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American V: A Hundred Highways

By Johnny Cash (Artist)
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Record Label   Lost Highway Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 4.98" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.22 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jul 4, 2006
Publisher   CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN  0012362301  
EAN  0602498626962  
UPC  602498626962  

Availability  0 units.

Track Names
1.  Help Me
2.  God's Gonna Cut You Down
3.  Like The 309 (the last song Johnny wrote & re
4.  If You Could Read My Mind
5.  Further On Up the Road
6.  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

Item Description...
The ethical questions surrounding this final album in the American Recordings series are as unavoidable as they are, ultimately, peripheral. While the vocal tracks were recorded in the months just prior to Johnny Cash's passing in September 2003, the arrangements weren't undertaken until two years later. And though producer Rick Rubin had become a trusted friend, the Man in Black wasn't around to approve or disapprove, let alone guide, the final sessions. However, if the pure power of these recordings doesn't quiet the skeptics, nothing will. With Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and slide guitar session pro Smokey Hormel on board (all three of whom appear on earlier Cash albums), along with guitarists Matt Sweeney and Johnny Polansky, the sound is stately and acoustic, but rarely staid, even as the dynamics of earlier recordings in the series are absent. Instead, the songs have a measured, elegiac intensity, the sound of musicians choosing their notes carefully and making just the right choices.

The songs Cash sings are, unsurprisingly, confessional and reflective: his mortality and his mistakes, his maker and his salvation, and the loss of his wife June and the end of his career may have weighed on his mind, but in these songs he both embodies and transcends his personal history. On "God's Gonna Cut You Down," as the musicians clap and stomp behind him, his voice cuts through the air like that same avenging hand. On the new original "Like the 309"--the last song Cash ever wrote--he cops to being short of breath, and that voice becomes a metaphor for what each of us will one day face. On Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Read My Mind," Rubin flirts with overwhelming the damp bittersweetness of Cash's phrasing in tasteful atmospherics, but the voice is implacable, hitting and finding notes one never expected he'd have the will to find. Likewise, it's hard to believe this is his first recording of Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds"; the elemental narrative seems to have been written for him. Two songs, however, Cash has recorded before: the born-again hymn "I Came to Believe" and the final spiritual, "I'm Free from the Chain Gang Now." The latter especially is a definitive testament, as is his version of Bruce Springsteen's "Further On (Up the Road)." "One sunny morning we'll rise, I know / And I'll meet you further on up the road," he sings. If only, John, if only. --Roy Kasten

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Album Description
Out of print in the U.S. Originally released in 2006, American V: A Hundred Highways was the first of his successful American Recordings series to be released after his 2003 death. The album is a continuation of the highly popular and critically acclaimed series of American recordings produced by Rick Rubin. The series began with 1994's acclaimed American Recordings, followed by Unchained (1996), American III: Solitary Man (2000) and American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002). Recording for this album began in 2002 and continued through 2003 until shortly before his death. American V contains 12 tracks and includes one Johnny original, 'Like The 309' (the last song that Johnny wrote and recorded before he died).

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Johnny Cash had one of the most recognizable voices in American music. His talent and likeability created a fanbase with diverse musical tastes and allowed him to work with recording artists in a variety of musical genres. His career spanned over 50 years and included writing, acting, and music recording. Johnny Cash released over 70 albums in his lifetime, and won 17 Grammy Awards and 9 CMA awards.

Johnny Cash lived in Hendersonville, in the state of Tennessee. Johnny Cash was born in 1932 and died in 2003.

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stunning americana music.  Mar 28, 2007
of all the inept scribblings that i've done on this site, i find that it's hardest for me to write about the music that is most special to me. words won't do. they can't really capture the magic in the music. it's a different language. but let me start off with this: if you listen to this album, and don't like it; then i don't trust you. don't trust you in the way that i wouldn't trust somebody who dislikes dogs. this is stunning americana music. towards the end of his life johnny cash was our great interpreter of american song. that voice! all of life's experience seemed gathered there in his breathe. i will compare this album to another one, and it may sound whacky, but here it goes: this reminds me of coleman hawkins' last album "sirius." i know. i know. the comparison seems off the wall. johnny cash and a jazz saxophone player? but here's the thing: both these albums were their last recordings, and both men were suffering from failing health. these were once powerful performers now weakened by age. you could hear it in mr hawkins' playing, and ditto in mr cash's voice. but, oh the spirit, and oh the experience. the way with nuance. on both of these albums we get performances filled with a love for craft, a love for music. on "american v: a hundred highways," johnny cash gave me jewels to listen to for a lifetime, as he did throughout his association with rick rubin. and let's not neglect to praise mr rubin. has anybody ever made an acoustic guitar sound so pretty on a recording? the studio know-how, the genius of getting the very greatest out of a performer, and then making that performance into some wonderous piece of art, were all achieved gloriously by rick rubin here (as on all his cash recordings). i now fantasize about a studio match-up of mr rubin and billy joe shaver. but that's for another time. enough said. thanks johnny cash. thanks rick rubin.
Another stark and poignant recording  Mar 17, 2007
AMERICAN V is a continuation of the arresting and emotional collaboration between Johhny Cash and Rick Rubin. Cash's singing remains a contrast between the wonderful resonance of his voice against the fragility of a man who is nearing the end of his days. This delicate balance is played against a more melodic setting than the other recordings in this series, with a lot more accompaniment to support Cash's efforts. Each one of these recordings has a value and songs that will stand with the best of this man's incredible work. If I have any complaint, it is that the selections here don't stand up to the singer. "A Legend in My Time" is a bit trite and Cash's reading of Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" lacks the wistfulness that makes it work for Lightfoot. But the other songs like "Further on up the Road" via Springsteen and the trio that open the CD "Help Me," "God's Gonna Cut You Down," and Cash's own "Like the 309" are all more than make up for the weak points. It's a wonderful thing that at the end of such a great career Cash is so well served by these AMERICAN RECORDINGS and that his music can be appreciated by a whole new audience.
God's gonna cut you down  Mar 15, 2007
great song - the rest of the album is a bit slow and boring
Great CD  Mar 8, 2007
This CD is very dark. It has a very creepy feeling to it since it is unfinished and is very raw in how it was processed. ..that makes this JC cd a very unique one.

Just read what everyone else said about this album. Probably some of JC's most emotional work to date. It's very somber to listen to, but this is true music. From the heart and not massed produced/edited.
Wow....  Mar 7, 2007
I never was a Johnny Cash fan until I heard "God's gonna cut you down". I was really taken back by this song, as well as the rest of his American Recordings.

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