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  • Audio CD (8 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: American Recordings
  • ASIN: B000062X9G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rowboat
2. Sea Of Heartbreak
3. Rusty Cage
4. The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart)
5. Country Boy
6. Memories Are Made Of This
7. Spiritual
8. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
9. Southern Accents
10. Mean Eyed Cat
11. Meet Me In Heaven
12. I Never Picked Cotton
13. Unchained
14. I've Been Everywhere

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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Bassett on 17 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
‘Unchained’ is the second in the series of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings. On the first album, Cash stuck to fairly traditional fare, performing a set of mostly his own material, and a couple of tracks by his contemporaries like Loudon Wainwright III, Kris Kristofferson and Leonard Cohen. Here Cash’s (and we can only assume Rubin’s) choices are far more eclectic. The set list contains works by the likes of Soundgarden, Beck and Tom Petty. Guest spots by artists as diverse as Mick Fleetwood, The Heartbreakers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea also make this LP more of an assortment than the first offering.
Each of the ‘American’ albums is characterised by Cash’s peerless ability to make each song that he tackles his own. As is the case on each of the American albums, Cash’s own life story and experience add gravity and pathos to lines that seemed almost throwaway when sung by the original artists. This is most poignant, when Cash sings, “Give me some alcohol” on ‘Rowboat’, and later when he brings equal helpings of spirituality and savoir-faire to Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’.
It isn’t just so-called ‘alternative’ songs that Cash performs on ‘Unchained’ though. He takes Dean Martin’s corny-as-hell ‘Memories Are Made Of This’ and adds a depth that even a singer as talented as Martin couldn’t manage. Later he performs an exquisite version of Tom Petty’s ‘South Accents’.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Cash continues to stir his heady cocktail of love, death, crime, religion and heartbreak (to name a few), serving up his unique style of music, as much rock, folk, and blues as country. Cash's American Recordings with Rick Rubin are among his finest work, solidifying his unique place in the musical firmament in the autumn of his years.
Funny, bleak, thrilling and heartbreaking - this is classic Cash, and in 'Spiritual' and 'Unchained' alone he creates two uniquely beautiful and moving recordings, that can without embarrassment be described as inspirational.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the 2nd of the Johnny Cash American albums. Its no disappointment, even though at first glance there are certainly less well known covers (to me) than on the 3rd in series. Like all these albums its produced by Rick Rubin who somehow went from being a producer responsible for Rap and Metal to launching the last great phase of Johnny Cash's career.

As always the focus is very much on the voice of Johnny Cash, and a set of strong songs, that if mainly not known to me had soon left an indelible mark on me. "Rusty Cage" is perhaps my favourite at the moment. A superb arrangement by Rick Rubin with trademark bass Piano notes on the chorus. Johnny Cash was still quite strong when this was recorded in the mid to late 1990's and there isn't the frailty in his voice that is so apparent in the later albums.

The backing musicians are basically Tom Petty's band and they do a fine job. Highly recommended (as indeed are all of these Johnny Cash American recordings).
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. S. Stadler VINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite of the first three American Recordings I have thus far. 'Rusty Cage' is among the top three songs Cash ever did (in my opinion), along with 'Folsom Prison Blues' and 'The Mercy Seat' from 'Solitary Man'. 'Sea of Heartbreak' and the title track are only a hair behind, and every song on the album is strong.

The most amazing thing about Cash's career isn't that he lasted virtually 50 years. It is that he went out on the top of his form. In earlier years Cash did some excellent work (his live albums from Folsom and San Quentin prisons were powerful works). But on these final albums Cash has something to say and limited time to say it - and he knows it. His health is going bad, he can't tour any more - so he pours it all out on these records. Like an aging and caged nightingale. Or a 'Bird on a Wire'.

The only artist I could compare to Cash for length of career and creativity would be Frank Sinatra - but unlike Cash Sinatra did not go out at his peak. Far from it.

Cash did. Buy it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Simon Lydiard on 21 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Johnny Cash re-established his musical credibility with the first of his albums for the independent American label Cash (American Recordings, 1994). In this 1996 follow-up, he builds on the stripped down, virtually solo approach, being joined by a superb set of backing musicians and vocalists (including Tom Petty, who seems to play most of the instruments). Cash himself is on fine form - his voice coarsened by age, experience and illness adds gravity and pathos to an excellent collection of country, gospel and rock songs. Of particular interest is Cash's rendition of Beck's Rowboat, but the standout performance is Spiritual, which the "Man in Black" seems to growl from the very depths of his soul. An album to listen to with the lights out.
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