It’s no secret that I love this man, and there have been many threads in which I participated and posted my respect for the “American”- produced Cash by Rick Rubin.
I truly believe Rubin captured the spirit of Johnny Cash in his later years, and although I got to know him recorded on Columbia, I feel I now know him on a more intimate level, and I wish all those Columbia sessions had been Rubin’s to produce.
Foolishly, I thought The Man Comes Around was John’s last gift to us. “After all”, I said to myself, “he was sick and it was very evident in his voice how much he was hurting.”
But I underestimated the greatness and the strength that is Johnny Cash, and so I was thrilled to learn of this cd and also the Unearthed box set he compiled with Rick just prior to his passing.
So tonight I am writing this as I am listening to A Hundred Highways , and I am touched to the point of tears as I listen to the man singing Help Me and Rose of My Heart.
I know that soon (if not already) we will be inundated with commercials touting “The Complete Johnny Cash for three easy installments of $29.99, satisfaction guaranteed!!!”
So for now I will immerse myself in the knowledge that I have “discovered” a little more of the love that was Johnny Cash, and pretend he’s still here and telling us he’ll see us a little “Further On Up The Road”.