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American III: Solitary Man

Johnny Cash Audio CD
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1. Won't Back Down
2. Solitary Man
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4. One
5. Nobody
6. I See A Darkness
7. The Mercy Seat
8. Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
9. Field Of Diamonds
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11. Mary Of The Wild Moor
12. Before My Time
13. I'm Leavin' Now
14. Wayfaring Stranger

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For younger generations of musicians, having their song cut by Johnny Cash must be a little like scaling the Washington Monument. On his third album for producer Rick Rubin's American label, Cash makes Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" sound like a companion classic to "I Walk the Line." He transforms U2's "One" into a sturdy testament of plainspoken faith, while he plumbs the netherworld of Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat" and Will Oldham's "I See a Darkness." Amid more familiar fare (including Neil Diamond's title track), the album's sing-along standout is the deadpan, down-and-out, talking blues of "Nobody." Cash's recent originals have the age-old purity of Appalachian music, while the traditional closing of "Wayfaring Stranger" offers bittersweet benediction. Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, and June Carter Cash provide vocal cameos. --Don McLeese

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With all of the massive hype around at the moment regarding Johnny Cash, largely due to the movie 'Walk The Line', the time is right that these fantastic American Recordings titles are available again. Cash's American Recordings albums were critically acclaimed, and captivated a younger audience than his previous albums - they inspired a whole new legion of Johnny Cash devotees. All at Mid Price, these albums deserve to be in any serious record collection

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Best of American Series June 10 2008
Format:Audio CD
Of the 5 American Series Cash released during his last years, this album is my 2nd favorite, very close to being IMHO as good as my favorite, A Man Comes Around IV. The main difference is that IV includes a few out of this world tracks that give it the edge over this one.

That is not to say that no stand out tracks are included on this set. No less practically half of the album reaches the status of being exceptional. Tom Petty sings along with Cash on the opening two tracks, the first being a Petty cover, I Won't Back Down. Petty's version is good but somewhat dated (Jeff Lynn produced it), Cash's version is more straight forward and much better. A similar analogy can be made of the next track, Solitary Man, a very straight forward version with a silent despair.

U2's One is another track which Cash does much much better (I am a huge U2 fan and think that their version is great). The text shines in this version and actually adds a different dimension to the song itself. After a solid and powerful start the set slows down somewhat with I See Darkness and The Mercy Seat. The latter track is a Nick Cave cover in which Cash interprets the anguish someone feels being on death row and about to be electrocuted; very powerful song and the end where the admission of guilt is followed by bar room piano playing in a macabre fashion is not to be missed.

Mary of the Wild Moor and Wayfaring Stranger are the main tracks at the latter half of this album. Although most of those tracks are not as good as the first tracks of the album, none of them have any filler feel to them.

Although I prefer IV, this album is also a must purchase for any Cash fan and those who would like to add some Cash to their collection should not let this album pass them by. Of the American Series, this may even be the most even album and probably has the most direct straight forward production, brimful of guitars and solid tracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great music Feb. 20 2004
By Wyote
Format:Audio CD
110 people have reviewed this album before me, and they all agree that this is great. I don't care what kind of music you like. I don't care how old you are or where you're from or how smart you think you are. This is human music, raw and honest and true. If you have a soul, this album and Johnny Cash's voice will touch it. There is no better music.
I recommend American IV just as highly, and even more people like it. But check this one out as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HURT June 23 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you were born in the fifties in North America, buy this CD with Johnny Cash singing. It will be good for your soul. You may not know but he is deep down there. It will make your heart swell. He is old and sings off key in some songs, however I do not fault him.

A classic music lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was not a Johnny Cash fan, but this album is outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny just kept getting better Jan. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
When my family wasn't pickin and singing we were raised on songs by legends like Johnny Cash. Johnny got better as I grew older and music he made in the last decade of his life was some of his best. Johnny sings a song by fellow redneck legend David Allan Coe on this recording and crawls inside every song and sounds like he lived it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cash rules everything around me Jan. 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Johnny Cash's third album for American Recordings was another great one. This time it was an all acoustic affair. This was the first album he recorded after his serious health problems, and his voice was somewhat weaker than it had been. But the shakiness in his voice just adds to the poignancy of the performance. Johnny was always a great interpreter of songs, and as he got older, he got even better. I recommend this album to all of John's fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sweet music to my ears Jan. 16 2004
By Sally
Format:Audio CD
My favorite song of all time is Would You Lay With Me In A Field Of Stone and to hear Johnny Cash sing it is lovely. Tanya Tucker recorded it and so did David Allan Coe who wrote it, but Johnny sings it well too and it's so moving. This is a fine record and I also love it when Johnny sings about the Lord. They don't play Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, David Allan Coe, and Merle Haggard and the other country legends much, but I can play this over and over and my grandchildren love it. Rest In Peace Johnny Cash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cash is King Jan. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
I read on Bob Dylan's website that when he was asked to write a comment about Johnny Cash's passing, only one thought sprung to his mind - "Cash is King". Cash is King, indeed. "Solitary Man" is the work of a man who was literally at death's door yet as full of life and love as any man who's ever walked the earth. In the liner notes, Cash wryly remarks that he didn't sound as good to himself as he did to producer Rick Rubin. Is this just false modesty on Johnny's part? I think so, when you consider how masterful he sounds on songs that weren't penned by him but become wholly his own. The old vaudeville of "Nobody" sounds as fresh today as it ever did, while "One" seems as though it's been a country standard going on a hundred years. If "Solitary Man" had been Cash's last album, we could all rest easy that The Master had finished his career in unsurpassed greatness. Thankfully, it wasn't....
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