Cash: Ultimate Gospel

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No music meant more to Johny Cash than the simple hymns of his Christian faith. This most complete CD of his gospel recordings -- two dozen tracks spanning the '50s to the '70s -- presents Cash at his most reverent, and includes three previously unreleased performances. The earliest tracks, from 1957, hail from Johnny's Sun Records days, while stops in the '60s include eight songs with the Carter Family. The 1970s were arguably Cash's most reverent period, after his marriage to June Carter and the success of his television show -- nine songs are included from that decade. Of the previously unreleased tracks, two recordings from 1981 feature Marty Stuart on guitar and were produced by Jack Clement, as was the 1974 ...
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No music meant more to Johny Cash than the simple hymns of his Christian faith. This most complete CD of his gospel recordings -- two dozen tracks spanning the '50s to the '70s -- presents Cash at his most reverent, and includes three previously unreleased performances. The earliest tracks, from 1957, hail from Johnny's Sun Records days, while stops in the '60s include eight songs with the Carter Family. The 1970s were arguably Cash's most reverent period, after his marriage to June Carter and the success of his television show -- nine songs are included from that decade. Of the previously unreleased tracks, two recordings from 1981 feature Marty Stuart on guitar and were produced by Jack Clement, as was the 1974 session that yielded "My Ship Will Sail."
Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Johnny Cash was most fully invested in songs when he was exploring the gospel canon. Which is why the 24 cuts (3 heretofore unreleased) on this overview are such a powerful listening experience. Ranging from a couple of tracks cut during the Sun years to some early-'80s recordings with Marty Stuart on guitar, Ultimate Gospel is a first-rate primer on the breadth and depth of Cash's spiritual legacy in song. The material comes from all over the place -- Thomas A. Dorsey's "Peace in the Valley," Carl Perkins's "Daddy Sang Bass," the Carter Family's "Troublesome Waters" -- but the bulk consists of warhorses that Cash revivifies with the force and commitment of his testimony. Included is his original studio recording of "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)," which became a pivotal emotional component of his live shows; a regal (and previously unreleased) "How Great Thou Art"; the first studio recording of another Cash landmark, "Far Side Banks of Jordan," in a duet with June Carter Cash; a reverent, honky-tonk-style rendering of "Great Speckled Bird"; and a breathtaking, majestic treatment of "Oh, Come, Angel Band," from an album released on the Cachet label after Columbia turned it down. This is practically a lesson in the fundamentals of gospel, and a listener could hardly have asked for a better guide to the wisdom, humility, and humanity to be found therein.
All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Johnny Cash released more than half a dozen gospel albums during his career, beginning with 1959's Hymns by Johnny Cash, and he scattered gospel tunes throughout his other works as well. A deeply religious man, he sang his songs of praise with as much, or perhaps more, conviction as he did his secular material -- even the most skeptical non-believer would have to appreciate the honesty and soul of Cash's gospel recordings. Cash: Ultimate Gospel collects 24 of his best, most drawn from his Columbia catalog with a pair ("I Was There When It Happened" and "Belshazzar") emanating from Cash's early Sun Records period, and two ("Oh Come, Angel Band" and "Children Go Where I Send Thee") originally on the Cachet label. Three tracks on the set are previously unreleased: a moving reading of "How Great Thou Art," that rivals Elvis Presley's, "It Is No Secret What God Can Do," and "My Ship Will Sail." As with all of Cash's music, there is a realism and warmth to his delivery; Cash's spiritual music is saccharine-free and naked in its emotions, non-preachy and devoid of hellfire in its words -- he's out to tell a story, not to convert. Cash: Ultimate Gospel is sequenced in a non-chronological manner, which works to its benefit -- the songs flow together beautifully, so that the transition from a polished '70s track such as "The Preacher Said 'Jesus Said'" to the more minimalist "I Was There When It Happened" (from 1957) isn't jarring in the least. Some of the songs here are traditional and well-known to all ("Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Amazing Grace"), while others have a distinctive Cash stamp on them ("Daddy Sang Bass," the Cash-June Carter Cash duet on the Carter Family's "Far Side Banks of Jordan"). All told, it's as rich and rewarding a collection of Johnny Cash music as any other.

