13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Not only did American Recordings spark Johnny Cash’s comeback, but it’s also one of the most raw, intense albums he ever made. In a stripped-down, acoustic setting, Cash’s rumbling, gravitas-laden baritone comes across like the voice of God, as he redefines tunes by everyone from Nick Lowe (“The Beast in Me”) to Leonard Cohen (“Bird on a Wire”). Whether he’s digging into arch satire (“The Man Who Couldn’t Cry”) or earnest spirituality (“Why Me Lord”), Cash makes every song sound like the 11th Commandment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Not only did American Recordings spark Johnny Cash’s comeback, but it’s also one of the most raw, intense albums he ever made. In a stripped-down, acoustic setting, Cash’s rumbling, gravitas-laden baritone comes across like the voice of God, as he redefines tunes by everyone from Nick Lowe (“The Beast in Me”) to Leonard Cohen (“Bird on a Wire”). Whether he’s digging into arch satire (“The Man Who Couldn’t Cry”) or earnest spirituality (“Why Me Lord”), Cash makes every song sound like the 11th Commandment.

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