12 January 2010

Johnny Cash's Final Album

Word has been leaking slowly over the past month or so that the final collaboration between the late Johnny Cash and producer Rick Rubin will be released soon. The February edition of Vanity Fair reveals that the release date of American VI: Ain't No Grave is in fact 23 February on American Recordings/Lost Highway, three days before what would have been The Man In Black's 78th birthday. Amazon also confirms and has an image of the cover art as well.

While we haven't been able to confirm the track listing as of yet, Rubin's interview with Lisa Robinson reveals there will be a Cash original ("First Corinthians"), the title track (a traditional gospel tune) and a version of Sheryl Crow's "Redemption Day." The latter, says Rubin, "is a song [Cash] brought in and loved. He said he'd give up all the other songs just to be able to do that one; it was his favorite, content-wise." Asked about the overall feel of the album, the producer/friend states: "American V was more touching; it felt like sadness and death. VI has more power; it's more like being reborn - like the phoenix rising from the ashes."

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