American IV: The Man Comes Around [Bonus DVD]

American IV: The Man Comes Around [Bonus DVD]

by Johnny CashJohnny Cash

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Inspired by a dream of Queen Elizabeth II and verses from the Book of Revelations, Johnny Cash's "When the Man Comes Around" embodies everything that's great about the Man in Black, from the authority he brings to his recitations to the vibrancy of the writing to the anxiety-ridden Judgment Day atmosphere evoked by an insistently strummed acoustic guitar and a gospel piano. It's the second great new song Cash has introduced this year, following "Tears on the Holston River," from Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III, and it's hands-down the highlight of American IV, the latest in Cash's collaborations with producer Rick Rubin. But there are a lot of close seconds here, including Cash canon favorites such as "Give My Love to Rose" -- reprised as a dirge, the mise en scène set by a flat-picked acoustic guitar and a wall of moody chords, courtesy of Benmont Tench on harmonium -- and "Sam Hall," which he originally recorded for 1965's grand Sings the Ballads of the True West, in which the title character gleefully recounts the events leading up to his hanging for murder ("I'll see you all in hell/damn your eyes!"). Not surprisingly, murder, redemption, and the Old West figure prominently throughout, in Cash's own songs and in some interesting covers, such as Sting's "I Hung My Head," a murderer's repentance on the day of his hanging, and the Eagles' well-thumbed "Desperado," with Don Henley adding a guest vocal. With keyboardist Tench augmenting the acoustic lineup, there's hardly a moment that isn't captivating in mood alone, whether it's the slow-building crescendo mounting behind Cash's bleak reading of Trent "Nine Inch Nails" Reznor's "Hurt" or the plaintive organ lines providing the sole support to a forthright take on "Danny Boy." Fiona Apple adds an expressive vocal to Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water," Nick Cave wobbles through Hank Williams's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and a mess of folks billed as "The Whole Cash Gang" sign off the album with a touching, folk-flavored rendition of the poignant pop classic "We'll Meet Again." All that's left to say is, I hope so.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2003
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0044007708309
catalogNumber: 077083
Rank: 20767


  1. The Man Comes Around
  2. Hurt
  3. Give My Love to Rose
  4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  5. I Hung My Head
  6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  7. Personal Jesus
  8. In My Life
  9. Sam Hall
  10. Danny Boy
  11. Desperado
  12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  13. Tear Stained Letter
  14. The Streets of Laredo
  15. We'll Meet Again

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Acoustic Guitar
Nick Cave   Vocals
Don Henley   Vocals
Mike Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Mellotron,Vibes,Pipe organ,Wurlitzer
Thom Bresh   Acoustic Guitar
Jack Clement   Dobro
David Ferguson   Ukulele
John Frusciante   Acoustic Guitar
Terry Harrington   Clarinet
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Smokey Hormel   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Kerry Marx   Acoustic Guitar
Joey Waronker   Drums
Fiona Apple   Vocals
Roger Manning   Piano,Harmonium,Mellotron,chamberlain,Orchestra Bells,Tack Piano
John Carter Cash   Vocals
Laura Cash   Fiddle,Vocals
Jeff Hannah   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Liner Notes
Richard Thompson   Composer
David Ferguson   Engineer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Thom Russo   Engineer
Christine Cano   Art Direction
Andrew Scheps   Engineer
John Carter Cash   Engineer
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Ross Parker   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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