Sunday, March 18, 2012

Beware the Man in Black

Johnny Cash
American Recordings
1994, American
produced by Rick Rubin
  • Delia's Gone
  • The Man who Couldn't Cry
This is more about proving that even though a man is old, he can still make music. There is also something in this about the ability to cross over between audiences... and how record companies are pretty ignorant when it comes to marketability, or talent, or anything really.  

This album brought Johnny Cash, a country/Nashville legend, the Man in Black, the dark side of country music past to the Gen Xer. Thrown out by Columbia Records, and condemned by the CMA after nearly 30 years, Cash was united with Rick Rubin from American Records. Rubin helped country music's old outlaw reemerge and make hit records again. This is the first. American Recordings won the Grammy for best contemporary folk album in 1994. This has become a must-have for any fan of Johnny Cash.  

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