is a studio album by American IV: The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash. It was released on November 5, 2002, by American Recordings and Universal Records. It is the fourth in Cash's "American" series of albums, and the last album released during his lifetime. The album was included in the book . 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Background [ edit ]
The majority of songs are
covers which Cash performs in his own sparse style, with help from producer Rick Rubin. For instance, for the song "Personal Jesus", Rubin asked Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore's song, which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style. He receives backing vocal assistance from various artists, including Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, and Don Henley.
American IV was the final album Johnny Cash released during his lifetime; though the box set was compiled prior to his death, with Cash choosing the tracks and writing liner notes. Unearthed American IV: The Man Comes Around was Cash's first non-compilation album to go gold in thirty years. Additionally, the album won "Album of the Year" award at the 2003 CMA Awards. It was certified gold on March 24, 2003 and platinum on November 21, 2003 by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The video for "
Hurt", a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and originally released in 1994, was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won the award for Best Cinematography. In 2003, mere days before his 71st birthday, Cash won a Grammy for "Give My Love to Rose", a song Cash had originally recorded in the late 1950s. Cash was also nominated that year for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for his " Bridge over Troubled Water" cover with Fiona Apple. The music video for "Hurt" also won the award for Best Short Form Video in 2004.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor admitted that he was initially "flattered" but worried that "the idea of Cash covering 'Hurt' sounded a bit gimmicky," but when he heard the song and saw the video for the first time, Reznor said he was deeply moved and found Cash's cover beautiful and meaningful, going as far as to say "that song isn't mine anymore."
Graeme Thomson, in
The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings, has discussed concern about Cash's health during the recording. Cash was suffering from multiple health problems and had lost most of his vision, with recording sessions interrupted by hospital stays. Thompson quotes singer Will Oldham: "We should turn and switch off the tape when our listening energy would be better spent helping a living songwriter/performer."
Previous recordings [ edit ]
Six songs featured on the album had previously been recorded by Cash.
Track listing [ edit ]
Original double LP record release
The missing two tracks from the original 17-track LP record release are "
Wichita Lineman" and " Big Iron", and the track order is different.
Personnel [ edit ]
Johnny Cash – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, arranger, adaptation
Don Henley – drums, keyboards, vocals
Fiona Apple – vocals
Nick Cave – vocals (12)
Mike Campbell, John Frusciante, Randy Scruggs – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Thom Bresh, Jeff Hanna, Kerry Marx, Marty Stuart – acoustic guitar
Smokey Hormel – acoustic guitar, slide guitar, electric guitar
Jack Clement – Dobro
Joey Waronker – drums
David R. Ferguson – ukulele (9), engineer, mixing Laura Cash –
fiddle, production assistant Terry Harrington –
Benmont Tench – organ, piano, harmonium, keyboards, Mellotron, vibraphone, pipe organ, Wurlitzer electric piano
Roger Manning – piano, tack piano, harmonium, Mellotron, Chamberlin, orchestra bells
Billy Preston – piano, keyboards (7, 13)
Rick Rubin – producer
John Carter Cash – producer, engineer Thom Russo,
Andrew Scheps, Chuck Turner – engineers
Vladimir Meller – mastering Christine Cano – art direction, design
Martyn Atkins – photography
Lindsay Chase – production coordination
Dwight Hume, Jimmy Tittle – production assistants
Chart positions [ edit ]
Billboard Top Country Albums
UK Album Charts
Certifications [ edit ]
In popular culture [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
"American IV: The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash". Metacritic . Retrieved . February 21, 2019
Johnson, Zac. "American IV: The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash". AllMusic . Retrieved . April 21, 2020
Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN . 978-0-7893-2074-2
"Geoff Rickly interviews Trent Reznor". Alternative Press. 2004-06-26 . Retrieved . 2016-06-21
^ Thomson, G. (2011).
The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings. Jawbone Press, p. 220.
"Canadian album certifications – Johnny Cash – Man comes around". Music Canada . Retrieved . March 28, 2018
"Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Johnny Cash; 'Man comes around')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie . Retrieved . March 29, 2018
"Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden . Retrieved . March 28, 2018
"British album certifications – Johnny Cash – Man comes around". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved . March 28, 2013 Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Man comes around in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
Garrity, Brian (17 February 2007). "Top Rubin-Produced Albums 2000-2006". Billboard.com. p. 10.
"American album certifications – Johnny Cash – Man comes around". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved . 27 March 2019 If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH .
"IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2010". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry . Retrieved . 24 May 2018