Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More Johnny Cash.....but not for the purists!

So I am sure a lot of you have seen the commercials for the new flick starring Woody Harrelson, Zombieland. If you've been stuck under a rock? I'll give you all the trailer.

Well, I was curious about the song in the commercial. I had yet to hear anyone really have the balls to do a remix of a Johnny Cash song. Well, there's a full album of this stuff. Is it any good? Well, the iTunes store has the album averaging only 1 1/2 stars. And honestly, I can understand some of that. I mean, this is Johnny Cash we're talking about! But Cash's son and Snoop Dogg (yes, Snoop Dogg) took up this project. Wonder how hard up Cash's son was for cash?

Well, the song in the commercial is for Cash's song "Country Boy" and is remixed by Sonny J. I must be honest, most of this guy's music is trash. It's like the big beat music Fatboy Slim made popular had a baby with a crack habit. This remix is pretty tolerable, at least.

Download Johnny Cash - Country Boy (Sonny J remix)

Now, the next couple I can actually kind of like. The first one is a remix by hip-hop guru Pete Rock. I'm not sure how, but he made Folsom Prison Blues sound pretty good. I'll let you guys decide.

Download Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues (Pete Rock remix)

The last one for today is a remix of a pretty much unknown Cash song by me. "Rock Island Line" was originally done by Leadbelly, but done again by Cash in 1957 on his debut album. Well, it was remixed by an artist named Wolf, and it's more a frenetic track that keeps gaining steam throughout. Not terrible, but I really am not sure what to think of this.

Download Johnny Cash - Rock Island Line (Wolf Remix)

As a whole, this album unfortunately deserves the criticism it has taken. The old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" certainly applies.

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