April 2007 Archives

30 Best Loved Albums - Some Girls

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2007 will bring the 30th anniversary of my first rock concert (Kiss, December 2, 1977 – Metropolitan Sports Center). In honor of that momentous event I have decided to use this blog to review my 30 best loved albums. They will not be in any order or progression but I will try to review them musically and why they mean so much to me. I’ll also note if they made the Definitive 200 List. Here's number 8 on the list:

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8. Rollings Stones - Some Girls (1978)

As the last great Rolling Stones album, Some Girls came out at a time of enormous flux in popular music. In 1978, disco was still hugely popular and of course all the cool kids knew about punk. Most of the rock giants from the 60’s were either burnt out, gone, or easing into the nostalgia circuit. But not the Stones, they delivered one of their finest albums, one that covered disco, punk, and of course straight ahead rock and rock. There is/was only one band that could pull off such an effort and make it work, and for that reason alone Some Girls deserves a place on my list of Top 30 Albums.

One reason I really like Some Girls is that it not only reflects the times in which it was made but also reflects where the Rolling Stones were as a band and as individuals. By 1978 the Rolling Stones were a good decade into their “Greatest Rock and Roll Band? stage, with all the money, groupies, drugs, and adulation that goes with it. Jetting off to Rio, or St. Moritz, or New York, or Tokyo was a weekly occurrence and the Stones obliged by having houses, girlfriends, and parties at all the world’s hot spots, always ready to hit the scene with other beautiful people.

Thankfully the Rolling Stones music didn’t suffer with all this jet setting, in fact, at the time of Some Girls’ recording, Keith Richards was cleaner -- drug wise – than he had been for years. The recording sessions were in Paris and by all accounts were extremely productive. In fact the song Start Me Up was first recorded for Some Girls but Keith argued against its inclusion because he thought he stole the riff (turns out it was his own riff he stole). Just think how great this album would have been if it had also included Start Me Up?!! Wowza!

The album crosses many musical genres with the Stones putting their signature on Disco (Miss You), Country (Far Away Eyes), Motown (Imagination), and Punk (Shattered). The rest are straight ahead rock and rollers with the song Respectable an overlooked classic that should be dissected and taught in Rock School. The album ends with the song Shattered which perfectly described New York City circa 1978. The album got a lot of radio play and I purchased it shortly after it was released (with the Farrah Fawcett and Lucille Ball images on the cover, since changed due to lawsuits) and hungrily lapped it up in all its rock and roll glory. Besides the songs listed above, Keith Richards’ Before They Make Me Run and Beast of Burden were favorites. It was the perfect Rolling Stones album with a solid rhythm section, Keith’s fantastic riffs, and Mick’s vocals unmatched before or since.

The album ended up being one of the Rolling Stones biggest selling albums and for better or worse resurrected their career and ensured that they would be recording and releasing albums of new material well into the next millennium.

Rank in the Definitive 200: Not on the list!

What do you think of Some Girls?

Friday Random Top 10

Here it is! In the tradition of American Idle, every Friday I will turn the I-Pod to shuffle and see what it spits out. This Friday's Top Ten:

1. Beautiful Noise – Neil Diamond
2. The Gift – The Velvet Underground
3. Peaches – The Stranglers
4. Red Gas Circle – Guided By Voices
5. New Years Day – U2
6. Bricklayer – Husker Du
7. Honky Tonk Blues – Hank Williams
8. I Will (No Man’s Land) – Radiohead
9. 7 Chinese Bros. – R.E.M
10. Go – Pearl Jam

What's your top 10?

David Halberstam

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I heard with great sadness that David Halberstam was killed yesterday in a car accident. A lot of today's eulogies talk about the fact that Halberstam was a great journalist who knew that his job was to get the story, regardless if it ruffled the feathers of those in power. That mindset is in sharp contrast with today's journalists who seem to think that maintaining their insider contacts is what their job is all about. For decent write ups on David Halberstam click here or here or here.

I want to give a shout out to three Halberstam books that I thought were fascinating. Even thought I've probably read a good 1/2 dozen of his books, these really stood out.

The Best and Brightest. Halberstam's greatest book. The story of how the Kennedy Administration got us into the Vietnam war. It's a fascinating read on how this country's smartest men -- literally bred and educated to govern -- stumbled into Vietnam and couldn't get out. For some reason I don't think there will be a book called The Best and Brightest II about the Bush Administration and their debacle in Iraq.

