Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Weight - Birthday Countdown: Day 5

For the first time in Birthday Countdown history, I am posting a tune where the original artist has already appeared on this list (as the coverer). Chris Cornell appeared on Day 13 with his rendition of a Led Zeppelin song, and tonight I am posting Johnny Cash's take on Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage".

The cover appears on Unchained, the second album in his American Recording series, released in 1996. On the album, Cash is backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Like all of Cash's American albums, it is produced by Rick Rubin. Also appearing on this album, on various tracks, are Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Flea.

I love how this song sounds like it was originally written for the Man In Black himself. I guess anything that he sings sounds like it was written specifically for him, but particularly with this song, it's hard to imagine that anyone else would be more appropriate for it. Even Chris Cornell.

Johnny Cash - Rusty Cage (Soundgarden Cover)


Soundgarden - Rusty Cage

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