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JOHNNY CASH -- THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION Brings Together 59 Albums On 63 CDs, From 1958's The Fabulous Johnny Cash Through 1990's Highwayman 2 With Waylon, Willie And Kristofferson 35 Albums Released on CD for the First Time by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S.; First 19 Albums (1958-1967) Released for First Time in Mono on CD by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S.

Available everywhere October 30, 2012, through Columbia/Legacy

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Signed to Columbia Records at age 26 in 1958, the arc of Johnny Cash's career played out at the label over the next three decades, a near lifetime of work in music, film and television now presented on JOHNNY CASH – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION.  Containing 61 distinct album packages (single and double CDs, totaling 63 discs overall) housed in a box with a lift-off cover, the deluxe set will be available everywhere October 30th through Columbia/ Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

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Released in the year in which Cash would have turned 80 (born February 26, 1932), JOHNNY CASH – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION is a monumental tribute to the original Man In Black.  Working with Columbia producers Don Law (1958-67), Frank Jones (1960-67), Bob Johnston (1968-70), Larry Butler (1972-78), Charlie Bragg (1972-77), Brian Ahern, Billy Sherrill, Chips Moman, and others, Cash was always in command of his direction, whether it was country & western, gospel, blues, rockabilly, traditional balladry and folk, or any other style he chose to pursue.  The new box set was compiled by multi-Grammy Award®-nominated producer Gregg Geller and multi-Grammy® and W.C. Handy Award-winning producer Steve Berkowitz, who have supervised Legacy's historic Johnny Cash reissue program for over a decade. 

Willie Nelson, who took part in April's "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash" concert in Austin (available on DVD and Blu-ray from Legacy), had this to say about Cash at the event: "I always looked at John as somebody who had been there before me and who was doing it the way he wanted to do it.  I always admired and respected him for doing that − he was one of the first rebels, one of the first outlaws (if you want to call him that) that hit Nashville and I was a great fan of his not only for his music but for his attitude."

The box set begins with The Fabulous Johnny Cash, his Columbia debut LP recorded and released in 1958, with his first #1 country single at Columbia, "Don't Take Your Guns To Town."  It wraps up in 1990 (though Cash actually left Columbia in 1983) with Highwayman 2, the second Columbia album by the quartet of Johnny, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson, featuring the Top 25 country hit, "Silver Stallion." 

In between, a total of 35 album titles are being released for the first time on CD by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S.  And the first 19 chronological titles (dating from 1958 to 1967) are being released for the first time in monaural (mono) sound on CD by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S.  Each title is packaged as a mini-LP CD with its original artwork, including the five original gatefold albums in Cash's Columbia discography.

THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION takes its place alongside similarly important Columbia career retrospectives by Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday.  The contents are housed in a box that resembles the lift-off lid design of The Complete Miles Davis Columbia Album Collection box set issued by Columbia/Legacy in 2009

THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION is accompanied by a full-color booklet that includes complete discographic information for every album: songwriters, recording dates and cities, musicians, guest performers, producers, release dates, original catalog numbers, Billboard pop and country chart numbers for albums and single tracks, and more.

The booklet also features liner notes by veteran annotator Rich Kienzle, who references many of the Columbia albums along the way.  "When one thinks of Johnny Cash's recordings, one thing is certain," Kienzle writes. "The Columbia years loom larger than any other phase.  A star when he arrived in 1958, when he departed he was an American icon." 

Complementing the Columbia albums, the producers have assembled two new compilations for this box set:

  • Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar, a 28-song collection of single and non-single tracks released during his Sun Records years (1954-58), including "Hey Porter," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk The Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen," "Big River," and more; actually an expanded edition of his 1957 Sun LP, bearing that album's iconic cover design; and
  • The Singles, Plus, a 2-CD, 55-song collection (spanning 1958-85) of single sides that did not originally appear on Johnny's Columbia albums, 'plus' guest performances on other artists' albums, among them Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, Mother Maybelle Carter, June Carter Cash, The Earl Scruggs Revue, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, and Shel Silverstein.