The Powers That Be. A book about how the NY TImes, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post became the preeminent newspapers during the 20th Century. I think this book was written in the early 1980's so it would have been interesting to see Halberstam's take on today's newspaper business.

Summer of 1949. Yankees and Joe Dimaggio. Red Sox and Ted Williams. Both teams fight it out all season long for the American League Pennant. Also this was the year the Brooklyn Dodgers finally made it to the World Series. Fascinating book, you can literally smell the sweat coming of those old wool uniforms in the hot St. Louis sun.

30 Best Loved Albums - Abbey Road

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2007 will bring the 30th anniversary of my first rock concert (Kiss, December 2, 1977 – Metropolitan Sports Center). In honor of that momentous event I have decided to use this blog to review my 30 best loved albums. They will not be in any order or progression but I will try to review them musically and why they mean so much to me. I’ll also note if they made the Definitive 200 List. Here's number 7 on the list:

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7. The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

It’s tough picking a favorite Beatles album. Sgt. Pepper is an obvious choice. Even the Definitive 200 thinks so, as do others. However, as groundbreaking as it was in 1967, I feel that Sgt. Pepper hasn’t aged well and while I appreciate its place in music history, it is not one of my favorites. For me it comes down to Revolver and Abbey Road. Revolver may have better songs overall (and I might include it later on as a choice in my top 30), but I chose Abbey Road. It’s a choice that has both music and personal merit.

Most people know the back story behind Abbey Road. The Beatles had pretty much called it quits after the disastrous Let It Be sessions and George Martin stated that he wasn’t going to work with the Beatles again. The lads decided to give it one last try and coaxed George Martin back to the studio with the promise that the bickering would be kept to a minimum. What resulted was an album in which all four Beatles were intimately involved (not the case with The White Album or Let It Be), is comprised of a number songs that greatly contributed to the Beatles canon, and concludes with a 16-minute, 8-song musical opus that rivals anything found on Sgt. Pepper.

Personally, this album represents the time when I discovered the mind-expanding possibilities of music. Being 17 in 1980 was a time when marijuana was quite readily available and most young people smoked it, from burnouts to captains of the hockey team. Countless times I listened to this album through headphones, blissed out on the music, lyrics, and groove this album presented. Side 2 (this was in the time of albums) was especially a treat to listen to late in the evening before falling asleep. Furthermore, there is nothing better than staying up all night long and watching the sun come up while listening to Here Comes the Sun and Sun King. Other weed-enhanced highlights would include the fuzz-tone guitar at the end of I Want You, the abrupt ending of I Want You, the achingly slow beginning to Sun King, the almost imperceptible "shoot me" in Come Together and those weird horns in Because. What's also nice about this album is that there isn't a lot of the studio trickery weirdness involved like there had been in every Beatles album since Rubber Soul. Abbey Road has wild musical moments but its more due to the music and not George Martin's studio tricks.

As mentioned above, there are a couple of songs here that rank with some of the Beatles best, including two by George Harrison: Something and Here Comes the Sun. Come Together is the other. In addition to those three songs there are a number of highlights: Because is a beautiful song consisting of George, Paul and John’s three-part harmony. Oh Darlin' is a straight ahead rock screamer that harkens back to some of the Beatles’ early work and I Want You is a blues-based song with a Paul’s heady bass work. Given that the song consists basically of one line, the listener never gets bored with the song.

The 8-song (one song) ending is a perfect conclusion to the Beatles recording career as a band, especially the last song which includes a drum solo by Ringo and guitar solos by each of the three other Beatles playing off each other. The album concludes with the line: "And in the end… the love you take is equal to the love you make." A powerful message in a time of war from the world’s most popular rock band and a long way from "I want to hold your hand."

Rank in the Definitive 200: 12th on the list.

What's your favorite Beatles album?

Friday Random Top 10

Here it is! In the tradition of American Idle, every Friday I will turn the I-Pod to shuffle and see what it spits out. This Friday's Top Ten:

1. The Tooth Fairy and the Princess – Husker Du
2. Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
3. Hey Tonight – Creedance Clearwater Revival
4. Unscathed – Jack Logan
5. Daughter – Pearl Jam
6. Something (acoustic version) – The Beatles
7. The World According to Nouns – The Minutemen
8. Before My Time – Johnny Cash
9. Lookout Mountain – Drive By Truckers
10. Cold Feelings – Social Distortion

What's on your top 10?

