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American IV: The Man Comes Around [CD]

Johnny Cash Audio CD
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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 (10 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B0044VXALW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Man Comes Around
2. Hurt
3. Give My Love To Rose
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
5. I Hung My Head
6. First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
7. Personal Jesus
8. In My Life
9. Sam Hall
10. Danny Boy
11. Desperado
12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
13. Tear Stained Letter
14. Streets Of Laredo
15. We'll Meet Again

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great American Recording. 27 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Johnny Cash has with his American Recordings finally found his place in the world of pop music. With his versions of more recent hits by artists like U2 and Nick Cave and re-recordings of some old songs he has brought country music to a new generation, whose knowledge of mr. Cash was limited to a version of "Ring of Fire" on a heavily discountet compilation CD.
"The Man Comes Around" sees Cash taking on "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails and "Personal Jesus" amongst others. Even a version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" ends up sounding remarkably fresh. The highlight of the album is the title track, where Cash describes the scene of Judgement Day, complete with Bible readings at beginning and end. That song alone, together with the massive acoustic build-up of "Hurt", makes the fourth American Recording a true masterpiece.
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly one of the great albums of all time. 14 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
When Johnny Cash passed away recently the music world wept. And with good reason. One of the pillars of integrity and greatest songwriters of the last 50 years lost forever is a sad thing indeed. His American Recordings cycle will forever stand out as one of the great recording cycles of all time, and the astonishing thing is that he completed them at a time of his life where he not only was discounted by most of the music establishment but also battled against illness for many years.
Like the other albums in the cycle, The Man Comes Around is a mix of his own songs, reworkings of his earlier materiel and carefully selected covers. The album starts off with the title track that surely must be one of the strongest songs in recent years with its old testament view of things to come. The whole album goes from strength to strength, but there is one real stand out tracks for me, this being his cover of Nine Inch Nails "Hurt". I am a fan of NIN, but this version blows the original out of the water. It is both powerful and moving and for me this is the standout musical moment of the last 5 years, it makes me want to cry every time i hear it. You NEED to own this album, amongst my 2000+ albums this is in the top 3. And i wonder if he did know something we didn't when he ended the album with "We'll meet again".
Truly a classic and an album that should be in every record collection. I can not recommend it enough.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash - someone your Dad listens to... 29 Mar 2006
By Glenn
Format:Audio CD
Buy it, buy it, buy it.
Like a Roy Orbison song, this collection of cover versions and Cash's own material, drips with emotion. Cash never had the greatest voice, but it was undeniably distinctive.
The frailty and pain evident in 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' more than compensates for the lack of perfect pitch and adds to the uplifting end of the song. 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' - after listening to Cash's version you'd better believe it.
We should be grateful for this kind of music - only a very few people could have lived a life that would allow recordings like these to be made.
A masterpiece from a TRUE legend of music.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He'll be sorely missed 13 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the latest in the line of American Recordings produced by Rick Rubin and continues the successful formula of Johnny Cash, with a minimum of backing, mostly covering songs which you wouldn't associate with country music.
The real triumph on this album is his cover of "Hurt" a song about drug addiction, which Johnny brings a whole new meaning to, and if listened to in conjunction with the award winning video, in which he looks so vulnerable, in contrast to that strong bass voice, it's extremely moving.
His own song, the title track "When the man comes around" is the strongest song he's written in years.
I always think his voice works best when he sings songs you don't expect and this is demonstrated on "personal Jesus" which is another standout track.
I don't think the covers of "Brige over troubled water","Desperado",I hung my head" or "streets of Laredo" work to the same degree. They are not badly done, they just don't drag you out of your comfort zone in the way covers of artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and on his previous album U2, Nick Cave and Will Oldham do.
All considered, definitely a good buy, but doesn't quite match the heights achieved by American III, Solitary Man.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking beyond the line!!! 10 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
I promise you that you will not regret buying this album (unless of course you have no taste!). This was probably the last recording the man in black made and I would have to say it is as good as it gets. Sell your granny and buy it if you know whats good for you!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect swansong for The Man In Black 16 Sep 2003
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After more than five decades of making tremendous music that made listeners angry, enchanted and touched in equal measure, it would turn out that 'The Man Comes Around' would be Johnny Cash's swansong. For his final studio album, Cash (alongside producer Rick Rubin) presents a collection of simply overwhelming passion and beauty.
His final album begins with the finest track Cash had written for twenty years. 'The Man Comes Around' is an epic tale of the apocalypse, interpreting the Book of Revelations with uplifting exuberance. Restraint, resignation and a desire for peace pervade the prophetic imagery. 'The Man Comes Around' is truly beautiful and furious in equal measure.
Later he exhumes ancient standards like 'Danny Boy' and 'Streets of Laredo' and allows them to harness a new elegance. Cash even delves into his own bag and rearranges the dark humour of 'Sam Hall' as well as adjusting the already beautiful 'Give My Love To Rose'. Elsewhere, The Beatles' 'In My Life' becomes breathtakingly poignant. How could it not be when sung by a man with such a wealth of experience (especially when one bears in mind how young both Lennon and McCartney were when they wrote it)? The song becomes everything it should be when it falls into Cash's world-weary hands - touching the heart and soul with every hint of its deeper meaning.
It is a tribute to Cash's immense talent that he takes a song as hoary as 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and totally reanimates it. Simon and Garfunkel's masterpiece has been played so many times the listener has become utterly numb any impact it once had. Cash, with his weathered, frayed voice makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. At 72 years of age, few, if any could match the emotional power Cash could generate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a few excellent tracks some dreadful ones too
Published 4 days ago by scminkstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
The great Johnny Cash saved the best till last, as this album came out not long before he died. It is often said it is easy to do cover versions, but in reality it's more... Read more
Published 6 days ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
johnny cash at his best, though I 've never heard a bad performance out of him
Published 6 days ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
never had a bad record from him
Published 11 days ago by Mr TG Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars A present
A much appreciated present given by myself.

Haunting and melodious , a great cd that is played regularly by its owner.
Published 18 days ago by Lyn Chrimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Family favourite
A masterpiece, which the whole family love, no mean feat when we have such differing musical tastes. Thankfully we all love this album
Published 1 month ago by G. M. Sidoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I thought this album was fantastic it was cash at his darkest love it best album ever in my eyes
Published 2 months ago by t5nwd
5.0 out of 5 stars love this album
Discovered Johnny about 10years ago after a bbc documentary ,bought a few of his albums he recorded late in life with Nick Rubin and I loved all of them really powerful voice ,not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by naomi warner
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad songs
Not his best singing, very deep songs, his voice seems to be going, some songs not heard before, if you like cash good for collection but for entertainment only no.
Published 2 months ago by anne wylie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
This is not JC at his best. His gravelly voice, with which you could almost lay a road, sounds frail. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr RG MacDonald
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