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Format: CD
Sku: 202703842
UPC: 602498626962
UPC 14: 00602498626962
Release Date: 7/4/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Help Me ~ Johnny Cash
2. God's Gonna Cut You Down ~ Johnny Cash
3. Like The 309 ~ Johnny Cash
4. If You Could Read My Mind ~ Johnny Cash
5. Further On Up The Road ~ Johnny Cash
6. Evening Train, The ~ Johnny Cash
7. I Came To Believe ~ Johnny Cash
8. Love's Been Good To Me ~ Johnny Cash
9. Legend In My Time, A ~ Johnny Cash
10. Rose Of My Heart ~ Johnny Cash
11. Four Strong Winds ~ Johnny Cash
12. I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now ~ Johnny Cash
 
In the months leading up to his passing on September 12, 2003, Johnny Cash had been recording new material with producer Rick Rubin. On July 4, 2006, American V: A Hundred Highways, the all-new Johnny Cash album taken from those sessions, will be released on the American Recordings label through Lost Highway. It will include the last song Cash ever wrote, "Like the 309".

"“These songs are Johnny’s final statement. They are the truest reflection of the music that was central to his life at the time. This is the music that Johnny wanted us to hear.”  Rick Rubin
"A hefty team was assembled to do this right...and do it right they do.  Filter
"...the soundtrack to death, love, pain, strength, joy, suffering, courage, despair, and faith all at the same time.  Stylus Magazine
"...less tearjerking and portentous than IV.  The Guardian

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Jonny Polonsky, Matt Sweeney, Mike Campbell , Pat McLaughlin, Randy Scruggs, Smokey Hormel (guitar); Benmont Tench (piano, harpsichord, organ).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Mark Howard, Marty Stuart, Pete Wade.
Muze PNote Johnny Cash's final album, AMERICAN V: A HUNDRED HIGHWAYS, is a moving and fitting swan song for the legendary performer. Like Cash's other recordings with producer Rick Rubin, AMERICAN V is quiet, intense, and minimal; it creates a thrilling intimacy by keeping the focus on Cash's aging voice and increasingly soulful, nuanced phrasing.
Muze PNote The album was produced piecemeal, with Cash's vocal tracks recorded mere months before the artist's death in 2003, and the backing tracks added two years later. Yet the album coheres remarkably well, thanks in large part to the fine musicians on hand (including ace session guitarist Smokey Hormel). But this is Cash's show through and through. Whether on covers (Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind"), originals ("Like the 309," the last song Cash ever wrote), or spirituals ("I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now," the album's stirring, heartbreakingly appropriate closer), Cash sounds like no one but himself--weary, wise, and touched, perhaps, by an unseen hand

Producer: Rick Rubin; John Carter Cash

Engineer: David Ferguson

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 2
Muze Music Compilations Zooropa
Muze Music Compilations Airdream Believer-Retrospectiv
Muze Music Compilations Nashville At Newport
Muze Music Compilations Vanguard Newport Folk Festival
Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Complete Hank Williams Jr.
Muze Music Compilations Country Pride
Muze Music Compilations Ballad Of Ramblin' Jack
Muze Music Compilations Houston Kid
Muze Music Compilations Timeless-Hank Williams Tribute
Muze Music Compilations Right Or Wrong/Seven Year Ache (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations #1 Country Legendary Hits Volume 2
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records 50th Anniversary
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 Patriot's Songbook
Muze Music Compilations Classic Country Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Livin' Lovin' Losin'-Songs Of The Louvin Brothers
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 Country's 20 Classic Gospel Songs Of
Muze Music Compilations Nashville Skyline
Muze Music Compilations Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock
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 Complete Million Dollar Sessions: 50th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations No Depression What It V2
Muze Music Compilations Rockin Bones: 1950S Punk & Rockabilly
Muze Music Compilations Hag:best Of Merle Haggard
Muze Music Compilations Nashville Rebel
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Christmas Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Gold
Muze Music Compilations Compadres:anthology Of Duets
Muze Music Compilations 16 Biggest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Wounded Heart Of America
Muze Music Compilations Americana Christmas:millennium Collec
Muze Music Compilations Hear Something Country Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Country
Muze Music Compilations Outlaw Country
Muze Music Compilations Country's 20 Classic Songs of the Century
Muze Music Compilations Live At The Louisiana Hayride(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations 16 Biggest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country Christ
Muze Music Compilations Only Classic Country Collection You'l
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0
Muze Music Compilations Help (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Country's Got Heart
Muze Music Compilations Achtung Baby (6CD/4DVD Super Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Country's Greatest Gospel:gold Ed
Muze Music Compilations Sun 60Th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations Golden Age Of Country:crazy Arms
Muze Music Compilations 16 Biggest Hits Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Country
Muze Music Compilations Towne Countrye Collection
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Ever Party Album
Muze Music Compilations Country Faith Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Portrait Of Dylan:influences 1969-70
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:joy Of Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Country Top Hits Of The 70's
Muze Music Compilations Carter Girl
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:country Hits Of '60s &
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of George Jones Du
Muze Music Compilations Country Top Hits Of The 50's
Muze Music Compilations Country Top Hits Of The 60's
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Ray Charles

