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American 3: Solitary Man [Original recording reissued]

Johnny CashAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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listen  3. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. I See A Darkness 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Mercy Seat 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone) 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Beginning his career as an outlaw to the Nashville establishment, Johnny Cash has come to define country music over the last 40 years. At first, his unique mix of hillbilly music with gospel and blues made him a perfect fit at Sam Phillips' Sun records, where he recorded such classics as "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk The Line." From there, Johnny signed with Columbia records and embarked on… Read more in Amazon's Johnny Cash Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000062X9B
  • Also Available in: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


For younger generations of musicians, having their song cut by Johnny Cash must be a little like scaling the Washington Monument. On his third album for producer Rick Rubin's American label, Cash makes Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" sound like a companion classic to "I Walk the Line." He transforms U2's "One" into a sturdy testament of plainspoken faith, while he plumbs the netherworld of Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat" and Will Oldham's "I See a Darkness." Amid more familiar fare (including Neil Diamond's title track), the album's sing-along standout is the deadpan, down-and-out, talking blues of "Nobody." Cash's recent originals have the age-old purity of Appalachian music, while the traditional closing of "Wayfaring Stranger" offers bittersweet benediction. Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, and June Carter Cash provide vocal cameos. --Don McLeese

Product Description

Import pressing of his Grammy Award winning 2001 album, out-of-print in the US. Recorded at The Cash Cabin Studio, Hendersonville, Tennessee and The Akademie Mathematique Of Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles, California.Includes liner notes by Johnny Cash."Solitary Man" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. AMERICAN III was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Warner.

Customer Reviews

Johnny Cash's third album for American Recordings was another great one. Johnny Heering  |  31 reviewers made a similar statement
All in all a very good album, many of these songs get stuck in my head. R. Matarese  |  11 reviewers made a similar statement
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would You Lay With Me In A Field Of Stone? October 18, 2000
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There's something irresistable about an old, wise rebel singing songs of despair and melancholy. Johnny Cash has carved out this niche for over 45 years. He's walked the line and gone down in a burning ring of fire. He's surpassed illness and critics. "American III: Solitary Man" follows "American Recordings" (1994) and "Unchained" (1996) as Cash's third cd produced by Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys et al.) Cash shines on remakes like Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man", U2's "One", Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat". When Cash is dark, he's very dark like the lyrics in "I See A Darkness". He can turn on a dime and produce sad, painful comedy like "Nobody" and "Country Trash". He never loses the heart and soul of country/folk playing and singing. At 68, Cash is the oldest, coolest artist in my collection, and I look forward to each of his recordings because it seems like he always has some new way of seeing life and relationships. Some artists have nothing to say or make a few cds and then have nothing to say, but Johnny Cash continues to show the wisdom of age and experience and its value in our lives. I don't like country music much, but I sure do dig Johnny Cash. "American III: Solitary Man" stands on its own.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stellar Effort From An American Treasure October 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Faced with his own mortality, Johnny Cash is still rediscovering his artistry. "American III: Solitary Man" is his third solid release in the last six years. Working in collaboration with Rick Rubin, Cash has produced another thoughful and moving album. Johnny contributes for songs, while covering the likes of Tom Petty, David Alan Coe, U2, Nick Cave, Bert Williams, Will Oldham (!) and Neil Diamond (don't laugh, its a great song).

Cash and Rubin once again take chances, and the result is wonderful. If Cash's vocals are a little rougher than last time out (1996's "Unchained") it just adds to the emotional wallop of the music. This man has made such great music for so many years. I've been listening to Johnny Cash for almost all my life and, even during the long period in which he was phoning it in in the recording studio, Cash was more interesting than almost any other musician. The fact that Johnny Cash is still making great music is a marvel, and I hope everyone that reads this gets to hear this terrific album.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A late life Cash convert November 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I never liked Johnny Cash, and I've been a music fan for most of my 55+ years. Then, a year ago, I was in a used record shop in Norwich, England, when I heard something that stopped me in my tracks. "Who the hell is that?" I asked the kid behind the counter. "It's Johnny Cash," he said. And so it was, Johnny Cash singing "Spiritual", from one of the American records. I was stunned and overwhelmed by the lean beauty of that song, and the courage of the man singing it. Since that trip, I've bought all the American albums. This one, though, is simply my favorite. Cash's cover of Neil Diamond's Solitary Man is brilliant. And "The Mercy Seat" is just overwhelming in its emotional intensity and its deep ring of the truth. Was I ever wrong for all those years about The Man in Black. This music, spare, lean, intense, haunted, and brave, is unlike any American music I have ever heard. It comes closest to the raw intensity of the best of the blues. But it's all Johnny Cash, the one and only. Hear it, weep, and rejoice. This is a consummate artist at the peak of his career, even at its end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
This is by far a very good CD, I like Johnny Cash anyway and wanted something a bit different and this was it. Also as allways Amazon's pricing and delivery were the best...
Published 12 days ago by Mr Koolere
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Dude, Johnny Cash is one of the greatest, and this album is no exception. It just gets better every time I listen to it. Highly recommend.
Published 10 months ago by BD
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars flock to success
Johnny Cash / Solitary Man / American III (American Recordings): This third album for American Recordings is a mixture of band driven songs and `unplugged' performances. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
1 I Won't Back Down
2 Solitary Man
3 That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
4 One
5 Nobody
6 I See a Darkness
7 The Mercy... Read more
Published 11 months ago by BIG HORSE
4.0 out of 5 stars Three great covers
Solitary Man and Won't Back Down are chilling, great. "One" is very good. I didn't like the other songs on this album much.
Published on November 13, 2010 by Bill Staley
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
A great selection of songs with a great performance. Get the vinyl version if you can. Very highly recommended.
Published on October 16, 2010 by mattchat
5.0 out of 5 stars Cash strikes again!
Another collaboration with Rick Rubin produces another album that is classic Cash reinvented. After the Nashville record execs thumbed their noses at him by dumping him from... Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by Michele G. Zediker
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash at his best
I have always loved folk, old style country and the darker, more acoustic broody side of rock. My husband is a dyed in the wool lover of classic old time Country music and... Read more
Published on April 1, 2010 by Bookish Mama
4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend
I can't add much to what the others have said. This is a great album of cover songs. My favorite tracks are "Solitary Man" and "One." Hell, who am I kidding? Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by Tbone
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series of Recordings
After hearing so many people gush about the Johnny Cash /Rick Rubin American series for several years, I finally got around to giving them a listen. Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by JD
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