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American Recordings

8 April 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1994
  • Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1994 American Recordings, LLC
  • Total Length: 41:44
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  • ASIN: B00C0U1FAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Johnny Cash died today, less than four months after his beloved wife, June Carter Cash. He was one of the most influential and imposing figures in country music, with his deep, resonant baritone and his spare, percussive guitar. Cash never did sound like Nashville, which explains part of the animosity that existed between the two. The greatness of Johnny Cash was that the Man in Black combined the emotional honesty of folk music and the rebellion of rock 'n' roll with the weariness inherent in country music. The question of the day is what Johnny Cash album should you listen to in order to appreciate the full measure of the man and his music. A greatest hits collection seems the obvious choice and it is hard not to think of "Ring of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "A Boy Named Sue," and other classic Cash songs on a day like today. But I want to make an argument for "American Recordings."
This 1994 album won the Grammy Award for Contemporary Folk recording, and so I freely admit that my choice might have something to do with my affection for authentic folk music and my usual avoidance of country music. The album was responsible for Cash's final reemergence as a major figure in contemporary American music and if you do not know the story the key parts are that Cash signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings. Rubin had produced Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys but topped himself by having Carter record mostly his own songs accompanied only by himself on a guitar. For those of us familiar with the recordings of America's troubadour Woody Guthrie or the early New York City recordings of Bob Dylan, this approach makes perfect sense. This is Johnny Cash stripped down to the essentials and they are pretty impressive.
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Perhaps the best analogy i can use to describe the impact these American Recordings had on Johnny Cash admirers, is to try and imagine how the disciples must have felt upon dicovering the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty.Sure we all knew what Johnny Cash stood for, what he sounded like and what he sung about, but even so these songs were and still are, a revelation.An artistic rebirth virtually without comparison.

Stripped down to only his guitar and that wonderful deep voice, Cash commands a presence so powerful and stirring these songs are carved in granite for witnesses to marvel at many, many years from now.

And the songs themselves, whether from his own pen, or from those of others, all now become Johnny Cash songs.It almost doesn't matter the talents behind such classics as "Why Me Lord" or "Bird On The Wire", the composers give way to the singer, because it's the way Johnny Cash gives a voice to the infatuated murderer in "Delia's Gone", or to the Vietnam veteran in "Drive On", or to his own deepest fears in "The Beast In Me", or to his own highest beliefs in "Redemption" or "Down There By The Train", or to his own long, troubled life in "Like A Soldier" or "Let The Train Blow The Whistle", that make this album a deeply honest journey into the artists own sucesses and failings.But one that connects to all those willing to listen for in doing so he speaks for all the little parts in whole of us that make up the whole, neither fully good or completely bad.Cash had the unique gift of being able to take you to the very gates of hell with one song, but always offer up the chance of redemption with the next.

So if you have any interest in Johnny Cash, in music, or just in what makes us who we are, then buy this album, buy the other American Recordings in the series, buy the "Unearthed" boxset, just so you can say you saw and heard the legendary Man in Black walk and talk it like only he could, for the very final time.
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Stripped back to only guitar and Cash's inimitable baritone, we are reminded of the Man in Black's genius. Indeed this recording heralded not just a revival of Cash's musical fortunes, but in the autumn of his life I believe he entered his finest phase as an artist. With this and the following three albums with American Records and Rick Rubin, Cash drew on the experience of his explosive life to deliver music of an unmatchable emotional power.
'Delia's Gone' is a fitting successor of 'Folsom Prison Blues', giving even the most irredeemable criminal a voice; 'The Beast in Me', 'Why Me Lord' and 'Redemption' speak of Cash's own struggles with his demons and his eventual salvation; 'Drive On' and 'Let The Train Blow The Whistle' burn with Cash's macho swagger;'The Man Who Couldn't Cry' is just plain hilarious.
A unique musical experience transcending genre, this is the artist unadorned as genius. Like Cash himself, this is elegantly simple, bleakly compelling, and untimately inspirational and transfiguring. The perfect intoduction to the greatest figure in modern music, who though greatly missed, still exerts a powerful presence.
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Johnny Cash is one of those artists that almost everybody has heard of, but is all too often filed under the "past sell by date" category that long-lived musicians often fall into. I myself once believed that; but following the Man in Black's departure from this world I was amazed to see the incredible respect that this aged hero was commanding from beyond the grave. The release of "Walk the Line" and "Ring of Fire" greatest hits albums were my first insights into what has now turned out to be a lifetime of epic proportions.

Whilst listening to said album, I came across songs that I knew already, and at first was shocked to think that JC had written one of U2's biggest hits and even a 9 inch nails song. On further investigation, I discovered the truth, which led me to the "American Recordings" series.

These albums are, quite frankly, some of the greatest, most honest and heart rending collections of music that have ever been compiled. The first album is as stripped down as music can get, meaning you really listen to the words of the song and get completely immersed in the imagery and stories being described. JC's voice is so distinctive and inescapable you will almost feel guilty if you ever have to stop the album midway, like cutting off a grandfather in the midst of a war story. No one else seems to convey the amount of pain, longing and pity that he does, and you often become so immersed in a song you feel like he's right next to you in the room.

And the pace doesn't slow down at any point in the series. JC has an incredible talent of immersing himself into every song he performs, like a great actor giving the performance of his life.
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