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John R. “Johnny” Cash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. His genre-spanning songs and sound embraced country music, rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.
American Recordings is the 81st album by the country singer Johnny Cash. It was released on April 26, 1994.
The album marked the beginning of a career resurgence for Cash, who was widely recognized as an icon of American music but whose record sales had suffered during the late 1970s and 1980s (discover here more records and facts about Cash).
Unchained, also known as American II: Unchained, is the second album in Johnny Cash’s American Recordings series (and his 82nd overall). It was released on November 5, 1996. In contrast to the first album – on which Cash played alone – he is backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. There are guest appearances by country music veteran Marty Stuart (additional guitar on more than half the songs); Flea, bassist from Red Hot Chili Peppers, on “Spiritual”; and by Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood, both of Fleetwood Mac, on “Sea of Heartbreak”.
American III: Solitary Man is a studio album by Johnny Cash. It was released on October 17, 2000. etween American II: Unchained and American III: Solitary Man, Cash’s health declined due to various ailments, and he was even hospitalized for pneumonia, and the illness forced him to curtail his touring. This album contained Cash’s response to his illness, typified by a version of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”, as well as a version of U2’s “One”. Changes to Cash’s voice due to his health problems are noticeable on most tracks when compared to his most recent preceding albums. Graeme Thomson has characterized “Solitary Man” as an act of emotional preservation.
American IV: The Man Comes Around is a studio album by Johnny Cash. It was released on November 5, 2002. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. 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 Don Henley.
The video for “Hurt,” a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and originally released in 1994, was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won the award for Best Cinematography.
American VI: Ain’t No Grave is an album by Johnny Cash released posthumously on February 23, 2010. Its release was three days prior to the 78th anniversary of Cash’s birth. The album’s music was recorded during the same sessions as American V: A Hundred Highways (2006) which took place during the final months of Cash’s life. The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 54,000 copies in its first week.
Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson – VH1 Storytellers is the 83rd overall album and is a live album by Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, released in 1998.
The album was produced by Rick Rubin and was the third record released as part of Cash’s ten-year period of collaboration with Rubin. It is not, however, counted as part of the American Recordings series, which is reserved for Cash’s studio work with Rubin.
Cash and Nelson take turns on songs associated with each respective artist, usually with the other performing harmony or occasionally verses. The opening track is a duet with Cash and Nelson, and some tracks feature guitar solos by Nelson. Between tracks, Cash and Nelson joke with each other and discuss the songs and their origins.
Icon 2 CD – 2014 Icon series 22 track compilation of Cash’s 1987-1991 Mercury label years for the completist collector. Working with producer Cowboy Jack Clement Johnny re-recorded many of his earlier hits which appear here; for a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit in 1987. After being dropped from Columbia cash struggled to find a new direction at Mercury. He recorded five albums for the label. Well documented in the Robert Hilburn biography; this was a tough period in his career before his later renaissance with the Rick Rubin American recordings.