God

God

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by Johnny Cash
     
 

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"To me, God likes a southern accent and He tolerates country music and quite a bit of guitar. This record is a sampling from over the years, a carefully selected, but complicated mix of gospels, spirituals and songs of praise. At times, I'm a voice crying in the wilderness, but at times I'm right on the money and I know what I'm singing about. It's about sharing,

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"To me, God likes a southern accent and He tolerates country music and quite a bit of guitar. This record is a sampling from over the years, a carefully selected, but complicated mix of gospels, spirituals and songs of praise. At times, I'm a voice crying in the wilderness, but at times I'm right on the money and I know what I'm singing about. It's about sharing, praise, worship, wonder and wisdom. So, share in the joy here and maybe the rest will follow for all of us." --Johnny Cash, liner notes excerpt

What better way to describe the 16 songs on GOD, part of a triptych that includes LOVE and MURDER? Cash and his Sun compadre Elvis have a singular way with sacred songs. Something deep and fundamentally revealing surfaces in the commitment they bring to their gospel performances, and in each artist's case, this segment of their canon ages most gracefully. Other than casting the Almighty as "The Greatest Cowboy of All" and metaphorically as "The Great Speckled Bird," Cash sings of a Divine Being that is more benevolent than avenging, although Hell, literally, is to be paid for dissing Him. These are the songs of a believer: "My God Is Real," "Why Me Lord," the obscure "Man in White" (a single recorded for the Ezra label in 1986), "Kneeling Drunkard's Plea," and the monumental "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)," once the soul-stirring centerpiece of Cash's live show. You may not subscribe to his religion, but the moral certitude and unwavering faith Cash exudes in his approach to this material is accessible to skeptics and converts alike. Powerful, powerful stuff. David McGee

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
God is the weakest of the thematic CD trilogy that Cash released simultaneously in the spring of 2000 (the others being Love and Murder). It's not that Cash himself necessarily feels less strongly about spiritual matters than he does about romance or violent death. Musically, however, Cash did not, generally speaking, paint as striking an oeuvre in the religious field as he did with those other subjects (not to mention with subjects other than love, god, or murder). The 16 songs, recorded between 1957 and 1996, are on the whole more glossily produced than those selected for the Love and Murder sets, and not as arresting. There are, of course, some excellent performances here, particularly the lone Sun track ("Belshazzar") and the 1962 LP cut "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)," sung with the Carter Family. There's also the chance to hear Cash cover songs not associated with his repertoire, such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me." God is also available as part of the three-CD box set Love God Murder, comprised of thematic discs that are available together or separately.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972663425
catalogNumber:
726634
Rank:
7289

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist
Carter Family   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Roy Rogers   Composer
Roy Acuff   Composer
Johnny Cash   Arranger,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Anita Carter   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer,Compilation Co-Producer
Bono   Liner Notes
Roy Carter   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Jack Clement   Producer
Jack Hale   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Jack Routh   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Guy Smith   Composer
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Quaglieri   Producer,Compilation Co-Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Helen Carter   Composer
Tim Spencer   Composer
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Chris Athens   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
John Naatjes   Tape Research
J.R. Cash   Arranger,Adaptation

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