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American V: A Hundred Highways

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 (8 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00BV0W8OY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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American V: A Hundred Highways is the 93rd overall album and a posthumous album by Johnny Cash released on July 4, 2006. As the title implies, it is the fifth entry in Cash's American series. Like its predecessors, American V: A Hundred Highways is produced by Rick Rubin and released on Rubin's American Recordings record label via Lost Highway Records, as they currently distribute country releases from the American Recordings label. 1 Help Me 2 God's Gonna Cut You Down 3 Like The 309 4 If You Could Read My Mind 5 Further on Up the Road 6 On the Evening Train 7 I Came to Believe 8 Love's Been Good to Me 9 A Legend In My Time 10 Rose of My Heart 11 Four Strong Winds 12 I'm Free from the Chain Gang Now

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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truthful... the best of all American Saga 30 Sep 2006
By David Calcano VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Many people can say what they want, but I almost had tears when I heard this album... just listening to `Help Me' and the way Johnny sings those lyrics, man! that's just too much. The songs in this album are perfect, and personally this is my favourite of the American saga... Johnny knew what was coming and you can feel it across the songs, there's nothing like how he approach the melodies.

I'm just glad we can always remember him with so many great records... the last one can have that nostalgic ingredient, but honestly I've never heard an album that reflected feelings in such a truthful way.

It's almost me being stupid, but after hearing this record, you feel that you know the guy... I guess very few artists could do something like that.

Enjoy this masterpiece...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of sublime beauty 13 July 2006
By Me
Format:Audio CD
These songs were recorded while Johnny Cash was wheelchair-bound, nearly blind, asthmatic, diabetic, in constant pain and grieving the death of his soulmate and love of his life June Carter Cash, whom he would join mere weeks after the last of these tracks was recorded. Despite all that, he managed, through sheer force of will, to create an album of honesty and beauty that will stay with you long after the last note fades.

The album opens with a straightfoward appeal for help. "Oh Lord, help me to walk another mile, just one more mile" he sings on "Help Me", a hauntingly beautiful song that is neither maudlin nor overly sentimental. This is followed by what the sequencing seems to suggest is God's answer to that humble plea, the slashing, foot-stomping "God's Gonna Cut You Down". Cash seems to relish the role of the avenging hand and sings this one with gusto.

"Like the 309", the last song Cash wrote and recorded, has him returning to the "train song" motif that has been a lifeblood of his music. Cash stares down "Dr. Death" with a wink, a sly grin and a clear-eyed view of his own mortality. "Tell me all about it, what I did wrong/Meanwhile, I will be doin' fine/Then load my box on the 309".

Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind", a staple of light-pop radio, is transformed by Cash from a pleasantly hummable song about a romantic breakup into a harrowing trip into a dark night of the soul. Cash's voice is at its weakest here as he struggles for breath and pitch but that only serves to make the effect greater. Lyrics that seemed throwaway in the original seem weighted with years of regret and pain when sung by Cash.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant finale for the Man In Black 8 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Being the last album in his 'American Recordings' series, the overall vibe of the other albums led fans and admirers of Cash to expect nothing more than what was needed; Cash's voice, a few guitars, a piano and the occassional backing vocals. Rick Rubin's tried-and-tested production method when it comes to Johnny Cash is put into motion again here, and the end result is another memorable record.

Being a mix of tradtional country songs and Cash's own material, including 'Like The 309', the last song he ever wrote before his death. It would take many pages to explain all the merits of each song, so I'll just pick out a few of my favourites. 'Like The 309' is a classic Cash track, but it has more resonance becuase it was the last he wrote. It continues Cash's love affair with trains and the story of the rails, somthing that features constanly throughout all his albums. 'Further On Up The Road' is done with a brilliance that I haven't seen elsewhere in the country music spectrum. It's instrumentation is also well chosen - the select organ chords halfway through the song sends shivers up your spine. It's a masterwork, with some meaningful lyrics that will stir up some emotion in anyone. 'If You Could Read My Mind' is a softer, moe thoughtful song may go unnoticed when compared to tracks such as 'Hurt' and 'Ring Of Fire', but in my opinion, it deserves to stand with them. It's quiet and smooth, bordering romantic, with the pure honesty of Cash's voice really coming through.

It's certainly a brilliant album to complete the series, and bolsters the allready great legend of the Man In Black. Buy this album if you're a fan of Cash or country music in general - you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning epitaph 14 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
The last recording, and in places it really feels like it. The voice cannot always carry the same weight and you can almost hear him wheeze in places but this melancholic set is actually a perfect bookend to his career. A posthumous realease that is not a scrappy collection of outtakes but a vital addition to his catalogue for fans, and a great place to start for newcomers to the artist.

More personal and intimate than the first 4 American recordings this is also the most acoustic. The songs are concerned with reflection and impending conclusions, but not with regret. There are flashes of gentle humour and elsewhere evidence of his deep faith (in the aching, pleading 'Help me' for example)

If the album has a criticism it may be the lack of a standout track to equal 'Hurt' from American IV, but it gains over that collection in terms of consistency. It is a magnificent and emotional final tribute, the sound of a man singing himself into the long dark night ahead, and choosing to share it with his friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great for Cash fans
Published 16 days ago by Chris O
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
must have if you are a fan
Published 2 months ago by Bigchord
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
always good
Published 2 months ago by Mr TG Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music be a great singer.
I have the CD and bought vinyl as I believed it would sound "better." It does and for me this is the best record Johnny Cash ever made. Fantastic music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stillgame Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lasting Legacy
Johnny Cash comes to terms with mortality in this CD recorded before and after his death. And with the subject matter and the resurgence of Cash-Mania thanks to the film "Walk... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars J ohnny Cash
This is the truly great J.C easy listening at its best, Some songs already got others not
heard before but all great
Published 5 months ago by the jet
4.0 out of 5 stars A hundred highways to heaven??
I got into Mr Cash around the time of the release of volume 4 of this series of Rick Rubin produced albums and have never really looked back since. Read more
Published 7 months ago by free jazz space cadet
5.0 out of 5 stars Cash still on form.
The tracks on this disc are well engineered and up to the usual Cash standard.
But it`s a rather sad collection of songs by a man nearing & wishing for the end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by hotfuz
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVEN BOUND
Published 11 months ago by THE BISHOP
5.0 out of 5 stars A swansong masterpiece
The 5th American album recording in the weeks before his death is the first in the series and the first released posthumously that has the feel of a swansong album about it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JKM
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