1-CD-Album Digipak (6-plated) with 58-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns.
This CD is unique:
Part 1 finds Gunter Gabriel singing 11 Johnny Cash hits in German.
In Part 2, Johnny Cash himself sings in German and Spanish.
The last part features German artists interpreting more Johnny Cash songs.
Johnny Cash: He was the pinnacle of my life.
It was back in 1980. We sat in the dining-room in his house in Hendersonville on Cumberland Lake near Nashville. His parents were there; his daughter, Rosanne; June Carter’s daughter, Carlene; Johnny’s guitar player, Bob Wooten, and his wife, Anita Carter (June’s sister); and me. I was an aspiring country singer and the guest of honour that night. Black waiters with white gloves were serving southern chicken. On my right June arose to offer up a prayer. I was excited because Johnny was seated right across the long table from me. June was in rare form. She spoke about America and Russia, about Kruschev and Kennedy, about the maize harvest, the lack of water in Senegal, the hungry kids around the world, and then back to country music, Nashville and peace on earth. This took quite a while. Johnny sat there waiting, his mighty head buried in his right palm, and did not say a word. I can’t remember what was more stirring to me – the chicken aroma (did I mention I was very hungry?) or Johnny’s presence. I had arrived at a spiritual journey’s end.
Twenty-five years ago in my small hometown’s municipal swimming pool I remember I Walk The Line blasting out of a cheap transistor radio. Then the DJ said, “That was Johnny Cash.” That was it! I had learned about rock 'n' roll… Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis. But now there was Johnny Cash. He was completely different, singing about workers, prisoners. It was like John Wayne on record! The Cold War was raging in Europe. We had singers like Rudi Schuricke, Gerhard Wendland, Caterina Valente and the first records by Freddy Quinn, but those guys from across the ocean were different from anything we’d ever known. Different lyrics, different rhythms…just totally different. Elvis made me play guitar, but Johnny made me a songwriter. I will never forget Rock Island Line, even though I didn’t know exactly what it was about because my English came straight from a dictionary and a formal grammar book.
Johnny Cash has accompanied me through my whole life from the time I first heard I Walk the Line. I have all his songs – on vinyl, CD, and cassette. I have all the sheet music and countless written pieces of paper. I needed him like a psychiatrist. I heard him in the morning while I had a shave, and at night on the autobahn. I admire his art and I admire the man himself. I rank him alongside Doctor Albert Schweitzer.
Following my first visit to Nashville, we met every time he was on tour in Germany. In the tour bus from Hamburg heading south across Luneburg Heath, June was reading aloud from the Bible while Johnny clasped the bus rail with one hand and held a video camera in the other. I remember when he was on stage at the Cologne Sporthalle and said, "Come onstage, Gunter, let us sing a song.” There was always something special around him one could not escape. We used one microphone the way John Lennon and Paul McCartney did. We sang St. Quentin, but I would have sung Silent Night with him. It was marvellous. It was an honour for me. The peak of my life.
|The Man In Black - The International 1|
|1:||Das Johnny Cash Konzert||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|2:||Der Mann hinterm Pflug||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|3:||Gitarre Eigenbau||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|4:||Ich bleib auf Kurs||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|5:||Folsom Prison Blues||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|6:||Big River||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|7:||Ein Stückchen pro Tag||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|8:||Ein Junge namens Susi||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|9:||San Quentin||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|10:||Ich werd gesucht||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|11:||Noch 20 Minuten zu geh'n||GABRIEL, Gunter|
|12:||A Front Row Seat To Hear Ole||SILVERSTEIN, Shel|
|13:||Man In Black||CASH, Johnny|
|14:||Wer kennt den Weg||CASH, Johnny|
|15:||Viel zu spät||CASH, Johnny|
|16:||Wo ist zu hause, Mama||CASH, Johnny|
|17:||In Virginia||CASH, Johnny|
|18:||Kleine Rosmarie||CASH, Johnny|
|19:||Besser so, Jenny-Jo||CASH, Johnny|
|20:||El Matador||CASH, Johnny|
|21:||Fuego D' Amor||CASH, Johnny|
|22:||Die Colt Ballade||LOW, Bruce|
|23:||Wo kommt denn bloss die Liebe her||STELLY, Kurt|
|24:||Mein Weg führt mich zu dir||HERBST, Juergen|
|25:||Lass deinen Colt zu Haus||WOLF, Donald|
|26:||Der grosse Treck nach Idaho||BENDIX, Ralf|