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Unchained [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 (22 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000WS4OZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,588 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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(1996/American/Universal EU) 14 tracks (43:37) produced by Rick Rubin. Contains a 16 page booklet of notes and stunning b&w photos.
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  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
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine American Recordings set 17 Sep 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Gold 9 Sep 2003
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars American II 26 Feb 2010
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the 'American Recordings'? 13 Aug 2006
By Mr. D. S. Stadler VINE VOICE
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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted album
The gravelly voice and those wonderful lyrics.
Published 1 month ago by Frank McCormack
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man in Black and friends
This album definitely benefits from the backing of superb musicians in Tom Petty and hi Heartbreakers and the likes of Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bobby B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I have been trying to get hold of this album for ages, I had all the others and this completes my set, not disappointed, as good as I hoped it would be.
Published 5 months ago by John Darvell
5.0 out of 5 stars unchained cash
A great album by the legend j cash backed by the great band tom petty and the heartbreakers , highly recommended
Published 6 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars TIMELESS QUALITY!
The second instalment of the American series brings back the instrumentation and the "boom chikka boom" approach on the rockabilly songs. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JKM
5.0 out of 5 stars Man in Black
GREAT RECORDING - sad loss to music in general. Iconic songs from an iconic singer. A unique voice and presentation
Published 18 months ago by Bill MayBed
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cash
Excellent CD as part of a set of recordings made just before and after his death - not the usual Cash.
Published 21 months ago by Mr. Brian Frewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a belter!
This album is killer. Much more upbeat than I had expected from the second American Recordings installment. Really, at a price like this no Cash fan should be without this album. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2012 by Twenty Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
Great album with some real good stories and some memorable tunes to go with it. A good album to start with if you haven't heard more recent Cash.
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by Billy The Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Unchained, American Vol 2: Johnny Cash - Cash takes a rowboat to the...
Following the success of 1994s American Recordings, I was expecting great things from Cash. And this 1996 release did not disappoint! Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Victor
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