American IV: The Man Comes Around

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American IV: The Man Comes Around
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ReleasedNovember 5, 2002
Recorded2002 At Americans Recording Studios
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Length51:55
Language English
Label
Producer
Johnny Cash chronology
Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden
(2002)
American IV: The Man Comes Around
(2002)
Unearthed
(2003)
American series chronology
American III: Solitary Man
(2000)
American IV: The Man Comes Around
(2002)
Unearthed
(2003)
Singles from American IV: The Man Comes Around
  1. "Personal Jesus"
    Released: October 2002
  2. "Hurt"
    Released: February 2003
  3. "The Man Comes Around"
    Released: July 15, 2014
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Metacritic 70/100 [1]
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American IV: The Man Comes Around is a studio album by 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 . [2]

Johnny Cash American singer-songwriter and actor

Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

<i>1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die</i> 2005 Robert Dimery book

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a musical reference book first published in 2005 by Universe Publishing. Part of the 1001 Before You Die series, it compiles writings and information on albums chosen by a panel of music critics to be the most important, influential, and best in popular music between the 1950s and the 2010s. The book was edited by Robert Dimery, an English writer and editor who had previously worked for magazines such as Time Out and Vogue.

Contents

Background

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 then-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.

Rick Rubin American music producer

Frederick Jay Rubin is an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records. Along with Russell Simmons, he is the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and also established American Recordings. With the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Geto Boys, and Run-DMC, Rubin helped popularize hip hop music.

Red Hot Chili Peppers American rock band

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of many of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, longtime drummer Chad Smith, and former touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide, they have been nominated for sixteen Grammy Awards, of which they have won six, and are the most successful band in alternative rock radio history, currently holding the records for most number-one singles (13), most cumulative weeks at number one (85) and most top-ten songs (25) on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John Frusciante American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer

John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, composer, and producer. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, from 1988 until 1992 and from 1998 until 2009. He recorded five studio albums with them.

American IV was the final album Johnny Cash released during his lifetime; though the Unearthed box set was compiled prior to his death, with Cash choosing the tracks and writing liner notes. 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 R.I.A.A.

<i>Unearthed</i> (Johnny Cash album) compilation album

Unearthed is a box set by Johnny Cash, released two months after his 2003 death. It was produced by Rick Rubin and released by American Recordings.

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.

Hurt (Nine Inch Nails song) song by the Nine Inch Nails, written by Trent Reznor

"Hurt" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral (1994), written by band leader Trent Reznor. It was released on April 17, 1995 as a promotional single from the album. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996, but ultimately lost to Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know".

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, primary musician, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released nine Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band that was formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988. The band consists of producer and multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, as well as English musician Atticus Ross. Over the course of their three-decade existence, the band has signed with several major labels, the most current being Capitol Records, under the name The Null Corporation.

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." [3]

Graeme Thomson, in The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings, has discussed concern about Cash's health during the recording. He quotes Will Oldham who noted, "We should turn and switch off the tape when our listening energy would be better spent helping a living songwriter/performer." [4]

Previous recordings

Six songs featured on the album had previously been recorded by Cash.

Track listing

Original vinyl release

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Man Comes Around" Johnny Cash 4:26
2."Hurt" Trent Reznor 3:38
3."Give My Love to Rose"Johnny Cash3:28
4."Bridge Over Troubled Water" (with Fiona Apple) Paul Simon 3:55
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Hung My Head" Sting 3:53
2."First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Ewan MacColl 3:52
3."Personal Jesus" Martin Gore 3:20
4."In My Life" Lennon–McCartney 2:57
Side C
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sam Hall" Tex Ritter 2:40
2."Danny Boy" Frederick Weatherly 3:19
3."Desperado" (with Don Henley) Glenn Frey/Don Henley 3:13
4."I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (duet with Nick Cave) Hank Williams 3:03
5."Streets of Laredo"Traditional3:33
Side D
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wichita Lineman" Jimmy Webb 3:03
2."Big Iron" Marty Robbins 3:52
3."Tear Stained Letter"Johnny Cash3:41
4."We'll Meet Again" (with The Whole Cash Gang) Hughie Charles/Ross Parker 2:58
CD release, 2014 vinyl reissue
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Man Comes Around" Johnny Cash 4:26
2."Hurt" Trent Reznor 3:38
3."Give My Love to Rose"Johnny Cash3:28
4."Bridge Over Troubled Water" (with Fiona Apple) Paul Simon 3:55
5."I Hung My Head" Sting 3:53
6."The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Ewan MacColl 3:52
7."Personal Jesus" Martin Gore 3:20
8."In My Life" Lennon–McCartney 2:57
9."Sam Hall" Tex Ritter 2:40
10."Danny Boy" Frederick Weatherly 3:19
11."Desperado" (with Don Henley) Glenn Frey/Don Henley 3:13
12."I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (duet with Nick Cave) Hank Williams 3:03
13."Tear Stained Letter"Johnny Cash3:41
14."Streets of Laredo"Traditional3:33
15."We'll Meet Again" (with The Whole Cash Gang) Hughie Charles/Ross Parker 2:58

Personnel

Chart positions

Chart (2002)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums2
U.S. Billboard 20022

Certifications

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RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) [5] Platinum100,000^
Germany (BVMI) [6] Platinum300,000^
Sweden (GLF) [7] Gold30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [8] Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA) [9] Platinum1,600,000 [10]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI) [11] Platinum1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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