|1. Get Rhythm - Joaquin Phoenix|
|2. I Walk The Line - Joaquin Phoenix|
|3. Wildwood Flower - Reese Witherspoon|
|4. Lewis Boogie Blues - Waylon Payne|
|5. Ring Of Fire - Joaquin Phoenix|
|6. Youíre My Baby - Johnathan Rice|
|7. Cry Cry Cry - Joaquin Phoenix|
|8. Folsom Prison Blues - Joaquin Phoenix|
|9. Thatís All Right -Tyler Hilton|
|10. Juke Box Blues - Reese Witherspoon|
|11. It Ainít Me Babe - Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon|
|12. Home of the Blues - Joaquin Phoenix|
|13. Milk Cow Blues - Tyler Hilton|
|14. Iím A Long Way From Home - Shooter Jennings|
|15. Cocaine Blues - Joaquin Phoenix|
|16. Jackson -- Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon|
Phoenix's voice is eerily reminiscent of Cash's - so much so that it's hard to tell where acting ends and impersonation begins. Witherspoon's voice is vibrant, tuneful, and, again, near enough spot-on.
The film's concert scenes are excellent - the energy of Phoenix/Cash on stage lends a whole new dimension to the music. The soundtrack doesn't let down at all. It could be said that you're better off buying 'At Folsom Prison' or similar - something actually by Cash himself - but I think it's worth the money to hear the remarkable tribute.
The CD itself is five star material. It's what's NOT on the CD which loses it marks. The duet between Phoenix and Witherspoon of "Times a Wastin'" is pretty much the central performance of the film. And yet it's omitted from this soundtrack. After a little research I've found out that the Cash family don't own the rights to the song, which is all well and good, but surely some kind of compromise could have been made?
BIG let down not to have that track - really was a highlight of the film - but the CD is quality music that deserves to be bought.
Leading the songs on the album are Joaquin Phoenix who plays the part of Johnny Cash and Oscar Award Winning Reese Witherspoon who plays Cash's second wife June Carter. It also features songs by american superstar Tyler Hilton (Elvis Presley), Waylon Malloy Payne (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Johnathan Rice (Roy Orbison).
As I am not a fan of the original Johnny Cash or June Carter I am slightly biased when I say that this soundtrack is better than the original material. But then again I believe this is a fair comment. The sound quality of the backing instruments is, of course, a much better standard than the original material. But what I also love is the tone and texture of the lead's vocals. Phoenix has a lovely, soulfilled voice, and has a breathtaking tone to his voice. On the track "I walk the line", Pheonix's vocals really show off as he hits really low notes. Personally for me, Pheonix sets a high standard for male singers to reach, one which alot of them fall far from in the todays world where popular music is all about falsettos and cute harmoneys.
As for Reese Witherspoon, she just shows off a brillient voice on her two track "Wildwood Flower" and "Juke-Box Blues". She's expressive, emotive and full of country soul. I think she's brillient. I also truely admire her harmonies with Pheonix on their duets, where she sings some reletivly complex harmonies.
As for the three others, again impressive performances. For me, Hilton was not a particularly good Elvis, he's a bit too weak vocally, but what he does he does well. Paynes role as Jerry Lee Lewis is brillient.... Read more ›
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