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Thursday 25 December 2014

New Johnny Cash album on its way

A new Johnny Cash album featuring June Carter Cash is being released next year
A new Johnny Cash album featuring June Carter Cash is being released next year

Johnny Cash fans will be able to hear some new, never-before-released music from the star on an album due out next year.

His estate is releasing Out Among The Stars, an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s that was never released by Columbia Records, and disappeared when the company dropped Johnny in 1986 but Johnny and his wife, June Carter Cash, stashed the tapes

Their son John Carter Cash said: "They never threw anything away. They kept everything in their lives. They had an archive that had everything in it from the original audio tapes from The Johnny Cash Show to random things like a camel saddle, a gift from the prince of Saudi Arabia."

He added: "We were so excited when we discovered this. We were like, my goodness this is a beautiful record that nobody has ever heard. Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime. He's pitch perfect. It's seldom where there's more than one vocal take. They're a live take and they're perfect."

John and archivists at Legacy Recordings didn't find the material until last year, long after the family began issuing archival music by Cash, and plan to release Out Among the Stars on March 25.

Columbia paired Johnny with Billy, a producer and Country Music Hall Of Fame member who was then the president of CBS Records Nashville at a time when Cash was at a low ebb in his popularity. The music on "Out Among the Stars" is taken from 1981 and 1984 sessions.

John said: "Dad was always uniquely himself and later on the world would come back around. He never modified himself. But Nashville at the time was in a completely different place. It was the Urban Cowboy phase. It was pop country, and dad was not that. I think him working with Billy was sort of an effort by the record company to put him more in the circle of Music Row and see what could happen at the heart of that machine."

The album's 12 tracks include a duet with Waylon Jennings and two with June Carter Cash.

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