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Johnny Cash Remixed
Compadre Records
www.johnnycashremixed.com


Okay, to start off I have to tell you that I had kind of forgiven Snoop Dogg for his past trespasses when he made the Starsky And Hutch remake somewhat bearable… but after hearing him butcher "I Walk The Line" on the new Johnny Cash Remixed record, all I want to do is kick him square in the balls. Sorry if that offends you. He's just so darn bad. I'll give him some props for helping to produce this otherwise fairly decent record, but honestly… leave yourself out if you're that bad.

That out of the way, it is nice to say that otherwise the Johnny Cash Remixed record is by and large a nice tribute to the music of the legendary man in black. There are tracks more in the vein of mash-ups, like the version of "Big River", or all out techno-house assaults with sampled vocals, as on the gorgeous "Get Rhythm." On this great Johnny song you'll find yourself unable to turn the radio off, or take your foot off the gas pedal, as you lie in the throes of the heavily groovy beats and Norman Cook-esque production. "Doin' My Time" is re-worked in a kind of Crystal Method style, with edgy distorted vocals singing the song while the original Johnny Cash vocal lines play as background singers. Very clever. In this same vein is the Alabama 3 version of "Leave That Junk Alone," where the band writes its own song and integrates the vocals of Johnny as a sort of common-sense preacher or conscience. (As a side note, be sure to check out Alabama 3's excellent song "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash," also available on their latest greatest hits release.)

The album hits some other highlights, including a cool off-beat breakdown of "Folsom Prison Blues" featuring Luther Perkins' great guitar work and a brilliant heavy-grooved version of "Rock Island Line." Probably the most notable track for me is the cool broken-beat remix of "Straight A's In Love" that makes use of one of the least heard Cash songs, but creates a beautiful and startlingly cool electronic palette to really make the track shine. One of Cash's darkest songs, "Belshazzar," gets a down-beat and edgy re-working that makes it really stand out. The record ends with a trancy and airy version of "I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow" that recalls the glory of Johnny's appearance on the U2 Zooropa album.

Older fans of Cash's work may not find much to like here in the untraditional and somewhat - let's face it - weird tracks presented on Johnny Cash Remixed. But for the younger crowd, there is a ton of excellent music here for the picking, perhaps some young rounder will finally be introduced to the man in black's music and discover a whole new musical world… perhaps we'll finally get the chance to hear some Cash in dance clubs… or maybe it's enough to know that John himself probably would have appreciated this tribute more than anyone… except the Snoop Dogg track. That's just garbage.

-Embo Blake

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