Former member of Con Funk Shun is back with fifth solo album. This time on the Thump label entitled, "Are We Cool". Cooper has enjoyed considerable success as a solo artist and this release is no exception. The veteran soul singer doesn't disappoint here. Funk lovers will also hear that famous Con Funk Shun horn section that made them mainstays on the R&B charts all through the late 70's and 80's. On the initial listen a stand out track will be hard to pick since there are so many, but 'Butter Luv' the lead off track, 'Are We Cool', 'Remember L.O.V.E.', 'Marry Me Again', & 'Club Feenz', highlight Cooper's creative R&B genius. Very cool album. Yes Coop....we are very cool.
Originally included as part of the exhaustive Unearthed box set of Johnny Cash's American Records recordings, My Mother's Hymn Book is exactly what it claims to be – songs directly out of Cash's mother's old hymnal. Featuring Cash alone playing an acoustic guitar, this is a stark, beautiful, and simple album. In the liner notes, Cash calls this his favorite record he's ever made and it's clear that learning these songs as a child is what inspired his love of music. In that sense, despite no original material, these are some of the most personal songs Cash ever recorded; he even includes song-by-song commentaries that help illuminate what each track meant to him. For Merle Travis' "I Am a Pilgrim" Cash writes, "It's one of those old country gospel classics that my mother sang, that I knew I would record it someday." Of course, Cash recorded gospel songs before this album, as in 1959 with Hymns by Johnny Cash and again in 1962 with Hymns From the Heart and he usually included one gospel track per album.