Random Records: Johnny Cash – One Piece At A Time

Here’s a feature I haven’t done in a while, but looks like it will be a weekly (or maybe bi-weekly) feature this summer. This is Johnny Cash’s 1976 album One Piece At A Time.  Now everyone should be familiar with the title cut, as it’s one of Cash’s finest and most popular. It was also the last song Cash ever recorded to reach #1 on the Country Singles chart (which says a lot more about country music singles than it does Mr. Cash). Now I’ve talked before on here about how I think Cash’s 70’s output is overlooked and this album is probably the finest of his 70’s albums. Certainly his most known from this era.

The strongest song on here is of course One Piece At A Time, which was so popular that Johnny Cash’s people actually got a salvage yard in Nashville to build a replica of the car using the song as a blueprint (watch this video from The Johnny Cash Show to see the real car). I would love to know where the hell that car is now, check out the promo pic below.

Psychobilly Cadillac

But don’t think this album only has one good song on it in my opinion the whole thing is a solid album front to back. Matter of fact some of these songs were revived later with the candid tale of a mental illness and drug addiction “Committed To Parkview” showing up on the first Highwaymen album, and “Go On Blues” showing up later as part of the promo single for “Delia’s Gone” on the first American Recordings album. My favorite song off this however is also one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs (which is a LONG list friends) called “Love Has Lost Again”….which instead of me talking about, you can listen to by clicking the little grey triangle below…

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Johnny Cash – Love Has Lost Again

  • Paul

    June 24th, 2010


    awesome, keep the classic country coming.


  • Martin Luther Presley

    June 24th, 2010


    This is one of my favorite features and I’m very glad about your plans to continue this.

    Now, I’ve been a Cash fan ever since I could work a turntable, but for years the only record I had (from my parents’ collection) was America. I loved the narratives, even though I didn’t speak a word of English! 20 years later and I still love that record, own dozens of others, but with Cash’s vast output there are always more than a few that I still haven’t heard- including this one! Gonna grab it as soon as I have a chance!

  • Vaughn

    June 24th, 2010


    Is that Carl Perkin’s Cadillac? :)

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