American V: A Hundred Highways
American V: A Hundred Highways is a studio album by Johnny Cash. It was released on July 4, 2006, by American Recordings. As the title implies, it is the fifth entry in Cash's American series. Like its predecessors, the album is produced by Rick Rubin. It was Cash's first No. 1 album in 37 years. It was certified Gold on August 18, 2006, by the RIAA.
|American V: A Hundred Highways|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 4, 2006|
|Recorded||May 2003–August 2003|
|Studio||Cash Cabin Studio|
Akadamie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research
(Los Angeles, CA)
|Johnny Cash chronology|
|American series chronology|
|Singles from American V: A Hundred Highways|
As with the other albums in the American series, the album includes covers, originals. The originals on this album are "I Came to Believe" and "Like the 309", the latter of which was the last song Cash wrote before passing away in 2003. Recorded on August 21, 2003, "Like the 309" was the next-to-last song Cash ever recorded; the last being "Engine One-Forty-Three" which was produced by John Carter Cash and released on the 2004 compilation album The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family. The album takes its name from a lyric on the track "Love's Been Good to Me" by Rod McKuen.
Three songs on the album are updated versions of songs previously recorded by Cash.
- "Help Me" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1973 album "The Gospel Road".
- "I Came to Believe" was previously recorded by Cash in the 1980s during the recording sessions that would ultimately result in the posthumous 2014 release Out Among the Stars.
- "I'm Free from the Chain Gang Now" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1962 album The Sound of Johnny Cash.
American V: A Hundred Highways peaked at No. 1 one the US Billboard 200 with 88,000 copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was Cash's first No. 1 album since 1969's Johnny Cash at San Quentin.
|1.||"Help Me"||Larry Gatlin||2:51|
|2.||"God's Gonna Cut You Down"||Traditional||2:38|
|3.||"Like the 309"||Johnny Cash||4:35|
|4.||"If You Could Read My Mind"||Gordon Lightfoot||4:30|
|5.||"Further on Up the Road"||Bruce Springsteen||3:25|
|6.||"On the Evening Train"||Hank Williams||4:17|
|7.||"I Came to Believe"||Johnny Cash||3:44|
|8.||"Love's Been Good to Me"||Rod McKuen||3:18|
|9.||"A Legend in My Time"||Don Gibson||2:37|
|10.||"Rose of My Heart"||Hugh Moffatt||3:18|
|11.||"Four Strong Winds"||Ian Tyson||4:34|
|12.||"I'm Free from the Chain Gang Now"||Lou Herscher, Saul Klein||3:00|
Cash engineer David "Fergie" Ferguson (assisted by Jimmy Tittle) and Rubin oversaw the completion of the recordings. Other musicians on the album include keyboardist Benmont Tench and guitarists Mike Campbell, Smoky Hormel, Matt Sweeney and Jonny Polonsky.
- Johnny Cash – vocal, guitar
- Laura Cash – fiddle
- Dennis Crouch – bass guitar
- Smokey Hormel – guitar
- Pat McLaughlin – guitar
- Larry Perkins – guitar
- Jonny Polonsky – guitar
- Randy Scruggs – guitar
- Marty Stuart – guitar
- Benmont Tench – organ, piano, harpsichord
- Pete Wade – guitar
- Mac Wiseman – guitar
- Martyn Atkins – photography
- Christine Cano – art direction, design
- John Carter Cash – executive producer
- Lindsay Chase – production coordination
- Greg Fidelman – mixing
- Paul Figueroa – mixing assistant
- Dan Leffler – mixing assistant
- Vlado Meller – mastering
- Rick Rubin – producer, liner notes
- David Campbell - string arranger
- Mark Santangelo – mastering assistant
- Jimmy Tittle – assistant engineer
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||1|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|Canadian Albums Chart||4|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
In popular cultureEdit
- the guardian
- Thomson, G. (2011). The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recording Jawbone Press, p. 233.
- CNN.com - EW review: Johnny Cash's brilliant finale - Jun 27, 2006
- Robert Hilburn, Johnny Cash: The Life. (New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2013), p. 624
- "Canadian album certifications – Johnny Cash – A hundred highways". Music Canada. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Johnny Cash; 'A hundred highways')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
- "Irish album certifications – Johnny Cash – A hundred highways". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
- "British album certifications – Johnny Cash – A hundred highways". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 28, 2013. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type A hundred highways in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
- "American album certifications – Johnny Cash – A hundred highways". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 28, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
- Cash's official website
- "American V: A Hundred Highways" Review on "Cool Album of the Day"
- USATODAY.com - Johnny Cash's final work yields 2 more albums
- E! Online News - Johnny Cash's Last "American" Song
- THE POP LIFE; Johnny Cash's Legacy Of Emotions, on CD's. New York Times (reprinted on JohnnyCashMusic.com). November 27, 2003.
- Cash Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1969. Billboard July 12, 2006.
- Luma Electronic's Johnny Cash discography listing