The Best of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings

Johnny Cash's American RecordingsI know it’s been awhile between posts, but I just had to share this single-CD mix I culled from Johnny Cash’s five American Recordings albums, featuring original compositions, traditional songs, and covers of songs originally written and recorded by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Tom Petty, Neil Diamond, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Depeche Mode, and more. This is pure gold, and it makes me sad to know there won’t be a sixth album in the series.

Here’s the track listing for my own personal “best of” album:

American Recordings

1. Delia’s Gone
2. Drive On
3. Down There by the Train

American II: Unchained

4. Country Boy
5. I’ve Been Everywhere
6. I’ve Never Picked Cotton

American III: Solitary Man

7. I Won’t Back Down
8. Solitary Man
9. One
10. Wayfaring Stranger
11. I’m Leaving Now
12. Country Trash

American IV: The Man Comes Around

13. The Man Comes Around
14. Hurt
15. Hung My Head
16. Personal Jesus
17. Tear Stained Letter
18. Give My Love to Rose

American V: A Hundred Highways

19. God’s Gonna Cut You Down
20. Like the 309
21. Further On Up the Road

What do you think? What’d I miss (and which tracks would you sacrifice to make room)?

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