Could We Have Stopped Cho?

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It’s quite obvious that Cho Seung-Hui was a very disturbed individual with plenty of warning signs that he was quite capable of inflicting violence. The question is how does a free society act in a proactive manner to prevent unfathomable violence from such an individual?

I don’t have the answer. I am sure there are thousands of individuals who are as troubled as Cho but will never act on their impulses (except perhaps on themselves). I am not sure our society is able to determine which will ones will act out violently and which ones won’t. Our default position is that individuals will abide by the social contract that you don’t commit murder.

Since we are incapable of imagining that someone could commit such horrifying acts of senseless violence, it is difficult to stop someone beforehand. Would society be better off if we always acted as though people were going to follow through on the “worse case scenario?? If we did we may feel safer in the short term but what else would we lose?

Food for thought as our prayers and thoughts go out to Blacksburg, Virginia.

30 Best Loved Albums - Blonde on Blonde

2007 will bring the 30th anniversary of my first rock concert (Kiss, December 2, 1977 – Metropolitan Sports Center). In honor of that momentous event I have decided to use this blog to review my 30 best loved albums. They will not be in any order or progression but I will try to review them musically and why they mean so much to me. I’ll also note if they made the Definitive 200 List.

Although I have stated that I’m not going to rank or place in order my favorite 30 albums, there is somewhat of a method to my madness. The first five albums were near and dear to me, some may not necessarily be an all-time favorite, but instead are albums about which that I had a lot to say. The next five albums go in a different direction. They include artists with long and critically acclaimed careers with many, many different albums from which to choose. Sometimes it was hard to choose which album to review and if you asked why did I choose Blonde on Blonde over Highway 61 Revisited, I might have a hard time explaining. Usually the album has some special meaning that pushes it over the top. With that preamble, on to Number 6 on the list!

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6. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (1966)

The year 1966 was special in music history. The Beatles released Revolver, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds came out, as did Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfield. Velvet Underground and Nico was recorded in November of 1966, although it wasn’t released until 1967. Psychedelia was beginning to be heard on the fringes of music and Rock and Roll had moved from it’s bubble gum and kiddie-flavored themes to more adult flavors.

Bob Dylan was at the forefront of this transformation. In 1965 Dylan released two classic rock albums: Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited which moved him away from the folk-rock protest singer of the early ‘60s to a full-fledged Rock and Roll star. Blonde on Blonde was the stunning culmination of this transformation. Besides being the first double album by a major recording artist it is a testament to Dylan’s song writing prowess, a summit he’s rarely climbed since.

Even though the Beatles, Beach Boys and Velvet Underground were exploring new musical fields in 1966, Bob Dylan was sticking to straight ahead, blues-flavored rock and roll in Blonde on Blonde. The album kicks off with Rainy Day Woman #12 and #35 (a song I loathe) which is based on Ray Charles’ Lets Get Stoned. The next song, Pledging My Time, is also Blues soaked. A listener might think after hearing these two songs, that Dylan was transforming himself into a deep South bluesman. The tone changes quickly however in song three.

Visions of Johanna is a typical long-form Dylan song clocking in at over 7 minutes with dense lyrics and no chorus. The album kicks it up about 4 notches with the following songs: One of Us Must Know, I Want You, Stuck Inside of Mobile, Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, Absolutely Sweet Marie, and Obviously 5 Believers. Each song a classic, not a throw away note or lyric in the bunch. Just Like A Woman is a song that could find a place on Bringing it Back Home or even Another Side of Bob Dylan. Although there is a question about who the song is about, it seems clear to me that it’s about Joan Baez (who returned the favor a few years later with Diamonds and Rust). The song 4th Time Around is meant as a spoof on Lennon’s Norwegian Wood and Dylan throws it in there to prove that he can do songs like that too.

