American V:hundred Highways CD (2011)

Artist: Johnny Cash

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Product Overview


Label Columbia Records/sony
SKU 219604093
UPC 886978346728
UPC 14 00886978346728
Format CD
Release Date 2/22/2011
Author Johnny Cash
Associated Artist/Work Boxcar Willie
Associated Artist/Work Carter, June
Associated Artist/Work Cash, June Carter
Associated Artist/Work Class Of '55
Associated Artist/Work Dogg, Snoop
Associated Artist/Work Esteban (New Age)
Associated Artist/Work Jonboy Langford & The Pine Vall
Associated Artist/Work Jones, George
Associated Artist/Work Langford, Jon
Associated Artist/Work Langford, Jon (Mekons)
Associated Artist/Work Langford, Jonboy
Associated Artist/Work Lewis, Jerry Lee
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Perkins, Carl
Associated Artist/Work Perkins, Carl (Rockabilly)
Associated Artist/Work Presley, Elvis
Associated Artist/Work Snoop Dogg
Technical Info
Engineer David Ferguson
Producer Rick Rubin
CatalogID 8869783467
Lable Name Sony Legacy
Released 02/22/2011
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 44s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886978346728
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jonny Polonsky, Matt Sweeney, Mike Campbell , Pat McLaughlin, Randy Scruggs, Smokey Hormel (guitar); Benmont Tench (harp, piano, organ).
Audio Mixers: David Ferguson ; Greg Fidelman.
Liner Note Author: Rick Rubin.
Recording information: Akadamie Mathematique Of Philosophical Sound Research,; Cash cabin Studio, Hendersonville, TN.
Photographer: Martyn Atkins.
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.
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
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 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."
Disc 1
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 Legend In My Time, A
10 Rose of My Heart
11 Four String Winds
12 I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now
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