Thursday, January 08, 2004

On Monday, I received as a belated but awesome Christmas gift from my dearest friend, the new Johnny Cash Box Set. If you admired the music Johnny recorded for his four American Recordings' albums then 'Unearthed' is highly recommended. It's is beautifully packaged and includes 5 CDs, 4 of which contain unreleased work from sessions recorded over the last decade. Although I have yet to fully digest this monumental work, highlights from disc 3 alone, include duets with Nick Cave and Joe Strummer on 'Cindy' and 'Redemption Songs' respectively and a great version of a (to me unfamiliar) song called 'Singer of Songs' as well as a splintering take of old standard 'Salty Dog'. This set is a brilliant epitaph for one of the true giants of rock n'roll.

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