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American Recordings

Johnny CashAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000WS4OZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,375 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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51 of 55 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth your time January 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Growing up in Oklahoma, I developed, as you can well imagine, a justifiably inherent dislike for anything labeled "country music." This, unfortunately, kept me away from the music of Johnny Cash for years. I now sincerely regret what I have missed. I finally decided to try out the man's music after constantly hearing about him through many of the artists I most love and admire: Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits (all of whom Cash has covered), among others. Needless to say, I am truly glad I decided to take the plunge. Though certain aspects of the music - Cash's twang, some of the subject matter, "A Cowboy's Prayer" - may well fall under the realm of country, the man's music - on this album is particular - is far too broad and diverse to be considered anything but Americana. With nothing to get in the way of his voice and guitar, Cash here gives us 13 great performances without any window dressing - just pure, brutal, honest, real music delivered in Cash's powerful and unmistakable baritone, "the most male voice in Christendom", as Bono put it, in one of his rare on-target quotations. In several great originals - the opening murder ballads Delia's Gone; the bleak, stubborn Let The Train Blow The Whistle; and the mournful, longing Like A Soldier, among others - Cash shows his talent as a songwriter and performer. That said, the highlights of the album, for me, are the covers. Cash proves that he his, perhaps, the best interpreter in the music business with deft covers of artists as startingly diverse as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Danzig, Loudon Wainright III, Kris Kristofferson, and Nick Lowe. It is amazing that, as Cash was on the plus side of 60 when this album was recorded, his voices sounds just as good as - indeed, arguably better than - it ever did before. A truly worthy album that I reccommend to fans of any type of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good as advertised.
Published 8 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just fine, no problems at all, will buy from again.
Published 10 days ago by g
3.0 out of 5 stars Was a little disappointed, would have been nicer if there had been ...
Was a little disappointed, would have been nicer if there had been some of his better known songs. Still Johnny was awesome and a great influence.
Published 10 days ago by Peggy christie
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted money
Did not like this album. A wase of money
Published 24 days ago by Robert PE Marquis
5.0 out of 5 stars Specifically Cash - Raw, open and honest
Johnny Cash's music ages like alcohol - it just gets better with time. Johnny Cash lived life openly - all saw both his best and worst. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian M. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
its the man in black
Published 1 month ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of a Special Time
The first of several albums Johnny Cash did in the twilight of his career amidst health problems and a decline in album sales. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jpop
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 1 month ago by douglas j. labarbera
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 3 months 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 7 months ago by JohnEd
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