A truly great country album!
Allen Chapman | STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT USA | 01/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Seven Year Ache" was Rosanne Cash's second major label album. Released in 1981 and was very much in the same vein that Emmylou Harris's albums had been from. No surprise since Rodney Crowell who had been a member of Emmy's Hot Band was now working with Rosanne. The album spawned three #1 country hits, the title track, "My Baby Thinks He's A Train" and the incredible "Blue Moon With Heartache". Much like Emmylou Harris's albums from the late 70's, there isn't a weak track on the album. Emmylou even shows up singing harmony on the album. Vince Gill and Ricky Scaggs also provide backing vocals. One of the tracks, "Hometown Blues" was written by Tom Petty, Rosanne was probably the first country artist to cover a Petty song. Incidently the track sounds somewhat similar to Petty's "Thing About You" which appeared on his "Hard Promises" album from the same year. Overall this is a great album, one that has been out of print or very hard to find for some time now. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Today's country artists could learn a thing or two from this album! By the way, the two bonus tracks are "The Feeling" which is listed as previously unreleased, but Rosanne's 1982 single "Ain't No Money" was backed by a song called "The Feeling" it's probably the same song. The other bonus track is a 1990's live version of "Seven Year Ache". Classic!!"
Reissue of the Reissue
R. M. Ettinger | Cleveland Heights, OH USA | 04/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For her 2nd release, Cash turns in an extremely solid effort. I really liked her debut 'Right or Wrong', but 'Seven Year Ache' gave a good glance at what was really to come.
Nothing against the outside writers who contributed their songs -but for her initial songwriting efforts, she pulls off two extremely strong tracks and they carry the album (the title track and "Blue Moon w/Heartache").
All tracks have their high points - and the only I one I usually skip over is 'Hometown Blues". "Seven Year Ache" is a great track that holds up for 2+ decades and is up there w/the perfect songs of this genre....and pretty good overall for most.
Cash's vocals are strong and Rodney Crowell's production is clean - almost too clean. Good use of Crowell's band and former Hot Band memebers. Rosemary Butler and Emmylou Harris do outstanding harmony vocal work throughout the entire disk.
The extra track for this disk is ok, but nothing that anyone was ever missing. The live version of "Seven Year Ache" is muddy and either poorly recorded or performed. Only the live cuts on 'Interiors' seems to really be of good quality.
Sound quality on the remaster is good - as it is for her other two reissues. Really worth checking out. btw...could not find any of the reissues in stores. All were ordered through amazon."