American IV: The Man Comes Around

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American IV: The Man Comes Around
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 5, 2002
Recorded2002 At Americans Recording Studios
Genre
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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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 . [1]

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.

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.

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." [2]

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." [3]

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

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) [4] Platinum100,000^
Europe (IFPI) [5] Platinum1,000,000*
Germany (BVMI) [6] Platinum300,000^
Sweden (GLF) [7] Gold30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [8] Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA) [9] Platinum1,500,000 [10]

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

References

  1. 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.
  2. "Geoff Rickly interviews Trent Reznor". Alternative Press. 2004-06-26. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  3. Thomson, G. (2011). The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings. Jawbone Press, p. 220.
  4. "Canadian album certifications – Johnny Cash – Man comes around". Music Canada . Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  5. "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2010". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry . Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Johnny Cash; 'Man comes around')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie . Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  7. "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden . Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  8. "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.
  9. "American album certifications – Johnny Cash – Man comes around". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved March 28, 2018.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  10. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/58579/cashs-final-song-to-appear-on-american-v