American III: Solitary Man

American III: Solitary Man

by Johnny CashJohnny Cash


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In the time since the release of his last album, Unchained, Johnny Cash's ongoing battle with life-threatening Shy-Drager syndrome has led many to assume that the Man in Black's days as a recording artist were over. But Cash has never been one to go down without a fight, and this impressive collection offers ample evidence of Cash's personal and musical resilience. Both the covers and the new Cash originals on Solitary Man share a mix of world-weariness and fierce defiance that are underlined by Cash's heartbroke baritone and spare guitar accompaniment. Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down" is a fitting declaration of determination, while other songs make it clear that the fight hasn't been an easy one. U2's "One," Will Oldham's "I See a Darkness," Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat," and the bleak folk ballad "Mary of the Wild Moor" tell stories of wrenching loneliness and yearning, and Cash's iconic vocals drive their points home with haunting immediacy. Although the artist stands alone in many of the trials portrayed in these songs, he's got plenty of talented friends lending support on this album. Wife June Carter Cash is featured, as are Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, and Sheryl Crow, although Cash still casts such a large shadow that one will have to listen very closely to hear anyone else.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2002
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0731458679226
catalogNumber: 586792
Rank: 23294

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Norman Blake   Guitar
Marty Stuart   Guitar
Merle Haggard   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Petty   Organ,Vocals
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Sheryl Crow   Accordion,Vocals
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Harmonium
June Carter Cash   Vocals
Larry Perkins   Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Will Oldham   Vocals
Laura Cash   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
David Coleman   Art Direction
Richard Dodd   Engineer
David Ferguson   Engineer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
David Schiffman   Engineer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
D. Sardy   Engineer
John Carter Cash   Arranger,Adaptation
Traditional   Composer
Lou Robin   Management

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