Johnny Cash Remixed
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The project was Executive Produced by John Carter Cash (Johnny and June's son), Snoop Dogg, and Mathew Knowles (Beyoncé's father), so there is some real music pedigree and blood connection to the original music in this work, which was conceived as a way of bringing some of Cash's seminal music to a wider audience. As my husband is a Southerner born and bred and LOVES Johnny Cash I let him listen first. His response was that I "had to listen to it" because it "managed to be respectful to Cash's music while still interesting in a contemporary way."
So I listened, and then listened again and again. And while I found some of the new mixes tiresome (Snoop Dogg's conversational remix of "I Walk the Line" is a bit too forced and overdone while Kennedy's "Sugartime" sounds like a bad repetitive commercial jingle), I generally enjoyed the plays on classic country blues. Philip Steir's "Get Rhythm" makes me want to dance my blues away just like the shoeshine guy whose story is the song, and Count de Money's remix of "Big River" is riveting.Read more ›
Most of the selections on JOHNNY CASH REMIXED are enjoyable updates. The best examples are "Big River" remixed by Count De Money, "Get Rhythm," remixed by Philip Steir, "Doin' My Time," remixed by The Heavy, ""Country Boy," remixed by Sonny J., "Leave That Junk Alone" reconstructed (new vocals) by Alabama 3, "Folsom Prison Blues," remixed by Pete Rock, "Straight A's In Love," remixed by Troublemaker, and "Sugartime," remixed by Kennedy.
The set starts off with the definitive classic "I Walk The Line," which is one of the few remix/remakes that doesn't work. First off, the harmonic keys between the new music and the Cash vocal samples clash throughout the song. Snoop Dogg dominates the track--- Johnny's vocals seem to be an after thought. Cash sounds like he's coming out of a pocket AM radio.
"Doin' My Time" features a new vocal with Cash (barely) in the background. "Leave That Junk Alone" also features a new lead vocal, but with Johnny's vocals sounding richer. "Folsom Prison Blues"(106 BPM) is one of the best mixes on the set, as is "Sugartime (92 bpm)."
Most of the tracks not mentioned lean towards a darker ambient side that you'll have give a few listens to at first. There aren't any house/dance or electronica versions here, and we can all be glad they didn't go that route. The tempos are in the range of the originals on most of the songs. For true fans of Johnny Cash this will be something different and unique to treasure, and have some fun with.
It seems that if it was okay for Johnny Cash to take songs from nine inch nails, tom waits, leonard cohen, bob marley and depeche mode (!) and put his unique stamp on them I'm not sure why it would be wrong for other artists to do similar work with his catalog.
Some of the tracks do not work (snoops version IS atrocious, some are extraordinarily good. Unfortunatley some people do not have the same open mind that Johnny Cash seemed to have.
"There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind".
Cash took songs from Trent Reznor, Depeche Mode, Roberta Flack, and interpreted them his way. It is only fair that other artists render tribute to Cash by playing his songs as well. Get over it, people.
#1--Johnny Cash Rules.
#2--Original Vocals by Johnny Cash
#3--Luther Perkins(My Hero)on guitar.
#4--Marshall Grant(Bass)--although he's somewhat muted here.
#5--This is a tribute---not a mashing.Good DVD included.
It's just something fun to listen to,nothing more,nothing less.
Crank Up "Big River"...it has the beat that I felt was always there anyway....Awesome!!!
I really enjoyed "Straght A's in Love"--one of my personal favorites.Souped up and scratchin'!!
If you like hip/hop(which I don't)or modern music(which I don't),let Johhny Cash bridge the gap........amazingly,it all works.I love it!!!
Maybe Jerry Lee,Roy Orbison,Carl Perkins...will be next??Let's hope so!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt impelled to write a review for this album after seeing several four and five star reviews when there aren't nearly four total remixes on this album even worth listening... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Harig
Too little Johnny and too much other stuff. Johnny's voice wasn't up-front. The backing music was instead prominently featured. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Jamie Amos
Johnny Cash/Various Artists
"Johnny Cash Remixed"
(Compadre Records, 2009)
Yeesh. What a misfire. Read more
If only we could go back in time and stop this from happening. The producers, though perhaps starting off with a noble intent, should have realized upon hearing the final product,... Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by SmearBabe
This album was awful in my opinion. The music and the vocals were very incongruous. They didn't mesh well together at all. Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by Amanda L. Davis
While nobody can (or ever could) speak on Johnny's behalf, I have a strong suspicion that, had Johnny--that man of great and innumerable contradictions--lived to hear this album,... Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Cosmic Latte
It is one thing that songs are interpreted by different people with their own style, music, and voice. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Kokegg
I love cover tunes, especially when they maintain the respect and integrity of the original. This effort to remix Johnny Cash's fantastic Sun recordings using "2009 technology" is... Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by Wexlar
this idea would have been better served being titled something else....Some songs are ok, while others your thinking wtf? Read morePublished on November 28, 2009 by J. Loughry