Overall there is over 70 minutes of music with only one clunker (Rainy Day Woman). The album rocks, it has great lyrics, and a real cool vibe. Al Kooper’s organ is present throughout, and combined with Robbie Robertson’s guitar work, really anchors the album musically. Blonde on Blonde is Dylan at the height of his artistry and is the one album I will go back to time and time again. There might be better Dylan songs on different albums, but as a coherent, musically satisfying whole, recorded in a time of huge flux in popular music, it is the “Dylan? of all Dylan albums and deserves an exalted place in my favorite 30 albums.

Place on the Definitive 200: Criminally not included.

First Five Albums:
1. Pretenders - Pretenders
2. Replacements - Let It Be
3. Nirvana - Nevermind
4. Johnny Cash - American Recordings
5. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand

Friday Random Top 10

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Here it is! In the tradition of American Idle, every Friday I will turn the I-Pod to shuffle and see what it spits out. This Friday's Top Ten:

1. Can't Repeat - The Offspring
2. Treatment Bound - The Replacements
3. Weed King (Live) - Guided By Voices
4. The Book I Read (Live) - Talking Heads
5. From My Own True Love - The Decemberists
6. Born in the USA (Live) - Bruce Springsteen
7. Camera - R.E.M.
8. The Only One - Roy Orbison
9. The Finest Joke is Upon Us - Guided By Voices
10. She Said, She Said - The Beatles

Not a bad selection this week. What's on your Top 10?

It's Here

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It's here!! The day we've been waiting for a long, long time. The Twins finally were able to unveil the designs of their new ballpark. Here are some first impressions:

Great: Finally outdoor baseball iwth no roof. 3rd base line will have nice view of the skyline. Car, LRT, Commuter rail, bike, pedestrian all terminate at the site. Real grass! Concourses that are open to the playing field on all three levels. 6th Street terminates right at the right field outfield, nice place for a public plaza (pictured above).

Good: Modern ballpark, not a quirky "retro" bandbox. Twins' Hall of Famers numbers will signify the gates. Left field bleachers look like they will be awesome seats. Heated field. The field dimensions are a little smaller than the Metrodome but still within the range of fairness.

Bad. 7th and 5th Streets look like they will be pretty bleak for pedestrians. Minnesota limestone has been overdone lately. Too much glass for my taste. Not a whole lot of foul territory in outfield. Most home runs will land in the bullpen, not in the hands of the fans.

Special shout out goes to Rick over at Twins Ballpark 2010 for suggesting that the old flag pole from the Met (currently residing at a Richfield VFW) be included as part of the design. Looks like the Twins are going to take him up on his suggestion. Way to go Rick!!

Wanna see my reaction to the designs on channel 4? Click here. The video is on the right hand side of the page. I'm toward the end of the piece, again, talking about that 6th Street plaza.

I for one will be counting the days when I can spend a glorious summer day outdoors watching a game. Go Twins!!

30 Best Loved Albums - Bee Thousand

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2007 will bring the 30th anniversary of my first rock concert (Kiss, December 2, 1977 – Metropolitan Sports Center). In honor of that momentous event I have decided to use this blog to review my 30 best loved albums. They will not be in any order or progression but I will try to review them musically and why they mean so much to me. I’ll also note if they made the Definitive 200 List. Here's number 5 on the list:

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5. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand (1994)

Even though this album came out in 1994, I didn’t hear it until 2006 and for that I have to blame/thank Mary Lucia (DJ 89.3-The Current) for turning me on to Guided by Voices. Sometime last summer Mary Lucia played the song Motor Away and made some quip that GbV was her one of her favorites. Now of course I’ve probably heard Motor Away and I Am A Scientist over 100 times but I thought to myself now there’s a band that I really don’t know very well. So I downloaded a couple of songs, liked them, started reading up on the band, and pretty much decided that Bee Thousand was the album to take the plunge. Six months later I am a total GbV geek with hundreds of songs on my I-pod and GbV-related CD's, DVD’s and books scattered around my house like a tossed-aside Robert Pollard lyric.

Call it lo-fi, indy rock, DIY, or just plain weird, Bee Thousand (rhymes with Pete Townsend?) is all that but so much more. Guitars drop in and out in the middle of solos, songs break off after one chorus, and the album sounds like it was recorded in someone’s basement on a four-track machine – which it was. Arcane lyrics, fuzzy guitars, and off-key harmonies predominate. Even though there are 20 songs…with the longest song only 3:09, and many more under 2:30... it clocks in at a lean and sublime 37 minutes.

