I recently discovered Johnny Cash Remixed, an album that was released back in January 2009. The album is produced by John Carter Cash (Johnny Cash's son) and Snoop Dogg -- which ought to give you some idea where the album is going.
I have an eccentric taste in music, and this album sounded like exactly my cup of tea -- combining both my love of Johnny Cash with a fondness for rhythm. The tracks are a mixed bag, but a few of them really deliver.
This is the track list:
- Big River [Count de Money Remix]
- Country Boy [Sonny J Remix]
- I Walk the Line [QDT Muzic Remix]
- Doin' My Time [The Heavy Remix]
- Leave That Junk Alone [Alabama 3 Remix]
- Port of Lonely Hearts [Midnight Juggernauts Remix]
- Folsom Prison Blues [Pete Rock Remix]
- Straigh A's in Love [Troublemaker Remix]
- Sugartime [Kennedy Remix]
- Rock Island Line [Wolf Remix]
- Belshazzar [MacHine Drum Remix]
- I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow [Apparat Remix]
- Wide Open Road [Count de Money Remix]
- Trail to Mexico [Mexican Institute of Sound Remix]
- Hey Porter [Mocean Worker Remix]
- Katy Too [DJ Enjay Remix] - Johnny Cash, Snoop Dogg
- My Treasure [J. Scott G Remix]
I'm particularly fond of:
This is a fun, pop-y remix of the song. It's catchy -- some folks might say it was pandering to the mass market, but I'm bopping away while writing this and enjoying it immensely.
Cash's own delivery on this song is particularly suited to the rap-influenced style of this remix. There's a banjo/mouth harp sample that underlies much of the song, and it's an interesting counterpoint to the driving, synth-heavy baseline.
This is another high-energy dance-hall-ish remix. It reminds me a lot of the remix version of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" from ELV1S 30 #1 Hits.
Takes the original version and adds a great drum line and a few other enhancements making it hard to stop moving while listening to this one.
What's not to like? Ironically, Snoop Dogg's own version of "Walk the Line" really isn't that interesting.
I don't know if this album will appeal to traditional Cash fans, but I think Cash would approve, given his covers and collaborations over the years. Some of the tracks are hit-or-miss, but on the whole I think it's a fun listen.