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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 (6 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00BV0W8L2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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Brilliant 2000 album featuring Nick Cave's 'Mercy Seat' U2's 'One' & Will Oldham's 'I See A Darkness', guests include Tom Petty, Neil Diamond & Sheryl Crow

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Bassett on 16 Sept. 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Anthony J. Mccrorie on 28 Feb. 2002
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 May 2007
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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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Holmes on 12 April 2006
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2001
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Captain Chaos (Semper Vigilans) on 19 Aug. 2011
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I bought this album for just one track 'Solitary Man' this is the only version other than Neil Diamond's which is worth listening to. I didn't expect too much from the rest of the tracks - big mistake - I forgot it was the great Johnny Cash, there isn't a merely adequate track on the entire album. Other than the reason for my buying the album 'One' a song of cold comfort replete with the extraordinarily accomplished guitar and vocals of Johnny strips you of any comfortable notions.

'I See A Darkness' comes next on my list, a plaintive soul-searching tale of a man at war with himself. This is closely followed by 'The Mercy Seat' a song full of deceit and, ultimately, resignation. The others are all too close to call, after all any choices are purely personal and thus, subjective.

Wait, wait, WAIT! I forgot the song which must surely be an anthem for the peerless Johnny Cash 'I Won't Back Down', I think it sums up the man and that being so we could surely show the same grit and determination ourselves.

Without naming them (See the inlay card) his accompanying musicians show themselves to be among the finest in their field. The piano, harmonium, and organ reinforce the darkness of the tracks immensely.

If I had nothing else by Johnny Cash this would be the perfect remembrance of The Man in Black. Thank you Johnny.

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