Johnny Cash - American V: A Hundred Highways

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American V: A Hundred Highways is the ninety-third studio album by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, originally released in July 2006 by American Records.

American V: A Hundred Highways is the album of Johnny Cash's final recordings, the basic tracks for which (i.e., Cash's vocals) were recorded in 2002-2003, with overdubs added by producer Rick Rubin after his death on September 12, 2003, at age 71. Between 1994 and 2002, Cash and Rubin had succeeded in fashioning a third act for the veteran country singer's career, following his acclaimed 1950s work for Sun Records and his popular recordings for Columbia in the 1960s and '70s.

In the '80s, Cash’s star had faded, but Rubin reinvented him as a hip country-folk-rock elder at 62 with American Recordings (1994), his first new studio album to reach the pop charts in 18 years. Unchained (1996) and American III: Solitary Man (2000) continued the comeback, at least as far as the critics were concerned, though none of the albums was actually a big seller.

But American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002), propelled by Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" and a powerful video, stayed in the pop charts longer than any Cash album since 1969's Johnny Cash at San Quentin.

By 2002, however, Cash was in failing health, homebound and in a wheelchair, and he suffered a personal blow when his wife, June Carter Cash, died in 2003. The American series, which posited Cash as an aged sage and the repository for a bottomless American songbook, had already shown a predilection for gloom in the name of gravity. It was no surprise then that the fifth and final volume would be even more concerned with, as three earlier Cash compilations had put it, God, Love, and Murder.

The ailing septuagenarian certainly sounds like he's near the end of his life, but that said, he doesn't sound bad. Cash was never a great singer in a technical sense, but he was a great singer in the sense of projecting a persona through his voice; his emotional range, which went from swagger to an almost embarrassingly intimate vulnerability, was as wide as the spread of notes he could hit confidently was narrow. Such a singer doesn't really lose that much with age; in fact, he gains even more interpretive depth.

Listening to this album, one can't get around the knowledge that it is a posthumous collection made in Cash's last days, but even without that context, it would have much the same impact. 

Cash may never have heard Rubin’s overdubs, but they are restrained and tasteful, never doing anything more than to support the singer and the song. If the entire series of American recordings makes for a fitting finale to a great career, American V: A Hundred Highways is a more than respectable coda.

Check out the tracks: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”; “Help Me” and “Love’s Been Good To Me”.

This LP Record is a "Back to Black" series reissue on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with a printed inner sleeve and digital download code, pressed in Europe.

(600753441688)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Help Me

2:51

A2

God’s Gonna Cut You Down

2:38

A3

Like The 309

4:35

A4

If You Could Read My Mind

4:30

A5

Further On Up The Road

3:25

A6

On The Evening Train

4:17

B1

I Came To Believe

3:44

B2

Love’s Been Good To Me

3:18

B3

A Legend In My Time

2:37

B4

Rose Of My Heart

3:18

B5

Four Strong Winds

4:34

B6

I’m Free From The Chain Gang Now

3:00

SKU 600753441688
Record Label American Recordings
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0600753441688
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 20 March 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 04 July 2006
Barcode # 600753441688
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code, Reissue, "Back to Black" Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Country
Genre Folk
Genre Gospel
Genre Folk Rock
Format VINYL LP

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