The "Man in Black" is for the last time the honor: With American VI: Is not No Grave will be released on February 26, 2010, the last part of Johnny Cash American Recordings series.
American VI: Is not No Grave, The sixth and last part of Johnny Cashs acclaimed American Recordings series, will be released on February 26, 2010 on American Recordings / Lost Highway - on that day, then, at which died in 2003 "Man in Black" would have celebrated his 78th birthday. As the predecessor of the American Recordings recordings, was also American VI from Rick Rubin produced.
American VI is a deeply elegiac and spiritual album; each song is about the mysteries and challenges that carries life in itself: the desire for salvation, the importance of friendship, the dream of peace, the power of faith and of joy and sorrow, which already brings sheer will to survive with it. It is a painful personal and confidential statement, Johnny Cash makes these recordings when he looks back briefly before closing again and takes a look at a truly extraordinary life.
The on American VI gathered Cash-Interpretations come from very different eras of music history and embrace it a huge spectrum of sound: The icon presents among others "Redemption Day" by Sheryl Crow, "For The Good Times" by his good friend Kris Kirstofferson, Tom Paxton's "Can not Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound", Bob Nolan's "Cool Water", the confident "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" by Ed McCurdy, "Satisfied Mind" by J.H. "Red" Hayes and Jack Rhodes, the farewell song "Aloha Oe" the last Hawaiian Queen Lili'uokalani and hitherto unpublished own composition "I Corinthians: 15:55", during the last three years before his death emerged.
Has been recorded American VI by the sound engineer David "Fergie" Ferguson, with the Cash has worked over years; The recordings took place as its predecessor American V either in his own "log cabin studio", the Cash Cabin Studio in Henderson, Tennessee, or in the Academy Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research in Los Angeles. Besides guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, both of which are other than the first album to listen to all the publications of the American Recordings series, were the guitarists Matt Sweeney, Jonny Polonsky and Smokey Hormel again involved in the shooting, after they already American IV and V had participated. Moreover, Scott and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers Guests on the title song "Is not No Grave" to listen.
Between the completion of American IV: The Man Comes Around and Cashtook s death on 12 september 2003 ruby and it has a whole series of songs. Some of these recordings appeared in 2006 as American V: A Hundred Highways, and with American VI: Is not No Grave now ends the series in 1994 with the album American Recordings started.
In May 2003, ie during the shooting and less than four months before his own death, lost Cash his wife June Carter Cash, which died as a result of a heart valve operation. ruby recalls: "Johnny said that the recordings were the main reason why he was still alive Ever. I believe that he has continued to live solely for the music. "
Cash feared that American IV his last album could be so struck ruby him immediately begin writing and recording new material. However, since Cashs forces had been greatly eased, provided ruby that there is always a sound engineer and guitar players were on call. "Every morning he called right after getting the engineer and told him if he was fit enough for the shots felt," says ruby.
flew in these months ruby repeatedly to Nashville with Cash and his producer colleague John Carter Cash add more songs. After four very productive days of said "man in Black" once ruby"Oh, that's great; please stay a bit and let us go. "So postponed ruby his flight back to Los Angeles, however, had to learn by phone the next morning that the singer had been temporarily brought back to the hospital. "So we had to stop again and take breaks. Everything depended on his state of health, "reports ruby. "Would it but went to him we had been working nonstop. The doctors at the hospital have kept me so lectures: 'By itself, it is determined not insert breaks; must therefore they ensure that it does not expended and works too much. ' "
Although Cash knew that he did not have much time, "he had not a bit afraid," said ruby. "I can still remember a conversation we immediately after junes death resulted. She was maybe an hour dead. He had been with her in the hospital, and as desperate as in that moment I had never seen him. He said to me: 'You know, I've endured terrible pain in my life; but something like today I've never felt. 'That sounded so hard that I did not know how to answer it. He sounded so weak, so at the end, and so I really had never seen him. I have no idea how I came to the question, but I finally said, '? Do you think you can find your faith again somewhere' And when he heard this word, flew in his head, a switch to, and he answered loudly and clearly: "My faith is unshakable." After our conversation took a completely new turn. What I mean to say: So he had tremendous faith, had no fear and became deeply involved with this pain. I think that he had at that time already accepted his fate. When he realized that he would soon die itself would, he was very calm and took it soberly to -. And so that's had "
The central theme of American VI bring cash in the title piece "Is not No Grave" to the point: "Well there is not no grave / can hold my body down", as a line of text of the song. And it's true: American VI may decline the last Cash-his album with new material; the "Man in Black" may no longer be with us for some years, but has through his music Johnny Cash still a place in this world - and not just in his grave. His spirit lives on in these songs.
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