Cash Unearthed

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Produced by Rick Rubin -- the instigator of Johnny Cash's seminal American Recordings series -- Cash Unearthed houses 64 never-before-heard songs from the Man in Black, spread over four discs. A fifth disc, titled My Mother's Hymn Book, is a complete, previously unreleased solo acoustic spiritual album. The deluxe packaging includes a 104-page, cloth-bound book; never-before-seen photographs; and Cash's personal commentary on every song in the box.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Unearthed is, before anything else, a monolith. It's a whopping five CDs of material, four of which are previously unreleased. The first three are outtakes from the four ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Produced by Rick Rubin -- the instigator of Johnny Cash's seminal American Recordings series -- Cash Unearthed houses 64 never-before-heard songs from the Man in Black, spread over four discs. A fifth disc, titled My Mother's Hymn Book, is a complete, previously unreleased solo acoustic spiritual album. The deluxe packaging includes a 104-page, cloth-bound book; never-before-seen photographs; and Cash's personal commentary on every song in the box.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Unearthed is, before anything else, a monolith. It's a whopping five CDs of material, four of which are previously unreleased. The first three are outtakes from the four American Recordings albums Johnny Cash recorded with producer Rick Rubin. Disc four is an entirely new album of gospel songs Cash recorded from his mother's hymnal around the time of American III: Solitary Man. The final disc is a compilation drawn from the released albums. It was planned as a tenth anniversary celebration of the Cash and Rubin collaboration that began in 1992, while they were working on a fifth album. It is, effectively, the last will and testament from country music's grandest and most towering and enduring figure, Hank Williams not withstanding. The box was finished and the final mixes were sent to Cash, though he died before they arrived. During Cash's tenure with American Recordings that began in 1992, he and Rubin would cut anywhere between 40 and 80 songs for each record; for the first one they recorded over 100. Disc one, entitled "Who's Gonna Cry," features Cash singing unaccompanied as he did on American Recordings, his debut for the label. Discs two and three -- entitled "Trouble in Mind" and "Redemption Songs," respectively -- come from the material recorded for the other three and are collaborations with singers such as Nick Cave, Glen Campbell, Fiona Apple, Tom Petty, Joe Strummer, and Carl Perkins, as well as other musicians who include Norman Blake, the Heartbreakers, the rhythm section for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smokey Hormel, the Red Devils, John Carter Cash, as well as Laura and Rosanne and Cowboy Jack Clement. There are also alternate takes of some material used on the recordings with different accompaniment, including a voice and acoustic guitar read of "When the Man Comes Around." Between-track banter is abundant, as is the humor. While the majority of this material is terrific, and arguably some of it could have been used interchangeably with what was released, there are tracks that were experiments that don't quite measure up, though they remain examples of the Man in Black at his most inspired. The reading of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is a case in point. It is a classic country song that was defined by George Jones. Cash's reading, though honest, taught, and fierce, lacks the pathos and harrowing depth of the Jones version. Likewise, the duet with Fiona Apple on Cat Stevens' "Father and Son" just out and out falters. "Gentle on My Mind," with Glen Campbell, is obviously fraught with genuine admiration on the part of both singers, but it's obvious that the definitive version had already been done and this one misses. Likewise, some of the material from Solitary Man and Unchained is well-intentioned and passionately wrought, but it is obvious why these songs didn't make the cut. But there are genuine revelations, too, such as the solo acoustic treatment of "Long Black Veil." It leaves its previous 1966 incarnation in the dust. On this one, the song is from the heart of the lonesome, love-torn ghost, looking upon the woman who wanders the graveyard and weeps at his headstone. To say it is chilling is one thing; the fact that it opens the entire collection is nearly devastating. Cash's covers of Billy Joe Shaver's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal" and Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" define the term Americana, and add great depth and dimension to the original versions. While a solo version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" was issued on Joe Strummer's posthumous Streetcore, it is this duet with Cash that is the most moving and clear -- and Cash refused to change the Jamaican patois in Marley's language. Likewise, the two versions of Dolly Parton's "I'm a Drifter" are both visionary, as is a sage read of Neil Young's "Pocahontas" and the shattering take of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More." Cash's retelling of Steve Earle's "Devil's Right Hand" gives the song an entirely different meaning. On the canonical material, evidenced by "Trouble in Mind," "Salty Dog," Jean Ritchie's "The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore," Marty Robbins' "Big Iron," Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone," and Jimmie Davis' "You Are My Sunshine," Cash sings with the authority of a singer who has inherited the legacy tradition he carries in the grain of his voice. But it is the fourth disc, consisting of old country gospel songs, that steals the entire show here. Most of these songs Cash carried with him most of his life. Many come from a battered and tattered book of his mother's; Cash offers a completely unadorned devotional reading of spirituals from the annals of his Southern gothic gospel experience. While some of these are closely associated with the African-American gospel tradition of Thomas Dorsey, Cash points out in the liner notes that these songs existed simultaneously in the white church. In these 14 songs, from the rounds of "I'll Fly Away" and "Do Lord" to the expansive "Where the Soul of a Man Never Dies" and "In the Sweet By and By" to the modern gospel classic "I Am a Pilgrim" by Merle Travis, Cash's conviction and complexity are everywhere evident. These are simple songs with complex emotions, and in his readings of them they carry the paradoxes of his life, from drug addiction to grace to social justice stances to reverence, humility, and the willingness to live the gospel. They are towering because of their vulnerability and their need to communicate directly -- with searing yet human intensity -- the revelation of the singer's held truth. Unearthed is a true best-of set: a collection of the finest tracks from the remarkable symbiotic collaboration between Cash and Rubin. The five CDs are accompanied by a stellar package that includes a 100-page booklet with brilliant and deeply moving liner notes by Sylvie Simmons. Her written portraiture of Cash in his wheelchair talking about the music here and his future plans is realistic, humble, and respectfully empathetic. In addition, each track on the set is annotated in the book by directly attributed quotes she gathered from Cash, and also from Rubin and the many principals involved in the sessions. One hopes that this is the last box of the recordings from American, because it is so fine, so brilliantly woven, and so soulfully presented with an ear to quality and vision that anything other than the assemblage of American V from the recordings already completed would seem superfluous, blunting the impact of this grand and necessary document. Here is the depth of the vision and commitment of Johnny Cash to song, presented elegantly and magnificently, a mirror image of the man and his myth.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
The 64 unreleased recordings on "Unearthed," all cut in the last 10 years of Cash's life during his collaboration with the producer Rick Rubin, are too good just to lump together in a boxed set.... Cash, at 71, was taken in his prime.
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
Some of the starkest, most gripping music of his career.... From beginning to end, Unearthed is spectacularly good.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
The recurring theme of this overwhelming and over-stuffed postscript to Cash's Rubin years is the notion that taking solace and finding deep truths in music never end, even as death looms. As depressing as Unearthed can be, it's also one of the year's most oddly comforting releases. (B+)
Blender - Paul Du Noyer
By anyone else's standards, Cash's leftovers equal a feast.

