American Recordings, Vols. 1-6

American Recordings, Vols. 1-6

by Johnny Cash

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

Overview

Johnny Cash was in the unenviable position of being a living legend who was beloved by fans of classic country music without being able to interest anyone in his most recent work when he was signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings label in 1994. Rubin, best known for his work with edgy rockers and hip-hop acts, opted to produce Cash's first album for American, and as he tried to brainstorm an approach that would introduce Cash to a new audience, he struck upon a brilliant idea -- doing nothing. For American Recordings, Rubin simply set up some recording equipment in Cash's Tennessee cabin and recorded him singing a set of songs accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. The result is an album that captured the glorious details of Johnny Cash's voice and allowed him to demonstrate just how emotionally powerful an instrument he possessed. While Rubin clearly brought some material to Cash for these sessions -- it's hard to imagine he would have recorded tunes by Glenn Danzig or Tom Waits without a bit of prodding -- Cash manages to put his stamp on every tune on this set, and he also brought some excellent new songs to the table, including the Vietnam veteran's memoir "Drive On," the powerful testimony of faith "Redemption," and a sly but moving recollection of his wild younger days, "Like a Soldier." American Recordings became a critical sensation and a commercial success, though it was overrated in some quarters simply because it reminded audiences that one of America's greatest musical talents was still capable of making compelling music, something he had never stopped doing even if no one bothered to listen. Still, American Recordings did something very important -- it gave Cash a chance to show how much he could do with a set of great songs and no creative interference, and it afforded him the respect he'd been denied for so long, and the result is a powerful and intimate album that brought the Man in Black back to the spotlight, where he belonged.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2015
Label: American Recordings
UPC: 0602537811571
catalogNumber: 002062701

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Man Comes Around
  2. Delia's Gone
  3. Let The Train Blow The Whistle
  4. Hurt
  5. Give My Love To Rose
  6. The Beast In Me
  7. Drive On
  8. Why Me Lord
  9. Thirteen
  10. Oh, Bury Me Not (Introduction: A Cowboy's Prayer)
  11. Bird on a Wire
  12. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  13. Tennessee Stud
  14. I Hung My Head
  15. Down There by the Train
  16. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  17. Redemption
  18. Personal Jesus
  19. Like a Soldier
  20. The Man Who Couldn't Cry

Disc 2

  1. The Man Comes Around
  2. Delia's Gone
  3. Let the Train Blow the Whistle
  4. Hurt
  5. Give My Love to Rose
  6. The Beast in Me
  7. Drive On
  8. Why Me Lord
  9. Thirteen
  10. Oh, Bury Me Not (Introduction: A Cowboy's Prayer)
  11. Bird on a Wire
  12. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  13. Tennessee Stud
  14. I Hung My Head
  15. Down There by the Train
  16. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  17. Redemption
  18. Personal Jesus
  19. Like a Soldier
  20. The Man Who Couldn't Cry

Disc 3

  1. In My Life
  2. Rowboat
  3. Sea of Heartbreak
  4. Sam Hall
  5. Danny Boy
  6. Rusty Cage
  7. Desperado
  8. The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart)
  9. Country Boy
  10. Memories Are Made of This
  11. Spiritual
  12. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
  13. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  14. Tear Stained Letter
  15. Southern Accents
  16. Mean Eyed Cat
  17. Streets of Laredo
  18. We'll Meet Again
  19. Meet Me in Heaven
  20. I Never Picked Cotton
  21. Unchained
  22. I've Been Everywhere

Disc 4

  1. In My Life
  2. Rowboat
  3. Sea of Heartbreak
  4. Sam Hall
  5. Danny Boy
  6. Rusty Cage
  7. Desperado
  8. The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart)
  9. Country Boy
  10. Memories Are Made of This
  11. Spiritual
  12. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
  13. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  14. Tear Stained Letter
  15. Southern Accents
  16. Mean Eyed Cat
  17. Streets of Laredo
  18. We'll Meet Again
  19. Meet Me in Heaven
  20. I Never Picked Cotton
  21. Unchained
  22. I've Been Everywhere

Disc 5

  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

Disc 6

  1. Help Me
  2. God's Gonna Cut You Down
  3. Like the 309
  4. If You Could Read My Mind
  5. Further on Up the Road
  6. On 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

Disc 7

  1. Ain't No Grave
  2. Redemption Day
  3. For The Good Times
  4. I 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

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