Complete Mercury Albums 1986-1991

Johnny Cash

In 1986, after almost 30 years on Columbia Records, Country music legend Johnny Cash released his first album on Mercury Records – Class Of ’55, in collaboration with fellow Sun Records alumni Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Seven years later, his last recording before signing with Rick Rubin’s American Recordings would be another collaboration, “The Wanderer”, with U2.

In the years that span those recordings, Johnny Cash released a total of six albums for Mercury. Despite significant focus and attention around his Columbia and American recordings, his Mercury catalogue has never been revisited… until now.

April 2020 will see the release of The Complete Mercury Studio Albums (1986-1991)– a 7CD/ 7LP boxed set featuring newly remastered audio for the very first time, using the original Mercury master tapes.

With brand new liner notes by music writer Scott Schinder, Johnny Cash: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (1986-1991) represents the very first deep dive into the Country music legend’s Mercury catalogue, and reveals its importance as the bridge between his better known catalogues on Columbia and American.

 

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Carl Perkins / Jerry Lee Lewis / Roy Orbison / Johnny Cash – Class Of ’55: Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming (1986)

In 1986, after almost 30 years on Columbia Records, Country music legend Johnny Cash released his first album on Mercury Records – Class Of ’55, in collaboration with fellow Sun Records alumni Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

While the album was in part a tribute to Elvis Presley, it was mainly a commemoration of those young performing hopefuls, the four album participants, who all began their careers with Sun Records in the 1950s, as had Presley. Recorded at Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios and completed at American Sound Studios, the album was originally released on 26 May 1986.

 

Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town (1987)

Originally released in April 1987, Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town was Johnny Cash’s first album proper on Mercury Records (following the collaboration album Class Of ’55, with Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison)

The album features the tracks “Sixteen Tons”, previously a hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford, and “The Big Light”, an Elvis Costello song from his album King of America. The album reached #36 on the US Billboard Country chart, while the only released single, “The Night Hank Williams Came to Town”, peaked at #43.

 

Johnny Cash – Water From The Wells Of Home (1988)

Originally released in May 1988, Water From The Wells Of Home is the 75th album by Country legend Johnny Cash, and was his third on Mercury Records.

The album features several collaborations with other artists, including Paul McCartney, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris and family members Rosanne Cash, John Carter Cash, June Carter Cash and members of the Carter Family.

 

Johnny Cash – Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series (1988)

In 1986, after almost 30 years on Columbia Records, Johnny Cash signed to Mercury Records. Two years later, in 1988, he released Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series, which featured 20 new re-recordings of classic Johnny Cash material.

Including renowned tracks such as “Ring Of Fire”, “Get Rhythm”, “Long Black Veil”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, and “I Walk The Line”, Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series captured one of Country music’s greatest sons singing the songs that made him a legend.

 

Johnny Cash – Boom Chicka Boom (1990)

Released in February 1990, Boom Chicka Boom is Johnny Cash’s 76th album, and his fifth on Mercury Records. The title refers to the sound that Cash’s backing band, the Tennessee Three, were said to produce.

It includes a cover of Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”, and a song written by Elvis Costello specifically for Cash, “Hidden Shame”. The album reached No. 48 on the country charts. The album has backing vocals by Elvis Presley’s old backing group, The Jordanaires.

 

Johnny Cash – The Mystery Of Life (1991)

Released in March 1991, The Mystery of Life was Johnny Cash’s sixth and final album on Mercury Records, and features songs from contemporary album sessions as well as Cash’s first Mercury session in 1986 for the album Johnny Cash is Coming to Town.

The record includes recordings of two songs already associated with him from his Sun and Columbia days, “Hey Porter” and “Wanted Man”. “I’ll Go Somewhere and Sing My Songs Again” finds Cash duetting with long-time collaborator Tom T. Hall.

Unfortunately the album performed poorly on the Billboard country charts (it peaked at #70), as did the single “Goin’ By The Book” (#69). Coupled with an unsteady relationship with Mercury at the time, Cash’s departure from the label followed the album’s release.

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Discs: 7

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Release Date 24 Apr 2020
Cat No 6772694
Genre 60's, 70's

7CD Box Set newly remastered audio for the very first time, using the original Mercury master tapes.

