JOHNNY CASH "AMERICAN III"
GERMAN 180 GRAM PRESS
The Man in Black shows hints of gray on American III: Solitary Man, his first studio album since being interrupted by a series of serious illnesses in 1997. While the inevitability of aging has been the downfall of many of his contemporaries, Johnny Cash's dark convictions and powerful presence have gone from rough hardwood to solid stone. The stark beauty of his 1994 release American Recordings and the warm, friendly collaborations on 1996's Unchained combine to create two distinct moods: one of living-room jam sessions with invited friends, and another of stark solo (and near-solo) songs highlighting Cash's years and stories. Partnering once again with Tom Petty, the two join together on Petty's own "I Won't Back Down" and the Neil Diamond-penned title track. Cash also lays his lonesome hands on U2's "One" and reunites with fellow outlaw Merle Haggard on the stubborn "I'm Leavin' Now." These duets and well-known covers show an inviting side of Johnny Cash. But the real highlights of the album are those reminiscent of his American Recordings songs; they feature just the man and his guitar, with nothing else to clutter the story. The creaks and despair of the vaudeville song "Nobody" tell of a man who has become hardened by his solitude, while the Palace hymn "I See a Darkness" soars with the passion of a thousand gospel choirs, even though there are only two men singing. Although at times it is difficult to hear past Tom Petty's growl or Sheryl Crow's young harmonies in the more popular songs Cash covers, these obscure prison songs and country ballads sound as honest and heartfelt as his own compositions. At age 68, his warm baritone may waver but his passion never does. (AMDB)
Johnny Cash – American III: Solitary Man
Label: American Recordings – 51011 2794-2
Series: The American Recordings – 3
Format: Album, Reissue
Country: Europe Released:
1 I Won't Back Down 2:09
2 Solitary Man 2:25
3 That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) 2:35
4 One 3:53
5 Nobody 3:14
6 I See A Darkness 3:42
7 The Mercy Seat 4:35
8 Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone) 2:41
9 Field Of Diamonds 3:15
10 Before My Time 2:55
11 Country Trash 1:47
12 Mary Of The Wild Moor 2:32
13 I'm Leavin' Now 3:07
14 Wayfaring Stranger 3:19
Phonographic Copyright (p) – American Recordings, LLC
Copyright (c) – American Recordings, LLC
Licensed To – Warner Music International
Record Company – Warner Music Group
Recorded At – Cash Cabin Studio
Recorded At – Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
Mixed At – Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
Mastered At – Oasis Mastering
Made By – Cinram GmbH
Accordion – Sheryl Crow (tracks: 12, 14)
Art Direction – David Coleman (5)
Coordinator [Album Production Coordinator] – Lindsay Chase
Edited By [Digital Editing] – Billy Bowers, Chuck Turner (2)
Engineer – David Ferguson
Engineer [Additional Engineering] – D. Sardy*, David Schiffman, Richard Dodd
Executive-Producer [Associate Producer] – John Carter Cash
Fiddle – Laura Cash
Guitar – Larry Perkins, Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard, Mike Campbell, Norman Blake (2), Randy Scruggs
Mastered By – Eddy Schreyer
Mixed By – David Ferguson (tracks: 1 to 8, 10 to 14), David Schiffman (tracks: 9)
Organ – Tom Petty (tracks: 1)
Photography By – Danny Clinch
Photography By [Bells] – Martyn Atkins
Piano, Organ, Harmonium – Benmont Tench
Producer – Rick Rubin
Vocals – June Carter Cash (tracks: 9), Merle Haggard (tracks: 13), Sheryl Crow (tracks: 9), Tom Petty (tracks: 1, 2), Will Oldham (tracks: 6)
Same as this release, except the Warner Music
Recorded at The Cash Cabin Studio, Hendersonville, TN and at The Akadamie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles, CA.
Mixed at The Akadamie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles, CA.
Mastered at Oasis Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.
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