Posts tagged "American Recordings"
Tuesday Morning Praise N Blame: Tom Jones Sings Dylan

Tuesday Morning Praise N Blame: Tom Jones Sings Dylan

Never thought I’d be writing about Sir Tom Jones on here. As I suspect is the case with many of us, after the double whammy of “It’s Not Unusual” in Mars Attacks and the ubiquitous euro-pop smash “Sex Bomb,” he faded from my radar screen. That is, outside of a couple bits in an Elvis biography (the two were very much contemporaries during EP’s Vegas phase). But this past week the maestro put out quite a doozie of a gospel record, Praise and Blame, produced by none other than Ryan Adams/Kings of Leon/son-of-Glyn guru Ethan Johns. It’s Jones’ version of…

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Ain’t No Grave: Johnny Cash’s Final Testament

Ain’t No Grave: Johnny Cash’s Final Testament

Yesterday marked the release of the last volume of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings series, VI. While the fourth volume is not likely to be surpassed, it would appear that volume six carries even more heft than usual – as if that were possible. The A/V Club puts it this way:

It’s no surprise that Ain’t No Grave is focused on death and loss. But as usual, Cash uses his Christian faith as the ultimate rebuttal to life’s disappointments. “Ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down,” Cash sings, as the musical setting of the traditional title track sounds ominous tones. Hope…

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