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Unchained [Original recording reissued]

Johnny CashAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 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 (March 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000062X9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first four songs on Unchained come from the songbooks of Beck, Don Gibson, Soundgarden, and Jimmie Rodgers. What might look like absurdly unsupportable eclecticism in other artists, of course, is pretty much standard stuff for Cash. Unchained is hardly standard, though; it's more like the best album he's made since his 1984 departure from Columbia Records. Not only is this a stack of songs perfectly and idiosyncratically suited to the man, they're given door-rattling backing treatment by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who prove as fitting for Cash's music as his own Tennessee Two was back in the day. --Rickey Wright

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Out of print in the U.S.! Two years on from his triumphant comeback album, American Recordings, 1996's Unchained took the blueprint of it's predecessor and added Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to the mix along with Marty Stuart, Lindsay Buckingham, Flea and many others. The results were just as fantastic, adding a different dimension and fullness to the overall sound, but maintaining the mood and atmosphere that made American Recordings such a treasure. Songs written by Petty, Chris Cornell and Beck rub shoulders with a handful of Johnny originals. Warner.

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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny in great form with Tom Petty supporting May 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Nashville is cruel to its veteran performers, but they have found a way to fight back. When Johnny's career as a recording artist seemed finished, he found a new producer, Rick Rubin, and together they have gone from strength to strength. They recorded four albums together and the last one, recorded only a few months before his death, became Johnny's first gold album in 23 years. The recipe for success is simple - go right back to Johnny's roots in the fifties, when his sound was simple and uncluttered, and don't worry about the radio stations that are obsessed with listeners in their twenties and thirties. If the music strikes the right chord, those people will buy it anyway.

This was the second album Johnny and Rick recorded together and it contains many of the elements you expect from them. Tom Petty and his band provided the musical backing - and they certainly did a good job.

There are some stunning covers including Sea of heartbreak (Don Gibson), Rusty cage (Soundgarden), Memories are made of this (Dean Martin), Southern accents (Tom Petty) and I've been everywhere (Hank Snow). Actually, most of the songs are covers and they are all excellent.

There is a new version of Mean eyed cat, a song Johnny wrote and recorded in the fifties. In the liner notes, Johnny says that the original version was unfinished, but was released anyway, so he finally completed the song more than forty years later. Johnny also wrote Country boy and Meet me in heaven.

Johnny has a long and varied recording career behind him, but this is one album that appeals to both country fans and rock fans. It has that indefinable something that cuts across musical preconceptions. Regardless of your own musical preferences, forget your preconceptions about country music and enjoy this excellent album.
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Cash's Led Zep IIII November 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Before the marginally talented Garth Brooks became a boy wonder who could do no wrong, Johnny Cash ruled (his early 70s variety show was a top ten television hit). Fortunately or unfortunately, Cash doesn't look good in a tight pair of jeans, which is why he hasn't been on the radio ever since they dropped the "and Western" from Country and Country artists started writing pop songs and began hiring guitar players from washed up 80s metal acts. As a result, Cash has become an ironic alternative icon. Well, thank god for tight jeans and multinational, multibillion dollar music peddlers.
This man is brilliant. This record is brilliant. No other country and western artist of his generation would have gone to see Black Sabbath (with the original lineup) and later describe it as "the most amazing concert" he had ever been to. Remember that Cash was covering Bob Dylan songs back when The Byrds were being panned by the critics and booed out of Nashville for their (rather bold) ventures into Country and Western.
He does like soft and pretty folk ballads (e.g. The One Rose and Memories are Made of This) and they are (although good) not the bright spots on this album. Don't get me wrong: these songs are very good, but they disrupt the listening experience as they seem to have been wedged in between some of the truly great tracks on this CD.
"Spiritual" (even with it's cliche, Lynyrd Skynyrd chord progression), "Mean Eyed Cat", "I've Been Everywhere", "I Never Picked Cotton", "Rowboat" and of course, "Rusty Cage" are the bright spots and "Southern Accents" might be the greatest... er... "Country and Western" song ever written.
These seven songs are worth the price of the CD even though the worst song on this album is very good and the rest are great.
Can we maybe get Steve Albini to remix it?
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash Is Perfection April 13, 2005
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"Unchained" is one of the best albums I've ever heard, and I personally own well over three hundred albums and listened to countless others. My private collection includes music from many genres, from gospel to gangsta rap to hair metal, yet few of them match the quality of music and the amount of emotion contained on "Unchained" and all of Cash's other recordings for the American label.

I don't want to come across as an eager fan of Cash, because other than his "Highwayman" collaboration with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings, I've never listened to a lot of his music or owned any of his albums. I always knew he was the man in black, but now I know why. His voice isn't the greatest, but it captures pain, pleasure, power, and weakness perfectly. He sounds like a man that's been through hell and back, and wouldn't mind another trip through if given the chance.

Just look at the lineup of artists who back him up here: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Marty Stuart, Flea, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsay Buckingham. He covers some great songs like "Southern Accents" and "I've Been Everywhere," then pumps out the Soundgarden tune, "Rusty Cage." All of this is packed neatly with some of Cash's own tunes. Somehow it all fits together and NONE of it sounds as if Cash sold out. He makes everything on this album his own.

Personal favorites include "Southern Accents," "Spiritual," and "I Never Picked Cotton." "Mean Eyed Cat" is another great tune.

Forget about all of the labels of "Country," "Rockabilly," and "Rebel" that have been slapped on Mr. Cash throughout the years. This music is Johnny Cash, no more, no less.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I like all of Johhny Cash's American recordings. This is not one of the best but it is still pretty good.
Published 1 month ago by Rickie Woodring
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash unchained CD
Johnny Cash always surprises I never fails to produce outstanding music. My daughter is absolutely in love with this genre of music.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Hirscheider
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure emotion.
Even though Mr Cash was in his twilight years his passion for this group of songs is evident. Great music.
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey P. Allison
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Though I liked "When the man comes around" better, "Unchained" is still one to add to any Johnny Cash collection. Well done.
Published 6 months ago by Liz F.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Johny!
These really were his best cd's in my opinion. His later years he did some amazing work and i would highly recommend this CD and his "America" line of CD to anyone, not... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Standard - Awesome
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 8 months ago by BD
4.0 out of 5 stars Husband loves Cash!
Not bad delivery and even though the item had a wee ding on the box the CD was fine. Too bad I dont like this kind of music and can only take it in small doses!
Published 8 months ago by Amy Smit
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
If you are a Johnny Cash fan you will like this album, if you are not this album will give you an appreciation of the man and his music
Published 9 months ago by the bear
4.0 out of 5 stars Truthfully, 3.5 stars is where this fits in Johnny's catalogue...
I've been a Cash fan since the original version of "I Walk the Line" first hit AM radio, and have owned at least 20 of his albums over the decades. Read more
Published 13 months ago by William E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Cash!
There is not much more to say about a Johnny Cash cd --- each one adds more to his greatness.
Published 16 months ago by Mary C. Castle
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