Cash, Johnny: American IV : the Man Comes Around

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Johnny Cash: American IV : the Man Comes AroundCD, American 2002

Track list: The Man Comes Around - Hurt - Give My Love to Rose - Bridge Over Troubled Water - I Hung My Head - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Personal Jesus - In My Life - Sam Hall - Danny Boy - Desperado - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - The Streets of Laredo - Tear Stained Letter - We'll Meet Again

Being a fan of Nick Cave's work, who without a doubt owes something to the Man in Black, I'm actually surprised how long it took for me to realise the value of Johnny Cash. My first Cash album purchase was inspired by two of the cover songs on this album: I got "Personal Jesus" from Kazaa and saw the video of "Hurt" in TV. After "Personal Jesus" I was interested, after "Hurt" I was sold. I went and bought the album as soon as I could. What a tremendous interpretation! Other songs of the album are more or less successful - Cash's own "The Man Comes Around" being probably the next best thing after "Hurt". Johnny Cash may be old, but few singers compare to him. And I think it's his age that lends the credibility for songs like "Hurt" (in case you haven't noticed, I'm totally in love with that song). ****

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alex said:

Of all the Johnny Cash songs that i've heard I think that "Hurt" is the best by far.

Lynn said:

I think "Hurt" by Johnny Cash is a masterpiece. Why haven't I heard it on my "country" stations in and around San Antonio? Johnny Cash was correct in taking out his full page ad in Billboard Magazine a few years back (the one where he flipped off country radio). Oh well, I guess I'll just have to listen to the same old crap over on "country" radio.

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