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American III: Solitary Man

Johnny CashVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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Beginning his career as an outlaw to the Nashville establishment, Johnny Cash has come to define country music over the last 40 years. At first, his unique mix of hillbilly music with gospel and blues made him a perfect fit at Sam Phillips' Sun records, where he recorded such classics as "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk The Line." From there, Johnny signed with ... Read more in Amazon's Johnny Cash Store

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  • Vinyl (March 3, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American
  • ASIN: B00FCAK3GE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Limited vinyl LP pressing of this 2000 album from the Country legend. American III: Solitary Man was the third album in the American series and his 85th overall album. The album was notable for being Cash's highest charting (#11 Country) solo studio LP since his 1976 One Piece at a Time, an album that reached #2 Country based on the title cut. To the present day, Cash's studio albums for the American series have continued to sell extremely well.

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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would You Lay With Me In A Field Of Stone? October 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There's something irresistable about an old, wise rebel singing songs of despair and melancholy. Johnny Cash has carved out this niche for over 45 years. He's walked the line and gone down in a burning ring of fire. He's surpassed illness and critics. "American III: Solitary Man" follows "American Recordings" (1994) and "Unchained" (1996) as Cash's third cd produced by Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys et al.) Cash shines on remakes like Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man", U2's "One", Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat". When Cash is dark, he's very dark like the lyrics in "I See A Darkness". He can turn on a dime and produce sad, painful comedy like "Nobody" and "Country Trash". He never loses the heart and soul of country/folk playing and singing. At 68, Cash is the oldest, coolest artist in my collection, and I look forward to each of his recordings because it seems like he always has some new way of seeing life and relationships. Some artists have nothing to say or make a few cds and then have nothing to say, but Johnny Cash continues to show the wisdom of age and experience and its value in our lives. I don't like country music much, but I sure do dig Johnny Cash. "American III: Solitary Man" stands on its own.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A late life Cash convert November 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I never liked Johnny Cash, and I've been a music fan for most of my 55+ years. Then, a year ago, I was in a used record shop in Norwich, England, when I heard something that stopped me in my tracks. "Who the hell is that?" I asked the kid behind the counter. "It's Johnny Cash," he said. And so it was, Johnny Cash singing "Spiritual", from one of the American records. I was stunned and overwhelmed by the lean beauty of that song, and the courage of the man singing it. Since that trip, I've bought all the American albums. This one, though, is simply my favorite. Cash's cover of Neil Diamond's Solitary Man is brilliant. And "The Mercy Seat" is just overwhelming in its emotional intensity and its deep ring of the truth. Was I ever wrong for all those years about The Man in Black. This music, spare, lean, intense, haunted, and brave, is unlike any American music I have ever heard. It comes closest to the raw intensity of the best of the blues. But it's all Johnny Cash, the one and only. Hear it, weep, and rejoice. This is a consummate artist at the peak of his career, even at its end.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stellar Effort From An American Treasure October 19, 2000
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Faced with his own mortality, Johnny Cash is still rediscovering his artistry. "American III: Solitary Man" is his third solid release in the last six years. Working in collaboration with Rick Rubin, Cash has produced another thoughful and moving album. Johnny contributes for songs, while covering the likes of Tom Petty, David Alan Coe, U2, Nick Cave, Bert Williams, Will Oldham (!) and Neil Diamond (don't laugh, its a great song).
Cash and Rubin once again take chances, and the result is wonderful. If Cash's vocals are a little rougher than last time out (1996's "Unchained") it just adds to the emotional wallop of the music. This man has made such great music for so many years. I've been listening to Johnny Cash for almost all my life and, even during the long period in which he was phoning it in in the recording studio, Cash was more interesting than almost any other musician. The fact that Johnny Cash is still making great music is a marvel, and I hope everyone that reads this gets to hear this terrific album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TESTAMENT OF AN AMERICAN GIANT October 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you liked Bob Dylan's "Time out of mind", you will love "American III: Solitary man". This is the third Johnny Cash album on Rick Rubin's American label. Like the first one "American Recordings", it does not bother with big production, letting the man in black sing to you like he is in your living room. But whereas "American Recordings" was a solo album with Johnny Cash accompanying himself on guitar (he has limited guitar skills), "Solitary man" features beautiful accoustic guitar by the likes of Norman Blake, Mike Campbell, Randy Scruggs, Larry Perkins and Marty Stuart, delicate piano, organ and harmonium by Benmont Tench, fiddle by Laura Cash and accordion by Sheryl Crow. Whereas on "American Recordings the songs were varied in themes, the choice of songs here focuses almost exclusively on the reflections and the wisdom of a man who has done just about everything he set out to do and is now facing his demise. (He is seriously ill). From the opening line of Tom Petty's hit "I won't back down"("I won't back down, you can stand me up at the gates of hell but I won't back down, gonna' stand my ground")to the exquisite traditional "Wayfaring Stranger" which closes the album, this is a stark, yet tender, deeply moving collection(Cash's rendition of Nick Cave's "Mercy seat"-a song about a capital execution- is just chilling). Mr. Cash also has the ability to give hair raising intensity to the most simple words and to take a song which has been covered by just about everyone,like "Lucky old sun" and send chills down your spine with his rendition. He covers artists as varied as U2, Neil Diamond and David Allan Coe and yet this collection makes complete sense! Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding singing by J. Cash. A different style of performing rather than the same ol' J C
Published 13 days ago by Patricia Yaple
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's Johnny Cash doing amazing covers, especially of songs like Nick Cave's "Mercy Seat." Very good music.
Published 14 days ago by Steven Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice
Published 19 days ago by Edmir A. Goncalves
5.0 out of 5 stars From Anabashed Johnny Cash Fan
I have loved Johnny Cash and his songs since 1953. And now, after he has died, there is a new disk!
Published 2 months ago by R. L. Chomiak
4.0 out of 5 stars solitary man
my wife loves this song done by johnny cash.searched everywhere for this cd .we love all the music on it.
Published 3 months ago by william e jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Johnnyy Cash is great. Enjoying listening to I would recommend to anyone. Some good covers and his own material too.
Published 4 months ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I do not consider myself a country music fan, but this album goes beyond that. You can tell that heart and soul went into this record. Not only Johnny's, but everyone involved. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I like all of Johhny Cash's American Recordings and this is one of my favorites. I like every song on this one.
Published 4 months ago by Rickie Woodring
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Work in the American Series
More of the American recordings, with Cash trying out songs that wouldn't normally be associated with him. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert McMonigal
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the American Series
A classic among his American series. Johnny Cash captures the lyric of these songs and sings them to us in a way that touches us differently.
Published 10 months ago by Jason Landry
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