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Solitary Man: American III - Johnny Cash

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      16.07.2001 23:31
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      Johnny Cash's last album Solitary Man was breath taking. His version of the song One had a lot of soul to it and showed real emotion. I actually like his version better than U2's. His voice also conveyed more emotion in Would you lay with me in a field of stone than Tanya Tucker could ever think of doing. His take on the Mercy Seat was the best song on this album. Johnny Cash seems to understand on person's remorse for a crime that had been commiteed and the denial that a person intialy goes through too. The piano playing made the song scary and realistic at the same time. The field of diamonds was one the sweetest love songs I have ever heard. The harmonies provied by his wife June Carter Cash and Sherly Crow were a great touch.

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      21.04.2001 23:00
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      To be honest I'm not familiar at all with Country style music, but I do know that Johnny Cash is a legend. He's a legend of music in general, as well as being a very credible C&W artist with more grit and edge than the mainstream stuff. I came across a few tracks of this album on a radio show recently but I came to hear the whole album a few times when my Dad got it. I was interested to hear it because of the well known cover versions and for me, these were the highlights. Three of the songs I know well - U2's "One", "The Mercy Seat" originally by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and the Tom Petty song, 'I Won't Back Down'. The album opens with 'I Won't Back Down'. Petty actually guests on this track doing backing vocals and organ. It's a more basic version of the song, just Cash and Petty doing vocals, an acoustic guitar and a touch of organ to put a finishing touch to it. Lovely! 'One' is yet again stripped down and more mellow than the original. Johnny Cash has a super voice to carry this song along. It's very rich and emotional and the gorgeous acoustic guitar really shows how simplicity is often the best with a stunning song. 'The Mercy Seat' is quite different to the Nick Cave original. It starts with a bassy guitar rhythmn and spoken word verses. The chorus is folky but dark. Anyone who knows the Nick Cave version will know that it's capable of bringing a shiver to your spine. It's a fearsome rant almost! Johnny Cash has made it more folky. It's excellent but doesn't quite pack a punch like Nick Cave does. The one advantage though, is that you can really hear the lyrics very clearly. There's a great dark story to the song too, about a man contemplating his situation as he waits to be executed. Cash still manages to keep that scary imagery of the lyrics with his low voice that's spooky at times. A great gothic church organ and piano
      ending on this! I've never heard it before, but the sleeve notes tell me that the title track is a Neil Diamond song. And a nice one it is too. More melody and acoustic guitar. Sheryl Crow makes an appearance on "Field of Diamonds" doing vocals and plays accordion on 'Wayfaring Stranger'. The album also has meandering country and western style songs like "Nobody" and "Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)". Overall this is a very impressive album. The country style isn't my cup of tea personally, but I really enjoyed the U2 and Nick Cave covers. (They're just 2 of my favourite artists.) Although I probably wouldn't listen to this album a lot initially I can see it growing on me, even though I'm not usually into this style.I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Johnny Cash's style, without a doubt. He is definetely an enormously talented artist with a fantastic voice that suits the music. Rick Rubin produced this album and in true "western" style it was recorded in The Cash Cabin Studio, Hendersonville, Tennessee! Yee hah!!! =) **Tracklisting** (I've included this to benefit anyone who may know more about Johnny Cash and his songs - maybe some classics of his own are on this album hehe.) I Won't Back Down Solitary Man That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) One Nobody I See A Darkness The Mercy Seat Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone) Field Of Diamonds Before My Time Country Trash Mary Of The Wild Moor I'm Leavin' Now Wayfaring Stranger

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 I Won't Back Down
      2 Solitary Man
      3 That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
      4 One
      5 Nobody
      6 I See A Darkness
      7 Mercy Seat
      8 Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
      9 Field Of Diamonds
      10 Before My Time
      11 Country Trash
      12 Mary Of The Wild Moor
      13 I'm Leavin' Now
      14 Wayfaring Strange