The 64 unreleased recordings on "Unearthed," all cut in the last 10 years of Cash's life during his collaboration with the producer Rick Rubin, are too good just to lump together in a boxed set.... Cash, at 71, was taken in his prime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602498613351
  • Catalog Number: 000167902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Long Black Veil (3:15)
  2. 2 Flesh and Blood (2:29)
  3. 3 Just the Other Side of Nowhere (3:18)
  4. 4 If I Give My Soul (3:01)
  5. 5 Understand Your Man (2:06)
  6. 6 Banks of the Ohio (4:07)
  7. 7 Two Timin' Woman (2:06)
  8. 8 The Caretaker (1:55)
  9. 9 Old Chunk of Coal (1:54)
  10. 10 I'm Going to Memphis (2:40)
  11. 11 Breaking Bread (2:48)
  12. 12 Waiting for a Train (1:46)
  13. 13 Casey's Last Ride (3:21)
  14. 14 No Earthly Good (2:43)
  15. 15 The Fourth Man in the Fire (2:48)
  16. 16 Dark as a Dungeon (3:00)
  17. 17 Book Review (2:07)
  18. 18 Down There by the Train (5:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pocahontas (3:43)
  2. 2 I'm a Drifter (3:50)
  3. 3 Trouble in Mind (3:32)
  4. 4 Down the Line (2:38)
  5. 5 I'm Movin' On (2:54)
  6. 6 As Long as the Grass Shall Grow (4:21)
  7. 7 Heart of Gold (3:01)
  8. 8 The Running Kind - Tom Petty (3:11)
  9. 9 Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (2:11)
  10. 10 Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Carl Perkins (2:21)
  11. 11 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) (3:38)
  12. 12 Devil's Right Hand (2:33)
  13. 13 I'm a Drifter (3:45)
  14. 14 Like a Soldier - Willie Nelson (2:55)
  15. 15 Drive On (2:23)
  16. 16 Bird on a Wire (5:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Singer of Songs (2:48)
  2. 2 The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore (3:13)
  3. 3 Redemption Song - Joe Strummer (3:27)
  4. 4 Father and Son - Fiona Apple (2:49)
  5. 5 Chattanooga Sugar Babe (3:16)
  6. 6 He Stopped Loving Her Today (2:37)
  7. 7 Hard Times (Come Again No More) (4:01)
  8. 8 Wichita Lineman (3:03)
  9. 9 Cindy - Nick Cave (2:53)
  10. 10 Big Iron (3:52)
  11. 11 Salty Dog (2:26)
  12. 12 Gentle on My Mind (3:24)
  13. 13 You Are My Sunshine (3:18)
  14. 14 You'll Never Walk Alone (2:59)
  15. 15 The Man Comes Around (3:51)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Where We'll Never Grow Old (3:31)
  2. 2 I Shall Not Be Moved (2:41)
  3. 3 I Am a Pilgrim (2:27)
  4. 4 Do Lord (2:12)
  5. 5 When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder (1:36)
  6. 6 If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven (2:31)
  7. 7 I'll Fly Away (1:54)
  8. 8 Where the Soul of Man Never Dies (2:15)
  9. 9 Let the Lower Lights Be Burning (3:14)
  10. 10 When He Reached Down His Hand for Me (2:14)
  11. 11 In the Sweet By and By (2:25)
  12. 12 I'm Bound for the Promised Land (2:15)
  13. 13 In the Garden (3:18)
  14. 14 Softly and Tenderly (3:17)
  15. 15 Just as I Am (2:38)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Delia's Gone (2:19)
  2. 2 Bird on a Wire (4:04)
  3. 3 Thirteen (3:23)
  4. 4 Rowboat (3:45)
  5. 5 The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart) (2:28)
  6. 6 Rusty Cage (2:50)
  7. 7 Southern Accents (4:42)
  8. 8 Mercy Seat (4:35)
  9. 9 Solitary Man (2:25)
  10. 10 Wayfaring Stranger (3:22)
  11. 11 One (3:52)
  12. 12 I Hung My Head (3:52)
  13. 13 The Man Comes Around (4:29)
  14. 14 We'll Meet Again (2:57)
  15. 15 Hurt (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist
Norman Blake Track Performer
Marty Stuart Track Performer
Glen Campbell Vocals, Track Performer
Nick Cave Vocals
Carl Perkins Track Performer
Tom Petty Track Performer
Joe Strummer Vocals
Mike Campbell Track Performer