Johnny Cash released more than half a dozen gospel albums during his career, beginning with 1959's Hymns by Johnny Cash, and he scattered gospel tunes throughout his other works as well. A deeply religious man, he sang his songs of praise with as much, or perhaps more, conviction as he did his secular material -- even the most skeptical non-believer would have to appreciate the honesty and soul of Cash's gospel recordings. Cash: Ultimate Gospel collects 24 of his best, most drawn from his Columbia catalog with a pair ("I Was There When It Happened" and "Belshazzar") emanating from Cash's early Sun Records period, and two ("Oh Come, Angel Band" and "Children Go Where I Send Thee") originally on the Cachet label. Three tracks on the set are previously unreleased: a moving reading of "How Great Thou Art," that rivals Elvis Presley's, "It Is No Secret What God Can Do," and "My Ship Will Sail." As with all of Cash's music, there is a realism and warmth to his delivery; Cash's spiritual music is saccharine-free and naked in its emotions, non-preachy and devoid of hellfire in its words -- he's out to tell a story, not to convert. Cash: Ultimate Gospel is sequenced in a non-chronological manner, which works to its benefit -- the songs flow together beautifully, so that the transition from a polished '70s track such as "The Preacher Said 'Jesus Said'" to the more minimalist "I Was There When It Happened" (from 1957) isn't jarring in the least. Some of the songs here are traditional and well-known to all ("Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Amazing Grace"), while others have a distinctive Cash stamp on them ("Daddy Sang Bass," the Cash-June Carter Cash duet on the Carter Family's "Far Side Banks of Jordan"). All told, it's as rich and rewarding a collection of Johnny Cash music as any other.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970073929
  • Catalog Number: 700739
  • Sales rank: 8,165

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist
Norman Blake Dobro
Marty Stuart Guitar
The Carter Family Background Vocals
Carl Perkins Electric Guitar
Bob Johnson Guitar
Jan Howard Background Vocals
Bill Pursell Piano
Mother Maybelle Carter Autoharp
Johnny Western Guitar
Ritchie Albright Drums
Earl Poole Ball Piano
June Carter Cash Vocals
Johnny Christopher Guitar
Chuck Cochran Piano
Philip Donnelly Electric Guitar
Rosa Dotson Background Vocals
Duke Goff Bass
Marshall Grant Bass, Vocal Harmony
Jack Hale Piano, Trumpet
Buddy Harman Drums
Jerry Hensley Guitar
Bob Lewin Trumpet
Farrell Morris Percussion
Luther Perkins Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jack Routh Guitar
Jerry Shook Guitar
Pete Wade Guitar
Johnny Whittaker Background Vocals
John Williams [double bass] Bass
Bob Wootton Electric Guitar
W.S. Holland Drums
Ralph Hansell Vibes
Marvin Hughes Piano
B.J. Baker Background Vocals
Morris Palmer Drums
Beegie Cruzer Piano
Rev. Billy Graham Track Performer
Nashville 21st Century Singers Background Vocals
Bill Walker Performing Ensemble
The Bill Harris Quintet Percussion
Robin Johnson Background Vocals
Joe Allen Bass
William A. "Bill" Walker Piano
Millicent Alexander Background Vocals
Anna Grizzard Background Vocals
Frederic Schulman Background Vocals
James Carter Wilson Piano
Larry McCoy Piano
Technical Credits
Charlie Bragg Producer
June Carter Cash Duet
Jack Clement Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Jack Routh Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rev. Billy Graham Text
C. Williams Arranger
Traditional Composer
Sylvie Simmons Liner Notes
J.R. Cash Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Johnny Cash

    I truly love Johnny Cash when he sings gospel. This CD is wonderful to listen to especially since it includes June and Mother Maybelle. When I am listening to this, I feel uplifted. You can tell that he believes what he is singing. And that makes this CD a real keeper.

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