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Johnny Cash gets the remix treatment from Elvis Costello

Johnny Cash at Radio City Music Hall in New York, in Feb. 18, 1985.

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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."

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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).

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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