Monday, September 25, 2006

Hallo, ich bin Johnny Cash

It's kind of weird to hear Johnny Cash sing in German. After all, it's hard to think of another voice as distinctively American as Johnny Cash's. But here it is, Johnny singing "I Got Stripes" in German. On the other hand, there is something wonderfully American about the whole enterprise because if Americans sense there is a market for something we go after it.

This comes from a Bear Family boxed set, The Man In Black, 1959-1962. It's also available on a single Bear Family CD, The International Johnny Cash, where you will also find more Cash in German and Spanish, along with Cash hits sung in German by Gunter Gabriel. If the German label Bear Family is any indication, the Germans take our country music heritage much more seriously that we do. While American labels offer slipshod reissues of major American Country artists, Bear Family offers completist sets by even relatively minor ones like Tommy Collins and Wynn Stewart.

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