
Composer: - Johnny Cash-Glenn Douglas-Lily McAlpin
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - FS, Undubbed Master - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - July 1, 1957
Released: - 1990
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15517-2-5 mono
JOHNNY CASH - THE MAN IN BLACK 1954 - 1958
Reissued: - 2007 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16325-1-5 mono
JOHNNY CASH - THE SUN OUTTAKES
 
"Home Of The Blues" (inspired by the record store on Beale Street that Cash had visited in leaner times) is as dolorous as any of Cash's previous efforts, but it sports a piano and a subdued vocal chorus.
"HOME OF THE BLUES" - B.M.I. - 2:38
Composer: - Johnny Cash-Glenn Douglas-Lily McAlpin
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 268 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - July 1, 1957
Overdubbed Session July 31, and August 1, 1957
Released: - September 14, 1957
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 279-A mono
HOME OF THE BLUES / GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE
Reissued - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803-1-1 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
The two or three layers of overdubs account for the very muddy sound on this master.
 
If nothing else, "Home Of The Blues" established the fact that Luther Perkins' electric guitar contained high strings as well as his over-used low ones. His opening descending scale remains one of the more adventurous outings in the Johnny Cash Sun songbook. In fact, "Home Of The Blues" broke new ground in several ways. It turns out that the echoes, swampy mix (which resulted from a rare overdub session) contained several features not previously heard on a Johnny Cash record: piano and voices. Not coincidentally, it was the first Johnny Cash session that Jack Clement produced.
 
This ''Home Of The Blues'' marked Jack Clement behind the glass and Clement has said that he found the original Cash sound a little ''tubby'' and there is already one subtle addition here, a second electric guitarist. Sid Manker plays the treble strings while Luther sticks to safer ground after his 'guitar manual' intro. By the time the song was released in 1957, Clement had taken a different version and overdubbed a piano and subdued chorus which themselves produced a curiously muddy sound. This overdubbed version finds Cash singing marginally higher than he often did and there may be a slight loss of intensity, but it is a pleasure to hear the song without the piano and vocal additions after all this time. The song itself may have been inspired by the record shop of owner Ruben Cherry of the same name which was a feature on Beale Street of downtown Memphis until urban renewal took its toll.
"GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE" - B.M.I. - 2:45
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 1 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - July 1, 1957
Released: - 2007
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16325-2-2 mono
JOHNNY CASH - THE SUN OUTTAKES
 
"Give My Love To Rose" was a departure from almost anything recorded previously and is well-crafted performance. It covered a theme that Cash would return to time and time again throughout his career, prisons and prisoners. There are differences between the three takes featured here and the released version. Luther attempts a syncopated rhythm with a continuous guitar figure that he seems to struggle to keep up throughout the song and he slowed down ending is missing from these takes and had yet to be perfected. "Home Of The Blues" and "Give My Love To Rose" were issued as a single and reached a respectable number 5 on the  country charts.
"GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE" - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Take 2 - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - July 1, 1957
Released: - 2007
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16325-2-3 mono
JOHNNY CASH - THE SUN OUTTAKES
"GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE" - B.M.I. - 3:06
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - 2x False Start & Take 3 - Undubbed Master
Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - July 1, 1957
Released: - 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (LP) 33rpm SUN 1270-8 mono
ALL ABOARD THE BLUE TRAIN WITH JOHNNY CASH
Reissued: - 1990 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15517-2-6 mono
JOHNNY CASH - THE MAN IN BLACK 1954 - 1958
"GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE" - B.M.I. - 2:42
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 269 - Take 3 - Overdubbed Master August 1, 1957
Recorded: - July 1, 1957
Released: - September 14, 1957
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 279-B mono
GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE / HOME OF THE BLUES
Reissued - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803-1-2 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
"Give My Love To Rose" is more minimalist than ever. A western ballad, it represents the first time that Cash's infatuation with the Old West (which would later consume entire albums) intruded itself onto disc. "Rose" is a mournful tale of a dying man's wishes told to the minimalist accompaniment. The slight change in direction brought forth some reward when the single rose quickly to number 5 in the country charts and number 88 in the pop listing before dying away. That showing encouraged Jack Clement to persevere in his attempt at sweetening Cash's sound. Billboard was correct when they described this as a "very strong reading of an unusual piece of country material".
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Johnny Cash - Vocal and guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant - Bass
 
Overdub Session July 31, and August 1, 1957
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Sid Manker - Guitar
Jimmy Smith - Piano
Malcolm Yelvington - Vocal Harmony
Asa Wilkerson - Vocal Harmony
Bill Abbott - Vocal Harmony
Don Carter - Vocal Harmony
Lee Holt - Vocal Harmony
 
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