Associated Artists and Works

Boxcar Willie
Carter, June
Cash, June Carter
Class Of '55
Dogg, Snoop
Esteban (New Age)
Jonboy Langford & The Pine Vall
Live At the Louisiana Hayride ~ Jones, George
Langford, Jon
Langford, Jon (Mekons)
Langford, Jonboy
Lewis, Jerry Lee
Original Soundtrack
Perkins, Carl
Perkins, Carl (Rockabilly)
Presley, Elvis
Complete Million Dollar Sessions -50th Anniv. Spec ~ Presley, Elvis
The Complete Million Dollar Quartet ~ Presley, Elvis
Snoop Dogg
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 : 07/04/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0002769
Music Label Name Label : Lost Highway
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 : 00602498626962

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.96)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rubin had an immaculate sense of how to frame Cash's voice -- these stark, mostly acoustic arrangements don't try to conceal the singer's ruined instrument but find authority in its quavers and crags."

Rolling Stone (p.103)
- Ranked #14 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[T]here is a deep strength and dignity in his performances..."

Spin (p.83)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The arrangements -- acoustic guitars, piano, harpsichord, a modest church organ, a small string section -- frame him impeccably."

Entertainment Weekly (p.158)
- "The man's spirituality...is everywhere....Completely representative of the faithful old man he had become, having long ago shed his outlaw image..." -- Grade: A-

Q (p.109)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Full of humanity, declarations of eternal love and the prospect of heaven, it makes a dignified final addition to the American Recordings series."

Q (p.124)
- Ranked #22 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "A fine swansong."

No Depression (p.104)
- "The results are gorgeous, haunting. The moaning, tolling cellos that assist Cash down to his knees on the prayer 'Help Me', for example, transform this album opener into one of Cash's most moving performances ever."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.89)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he dignity and sharp poetic instincts on AMERICAN V are classic Cash."

The Observer 10 of 10
Almost three years after his death, and with a surfeit of posthumously released compilations on the market, comes American V, the last batch of songs Johnny Cash recorded with his unlikely collaborator and soul mate, producer Rick Rubin. In many ways, it is simply more of the same: a selection of hand-picked songs that perfectly fit the enduring myth of the Man in Black, and a handful of the kind of sentimental ballads that Cash, the undimmed romantic, could never resist. - Sean O'Hagan

Now Magazine 10 of 10
It's apparent from the song selection of American V - mostly dark songs about death and higher powers - that Johnny Cash knew that his time was short and this would likely be his final recorded statement. As the consummate showman, he also would have known that a posthumous release would make his frequent references to coffin hauling, dead man's suits and graveyard boots particularly poignant. As with his last couple of releases in the American series, his voice no longer commands attention with booming authority, but there's something about that gasping frailty that makes this proud final bow even more endearing. - Tim Perlich

Bio

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash (February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003) was an influential American country music and rock music singer and songwriter and the husband of June Carter Cash.

Cash was known for his deep and distinctive voice, the boom-chick-a-boom or "freight train" sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, and his dark clothing and demeanor, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black." He started all his concerts with the simple introduction: "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."

Much of Cash's music, especially that of his later career, echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption. His signature songs include "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Man In Black", and a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, "Hurt". He also recorded several humorous songs, such as "One Piece at a Time", "The One on the Right Is on the Left", and "A Boy Named Sue"; bouncy numbers such as "Get Rhythm"; and various train-related songs, such as "The Rock Island Line".

He sold over 50 million albums in his nearly 50 year career and is generally recognized as one of the most important musicians in country music history.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Cash,Johnny
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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