There are several rarities and Johnny Cash catalog anomalies to be found throughout THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION.  Chief among these are three live albums (out of the eight live albums in the box set):

  • Johnny Cash pa Osteraker, recorded at Osteraker Prison in Sweden in 1972, released in Europe in 1973, and later added to the U.S. catalog;
  • Strawberry Cake, recorded at the Palladium in London in 1975, and released in 1976, named for the Cash-composed single track that appeared on this album; and
  • Koncert V Praze, recorded at the Sport Hall in Prague in 1978, released on the Czech Supraphon label in 1983, now officially joining the U.S. catalog.

Among the other rarities in THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION are two original motion picture soundtrack albums, both produced in Nashville in 1970 by Bob Johnston, who also served as Columbia staff producer (at the time) of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Flatt & Scruggs, The Byrds, and others:

  • I Walk the Line, directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Gregory Peck as a smalltown Tennessee sheriff, the soundtrack comprised entirely of Johnny Cash songs, featuring his final self-penned #1 country single, "Flesh and Blood"; and
  • Little Fauss And Big Halsy, the motorcycle racing movie starring Robert Redford, Lauren Hutton and Michael J. Pollard, with a soundtrack mixing vocal and instrumental tunes by Cash and Carl Perkins.

"Johnny Cash and Columbia Records were joined at the hip for 28 years," Kienzle writes, "or nearly 60 percent of his 48-year recording career that began in early 1955 when he did his first formal session for Sun Records in Memphis, continuing until just before he died in 2003.  Cash staked his claim and established himself at Sun; at Columbia, he defined himself for all time."

THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION follows up other important Cash-themed titles released by Columbia/Legacy on August 7.  A new series entitled "The Greatest" was launched with three new 14-song compilations, The Greatest: Country Classics, The Greatest: Gospel Songs, and The Greatest: Duets, plus The Greatest: The Number Ones.  The deluxe version of The Greatest: The Number Ones features a CD with every Sun Records and Columbia side to hit #1 Country in Billboard and/or Cashbox from 1956 ("I Walk the Line") to 1984 ("Highwayman"), accompanied by a DVD with live performances of ten of the songs.  (This configuration is also available as a standalone CD, without DVD.)

August 7 also marked Legacy's release of We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash, a DVD+CD set and separate Blu-ray disc.  The packages  chronicle the all-star tribute concert of April 20, 2012, held at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.  Artists who performed that night and appear in the feature include Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Iron & Wine, Shooter Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Shelby Lynne, Pat Monahan of Train, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and others.

THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION also follows up the critical and commercial success of The Johnny Cash Bootleg Series, which has presented four historic releases to date.  Released in April, the most recent title in the series is The Soul Of Truth: Bootleg Vol. IV,  which includes 51 gospel-themed recordings.   

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JOHNNY CASH – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUM COLLECTION
(Columbia/Legacy 88697 91047 2)

#     

Title     

Rec.     

Rel.     

Catalog

01. *     

The Fabulous Johnny Cash     

1958

1958

CL 1253

02. *     

Hymns By Johnny Cash     

1958-59     

1959

CL 1284

03. *     

Songs Of Our Soil     

1959

1959

CL 1339

04. *     

Now There Was A Song!     

