Thursday, May 27

Mr Cash says fuck

American IV: The Man Comes Around is the fourth album in the American Recordings series by Johnny Cash, released in 2002. The majority of songs are covers which Cash performs in his own sparse style, with help from producer Rick Rubin.

For instance, for the song "Personal Jesus", Rubin asked Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore's song, which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style.

He receives backing vocal assistance from various artists, including Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, and the Eagle's Don Henley.

American IV was the final Cash album released during his lifetime. It was also Cash's first non-compilation album to go gold (selling over 500,000 copies) in thirty years. This was largely driven by the sucess of the cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt.

The Man Comes Around Track Listing:

"Hurt" (Trent Reznor)

Originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails for The Downward Spiral (1994)

Originally recorded by Cash for Sun, appears on Sings Hank Williams (1960), also appears on At Folsom Prison (1968) 

Originally recorded by Simon and Garfunkel for the Bridge over Troubled Water album

"I Hung My Head" (Sting)

Originally recorded by Sting for Mercury Falling (1996)

Was a number one hit for Roberta Flack.

Originally recorded by Depeche Mode for Violator (1990)

"In My Life" (Lennon/McCartney)

Originally recorded by The Beatles for Rubber Soul (1965)

"Sam Hall" (Ritter)

Originally recorded by Cash for the double album, Sings the Ballads of the True West (1965)

"Danny Boy" (Weatherly)

First published in 1910, previously recorded by Cash for Orange Blossom Special (1965)

"Desperado" (Frey/Henley)

Originally recorded by The Eagles for Desperado (1973)

Originally recorded by Hank Williams; previously recorded by Cash for Now, There Was a Song! (1960)

Originally recorded by Cash for A Thing Called Love (1972)

"Streets of Laredo" – 3:33 (Traditional)

Previously recorded by Cash for Sings the Ballads of the True West (1965)

"We'll Meet Again" (Charles/Parker)

Most famously a hit for Vera Lynn (1939)

Check out the lyrics to Aint No Grave or A Hundred Highways.

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