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Johnny Cash at Radio City Music Hall in New York, in Feb. 18, 1985. (RON FREHM/AP)
Johnny Cash at Radio City Music Hall in New York, in Feb. 18, 1985. (RON FREHM/AP)

Johnny Cash gets the remix treatment from Elvis Costello Add to ...

She Used to Love Me a Lot (Elvis Costello remix)

By Johnny Cash (Elvis Costello remix), from Out Among the Stars (Sony/Legacy); streaming at consequenceofsound.net

“I remember how good it was back then, and I said it’s not too late to start again.”

A “lost” Johnny Cash album recorded in 1984 delivers a dozen songs, including a pair of duets with wife June Carter Cash (Baby Ride Easy and Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time) and another one with Waylon Jennings (Hank Snow’s I’m Movin’ On).

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The lead single She Used to Love Me a Lot was issued earlier this year, but with the release of the full album we now get to hear a modernized version of that song, remixed by Elvis Costello, who mostly carves out the country elements and adds a dub bass line, scraping guitar noises and generally ominous atmospherics. Except for the lyrics, it’s a new song, really – the Man in Black darkened up and weirded out.

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