By Will Hermes
September 27, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Two belated 70th-birthday presents for the Man in Black show off a songbook deep as his decretory baritone. The indie Dressed chugs along on Cash’s signature chicka-boom groove, with choice moments from Kelly Willis, Robbie Fulks, and Mandy Barnett. The starry Spirits has a croakingly majestic Dylan (”Train of Love”), a ghostly Springsteen, and a blustery Hank Williams Jr. Each disc is a spirited, heartfelt bow to an American giant. Both: B+

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