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Hurt/Personal Jesus [Single, Maxi]

Johnny Cash Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: American/Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000087DWZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hurt (Album Version)
2. Personal Jesus (Album Version)
3. Wichita Lineman (Vinyl Version)
4. Hurt (Video)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine swansong for The Man In Black 16 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Johnny Cash wrote some 103 hits in his 50 plus years as a fully paid-up musician, but it was to be that his rendition of the Nine Inch Nails industrial rock song ‘Hurt’ would be his swansong.
Lifted from his final album ‘The Man Comes Around’, it would be this song that ensures that album’s prominence. Where Trent Reznor’s original was a troubled paean to drug addiction, Cash infuses the track with genuine heart to accompany the bitterness. Cash treats the song with such honesty that adds to what was an already powerful mantra in Reznor’s hands. Frankly it’s the only song of the last decade to move me into an awed silence every single time I hear it.
On the B-Side, you’ll find a trembling re-working of Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus’ and a breathtaking version of Glen Campbell’s classic ‘Wichita Lineman’. These tracks are good, but totally overawed by the magnificence of ‘Hurt’. Also included on the disc is the heartbreaking video of ‘Hurt’. It was exceptionally touching before his death, now it is truly among the saddest things I have ever seen.
To say that this disc is a fitting tribute to one of the all-time greats is praise indeed. Sometimes five-stars just don’t do a song justice. Rest In Peace Johnny.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... 20 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Johnny Cash singles probably shouldn’t be played at lunchtime on Radio 1. This is a world where bouncy, jovial pop tunes do not necessarily sit well with morbid laments by men in their 70s on life and death. But this is where I first heard this haunting, and absolutely amazing song – whilst sat in my car, stuck in traffic, on an incredibly grey, and exceptionally wet day. Mark and Lard are full of surprises.
No doubt the rather grey and cold environment I was in at the time added to the atmosphere, but this song on first hearing just floored me. You know what I mean – it’s the moment when a record can actually stop you dead in your tracks. Repetition hasn’t dented this song, as “Hurt” has since done it to me time and again. It’s just devastating.
Originally written by, of all people, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (an artist I confess to not having much time for) the song refers to his battle with heroin addiction. It is odd that such a song can have new meaning and resonance when sung by an old man battling illness (Cash has been diagnosed with autonomic neuropathy) and it suddenly takes on so many new dimensions.
Of course we have to say something about The Voice, as this is Johnny Cash. I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan, but this weathered, torn but ultimately dignified vocal is a far cry from the booming noise I heard on the old records my Dad plays. Thankfully, with “Hurt” the production is sparse and a tremendous amount has been done with a handful of acoustic guitars and the weariest voice I think I’ve ever heard. It’s a beautiful three and a half minutes, and as the chorus reaches its climax it’s a great moment.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars swan song brilliance 15 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Johny Cash covering a Nine Inch Nails track... it just doesn't seem possible, but what he has achieved with his stripped down version of Hurt is simply brilliant. He has made the song his own, by reflecting through the words and the imagery they convey, the weight of his life. The man was troubled and he has turned Trent's song into a challenging redemptive examination of his life, not misunderstanding the original song as another reviewer has stated, but adding to it the personal torment of his lows and how he crucified his Lord through so many wrong turns and wrong choices. (I'd love to know what Trent thought of this version?)
The mastery of the vocal and stripped down instrumentation give way to the aching coming straight from his heart. This is further enhanced by the video accompanying this single.
Many will see this as the ultimate swan song and wish they had recorded a song of such understated strength and dynamism as their last note to the world.
Johnny, rest in peace - the hurt is now over.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 4 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm neither a NIN fan or a Johnny Cash fan, but this is one of the most powerful musical performances I've ever heard. The production is haunting and the vocals capture perfectly the tragic sound of a man who knows he is saying goodbye to the world. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't skip past this 20 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
I heard & saw this for the first time on TOTP2 (Hurt), normally an excuse to watch old stuff I never bought. The intro said it's the best video going. Oh yeah I thought.
I heard it - I had to sit and listen, it's incredibly well done. Cash was nowhere on my list of favorite artists, this track just grabs you. I felt sad he'd died, the power evident is awsome.
Do yourself a favour and get this track. What else can I say? I know - I'm buying my first record in years.....
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As other reviewers have said - it doesn't matter a jot if you're not a JC fan, this song and video have to be amongst the most powerful and emotional recordings ever made. And if you are a JC fan, then you cannot help but marvel at The Man's undying power to halt you in your tracks and force you to take stock of everything around you. If ever there was an essential video to watch, and an essential song whose lyrics deserve to be heard - then here they both are on one disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible track incredible guy!
Enough said
Published 2 months ago by Dan Bam
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of money
its only 3 songs and the video only plays on computer so you can watch the same for free on utube, waste of money
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Js Daoudi
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally overawed.
What can I say? I have just received the copy and have already played it several times.
I was already a Johnny Cash fan of long standing but when I saw the "Hurt" video on a... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2003 by Derick T
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply No words to describe .....
There are Simply No words to describe how I felt when I first herd this song, I was watching a music channel on sky and it came on. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2003 by Breezy
5.0 out of 5 stars Struck with Awe
Stand out track from the Man in Black's final album. It is a painful affair of stark honesty and I have no shame in saying it still brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
This is just fantastic. Whilst I had certainly heard of Johnny Cash I had sadly never shown any inclination to buy or listen to his music. But this is different. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
johnny cash is fantastic, this song is so moving, and profetic of his wife and his own impending death.
it gives my goose bumps. Brilliant
Published on 1 Oct 2003 by "ladybird_kisses"
5.0 out of 5 stars Cash got it wrong- but did it beautifully!
I was very impressed with Cash's rendition of this NIN classic. The best track on the Downward Spiral has been renovated and re-invented by Cash. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2003 by Melissa M. Buhro
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