Picks and Pans Review: Water from the Wells of Home

updated 11/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Johnny Cash

Hello! He's Johnny Cash, all right, and in peak form, as sturdy and imposing as the biggest oak in the forest. He also has a whole crew of people with him, from his daughter Rosanne to Paul and Linda McCartney. Paul is hardly recognizable, singing in the depths of his register on a pleasant Caribbean tune, New Moon over Jamaica. There are more striking cuts, though. One is A Croft in Clachan (The Ballad of Rob MacDunn), a Cash tune sung with Glen Campbell. There's Where Did We Go Right With Mrs. Cash, June Carter, and Call Me the Breeze, a swaggering J.J. Cale tune that Cash and son John, 18, turn into a familial chat. Sweeter than the Flowers, a duet with Waylon Jennings backed by Emmylou Harris and Jessi Colter harmonies, prettifies things, and As Long as I Live, a duet with Harris, is a convincing tribute to true love. (The song's composer, Roy Acuff, interjects comments and at the end exclaims, accurately, "That's beautiful!") The other collaborators include the Everly Brothers, Tom T. Hall and Hank Williams Jr., helping create a never-a-dull-moment project if ever there was one. (Mercury/ PolyGram)

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