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CASH'S LAST STAND,
This review is from: Unearthed (Audio CD)
You are reading this review no doubt already aware of Johnny Cash's American series from roughly the last 10 years of his life: If so you can expect the same level of quality throughout the set.
But for owners of the other CDs the 5th disc, a best of, is unecessary - Surely a £50 box set is only for the fans that presumably have most of Cash's recent output?
Otherwise though the collection is one of Cash's best, including re-worked versions of his older songs ('Flesh & Blood') and a wealth of top covers like Neil Young's 'Heart of Gold'. Cash himself declared the 4th disc, 'My Mother's Hymn Book', a collection of spirituals as a career favourite. For me though it is the 2nd & 3rd discs that show more fully realised songs that could easily have made it to one of the four studio albums. The much-discussed duet with Joe Strummer on Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song' is sublime as are many of the unreleased tracks recorded with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Likewise the packaging and accompanying book with commentary on every track by Cash / Rubin act as a fitting tribute to the Man in Black . Given that American Recordings 5 is still meant to be released in '04 Rick Rubin must have some absolute gems in his library of songs - as its hard to fault the quality of this collection.