NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia/Legacy), the remarkable, lost Johnny Cash album recently discovered by John Carter Cash and comprised of 12 previously unreleased songs that were recorded thirty years ago, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Additionally, the album has debuted top 5 in multiple markets around the world.
Since its release on March 25 the album has earned great media acclaim and fans worldwide have demonstrated the enduring interest in the legacy of Johnny Cash.
Here's a sampling of what the critics are saying about OUT AMONG THE STARS:
""Stars" holds up among Cash's best work -- even if it took 30 years to officially complete it." –BILLBOARD
"Crucial for all Cash fans." - THE GUARDIAN
"Cash breezes through a well-selected series of songs, mixing the sentimental ("Tennessee") with the spiritual ("I Came To Believe") and the humorous ("If I Told You Who It Was"). " - ASSOCIATED PRESS
"… the dozen previously unreleased recordings on Out Among The Stars show an iconic voice in fine and sober form…" –USA TODAY
"The idiosyncratic album ambles easily among genres, from bluegrass ("Don't You Think It's Come Our Time") and country hymns ("I Came To Believe") to classic Cash ("She Used To Love Me A Lot") creating a well-curated reminder for audiences reared on Cash's American Recordings work that he could sing anything and make it resonate."
"Out Among the Stars stands firmly shoulder-to-shoulder with his finest recordings. No mere compilation cobbled together for sales, but a coherent, strong contribution to his catalog." -ESQUIRE
"Cash's flawed humanity is one of the reasons why so very many people were drawn to him, and why we remember him still. This newest addition to his ever-expanding body of posthumous work, an album originally recorded 30 years ago but never released at the time, provides additional context for one of the strangest and most flawed periods of his career, and offers up a few damn good tunes in the bargain." -PITCHFORK
"A fantastic 'lost' album…reveals a performer at the top of his game…a momentous discovery." - THE SUN
"Heard in what would have been Cash's 82nd year, the songs find this icon embracing Music Row conventions without losing his soul." –NY DAILY NEWS
"Finding any previously unheard Johnny Cash material is cause for celebration – but an entire album's worth?" –ROLLING STONE
"…this new collection features the man in his relative splendor…" –YAHOO! MUSIC
"'She Used to Love Me a Lot' contains all the hallmark brilliance of Cash. The honest simplicity and deep conviction of his delivery shines through." –CMT.COM
"... it's laid-back and entertaining, a nice reminder of Cash's goofy good humor: "If I Told You Who It Was" and "Baby Ride Easy" (a duet with June Carter Cash) are high-spirited and jokey, offsetting serious stuff like "I Came To Believe" and "She Used To Love Me a Lot." Nostalgia for '80s Johnny — it's about time." –NY POST
The tracks on OUT AMONG THE STARS were originally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984 and produced by Billy Sherrill, the architect of the "countrypolitan" sound in Nashville at the time. The collection includes duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings—Johnny also worked with an expanded ensemble featuring a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin and Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass).
SOURCE Legacy Recordings