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American Recordings

Johnny CashAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 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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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000WS4OZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Delia's Gone
2. Let the Train Blow the Whistle
3. The Beast in Me
4. Drive On
5. Why Me Lord?
6. Thirteen
7. Oh, Bury Me Not (Introduction: A Cowboy's Prayer)
8. Bird on a Wire
9. Tennessee Stud [Live]
10. Down There by the Train
11. Redemption
12. Like a Soldier
13. The Man Who Couldn't Cry [Live]

Editorial Reviews

With all of the massive hype around at the moment regarding Johnny Cash, largely due to the movie 'Walk The Line', the time is right that these fantastic American Recordings titles are available again. Cash's American Recordings albums were critically acclaimed, and captivated a younger audience than his previous albums - they inspired a whole new legion of Johnny Cash devotees. All at Mid Price, these albums deserve to be in any serious record collection

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174 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guitar and The Voice - What Else Do You Need? September 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It was a completely unexpected move. In 1994, country music legend Johnny Cash agrees to cut an album produced by rap producer Rick Rubin for Rubin's American Recordings label. The result: The first of four priceless recordings that rival anything else from Cash's outstanding body of work.
The collection includes old songs, new songs, songs written by Cash, and songs written by others. Cash's music has always been marked by great storytelling and honesty, but this recording takes the Man in Black's storytelling and honesty to a whole other level. When you listen to "The Beast in Me," you hear the raw honesty in Cash's voice and you know that he's lived every word of Nick Lowe's lyrics. "Drive On" addresses one of Cash's most passionate topics: the trails and tribulations of Vietnam veterans returning home and the people who don't understand them. "Thirteen" is a dark, brutally exposed portrayal of a life gone wrong, one that has never been on track and never will be. Who else but Cash can convincingly sing the lyric "I pray you don't look at me/I pray I don't look back"?
It took a lot of courage for Cash to do this album. Think about it: Columbia Records had dropped him years before. Now here he was, making a recording not with his band, but with only his voice and his guitar. With one man and one guitar, there's not much you can hide. If the music is true and honest, it'll come through. If it's not, that'll come through too. But the result is true, naked, honest, courageous music. It doesn't get any better than this. Johnny Cash lays it all on the line like no one else ever has...and probably never will.
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284 of 309 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best CD I own -- period. June 2, 2000
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
I listen to every and all kinds of music. Until I went to college, that was true for all genres except country. I liked the western stuff my dad played, but I didn't think it was the same. But I had been playing guitar for several years and I was looking for folk music I could play. Then two things happened. 1) I saw the video for Delia's Gone while flipping through cable channels. I was drawn to it, and then 2) I saw the five star review it got in Rolling stone magazine, so I gambled my 14 bucks, or whatever. My life was changed. In the early 90's, while Kurt Cobain screamed about the world that didn't pick him for kickball in gym class, or Eddie Vedder sang about, well, whatever, Johnny Cash sang about real people who felt guilt and regret, not ironic resentment/jealousy. The voice was like listening to an old testament prophet. His words seem to be more than emotion, they seem to be truth. It's often said that God speaks to us like a still, quiet voice. This IS Johnny Cash' American Recordings. I have cried to this album many times, esp. to Like A Soldier, and The Beast In Me. Accepting one's own contradictions is the key to loving yourself. Johnny's album helped me to do this. It is the most important sound recording I own. Do yourself a favor and buy it.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Man In Black September 13, 2003
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Facing a landing in the balcony staircase in the Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, there is (or was, i haven't been there in a while) an almost life-size, autographed poster of the cover of this album, an amazing photo which has always reminded me of one of the less amiable prophets from the Old Testament just before he told some particularly egregious sinners where to head in.
And the "prophet" image is appropriate for Cash; sometimes in the sense of "a prophet without honour in his own country", as Cash has fallen from favour with the country music establishment more than once...
On their CD "Old Dogs", Waylon, Mel Tillis, Jerry Reed and Bobby Bare engaged in a joyful chomp at the hand that doesn't feed older country stars so well any more in a song by Shel Silverstein called "(Nashville is) Rough on the Livin' (But Surely Speaks Well of the Dead)", an indictment of the way in which the country music industry has tended to cast aside the older acts who created it in favour of the Hat of the Day, remembering them only in time for a hypocritical display when they die.
For a while, a few years ago, it looked as if that was going to be the way that Johnny Cash was going -- the majors seemed less and less interested in him, and he pretty much only got airplay on nostalgia-oriented programs.
And then he and Rick Rubin electrified the music world with this album, which cut a swathe across all genres and brought Cash back to the forefront.
This album was incredible when released, and it's still amazing now.
The weakest tracks on it are "Bird on a Wire" and "Man Who Couldn't Cry", which don't really suit Cash's delivery -- and they are Very Good.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unplugged And Untouchable July 13, 2005
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Forget the fact that this album revitalized Johnny Cash's career and brought him to the doorsteps of the alternative rock crowd....The only thing one needs to know is that it is an absolute masterwork. Few artists can manage to sound as powerful and immortal as Cash does here, especially considering that every track was recorded sparsely with only the man, his soul-commanding voice, and his guitar. There is a stunning amount of emotional depth that comes from Cash's harsh baritone as it conveys an underlying sense of warmth and hard-earned knowledge. Listening to Johnny Cash is like getting an education from an age-old scholar.