But oh what a glorious 37 minutes! If you can imagine infectious little songs with a Midwest twist on British Invasion-era pop you kind of get the idea of what you’re in for with Bee Thousand. If there was any justice in the pop music world, songs like Hardcore UFO’s, Tractor Rape Chain, Echos Myron, Queen of Cans and Jars, and I Am a Scientist would be as familiar as any song by the 60's-era Kinks, Raspberries, Bad Finger, or Hermann’s Hermits. Alas, Bee Thousand will have to conquer the world one unsuspecting listener at a time. The good thing is that it is doing just that. A virtual cult has grown up around this album with books, blogs, listening parties, and groupies all dedicated to any and everything Bee Thousand.

Now I’m part of the cult and proselytizing on its behalf. If you want your music so slickly-produced it can sell accounting services on TV with lyrics that are poll-tested and easily deciphered, well then Bee Thousand is probably not for you. However if you want to hear something that was written and sung for the love of music, that is both quirky and familiar, momentous yet fun, I implore you to check out Bee Thousand. Careful though, you might end up like me. I'll give the last word to Robert Pollard (from Echos Myron):

Most of us are quite pleased
With the same old song
And all of a sudden I’m relatively sane
With everything to lose and nothing to gain
Or something like that

Place on the Definitive 200: Right, like the compilers have even heard of the album.

Friday Random Top 10

Here it is! In the tradition of American Idle, every Friday I will turn the I-Pod to shuffle and see what it spits out. This Friday's Top Ten:

1. Star Eyes- Charlie Parker
2. Somethin 'bout You Baby I Love - Tom Jones
3. Kiss Me On The Bus - The Replacements
4. Christ For President - Billy Bragg and Wilco
5. 5 Years - David Bowie
6. The Butterfly Collector - The Jam
7. Original Prankster - The Offspring
8. I Put A Spell On You - Creedance Clearwater Revival
9. That's Not The Issue - Wilco
10. Victor Jara - Arlo Guthrie

What's your top 10?

Books I've Read

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Shane over at Greet Machine Tagged me on the following book related questions. Here is my responses.

Book That Changed My Life: This is tough but I think it would have to be Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch. Before I read this book I really had no idea of the Civil Rights Movement, the conditions blacks lived in under segregation, and how hard people fought to enact and/or resist the Voting Rights Act. This book also kindled my love of non-fiction. Before I read this book, I mostly read fiction, now I mostly read non-fiction.

One Book I Have Read More Than Once: I am a notorious book re-reader. In fact almost every book in this post I’ve read more than once. I love going back to books and seeing them in a different light, enjoying them over again, or in the case of Griel Marcus books, try to figure out what’s being said. I’ve read the Lord of the Rings 7 times, East of Eden 5 times, and many, many books at 2-3 times.

Book to Bring on a Deserted Island: I would have to say Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. The book (and appendices) is way over 1000 pages. Plus I get something new out of this book every time I read it.

Book that Made You Laugh: Never Mind the Pollacks by Neil Pollack. God this book is funny, as it makes fun of rock critics and rock and roll stars. The protagonist is Zelig-like in influencing all the key scenes in rock history, from living next door to a young Elvis in Memphis to making Bob Dylan go electric at Freeport to introducing Courtney Love to Kurt Cobain.

Books that Made You Cry: East of Eden by John Steinbeck . At the end of the story when Adam has his stroke and releases Cal from responsibility of Aron’s death gets me everytime. Also if you don’t at least tear up when Frodo and Sam struggle on the side of Mount Doom both before and after destruction of the ring than you are just cold.

Book You Wish You had Written: Chimes of Freedom: The Politics of Bob Dylan’s Art by Mark Marqusee. This book is both a musical and political analysis of Bob Dylan’s early work. It’s hard enough to analyze one aspect but to do both in a smart and readable manner… man I wish I would have done that.

Book You Wish Had Never Been Written: Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas Ricks. Outlines the criminally shoddy political and military planning of the current Iraq War. If the Bush Administration and the Pentagon had been minimally competent we wouldn’t still be in this lousy war and Ricks wouldn’t have had to write this book.

