Johnny Cash - American Recordings I-VI


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American Recordings

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No. of Discs: 7
Note: 180 Gram

 

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Johnny Cash American Recordings I-VI in a limited edition 180-gram 7LP box set

Featuring all six of The Man In Black's critically acclaimed American Recordings albums

LPs cut from the original masters under the strict supervision of Rick Rubin and pressed at QRP

In the early '90s, Johnny Cash signed to Rick Rubin's American label and began releasing the American Recordings series of albums. Produced by Rubin, the American Recordings were stark, stripped-down, mostly acoustic meditations on the more apocalyptic side of his persona, writes Rolling Stone. Cash covered Beck, Nick Cave, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Soundgarden, Danzig, and, of course, Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." And he cemented his reputation as one of the reigning badasses in American music history — not that that rep really needed much help.

These are acoustic roots-radical albums on hip hop/metal producer Rick Rubin's label of the same name. The albums wonderfully capture Cash's famous baritone as powerful as ever. The set includes American Recordings, Unchained, Solitary Man, The Man Comes Around, American V: A Hundred Highways and the final chapter and last recording in the series, American VI: Ain't No Grave.

Topping out on the C&W chart at No. 23 and lingering on the pop chart for nine weeks, American Recordings also took home a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. In addition to Cash originals like "Let The Train Blow the Whistle," "Drive On," "Redemption," and "Like A Soldier," the intimate 13-song set features stirring covers of songs by artists of all backgrounds including Nick Lowe ("The Beast In Me"), Kris Kristofferson ("Why Me Lord"), Glenn Danzig ("Thirteen"), Leonard Cohen ("Bird On A Wire"), Tom Waits ("Down There By the Train") and Loudon Wainwright III ("The Man Who Couldn't Cry"). 

Cash returned with its equally as impressive follow-up Unchained in 1996. Whereas American Recordings featured Johnny unaccompanied on acoustic guitar, Unchained finds the music legend backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Marty Stuart. The heartfelt 14-song set again consists of a mix of Cash originals like "Country Boy," "Mean Eyed Cat" and "Meet Me in Heaven" and effective covers of material by a diverse selection of artists including Beck ("Rowboat"), Soundgarden ("Rusty Cage") and Tom Petty ("Southern Accents") among others. Unchained became Cash's second straight Grammy-winning album, this time for Best Country Album.

After rejuvenating his career with the two Grammy winning albums American Recordings (1994) and Unchained (1996), Johnny took a four year break due to health reasons before returning in 2000 for his third release in the series, Solitary Man. This time around Cash performs his originals/covers program unaccompanied as well as duets with guest artists like Tom Petty, June Carter, Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow and Will Oldham. Along with his own compositions "Field of Diamonds," "Before My Time," "Country Trash" and I'm Leavin' Now," the 14-song set features Cash's moving takes on U2's "One," Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man," and Will Oldham's "I See A Darkness." Cash was awarded a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his version of Diamond's "Solitary Man," his third straight album to take home hardware from the prestigious institution.

2002's The Man Comes Around is the fourth in the series of excellent collaborations with Rubin and the last released before his death in 2003. The Man Comes Around includes new Cash compositions like the title track and revisits of older material such as "Give My Love To Rose" and "Tear Stained Letter" as well as a diverse array of cover songs including Nine Inch Nails’ "Hurt," Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," Simon & Garfunkel’s "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Fiona Apple, the Eagles "Desperado" with Don Henley, and Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" with Nick Cave. The Man Comes Around also continued Cash's Grammy winning streak, taking home awards for Best Country Male Vocal Performance for "Give My Love To Rose" and Best Short Form Video for the moving music video for "Hurt." 

Cash's first posthumous release, American V: A Hundred Highways (2006) debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and the Country Albums chart, and contains 12 tracks recorded in 2002-2003 including the original, “Like The 309” (the last song that Johnny wrote and recorded before he died). American VI: Ain't No Grave (2010) is the final chapter and last recordings in the illustrious series. Recorded during the same 2002-2003 sessions that produced its predecessor American V: A Hundred Highways, American VI: Ain't No Grave features one Cash original ("I Corinthians 15:55"), covers of material by Sheryl Crow ("Redemption Day") and Kris Kristofferson ("For the Good Times") and the Avett Brothers on the title cut. 

 



Johnny Cash/American Recordings (American I)
1. Delia's Gone
2. Let The Train Blow The Whistle
3. The Beast In Me
4. Drive On
5. Why Me Lord
6. Thirteen
7. Oh, Bury Me Not
8. Introduction: A Cowboy's Prayer
9. Bird On A Wire
10. Tennessee Stud
11. Down There By The Train
12. Redemption
13. Like A Soldier
14. The Man Who Couldn't Cry

Johnny Cash/Unchained (American II)
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

Johnny Cash/American III: Solitary Man
1. I Won't Back Down
2. Solitary Man
3. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
4. One
5. Nobody
6. I See A Darkness
7. The Mercy Seat
8. Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
9. Field Of Diamonds
10. Before My Time
11. Country Trash
12. Mary Of The Wild Moor
13. I'm Leavin' Now
14. Wayfaring Stranger

Johnny Cash/American IV: The Man Comes Around
LP 1
1. The Man Comes Around (John R. Cash)
2. Hurt (Trent Reznor)
3. Give My Love To Rose (John R. Cash)
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water w/ Fiona Apple (Paul Simon)
5. I Hung My Head (Sting)
6. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ewan MacColl)
7. Personal Jesus (Martin L. Gore)
8. In My Life (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
LP 2
1. Sam Hall (John R. Cash)
2. Danny Boy (Arrangement by John R. Cash)
3. Desperado w/ Don Henley (Glenn Frey/Don Henley)
4. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry w/ Nick Cave (Hank Williams)
5. Streets of Laredo (Arranged & Adapted By John R. Cash)
6. Tear Stained Letter (John R. Cash)
7. We’ll Meet Again (Ross Parker/Hugh Charles)

Johnny Cash/American V: A Hundred Highways
1. Help Me
2. God’s Gonna Cut You Down
3. Like the 309 (written by CASH)
4. If You Could Read My Mind
5. Further On Up the Road
6. The Evening Train
7. I Came to Believe
8. Love’s Been Good To Me
9. A Legend In My Time
10. Rose of My Heart
11. Four Strong Winds
12. I’m Free From the Chain Gang Now

Johnny Cash/American VI: Ain't No Grave
1. Ain't No Grave
2. Redemption Day
3. For the Good Times
4. 1 Corinthians 15:55
5. Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
6. Satisfied Mind
7. I Don't Hurt Anymore
8. Cool Water
9. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
10. Aloha Oe

Customer Reviews (4.50 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Lovely

posted on 04/22/2015
4 Stars
Reviewer: Ant Simon
I can't fault the music or presentation. I would give 5 stars but 2 songs listed on "The Man Comes Around" aren't there. My only disappointment


Great set!

posted on 04/04/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Alan Lawrence
I am very pleased with this set. The pressings are dead quiet and flat. The box is sturdy and the covers are nicely reproduced. It sounds like Johnny is playing in your living room. I know these are not analog recordings, but the vinyl sounds much more natural than the CD counterparts. Excellent purchase.


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