America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
An ambitious reissue campaign in honor of Johnny Cash's 70th birthday February 26, 2001, if you want to send a much-deserved card kicks off with 1972's concept album, America, subtitled "A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song." In dialogue filling in the historical gaps between songs, Cash does an impressive job of condensing 200-plus years history into an engaging anecdotal account of progress and perseverance, tragedy and triumph, vision and daring that is the experiment in democracy called America. While the tone is upbeat, Cash doesn't let anyone off lightly when it comes to the treatment of Native Americans, either in his dialogue or in his song about the Battle of the...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
An ambitious reissue campaign in honor of Johnny Cash's 70th birthday February 26, 2001, if you want to send a much-deserved card kicks off with 1972's concept album, America, subtitled "A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song." In dialogue filling in the historical gaps between songs, Cash does an impressive job of condensing 200-plus years history into an engaging anecdotal account of progress and perseverance, tragedy and triumph, vision and daring that is the experiment in democracy called America. While the tone is upbeat, Cash doesn't let anyone off lightly when it comes to the treatment of Native Americans, either in his dialogue or in his song about the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the massacre at Wounded Knee, "Big Foot." Elsewhere, June Carter's "The Road to Kaintuck" is an evocative take on the dangers facing the pioneers as they moved westward; an acoustic version of Jimmy Driftwood's "The Battle of New Orleans" offers history in colorful, condensed form, with Cash adding his own taunting flourishes when describing the oncoming Redcoats; Ramblin' Jack Elliott's "Mister Garfield" recounts the story behind the assassination of the 20th president; Jane Bowers's "Remember the Alamo" which first appeared on Cash's 1964 Ring of Fire album is a classic story-song about the gallantry of Col. William B. Travis and his recruits -- David Crockett and Jim Bowie among them -- in their ill-fated defense of the Spanish mission, a defeat that came to symbolize Americans' willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. Cash sums up everything in grand fashion with his own album-closing tribute, "These Are My People," a salute to ordinary men and women, bound by blood and land, whose courage built a nation and whose descendants, "heirs of a creed to live by," ensure its survival. Some smart teacher is going to use this album to help illustrate a course in American history. It doesn't hurt the rest of us to remember, either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972443928
  • Catalog Number: 724439
  • Sales rank: 42,054

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening Dialogue (0:23)
  2. 2 Paul Revere (2:17)
  3. 3 Begin West Movement (0:26)
  4. 4 The Road to Kaintuck (1:21)
  5. 5 To the Shining Mountains (0:48)
  6. 6 The Battle of New Orleans (2:21)
  7. 7 Southwestward (0:37)
  8. 8 Remember the Alamo (2:26)
  9. 9 Opening the West (0:56)
  10. 10 Lorena (1:50)
  11. 11 The Gettysburg Address (2:38)
  12. 12 The West (0:57)
  13. 13 Big Foot (3:02)
  14. 14 Like a Young Colt (0:38)
  15. 15 Mr. Garfield (3:53)
  16. 16 A Proud Land (0:24)
  17. 17 The Big Battle (3:05)
  18. 18 On Wheels and Wings (0:30)
  19. 19 Come Take a Trip in My Airship (1:05)
  20. 20 Reaching for the Stars (0:42)
  21. 21 These Are My People (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Norman Blake Banjo, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Carl Perkins Electric Guitar
Mark Morris Percussion
Chuck Cochran Piano
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Marshall Grant Bass, Bass Guitar
Red Lane Rhythm Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Bob Wootton Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
W.S. Holland Drums
Charlie McCoy Bass, Harmonica
Al Casey Guitar
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Arranger, Composer
Charlie Bragg Engineer
Larry Butler Producer, Audio Production
Al Quaglieri Producer
Glenn Tubb Composer
Abraham Lincoln Composer
Freeman Ramsey Engineer
Charlie Williams Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All American

    Has mostly little known, but great songs. One outstanding song is "Lorena". As usual Johnny's voice adds a lot.

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