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    The Johnny Cash Thread

    Somewhat continued from swcollecting.com:

    First, if you don't have Personal File yet, get it NOW! This is an awesome collection of unreleased tracks from the 1970s and 80s, and sounds remarkably like American Recordings, only 20 years earlier.

    Second, amazon.com has posted the track list for American V:

    1. Help Me
    2. God's Gonna Cut You Down
    3. Like The 309
    4. If You Could Read My Mind
    5. Further On Up the Road
    6. The Evening Train
    7. I Came To Believe
    8. Love's Been Good To Me
    9. A Legend In My Time
    10. Rose Of My Heart
    11. Four Strong Winds
    12. I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now

    I'm noticing there's not much revisiting of older Cash songs, like he'd sprinkled in on earlier American albums.

    I'd heard he was listening to and recording a lot of old blues numbers before his death, so I wonder if "Help Me" is the Sonny Boy Williamson (II) song; and "Further On Up the Road" is probably the Bobby "Blue" Bland number. Both excellent songs.

    "If You Could Read My Mind" is an awesome song, and I can't wait to hear his version.

    I'm a little disappointed that "John the Revelator" isn't on this album, since I know he recorded it in his final days. Hopefully it will show up on American VI.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Is Personal File in stores yet, or is it online only?
    You'll never have another boss like me someone who's basically a chilled-out entertainer.
    David Brent

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    It came out Tuesday. Circuit City has it on sale this week for $15.99, which is a great price for two CDs that are pretty well packed.

    American V comes out July 4, and American VI is supposed to be later this year or early next year.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    $15.99? Holy crap. That's incredible. Thanks for the info!
    You'll never have another boss like me someone who's basically a chilled-out entertainer.
    David Brent

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    So you're saying Further on up the Road is not a Springsteen cover?

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    I rushed out and picked Personal File up on Friday, and have been listening to it since it's that good. I agree with your assessment Chux, it is a lot like the American discs, which are among my favorites of his. For some reason, I didn't think this was out already, so thanks again for the great tip.
    You'll never have another boss like me someone who's basically a chilled-out entertainer.
    David Brent

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    The drawback to ordering American V online: I could've gotten it $3 cheaper at Circuit City.

    The big benefit: it arrived in the mail today, one day before the official release.

    This is good stuff. Good, good stuff.

    And Rubin promises VI will be just as good.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    At work today, all the vendors gave us permission to put out all new releases, music and DVD's today instead of tomorrow. thus, i was able to get this able. pretty excellent stuff thus far (i'm about 45 seconds in right now. ). and i won't get that figure as I have the regular one. The one peg broke and he keeps tilting sideways. I guess that's why the good lord gave us glue.
    "Woke up at 9.55am. Soon as I woke up, I looked at Suzanne and she looked at me. I said, 'Did I tell you about the immune system?' Suzanne starting laughing, I said, 'it's amazing.' She said, 'Not now.'"

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    I actually listened to the first couple of tracks thanks to Slicker's link, and will come right out and say they are much better than Honky Tonk Padonkadonk.

    Still the work of the devil though.
    GOLDEN DEUCE AWARD WINNER & MABUCON ATTENDEE 2008

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    Not a useless bump, but some interesting info for fans:

    There's a CD that's essentially Disc 3 of Personal File called More Songs From Johnny's Personal File. I have searched and can't find any indication this was ever commercially released, or even released as a promo. The only links I can find searching the internet are to various PBS affiliates offering it as a thank you gift for making a contribution of a certain amount (which is how I got it). So I'm assuming it was made as an exclusive for PBS.

    Most stations look like they require a contribution in the $50-$70 range to get this CD (and it's usually packaged with either the CD or DVD of Best of the Johnny Cash Show). I saw some copies on eBay, but the seller was asking $60 for them, and, if you're paying that much anyway, it may as well go to a good cause.

    It's short, but just as good as the content on Personal File.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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