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Only recently did I order this and after listening to this both yesterday and today did I come to the realization that it was not "MY" Delia but Cash's. He was always ready to change with the times, (Remember when he had Dylan on his television program in the 1960's?) and in this recording he has proven that change is indeed good.
Tracks two (02) and three (03) are both, dare I say brilliant.
It is hard to believe that this was recorded in a living room with just Cash and his guitar.
The thirteenth (13) track, "The Man Who Wouldn't Cry", was recorded at a place called Vipers before a live audience and Comes highly reccomended. Reminisant of his earlier recordings
Like his "Everybody Loves a Nut" Album, you can tell that he had to have enjoyed not only performing this number but had to have had a hell of a fun time composing it as well.
Now quit reading everyone else's opinion about this. Buy the damn thing and listen to it yourself. I look forward to reading your comments concerning this masterpiece in the near future.
The collection includes old songs, new songs, songs written by Cash, and songs written by others. Cash's music has always been marked by great storytelling and honesty, but this recording takes the Man in Black's storytelling and honesty to a whole other level. When you listen to "The Beast in Me," you hear the raw honesty in Cash's voice and you know that he's lived every word of Nick Lowe's lyrics. "Drive On" addresses one of Cash's most passionate topics: the trails and tribulations of Vietnam veterans returning home and the people who don't understand them. "Thirteen" is a dark, brutally exposed portrayal of a life gone wrong, one that has never been on track and never will be. Who else but Cash can convincingly sing the lyric "I pray you don't look at me/I pray I don't look back"?
It took a lot of courage for Cash to do this album. Think about it: Columbia Records had dropped him years before. Now here he was, making a recording not with his band, but with only his voice and his guitar. With one man and one guitar, there's not much you can hide. If the music is true and honest, it'll come through. If it's not, that'll come through too. But the result is true, naked, honest, courageous music. It doesn't get any better than this. Johnny Cash lays it all on the line like no one else ever has...and probably never will.
DISC TIME: 41:52
While later albums such as Water From The Wells Of Home as well as his immortal Sun singles & late 60's/early 70's material kept Cash from being completely forgotten, his star had dimmed considerably. Looking back, it is suprising that his American Recordings album wasn't initially derided as desperate. For someone of Johnny Cash's stature to cover Thirteen & rewrite the Blind Willie McTell classic 'Delia' to include a verse about automatic weapons is a very risky venture. Obviously, it paid off far better than anyone had a right to imagine.
The opening track, Delia's Gone, is one of two magnificent recent takes on the chestnut. One year earlier, Bob Dylan (not coincidentally, one of the handful of living artists in Cash's league) made it the defining track on his excellent World Gone Wrong cover album. But where his would not have sounded out of place on a Harry Smith anthology, Johnny Cash's is resolutely of the moment. It's a hard-worn performance, like Dylan's, but it goes one better by also being sidesplittingly funny. Where Dylan uses it to bemoan an impossibly screwed up universe, The Man In Black can't help but laugh at it all. And why not?Read more ›
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My parents always listened to music by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, David Allan Coe, and Waylon Jennings and when I hear their music it always brings back memories. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by Carol Ann
As you can tell by checking the other CDs I reviewed, I love hard edged Country. Cash's edge makes these cuts go deep.Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Joe South
If you believe Simplicity is Genius than this CD is for YOU. A beautiful record. One word best describes this CD "Timeless". Do yourself a favor and buy this CD. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Caldutti
This 1994 album was Johnny Cash's "comeback" album. After spending the 80s producing some uneven albums, Cash signed with American Records and recorded a string of... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Johnny Heering
I first bought this album when I was 14 years old, shortly after it was released. I was at the age when I was starting to develop my own musical tastes, and this album fell right... Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003 by A. Broge
Facing a landing in the balcony staircase in the Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, there is (or was, i haven't been there in a while) an almost life-size, autographed poster of the... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2003 by Fairportfan
Incredible, incredible album. He puts more into one album than many artist have for a career. And to have have back to back to back (this, unchained, american III and IV) so late... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2003 by Joseph B. Hill