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Format: CD
Sku: 60537965
UPC: 731458679226
UPC 14: 00731458679226
Release Date: 2/7/2013
Sales Rank: 243
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I Won't Back Down - (featuring Tom Petty) ~ Johnny Cash
2. Solitary Man - (featuring Tom Petty) ~ Johnny Cash
3. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) ~ Johnny Cash
4. One ~ Johnny Cash
5. Nobody ~ Johnny Cash
6. I See A Darkness ~ Johnny Cash
7. Mercy Seat, The ~ Johnny Cash
8. Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone) ~ Johnny Cash
9. Field Of Diamonds - (featuring Sheryl Crow) ~ Johnny Cash
10. Before My Time ~ Johnny Cash
11. Country Trash ~ Johnny Cash
12. Mary Of The Wild Moor ~ Johnny Cash
13. I'm Leaving Now - (featuring Merle Haggard) ~ Johnny Cash
14. Wayfaring Stranger ~ Johnny Cash

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard (vocals, guitar); Sheryl Crow (vocals, accordion); Tom Petty (vocals, organ); Will Oldham, June Carter Cash (vocals); Norman Blake, Mike Campbell, Larry Perkins, Randy Scruggs, Marty Stuart (guitar); Laura Cash (fiddle); Benmont Tench (piano, harmonium, organ).
Muze PNote Recorded at The Cash Cabin Studio, Hendersonville, Tennessee and The Akademie Mathematique Of Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles, California.
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Johnny Cash.
Muze PNote "Solitary Man" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. AMERICAN III was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Muze PNote 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. ~ Zac Johnson

Producer: Rick Rubin

Engineer: David Ferguson

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Tom Petty
Muze Guest Artist Randy Scruggs
Muze Guest Artist Sheryl Crow
Muze Guest Artist Norman Blake
Muze Guest Artist Merle Haggard
Muze Guest Artist Marty Stewart
Muze Guest Artist Will Oldham

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Zooropa
Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Complete Hank Williams Jr.
Muze Music Compilations Country Pride
Muze Music Compilations Houston Kid
Muze Music Compilations Right Or Wrong/Seven Year Ache (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 3
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Country Super Hits
Muze Music Compilations Essential Willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations Rules Of Travel
Muze Music Compilations Live Recordings From The Louisiana (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Waylon Jennings
Muze Music Compilations Essential Kris Kristofferson (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock
Muze Music Compilations Nashville Skyline
Muze Music Compilations Classic Country: Great Country Gospel / Vario
Muze Music Compilations Classic Country Gold
Muze Music Compilations Road Goes On Forever (w/ Bonus DVD) (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Road Goes On Forever
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records 50th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations Country's 20 Classic Gospel Songs Of
Muze Music Compilations Hag:best Of Merle Haggard
Muze Music Compilations Nashville Rebel
Muze Music Compilations Gold
Muze Music Compilations Compadres:anthology Of Duets
Muze Music Compilations 16 Biggest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Country
Muze Music Compilations Outlaw Country
Muze Music Compilations Complete Million Dollar Sessions: 50th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations Taste Of Texas
Muze Music Compilations Whistle Bait:25 Rockabilly Rave-ups
Muze Music Compilations Roots Of The White Stripes
Muze Music Compilations Only Classic Country Collection You'l
Muze Music Compilations Wounded Heart Of America
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0
Muze Music Compilations Help (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Country's Got Heart
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Sun 60Th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations 16 Biggest Hits Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Basement Tapes Influences
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Country
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Ever Party Album
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:country Hits Of '60s &
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of George Jones Du
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Ray Charles
Muze Music Compilations Triple Feature:men Of Country
Muze Music Compilations Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City
Muze Music Compilations Achtung Baby (6CD/4DVD Super Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Country Top Hits Of The 60's
Muze Music Compilations Country's Greatest Gospel:gold Ed
Muze Music Compilations Country Faith Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Carter Girl
Muze Music Compilations Country's 20 Classic Songs of the Century
Muze Music Compilations Dead Man Walking (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Americana Christmas

Associated Artists and Works

Dressed In Black: A Tribute To Johnny Cash ~ Artists, Various
Boxcar Willie
Carter, June
Cash, June Carter
Class Of '55
Dogg, Snoop
Esteban (New Age)
Jonboy Langford & The Pine Vall
Jones, George
Langford, Jon
Langford, Jon (Mekons)
Langford, Jonboy
Lewis, Jerry Lee
Johnny Cash's America (Sdtk) ~ Original Soundtrack
Perkins, Carl
Perkins, Carl (Rockabilly)
Presley, Elvis
Complete Million Dollar Sessions -50th Anniv. Spec ~ Presley, Elvis
The Million Dollar Quartet ~ Presley, Elvis
Snoop Dogg
Dressed In Black: A Tribute To Johnny Cash ~ Various Artists
Men of Country: Triple Feature [Digipak] ~ Various Artists
The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show ~ Various Artists
We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Jo ~ Various Artists
Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/05/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5867922
Music Label Name Label : Universal Distribution
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731458679226

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (12/29/00, p.140)
- Ranked #8 in EW's Top 10 Albums of 2000 - "...These songs have rarely sounded so authentic, thanks to arrangements that are spare but never colorless and a voice that;s deep in more ways than one."

Q (1/01, p.91)
- Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".

Q (12/00, pp.118-9)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...A regal comeback. It's a mostly acoustic affair...featuring unlikely resonant and dignified a covers album as you'll ever hear."

CMJ (1/08/01, p.46)
- Included in CMJ's "Year's Best Triple A Albums" from 2000.

CMJ (10/16/00, p.26)
- "...Pure goosebump material....[His] voice is commanding and cavernous in ever more tangible ways..."

No Depression (1-2/01, pp.82-4)
- "...It's a powerful disc....the key to its impact is in the reimagination [of songs] to make them [his]..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- Ranked #17 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Makes rock songs sound like something as old as the hills."

Mojo (Publisher)
(11/00, p.102)
- "...The choice is igenious, their themes of survival, toughness, self-destructyion, sin, redemption and love adding up to an autobiography....his voice is sober, honest and defiant..."

NME (Magazine)
(12/30/00, p.78)
- Ranked #32 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".

NME (Magazine)
(10/21/00, p.43)
- 9 out of 10 - "...What is remarkable about this is its punishing intensity....stripped down, vivid and pure, emotionally naked stuff from a 68-year-old man who just 12 months ago was very seriously ill..."

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