Book Currently reading: Actually two books. Alfred Hitchcock a Life in Darkness and Light which is a pretty good biography of Alfred Hitchcock and The Gettysburg Gospel by Gabor Barrit which is a detailed analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettsyburg Address. It’s pretty amazing the myths different interpretations of this 272 word speech.

Book Meaning to Read: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. About 20 years ago I got this book from a used book store for about $10. It’s a great edition with pull out maps, and cast of characters etc. I just never have been able to read more than a few pages before I have to put it down.

What’s on your list?

That Wonderful Time of Year

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Baseball season has arrived and brings with it all our hopes and dreams for rebirth and renewal. Not only is our favorite team tied for first, but memories of warm sunny days, grilling hamburgers, and the sweet, sticky smell of suntan lotion and bug spray once again enter our senses. With the umpire’s first “Play Ball!? we put away our mittens and scarves, the sleds are replaced by bikes, and sickly pale skin peeks out from beyond shirt sleeves and cutoffs.

I think the Twins are going to do pretty well this year. Their bats are going to be nearly unstoppable and if Gardy and Terry Ryan are willing to ditch the Carlos Silva experiment by mid-May, the pitching rotation should be a solid surprise. For that reason, Twins repeat as Central Division Champs. The order:

Twins (95-67)
Tigers (91-71)
Sox (89-73)
Indians (88-74)
Royals (75-87)

What's your prediction, how's your favorite team going to do?

30 Best Loved Albums - American Recordings

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2007 will bring the 30th anniversary of my first rock concert (Kiss, December 2, 1977 – Metropolitan Sports Center). In honor of that momentous event I have decided to use this blog to review my 30 best loved albums. They will not be in any order or progression but I will try to review them musically and why they mean so much to me. I’ll also note if they made the Definitive 200 List. Here's number 4 on the list:

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4. Johnny Cash - American Recordings (1994)

This one was easy. As someone who has written a 2800 word essay Click Here for Essay on the meaning of the American Recording albums, I had to put American Recordings on my list. Since my dad listened to Johnny Cash, his music has always been a part of my musical life. We had the Live at San Quentinalbum and I would listen to that album over and over. As a smart ass teenager, my friends and I would goof on the fact that Johnny played San Quentin two times in a row and how much it would suck if a band like Kiss would play a song like Beth two times in a row at a concert.

By the time American Recordings came out, Johnny’s career was pretty much tapped out. Of course he could’ve always just played the casino circuit, singing his hits and Cashing in on the nostalgia; but a bearded rap producer would have none of that and convinced Johnny to just play songs in his living room, accompanied by nothing but his own acoustic guitar. The result was not only stunning but resurrected Johnny’s career and brought a whole new legion of fans to his music.

On the surface, American Recordings was surprising more for its sparseness and “folky? tenor than for its subject matter. Johnny Cash stripped down to the bare necessities: that clear, deep voice and an acoustic guitar. Peeking underneath that surface, however, brought about another image – that of a man acknowledging his own mortality; worried about sins both past and present with the understanding that those sins have called into question his standing in the afterlife. Songs like Delia’s Gone, The Beast in Me, 13, and Down There by the Train tell the tale of a man who has grievously sinned. Cash is not proud of these sins – he doesn’t boast or shrug them off. Instead there is the sad recognition that sin is the price man pays for its humanity.

American Recordings kicked of a certain format that we would see throughout the American Recordings sessions. A few originals, a couple of old standards, and a couple of covers that Johnny makes his own. The latter in American Recordings is a cover of the Danzig song 13. In the end the album is about sin and redemption. Johnny is telling us that we are all sinners but that there is a way out, we can seek redemption. Cash ends the album with The Man Who Wouldn’t Cry, a song that addresses the need for humility as it describes a hard-scrabbled man who lives a life of unsentimentalized failures and only finally through his tears is able to enter into heaven and gain all he lost on earth. Johnny would mine these fields even deeper in his next American Recordings Albums.

One can listen to American Recordings and dwell on the themes of sin and redemption or one can just listen to Johnny sing a bunch of old time songs in a way that only Johnny Cash could do. It’s why these albums are so popular and why, when Johnny Cash dies nearly 10 years later, hipsters and old folks alike lament his passing and his preacher-like image graces the cover of Time Magazine.

Place on the Definitive 200: Not on the List (!?!?)

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