1960

1960

CL 1463

05. *     

Ride This Train     

1959-60     

1960

CL 1464

06. *     

Hymns From The Heart     

1961

1962

CL 1722

07. *     

The Sound Of Johnny Cash     

1961-62     

1962

CL 1802

08. *     

Blood, Sweat And Tears     

1962

1962

CL 1930

09. *     

Ring Of Fire: The Best Of Johnny Cash     

1958-63     

1963

CL 2053

10. *     

The Christmas Spirit     

1959-63     

1963

CL 2117

11. *     

Keep On The Sunny Side - The Carter Family with special guest Johnny Cash     

1963

1963

CL 2152

12. *     

I Walk The Line     

1963-64     

1964

CL 2190

13. *      

Bitter Tears: Johnny Cash Sings Ballads Of The American Indian     

1964

1964

CL 2248

14. *     

Orange Blossom Special     

1964

1965

CL 2309

15. *#     

Johnny Cash Sings Ballads Of The True West     

1959-65     

1965

C2L 38          

16. *     

Everybody Loves A Nut     

1965-66     

1966

CL 2492

17. *     

Happiness Is You     

1962-65     

1966

CL 2537

18. *     

Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter     

1964-67     

1967

CL 2728

19. *     

From Sea To Shining Sea     

1967

1967

CL 2647

20.

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (Live)     

1968

1968

CS 9639

21.

The Holy Land     

1968

1968

KCS 9726

22.

Johnny Cash At San Quentin (Live)     

1969

1969

CS 9827

23. #     

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash     

1969

1970

KCS 9943

24.

The Johnny Cash Show (Live)     

1970

1970

KC 30100

25.

I Walk The Line o.s.     

1970

1970

S 30397

26.

Little Fauss And Big Halsy o.s.     

1970

1970

S 30385

27.

Man In Black     

1971

1971

C 30550

28.

A Thing Called Love     

1971-72     

1972

KC 31332

29. #     

Johnny Cash: America – A 200-Year Salute In Story And Song     

1970-72     

1972

KC 31645

30. #     

Christmas – The Johnny Cash Family     

1972

1972

KC 31754

31.

Any Old Wind That Blows     

1972

1973

KC 32091

32. #     

The Gospel Road (2-CD)     

1972

1973

KG 32253

33.

Johnny Cash And His Woman     

1973

1973

C 32443

34.

Johnny Cash pa Osteraker (Live at Osteraker Prison, Sweden)     

1972

1973

CBS 65308

35.

Ragged Old Flag     

1974

1974

KC 32917

36.

The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me     

1973-74     

1974

KC 33086

37.

The Johnny Cash Children's Album     

1971-73     

1975

C 32898

38.

Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories     

1974

1975

C 33087

39.

John R. Cash     

1974

1975

KC 33370

40.

Look At Them Beans     

1975

1975

KC 33814

41.

Strawberry Cake (Live at the Palladium, London, England)     

1975

1976

KC 34088      

42.

One Piece At A Time     

1975-76     

1976

KC 34193

43.

The Last Gunfighter Ballad     

1975-76     

1977

KC 34314

44.

The Rambler      

1977

1977

KC 34833

45.

I Would Like To See You Again     

1976-77     

1978

KC 35313

46.

Gone Girl      

1977-78     

1978

PC 35646

47.

Silver     

1979

1979

JC 36086

48.

Rockabilly Blues     

1979-80     

1980

JC 36779

49.

Classic Christmas      

1980

1980

JC 36866

50.

The Baron     

1980-81     

1981

FC 37179

51.

The Survivors: Johnny Cash - Jerry Lee Lewis - Carl Perkins (Live)     

1981

1982

FC 37961  

52.

The Adventures Of Johnny Cash     

1981-82     

1982

FC 38094

53.

Johnny 99     

1983

1983

FC 38696

54.

Koncert V Praze (In Prague Live)     

1978

1983

Supraphon

55.

Rainbow     

1984-85     

1985

FC 39951

56.

Highwayman: Waylon Jennings - Willie Nelson - Johnny Cash - Kris Kristofferson     

1984-85     

1985

FC 40056

57.

Heroes     

1984-85     

1986

FC 40347

58.

Highwayman 2: Waylon Jennings - Willie Nelson - Johnny Cash - Kris Kristofferson     

1989

1990

CK 45240          

59.

At Madison Square Garden (Live)     

1969

2002

CK 86808






BONUS DISCS:





60.

Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar     

1955-58     

2012


61. #     

The Singles, Plus (2-CD)     

1958-84     

2012


      *    indicates original monaural (mono) recording


      #    indicates gatefold cover package


 

SOURCE Legacy Recordings



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