Saturday Rock You

OK, a bonus edition for this weekend (Sunday's a comin' too), and something quite different. It's not technically rock, but I say: any rock music lover who doesn't hear the essential beauty of this, in so many respects, has a few things to learn.

And, so, I give you a master: Johnny Cash, circa 1966. Solitary Man.

Now, the other person in that video is Neil Diamond, and here's his version of the same song in a "groovy" Doors-eque mid-60s style.

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  1. Lily Marlene on March 22, 2009 at 10:15

    Thanks for sharing – this is a classic. Wishing you the best. You are a motivation in my quest for health and wellness.

  2. Owen Leahy on March 22, 2009 at 14:54

    Stunning…chilling, the stuff he and Rick Rubin brought to life is amazing stuff. Great post; everyone needs to have the 'American' recordings within easy reach.


  3. TrailGrrl on March 22, 2009 at 15:04

    I love me some Johnny Cash. When I was a little girl I grew up on Live from San Quentin. I thought A Boy Named Sue was the funniest thing ever.

    Now of course I love all the new Johnny Cash cover songs like Solitary Man.

    Chris Isaak does a good version of it on one of his albums too (I think it's on San Fransciso Days).

    And of course this is one that I can play on guitar and sing along.

    I think that's Tom Petty laying down the guitar for him at the beginning.


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