The Unissued Johnny Cash

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The Unissued Johnny Cash
Compilation album by Johnny Cash
Released 1978
Recorded August 1958 - August 1962
Genre Country
Label Bear Family
Johnny Cash chronology
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The Unissued Johnny Cash is a compilation album and 59th overall album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Bear Family Records in 1978 (see 1978 in music). It is tailored to completist fans of Cash as it consists entirely of rare or unreleased material from Cash's early Columbia days. The first four tracks, all recorded in August, 1958, are outtakes from The Fabulous Johnny Cash, and also appear on the CD re-release of that album. Likewise, the outtake "The Fable of Willie Brown" appears on the re-release of Ride This Train. The Carter Family song "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight" is an outtake from Blood Sweat and Tears.

"Viel Zu Spät" and "Wo Ist Zu Hause, Mama" are re-recordings in German of hit songs by Cash. At the time "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" and other country songs were seeing success in Germany, so Columbia had Cash record translations of "I Got Stripes" and "Five Feet High and Rising" for a single. This was probably the first time a country singer recorded a song in a foreign language, but would lead to further recordings of songs in German.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mama's Baby" (Cash) Recorded August 8, 1958
  2. "Fool's Hall of Fame" (Jerry Freeman/Danny Wolfe) Recorded August 8, 1958
  3. "Walking the Blues" (Cash/Robert Lunn) Recorded August 13, 1958
  4. "Cold Shoulder" (Helene Hudgins) Recorded August 13, 1958
  5. "I Got Stripes (German version)" (Cash) Recorded October 25, 1959
  6. "Five Feet High and Rising (German version)" (Cash) Recorded October 25, 1959
  7. "The Fable of Willie Brown" (Cash) Recorded February 15, 1960
  8. "The Losing Kind" (Cash) Recorded May 9, 1960
  9. "So Do I" (Cash) Recorded July 19, 1961
  10. "Shamrock Doesn't Grow in California" (Cash) Recorded April 23, 1961
  11. "Danger Zone" (Cash) Recorded June 8, 1962
  12. "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight" (A.P. Carter) Recorded August 22, 1962