Sheryl Crow Track Performer
Bill Bateman Track Performer
Benmont Tench Track Performer
Thom Bresh Track Performer
Jack Clement Track Performer
Howie Epstein Track Performer
David Ferguson Track Performer
Steve Ferrone Track Performer
Flea Track Performer
John Frusciante Track Performer
Terry Harrington Track Performer
Rami Jaffee Track Performer
Tom Morello Track Performer
Larry Perkins Track Performer
Randy Scruggs Track Performer
Chad Smith Track Performer
Jimmy Tittle Track Performer
Smokey Hormel Track Performer
D. Sardy Track Performer
Fiona Apple Vocals
Greg Fidelman Track Performer
Juliet Prater Track Performer
Paul "The Kid" Size Track Performer
John Carter Cash Track Performer
Johnny Ray Bartel Track Performer
Laura Cash Track Performer
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Track Performer
Lester Bulter Track Performer
David Roe Track Performer
Technical Credits
Norman Blake Composer
Stephen Foster Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
John Hartford Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Jean Ritchie Composer
Edgar Meyer Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Nick Cave Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
Steve Earle Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Cat Stevens Composer
Sting Composer
James Taylor Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Neil Young Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peter La Farge Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Billy Joe Shaver Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer
The Edge Composer
Beck Composer
Bono Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Chris Cornell Composer
Glenn Danzig Composer
Richard Dodd Engineer
David Ferguson Engineer
William Lee Golden Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Mick Harvey Composer
Sylvia Massy Engineer
Lani McIntire Composer
Charles Mitchell Composer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Mark O'Connor Composer
Curly Putman Composer
Wayne Raney Composer
Trent Reznor Composer
Rick Rubin Producer
Thom Russo Engineer
David Schiffman Engineer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Philip Bliss Composer
D. Sardy Engineer
Sam Phillips Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Danny Dill Composer
Christine Cano Art Direction
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Del Lyon Composer
Dick Toops Composer
William B. Bradbury Composer
Hughie Charles Composer
Charlotte Elliot Composer
Bobby George Composer
Joseph Philbrick Webster Composer
John R. Cash Arranger, Adaptation
John Carter Cash Arranger, Engineer, Adaptation
Chuck Turner Engineer
Charlie Williams Composer
James C. Moore Composer
Traditional Composer
Sanford Fillmore Bennett Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
C. Austin Miles Composer
Hollie Dew Composer
Tim OConnell Composer
Karl Silbersdorf Composer
James Black Composer
Sylvie Simmons Interviewer, Text
Will L. Thompson Composer
Ross Parker Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unearthed - Johnny Cash

    Great compilation of songs. Hw was a great man and even singing others' songs he makes them his own. Love "As Long as The Grass Shall Grow" with June -- it is very haunting to me. Many others bring back memories. Working with other artists right up until the very end of his life he was still a great singer. He influenced so many and will continue to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    God Bless Rick Rubin........................

    for blessing Johnny Cash with the opportunity to do some of his best work at the end of his life. Cash Unearthed is a seminal entry into the body of work that was Cash's life.

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