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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Label: US Import
  • ASIN: B00008IAMD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Cash,Johnny ~ Man Comes Around

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Format: Audio CD
When Johnny Cash passed away recently the music world wept. And with good reason. One of the pillars of integrity and greatest songwriters of the last 50 years lost forever is a sad thing indeed. His American Recordings cycle will forever stand out as one of the great recording cycles of all time, and the astonishing thing is that he completed them at a time of his life where he not only was discounted by most of the music establishment but also battled against illness for many years.
Like the other albums in the cycle, The Man Comes Around is a mix of his own songs, reworkings of his earlier materiel and carefully selected covers. The album starts off with the title track that surely must be one of the strongest songs in recent years with its old testament view of things to come. The whole album goes from strength to strength, but there is one real stand out tracks for me, this being his cover of Nine Inch Nails "Hurt". I am a fan of NIN, but this version blows the original out of the water. It is both powerful and moving and for me this is the standout musical moment of the last 5 years, it makes me want to cry every time i hear it. You NEED to own this album, amongst my 2000+ albums this is in the top 3. And i wonder if he did know something we didn't when he ended the album with "We'll meet again".
Truly a classic and an album that should be in every record collection. I can not recommend it enough.
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Johnny Cash has with his American Recordings finally found his place in the world of pop music. With his versions of more recent hits by artists like U2 and Nick Cave and re-recordings of some old songs he has brought country music to a new generation, whose knowledge of mr. Cash was limited to a version of "Ring of Fire" on a heavily discountet compilation CD.
"The Man Comes Around" sees Cash taking on "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails and "Personal Jesus" amongst others. Even a version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" ends up sounding remarkably fresh. The highlight of the album is the title track, where Cash describes the scene of Judgement Day, complete with Bible readings at beginning and end. That song alone, together with the massive acoustic build-up of "Hurt", makes the fourth American Recording a true masterpiece.
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As a diehard fan of the late, great John Ray Cash I was left saddened when I heard of the great deteriation of the man in black's health and general well being.
This album left me in tears, like many others who have followed him through thick and thin, through the years when JC was suffering and a victim of drugs and alcohol abuse and also through those great times and there were many.
The songs featured in this album are moving, hearing John's voice in the songs is not much different from the old times and his early years and still contains the unique characteristics which make him so well known throughout the music world - but what has changed and it is noticed as soon a sthe first song hits you - is the emotion and frailty in his voice. Emotion really does pour out from his songs, even though some are covers example Desperado and the Nine Inch Nail's song Hurt he still manages to make them his own for the album and his fans. The song hurt is especially apt in that he is now an old man, feeble and weak and after his home/museum 'The House of Cash' was struck by flooding it goes to show that every empire turns to dirt no matter how rich, in money terms or in health and family. In this song he sings 'everyone I know goes away in the end' and not long after this song was released his wife June Carter Cash sadly passed away after a battle with major heart problems.
When June died Johnny knew his life would crumble. He was already wheelchair bound and sufferring from Diabetes and respiratory problems added to his sight which was partial and he wanted to do something, to take his mind off of it and do what he enjoys best - singing. Sadly in September 2003 he died at Nashville baptist memorial hospital.
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My rock/grunge/metal-loving teenagers introduced me to 'Hurt' last year. I have always preferred rock, metal, folk, soul, classical music to anything remotely Country & Western. I knew nothing of Johnny Cash but his early reputation. So I went to see 'Walk the Line' on the basis of that one song and its staggering video. The film itself proved inspirational too and I owe much to Joaquin Phoenix for that. My kids are clearly more broad-minded than I have ever been - the loss is mine. This CD has so much to give, such range and so much depth. I hope that anyone reading this will benefit from my mistake and discover the Man in Black sooner than I did!
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Buy it, buy it, buy it.
Like a Roy Orbison song, this collection of cover versions and Cash's own material, drips with emotion. Cash never had the greatest voice, but it was undeniably distinctive.
The frailty and pain evident in 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' more than compensates for the lack of perfect pitch and adds to the uplifting end of the song. 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' - after listening to Cash's version you'd better believe it.
We should be grateful for this kind of music - only a very few people could have lived a life that would allow recordings like these to be made.
A masterpiece from a TRUE legend of music.
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