Cash’s Last CD: Not Bottom-Scraping

It seemed reasonable to assume that Johnny Cash’s swansong sessions with Rick Rubin had been rounded up on 2006’s posthumous “American V” and the “Unearthed” box set. Not so. One also might expect this sixth instalment to be a barrel-scraper. Also, categorically, not so. These 10 unheard songs, which were recorded just four months before the country legend’s death in 2003, around the time that his wife, June, died, are beautifully arranged and meaningfully sung. Cash’s voice was never beautiful so I don’t mind the scratchiness here.

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