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American III: Solitary Man [Original recording reissued]

Johnny Cash Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: American Recordings
  • ASIN: B000062X9B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Won't Back Down
2. Solitary Man
3. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
4. One
5. Nobody
6. I See A Darkness
7. The Mercy Seat
8. Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
9. Field Of Diamonds
10. Before My Time
11. Country Trash
12. Mary Of The Wild Moor
13. I'm Leavin' Now
14. Wayfaring Stranger

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American 3: Solitary Man

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps The Man In Black's finest hour 16 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 2000, Johnny Cash’s health had weakened considerably, but this release confirmed that his creative powers were still very much intact. ‘Solitary Man’ ranks among the finest moments in a recording career that lasted for over half a century.
‘Solitary Man’ begins on a defiant note with Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’. Certainly the presence of Petty’s backing vocals and organ playing should be noted, but Cash gracefully appropriates the song, adding a measure of gravitas that was absent from the original. The track is given an impact and poignancy that help transcend the original’s pop leanings.
Cash’s ability to allow the listener to identify with a song was never greater than on this album, but some credit for that must go to Rick Rubin for his trademark under-production. Paring down the instrumentation and arrangements allows the listener to more easily identify with the sentiments being expressed by Cash’s words – whether they are his own or not. Never is this more obvious than on his remarkable re-casting of Nick Cave’s death row narrative ‘The Mercy Seat’. Cash replaces Cave’s hysterics with a more conversational delivery. The original frantic Bad Seeds instrumentation is reduced to a hovering organ and a swirling piano melody. Despite the comparatively minimalist approach, the result is no less powerful.
Elsewhere, the title track, a version of Neil Diamond’s 1966 hit, and the soulful cover of U2’s melancholy stadium-ballad ‘One’ offer further evidence that Cash has an uncanny talent for transforming the works of others.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an album of rare and raw quality. 28 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My perception of Johnny cash was that of a predictable good ole boy who had built himself a macho image that appealed to some elements of American country music. A friend played me this album and I was stunned. I had to wipe the perceptions board clean and start again. This is an album of simple undiluted quality, of a man singing some of his favourite songs with tenderness, humour, and sometimes with a rawness of emotion that I didn't think he was capable of. When the time comes for JC to meet JC, he will go knowing that among the inevitable compilations this album will shine out like a beacon saying 'this is my true epitaph'. I will now make sure I hear the other two albums that accompany this one.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his finest 12 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
From start to finish, this album is fantastic and is a superb example of Cash's unique voice. This album has a distinctly more modern feel than his earlier work - 'Solitary Man' presents us with guitar ballards rather than the 'country + western' music which brought him worldwide fame. However, this album never loses sight of what Cash's music is about: perhaps most clearly shown in his version of Nick Cave's 'The Mercy Seat' - here, Cash's deep and frail voice complements a very lyrical song perfectly. One of the great things about this album is that, although the majority of songs on it are covers, Cash has arranged and performs them in a distinctly personal way and consequently the album has a refreshingly origional feel to it. If you liked 'The Man Comes Around', you'll love this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best late Cash album 20 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
This 3rd album in the 'American' series of recordings is amongst the best things Johnny Cash has ever done. As with all the late Cash recordings there is a running thread of passionate honesty and realism that runs throughout the entire the album.

Typical of this is the opening track "I Won't Back Down". Cash is defiant on this track: "Well I know whats right, I got just one life, in a world that keeps on pushing me around, but I stand my ground and I won't back down". This track like the rest is stripped down to a bare minimum. Accoustic guitar with some extra backing vocals on the chorus is all you get, and of because of Cash's fantastic lived in voice, this works to perfection.

Its Cash's voice and the sparse arrangements on this album that make all the covers sound like they were written for him. Neil Diamonds "Solitary Man" and U2's "One" being perhaps the best examples of this. However the best track full stop is Cash's great cover of Nick Caves "The Mercy Seat". Here Cash again restates the running theme through his final albums "I am not afraid die". Full credit to producer Rick Rubin for the arrangement on this track which adds to the already powerful lyric.

I've only just purchased this and I haven't stopped playing it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of God 19 Feb 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Johnny Cash is unbelievable. He has no right to make an album this good at his age. When his colleagues are dead, retired or performing schmaltz, Cash has produced an album bordering on the miraculous. He has a voice like a mountain-range - like God. One moment he is gravel and rocks, another a surging river. He lives his songs like few performers and seems to believe in every lyric of every song. The album is approaching perfection...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cash full of emotion 6 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
The emotional power of Cash's voice and personality turn the sounds on this album into a tour de force of human strength.
Honestly one of the best albums I have heard for a long while.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars album is too good
Johnny Cash is so gifted sings from the heart and you feel his words his music is sensational amazingly good
Published 19 days ago by Miss K Dempsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album from his last years
An excellent selection of songs and somehow for me works better than his mainstream early output. These American series albums are all good!
Published 2 months ago by jw
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful recording
I bought this CD when I already had American V, after listening to an American III copy I borrowed from a friend. I cannot write an impartial review as I am a great Cash fan. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciek Dróbka
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
. Stripped down voice and arrangements. The last poignant hurrah of a man aware of his imminent death. Unique stuff.
Published 3 months ago by Rod Ingham
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift
I can only say this was received really quickly & was suitably packaged.
This has been bought as a gift I'm sure it will go down well with the recipient.
Published 4 months ago by Susi-Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cut on vinyl
The mastering on this LP is fantastic and sounds great. Gives the album a whole new life on vinyl!

Published 4 months ago by Cobion
4.0 out of 5 stars Cash again
After watching several clips of the recordings of these last albums, we felt we had to have the albums. Well worth the money.
Published 5 months ago by M. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars The class continues
The third in the series of American Recordings continues to show the class of a master.
In style this album is closer to the first in the series than the second in that the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by JKM
3.0 out of 5 stars Solitary man
I am quite in the minority on this one, so I owe it to any readers to explain that while I am an admirer of Johnny Cash, I am far from neither an authority nor a superfan. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Torben Madsen
2.0 out of 5 stars American III - Solitary Man
Found this to be quite a let-down. The title, I think says it all. As much as I've enjoyed JC over the years, very early on into this recording I sadly reached the conclusion it... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Bojangles
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