Return to the Promised Land

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Return to the Promised Land
Soundtrack album by Johnny Cash
Released 1992; November 21, 2000
Recorded 1992 - 1993
Genre Gospel
Label Renaissance Records
Johnny Cash chronology
Johnny Cash Country Christmas
(1991)
Return to the Promised Land
(1993)
Wanted Man
(1994)
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Return to the Promised Land is a gospel music soundtrack and 80th overall album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released in 2000 as the soundtrack to the 45-minute video of the same title (released in 1992 by Rev. Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures, it was only available in VHS format). The "Return To The Promised Land" soundtrack was released by the now-defunct Brentwood, Tennessee independent label Renaissance Records. The "Return To The Promised Land" title track song was co-written by Cash, Cash employee Hugh Waddell, and Georgia resident David Ray Skinner, the artist who also designed the "Return To The Promised Land" logo. The video project, filmed entirely in Israel in 1990, was a "20 years later" follow-up to Cash's successful film Gospel Road.

Only 2,000 copies of the 2000 CD soundtrack were released as the first-run advance order and media review copies. The record label went "belly up" just two months after the projected soundtrack release, and no additional copies were ever manufactured. The entire video and audio "Return To The Promised Land" project has yet to be re-released in a digital format, by Cash's Estate. Due to the limited number of manufactured product, both the audio and video copies of Return To The Promised Land are fetching a high price on Amazon.com.

The four Cash-penned bonus tracks are from an un-related January 15, 1993 demo session Cash did at LSI Studios in Nashville, to send to the Harry Fox Agency in New York for copyrighting purposes for the House of Cash. The "Return To The Promised Land" soundtrack also features a hidden bonus track with John's mother, Carrie (aka "Mama Cash") who plays piano, sings songs, reads her poetry and speaks of her memories of him as a little boy on their farm in rural Arkansas. This 12-minute special and raw Mama Cash recording was a 1989 birthday present to Cash from Cash's publicist Hugh Waddell (producer of both "Return To The Promised Land" audio and video releases), so that Cash would always have his mother playing, singing and talking on tape, whenever he went on tour.

Cash would eventually sign with Rick Rubin's American Recordings label, and see a period of career revival. Two songs from that same demo session, "Drive On" (not included here) and "Like A Soldier," would later be recorded for American Recordings.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks credited to Johnny Cash except as noted

  1. News Conference – :51
  2. "Return to the Promised Land" – 3:01
  3. Opening Dialogue – :14
  4. "When I Look" – 2:57
  5. Dialogue – :55
  6. "Over the Next Hill We'll Be Home" – 2:09
  7. Dialogue (Tour Guides) – 1:18
  8. "The Old Rugged Cross" (George Bennard) – :57
  9. Interlude and Monologue – :34
  10. "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone" (Charles E. Durham/Tom Ramsey) – :47
  11. Dialogue – :54
  12. "Far Side Banks of Jordan" (Terry Smith) – 2:10
  13. Monologue – 1:04
  14. "Let Me Help You Carry This Weight" (Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash) – 2:24
  15. Dialogue – 1:31
  16. "Lord Take These Hands" – 3:43
  17. Monologue – 1:43
  18. "Fishers of Men" – :47
  19. Dialogue – 1:48
  20. "The Old Gospel Ship" – 2:25
  21. "What on Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake)" – 2:03
  22. Interlude – 1:10
  23. "God's Hands" – 2:25
  24. "Return to the Promised Land (instrumental)" – 1:50
    Bonus tracks from 2000 CD re-release:
  25. "Hello Out There" – 2:44
  26. "Like a Soldier Getting over the War" – 2:48
  27. "Poor Valley Girl" – 2:15
  28. "Soldier Boy" – 2:53
  29. Untitled (Cash/Cash/John Carter Cash) – 10:11