From the gangster folk of "Delia's Gone" to the gospel leanings of "Redemption" to the grinningly sarcastic "The Man Who Couldn't Cry," The Man In Black sheds any doubt that he is anything less than a musical deity. Cash takes many songs penned by the likes of Glenn Danzig, Leonard Cohen, Nick Lowe, and Tom Waits and makes them sound as if they'd been written by him all along. Praise is also due to Rick Rubin for casting Cash in such naked light and keeping this collection unplugged and singular in purpose and integrity. Although the following albums in the American Recordings quadrilogy were notably strong, this one still resonates the strongest. There is simply an untouchable ragged beauty to this disc and it serves as a fitting reminder of how indespensable and luminous Johnny Cash was as a musical artist. AMERICAN RECORDINGS is an essential part of any music collection, country/western or otherwise. The man may be gone now, but we will always have this subtle tour de force to remember him by.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album for my collection of his works
Long live the man in black! Another great album for my collection of his works.
Published 1 month ago by Gary Belton
5.0 out of 5 stars Cash is always worth the money
I came online looking for this; I grew up making jokes about Johnny Cash to irritate my dad; now I see more clearly why he appreciated this music so much. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JohnEd
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell down into a burning ring of fire...
I went down down down and the flames they grew higher. LOL Cash just kept getting better through out the years.
Published 6 months ago by Sunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid
...If you are a fan of any of Johnny's music...this album can't be beat. With covers like "Why Me Lord", which he did live many times to originals of his own, it's a great... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Marcinkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Great album, is Johnny Cash it can't get any better than that, will recommend to any body cool music. :)
Published 7 months ago by jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Country Artist of all time bar none!
Too bad, he passed before all his American Recordings were released, he deserved more allocades than what he got, I salute you Mr. Cash.
Published 9 months ago by E. VANDUSER
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash Standard Awesomeness
Just like every Johnny Cash song/album, this one's no exception, awesome, powerful, pure music. I love the depth in his later recordings. Recommend.
Published 12 months ago by BD
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album
I picked this up after hearing Johnny's version of Danzig's "Thirteen" while getting a tattoo. He also does an excellent rendition of a Tom Waits song and several others. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Debi Emmons
5.0 out of 5 stars TIME FOR REISSUES - OPEN LETTER
This entire series of American Recordings by Johnny Cash NEEDS TO BE REISSUED ON HQ VINYL. It's been too long with none in print, and the man is GONE. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cap N Diode
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Acoustic Cash
A thoroughly enjoyable one on one experience with a great artist. Worth many listenings as you feel his life's experience in every word.
Published 16 months ago by Bill Lorenz
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