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The first four songs on Unchained come from the songbooks of Beck, Don Gibson, Soundgarden, and Jimmie Rodgers. What might look like absurdly unsupportable eclecticism in other artists, of course, is pretty much standard stuff for Cash. Unchained is hardly standard, though; it's more like the best album he's made since his 1984 departure from Columbia Records. Not only is this a stack of songs perfectly and idiosyncratically suited to the man, they're given door-rattling backing treatment by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who prove as fitting for Cash's music as his own Tennessee Two was back in the day. --Rickey Wright
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"Unchained" picks up where "American Recordings" left off, only this time Cash is given a veritable "Who's who" of backing musicians (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood, former Duran Duran sideman Steve Ferrone, Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea, as well as the Nashville axe slinger Marty Stuart who got his start as a touring guitarist with Cash ages prior) well-equipped to support a sublime choice of material (a Dean Martin standard given a lovely solo treatment that would be at home on "American Recordings", a grunge anthem from Soundgarden that Chris Cornell couldn't have either recognized or exceeded, Petty's own "Southern Accents", which sounds as though it was written for Cash all along, as well as the talking blues highwayman classic "I've Been Everywhere" and a redux of old Sun Records-era Cash originals "Mean-Eyed Cat" and "Country Boy").
This album just cranks from start to finish...Alternative/Indie god Beck's "Rowboat" sounds like it's been a country standard for decades, and those songs that actually HAVE ("The One Rose" and "Sea Of Heartbreak") sound as though they could have been written exclusively for this album.Read more ›
This was the second album Johnny and Rick recorded together and it contains many of the elements you expect from them. Tom Petty and his band provided the musical backing - and they certainly did a good job.
There are some stunning covers including Sea of heartbreak (Don Gibson), Rusty cage (Soundgarden), Memories are made of this (Dean Martin), Southern accents (Tom Petty) and I've been everywhere (Hank Snow). Actually, most of the songs are covers and they are all excellent.
There is a new version of Mean eyed cat, a song Johnny wrote and recorded in the fifties. In the liner notes, Johnny says that the original version was unfinished, but was released anyway, so he finally completed the song more than forty years later. Johnny also wrote Country boy and Meet me in heaven.
Johnny has a long and varied recording career behind him, but this is one album that appeals to both country fans and rock fans. It has that indefinable something that cuts across musical preconceptions. Regardless of your own musical preferences, forget your preconceptions about country music and enjoy this excellent album.
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So much better than the CD, this record is far less aggressively compressed. The guitar and piano especially has a more natural timbre. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Geee!
This was the first of the Johnny Cash/Rick Rubin collaborations I discovered (although it's actually the second of the four released), and it's probably the best top-to-bottom... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by K. Bruffett
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. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Wyote
My son gave me Johnny's 'Unchained' and David Allan Coe's Cash tribute CD 'Johnny Cash Is A Friend Of Mine' for Christmas and I haven't stopped listening to them almost constantly. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by Joe South
This is Johnny Cash's second album for American Recordings, featuring backing by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Johnny Heering
This might be my favorite Johnny Cash album ever - and that's saying alot. I grew up listening to the man in Black, not caring for most of the popular country, so this perspective... Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Mad Dog