, also known as Unchained , is the second album in American II: Unchained Johnny Cash's American Recordings series (and his 82nd overall). Like all Cash's albums for American, Unchained was produced by Rick Rubin. In contrast to the first album – on which Cash played alone – he is backed by American Recordings Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. There are guest appearances by Flea, bassist from Red Hot Chili Peppers, on "Spiritual"; and by Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood, both of Fleetwood Mac, on "Sea of Heartbreak". 
Unchained focuses on covers. In addition to three of Cash's own compositions, Unchained contained songs by Jude Johnstone ("Unchained"), Tom Petty ("Southern Accents"), Josh Haden ("Spiritual), Soundgarden ("Rusty Cage"), and Beck ("Rowboat"). The album also included a cover of the classic 1962 Hank Snow song, "I've Been Everywhere", written by Geoff Mack, and remakes of two songs Cash recorded early in his career for Sun Records: "Country Boy" and "Mean Eyed Cat".
In comparison with the
country folk sound of Cash's other American Recordings' albums, this release has more of a hard country rock sound. The album was recorded over a six-month period with engineer Sylvia Massy at Sound City Studios, Ocean Way Studios, Rick Rubin's home studio and The Cowboy Arms And Recording Spa in Nashville, Tennessee and mastered at Oasis Mastering, Studio City, California.
Unchained received a Grammy for Best Country Album and Cash was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his version of "Rusty Cage".
Track listing [ edit ]
Personnel [ edit ]
Johnny Cash – vocals, acoustic guitar
Tom Petty – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, chamberlin
Mike Campbell – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, dobro
Benmont Tench – piano, hammond organ, vox continental organ, harmonium, chamberlin
Rick DePiro – hammond organ, synthesizer
Howie Epstein – acoustic guitar, bass
Steve Ferrone – drums and percussion (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 14)
Curt Bisquera – drums and percussion (7, 8)
Marty Stuart – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass (1, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
Flea – bass (7)
Lindsey Buckingham – acoustic guitar (2)
Mick Fleetwood – percussion (2) Juliet Prater – percussion (3)
Additional personnel [ edit ]
Rick Rubin – producer David Ferguson – engineer
Sylvia Massy – engineer, mixing
John Ewing Jr., Greg Fidelman, Eddie Miller, Michael Stock – assistant engineers
Gene Grimaldi, Eddy Schreyer – mastering (
Oasis Mastering) Martyn Atkins – art direction, photography
Christine Cano – art direction, design, photography, inlay photography
Andy Earl – photography
Chart performance [ edit ]
Billboard 200 170
Billboard Top Country Albums 26
Grammy Awards of 1998"
Unused tracks [ edit ]
According to biographer Robert Hilburn, Cash recorded a cover version of
Robert Palmer's " Addicted to Love" during the recording sessions for Unchained, but it was not released. 
See also [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Thomson, G. (2011). The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings. Jawbone Press, pp.195-198.
^ Robert Hilburn, Johnny Cash: A Life. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013, p.564