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American IV: The Man Comes Around

Johnny Cash

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Produced by Rick Rubin, Johnny Cash’s legendary American recordings are not only among his major musical statements, but also its moving final will. Released in November 2002, American IV – The Man Comes Around is the last volume of the collection that was released while Cash was still alive (He passed away 10 months after its release). Using the famous “cover” recipe, Johnny Cash managed in this record to turn other musicians’ compositions, sometimes recent work, into his own unique style. Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and Sting are all covered, and when listening to Cash’s rendition of their songs it is sometimes difficult to recall their original versions. As usual, Rubin’s work on the soundboard is devoted to Johnny Cash’s voice. Caught it its last whispers, the voice is haunting, yet never morose.


Indeed, the voice is key in “American IV”.  The material can bring chills (the video clip of Hurt is deeply moving and, after listening to the track, Trent Reznor proclaimed “It’s like I have lost my girlfriend. This song doesn’t belong to me anymore…”), Give My Love To Rose evokes a sadness that is a strike at the heart, and I Hung My Head expresses an innocence that is profoundly tender. Even when he deals with the classic repertoire of country music, many that he recorded in the past (Sam Hall, Give My Love To Rose, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Streets of Laredo, Danny Boy) the Man in Black brings to his interpretation the sorrow and sensitivity of his dying condition, always with grace and dignity.


A sad yet festive funeral, the record includes many featured guest artists: Fiona Apple and Nick Cave sing, John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marty Stuart strum their guitars, old partner Cowboy Jack Clement pulls out his dobro, Joey Waronker abandons Beck and Air to join in the rhythm section, and Benmont Tench brings in an array of keyboards including an organ, harmonium, Mellotron, vibraphone and even a Wurlitzer.


Music lovers from all over the world recognized what a masterpiece American IV – The Man Comes Around had been created, and its reception led it to be a gold record, which was Johnny Cash’s first in thirty years. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
The Man Comes Around (Album Version)
00:04:27

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Scruggs, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

2
Hurt (Album Version)
00:03:36

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Organ, Piano, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Trent Reznor, ComposerLyricist - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

3
Give My Love To Rose (Album Version)
00:03:27

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Keyboards, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

4
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Album Version)
00:03:54

Fiona Apple, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Paul Simon, ComposerLyricist - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Manning Jr., Keyboards, Piano, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

5
I Hung My Head (Album Version)
00:03:52

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Organ, Piano, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, ComposerLyricist - MARTY STUART, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

6
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Album Version)
00:03:52

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ewan MacColl, ComposerLyricist - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

7
Personal Jesus (Album Version)
00:03:19

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Rick Rubin, Producer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Frusciante, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Lee Gore, ComposerLyricist - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

8
In My Life (Album Version)
00:02:56

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Manning Jr., Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

9
Sam Hall (Album Version)
00:02:39

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Manning Jr., Piano, AssociatedPerformer - David Ferguson, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

10
Danny Boy (Album Version)
00:03:18

Johnny Cash, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

11
Desperado (Album Version)
00:03:12

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Keyboards, Organ, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Scruggs, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Frey, ComposerLyricist - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DON HENLEY, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kerry Marx, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Hannah, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

12
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Album Version)
00:03:02

Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Williams, ComposerLyricist - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Cave, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smokey Hormel, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

13
Tear Stained Letter (Album Version)
00:03:38

Johnny Cash, Acoustic Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Randy Scruggs, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joey Waronker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kerry Marx, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

14
Streets Of Laredo (Album Version)
00:03:33

Johnny Cash, Acoustic Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Benmont Tench, Keyboards, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Scruggs, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laura Cash, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

15
We'll Meet Again (Album Version)
00:02:58

Jack Clement, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Cash, MainArtist - Hughie Charles, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - John Carter Cash, Producer, Associate Producer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Scheps, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thom Russo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thom Bresh, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ross C. Parker, ComposerLyricist - David Ferguson, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Harrington, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Cash, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - The Whole Cash Gang, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC

Album Description

Produced by Rick Rubin, Johnny Cash’s legendary American recordings are not only among his major musical statements, but also its moving final will. Released in November 2002, American IV – The Man Comes Around is the last volume of the collection that was released while Cash was still alive (He passed away 10 months after its release). Using the famous “cover” recipe, Johnny Cash managed in this record to turn other musicians’ compositions, sometimes recent work, into his own unique style. Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and Sting are all covered, and when listening to Cash’s rendition of their songs it is sometimes difficult to recall their original versions. As usual, Rubin’s work on the soundboard is devoted to Johnny Cash’s voice. Caught it its last whispers, the voice is haunting, yet never morose.


Indeed, the voice is key in “American IV”.  The material can bring chills (the video clip of Hurt is deeply moving and, after listening to the track, Trent Reznor proclaimed “It’s like I have lost my girlfriend. This song doesn’t belong to me anymore…”), Give My Love To Rose evokes a sadness that is a strike at the heart, and I Hung My Head expresses an innocence that is profoundly tender. Even when he deals with the classic repertoire of country music, many that he recorded in the past (Sam Hall, Give My Love To Rose, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Streets of Laredo, Danny Boy) the Man in Black brings to his interpretation the sorrow and sensitivity of his dying condition, always with grace and dignity.


A sad yet festive funeral, the record includes many featured guest artists: Fiona Apple and Nick Cave sing, John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marty Stuart strum their guitars, old partner Cowboy Jack Clement pulls out his dobro, Joey Waronker abandons Beck and Air to join in the rhythm section, and Benmont Tench brings in an array of keyboards including an organ, harmonium, Mellotron, vibraphone and even a Wurlitzer.


Music lovers from all over the world recognized what a masterpiece American IV – The Man Comes Around had been created, and its reception led it to be a gold record, which was Johnny Cash’s first in thirty years. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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