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is a Unearthed box set by Johnny Cash, released two months after his 2003 death. It was produced by Rick Rubin and released by American Recordings.
Content [ edit ]
The first three discs feature outtakes and alternate versions of songs recorded for
, American Recordings , American II: Unchained and American III: Solitary Man . The fourth disc, American IV: The Man Comes Around My Mother's Hymn Book features gospel songs Cash first learned from his mother as a child and was later reissued as a standalone album in 2004. The final disc is a best of distillation of the first four American albums. Rock historian Graeme Thomson in his monograph, The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings has called Unearthed a monolithic achievement. It was  certified Gold on 12/2/2004 by the RIAA.
Previous recordings [ edit ]
Many of the songs Cash recorded during the American sessions were updated versions of songs he had previously recorded.
"Long Black Veil" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1965 album
. Orange Blossom Special "Flesh and Blood" was previously recorded by Cash for the soundtrack to the 1970 film
. I Walk the Line "Understand Your Man" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1964 album
. I Walk the Line "Banks of the Ohio" was previously recorded by Cash with the
Carter Family for the 1964 album Keep on the Sunny Side. "The Caretaker" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1959 album
. Songs of Our Soil "Old Chunk of Coal" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1979 album
. A Believer Sings the Truth "I'm Going to Memphis" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1960 album
. Ride This Train "Waiting for the Train" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1963 album
. Blood, Sweat & Tears "No Earthly Good' was previously recorded by Cash for his 1976 album
. The Rambler "The Fourth Man in the Fire" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1969 album
. The Holy Land "Dark as a Dungeon" was previously recorded by Cash as the B-side to his 1964 single "Understand Your Man".
"I'm Moving On" was previously recorded by Cash in 1984 as a duet with
Waylon Jennings. This version would not be released until 2014 on . Out Among the Stars "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1964 album
. Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian "Devil's Right Hand" was previously recorded by Cash with
the Highwaymen for the 1995 album . The Road Goes on Forever "The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1979 album
. Silver "Father and Son" was previously recorded by Cash as "Father and Daughter" for his 1974 album
. The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1975 album
. Johnny Cash Things Precious Memories "If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1962 album
. Hymns from the Heart "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1962 album
Hymns from the Heart. "When He Reached Down His Hand for Me" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1962 album
Hymns from the Heart. "In the Sweet By-and-By" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1975 album
Johnny Cash Things Precious Memories. "Softly and Tenderly" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1975 album
Johnny Cash Things Precious Memories. "Just as I Am" was previously recorded by Cash for his 1975 album Johnny Cash Things Precious Memories.
Track listing [ edit ]
Note: All tracks previously unreleased. A different take of "Down There by the Train" was issued on the 1994 album . American Recordings
Note: All tracks previously unreleased. A solo version of "Like a Soldier", a version of "Drive On" featuring different lyrics, and an acoustic studio version of "Bird on a Wire" were issued on the 1994 album . American Recordings
Note: All tracks previously unreleased, except "Wichita Lineman" and "Big Iron" which were previously released on the original vinyl pressing of . The final version of "The Man Comes Around" was also released on American IV: The Man Comes Around American IV: The Man Comes Around.
Note: All tracks previously unreleased.
Note: All tracks previously released, although "Thirteen" features an additional verse that was omitted from its original album release.
Personnel [ edit ]
Adapted from the album liner notes.
Johnny Cash - Vocals, Guitar, Arranger, Adaptation
Glen Campbell - Vocals, Performer
Fiona Apple - Vocals
Nick Cave - Vocals
Joe Strummer - Vocals
John Carter Cash - Performer, Arranger, Engineer, Associate Producer, Adaptation David Ferguson - Performer, Engineer, Mixing
D. Sardy - Performer, Engineer, Mixing
Greg Fidelman - Performer, Mixing
Bill Bateman - Performer
Norman Blake - Performer Thom Bresh - Performer
Nick Cave - Performer
Lester Butler - Performer
Mike Campbell - Performer
Laura Cash - Performer
Jack Clement - Performer
Sheryl Crow - Performer
Howie Epstein - Performer Steve Ferrone - Performer
Flea - Performer
John Frusciante - Performer Terry Harrington - Performer
Smokey Hormel - Performer Rami Jaffee - Performer
Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. - Performer
Carl Perkins - Performer
Larry Perkins - Performer
Tom Petty - Performer Juliet Prater - Performer
David Roe - Performer
Randy Scruggs - Performer Paul "The Kid" Size - Performer
Chad Smith - Performer
Marty Stuart - Performer
Benmont Tench - Performer Jimmy Tittle - Performer
Rick Rubin - Producer Richard Dodd, Thom Russo,
Andrew Scheps, David Schiffman, Chuck Turner - Engineers Sylvia Massy - Engineer, Mixing
Jim Scott - Mixing
Vlado Meller - Mastering
Steven Kadison - Assistant
Christine Cano - Art Direction, Design, Photography
Andy Earl - Photography Lindsay Chase - Production Coordination
Sylvie Simmons - Interviewer, Text
My Mother's Hymn Book [ edit ] is a collection of Christian spiritual songs and hymns that Cash originally learned from his mother while growing up. The album features only Cash's voice and a single acoustic guitar. This disc was released as a stand-alone disc the following year (his 89th overall album) under the same title, and peaked at #9 on the My Mother's Hymn Book Christian music album chart. In the album's liner notes Cash mentions that this is his favorite album he ever made.
This was Cash's final album devoted to previously unreleased performances of faith-based music and hymns, following a long string of such releases dating back to 1959 and individual singles and album tracks even before that. Tracks 6, 9 and 10 were previously recorded for
(1962); tracks 5, 11, 14 and 15 were previously recorded for Hymns from the Heart (1975); and track 7 was recorded in concert for Sings Precious Memories (1982). Several other songs, such as track 13, had been performed by Cash on TV or live in concert, but formal studio recordings had not yet been issued until now.
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Although the images used on the standalone CD depict Cash near the end of his life, most of the recordings on
My Mother's Hymn Book actually date to Cash's early sessions for American in 1993-1994 (hence the fact they only feature Cash performing by himself).
Track listing [ edit ]
Personnel [ edit ]
Adapted from the album liner notes.
Karen Adams – Group Member
Craig Allen – Design
Martyn Atkins – Photography
John Carter Cash – Liner Notes, Associate Producer
Rosanne Cash – Liner Notes Lindsay Chase – Production Coordination
Steven Kadison – Assistant
Vlado Meller – Mastering Rick Rubin – Producer
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