Legacy Recordings has just released Elvis Costello's hollowed-out remix of "She Used To Love Me A Lot," a track from Cash's upcoming lost record, Out Among The Stars. The album -- which was Cash's foray into the "Countrypolitan" sound -- was recorded in Nashville in the early '80s, but the project was scrapped when Johnny left Columbia Records in 1985.
Costello's updated mix for "She Used To Love Me A Lot" is another total departure in sound for Cash. Where the polished, modern sound of Nashville was the record's original aim, this version pulls the bulk of the country out of it and leaves a totally different song. Cash's vocals are truly the focal point in this edition and the instrumentation is sparse, led mostly by percussion and whirling effects. The wistful lyrics maintain their poignance, but the rhythmic drive of the song gives it a feeling more comparable to Costello's catalog than Cash's. Although, that's not a bad thing. Listen to the tune above and hear the original here at Zumic.
Both versions of "She Used To Love Me A Lot" will appear on a 7" being released March 11th and Out Among The Stars, which will be out March 25th. You can pre-order the record through iTunes.