Life Unheard

Life Unheard

by Johnny Cash


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Life Unheard

The cover art for Time/Life's 2013 compilation Life Unheard is pretty clever -- it's designed to look like an old Life magazine from the '60s, which is when much of the music on this Johnny Cash rarities compilation was recorded -- but the "Unheard" suggests that this 12-track collection contains nothing but newly unearthed tracks, which is not strictly true. All but two of the 12 songs have appeared somewhere on Legacy's ongoing Cash Bootleg series, the two exceptions being the fine story-song "Ben Dewberry's Final Run," which appears to be from the '70s, and a pretty fun and funky travelogue that seems to date from the '80s. The rest -- which breaks down to six live tracks cut between 1969-1973; a demo called "Restless Kid"; and three excavations from the vault, "Life's Railway to Heaven," "It Takes One to Know Me," and "Truth" -- are all easily available, many on Vol. 3 of the Bootleg series, so collectors may wind up being slightly disappointed in this disc, but those who haven't dug into the Bootleg series will find this to be an appealing mishmash of concert cuts and solid studio leftovers from throughout Cash's entire run at Columbia.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/2013
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0888837293426
catalogNumber: 372934
Rank: 47031

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Carter Family   Background Vocals
Carl Perkins   Electric Guitar
Jan Howard   Background Vocals
Earl Poole Ball   Piano
Statler Brothers   Background Vocals
Jack Clement   Guitar
Marshall Grant   Bass,Electric Guitar
Jerry Hensley   Guitar
Luther Perkins   Electric Guitar
Jack Routh   Guitar
Bob Wootton   Electric Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums
Joe Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer,Producer
Carl Perkins   Composer
June Carter Cash   Introduction
Jack Clement   Producer
M.E. Abbey   Composer
C.D. Tillman   Composer

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