 

CD1: Carl Perkins / Jerry Lee Lewis / Roy Orbison / Johnny Cash - Class Of '55: Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming (1986)

  1. Birth Of Rock And Roll
  2. Sixteen Candles
  3. Class Of '55
  4. Waymore’s Blues
  5. We Remember The King
  6. Coming Home
  7. Rock And Roll (Fais-Do-Do)
  8. Keep My Motor Running
  9. I Will Rock And Roll With You
  10. Big Train (From Memphis)

CD2: Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town (1987)

  1. The Big Light
  2. The Ballad Of Barbara
  3. I'd Rather Have You
  4. Let Him Roll
  5. The Night Hank Williams Came To Town
  6. Sixteen Tons
  7. Letters From Home
  8. W. Lee O'Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys)
  9. Heavy Metal (Don't Mean Rock And Roll To Me)
  10. My Ship Will Sail

CD3: Water From The Wells Of Home (1988)

  1. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen (With Roseanne Cash & The Everly Brothers)
  2. As Long As I Live (With Emmylou Harris)
  3. Where Did We Go Right (With June Carter Cash and The Carter Family)
  4. The Last Of The Drifters (With Tom T. Hall)
  5. Call Me The Breeze (With John Carter Cash)
  6. That Old Wheel (With Hank Williams, Jr.)
  7. Sweeter Than The Flowers (With Waylon Jennings)
  8. A Croft In Clachan (The Ballad Of Rob MacDunn) (With Glen Campbell)
  9. New Moon Over Jamaica (With Paul McCartney)
  10. Water From The Wells Of Home (With John Carter Cash)

CD4: Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series (1988)

  1. Get Rhythm
  2. Tennessee Flat Top Box
  3. Long Black Veil
  4. A Thing Called Love
  5. I Still Miss Someone
  6. Cry, Cry, Cry
  7. Blue Train
  8. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  9. Five Feet High And Rising
  10. Peace In The Valley
  11. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
  12. Home Of The Blues
  13. Guess Things Happen That Way
  14. I Got Stripes
  15. I Walk The Line
  16. Ring Of Fire
  17. Ballad Of Ira Hayes
  18. The Ways Of A Woman In Love
  19. Folsom Prison Blues
  20. Supper Time

CD5: Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series (Early Mixes) (1987)

  1. Sunday Morning Coming Down (early mix)
  2. Get Rhythm (early mix)
  3. I Walk The Line (early mix)
  4. Long Black Veil (early mix)
  5. I Still Miss Someone (early mix)
  6. Blue Train (early mix)
  7. I Got Stripes (early mix)
  8. Peace In The Valley (early mix)
  9. Five Feet High And Rising (early mix)
  10. Folsom Prison Blues (early mix)
  11. Cry, Cry, Cry (early mix)
  12. Don't Take Your Guns To Town (early mix)
  13. Tennessee Flat Top Box (early mix)
  14. A Thing Called Love (early mix)
  15. The Ways Of A Woman In Love (early mix)
  16. Ballad Of Ira Hayes (early mix)
  17. Guess Things Happen That Way (early mix)
  18. Home Of The Blues (early mix)
  19. Supper Time (early mix)
  20. Ring Of Fire (early mix)

CD6: Boom Chicka Boom (1990)

  1. A Backstage Pass
  2. Cat's In The Cradle
  3. Farmer's Almanac
  4. Don't Go Near The Water
  5. Family Bible
  6. Harley
  7. I Love You, Love You
  8. Hidden Shame
  9. Monteagle Mountain
  10. That's One You Owe Me
  11. Veteran’s Day (b-side of of The Mystery Of Life)
  12. I Shall Be Free (b-side of of Farmer's Almanac)
  13. I Draw The Line (previously unreleased)
  14. A Backstage Pass (early version)
  15. Harley (early version)
  16. That's One You Owe Me (early version)
  17. Veteran’s Day (early version)

CD7: The Mystery Of Life (1991)

  1. The Greatest Cowboy Of Them All
  2. I'm An Easy Rider
  3. The Mystery Of Life
  4. Hey Porter
  5. Beans For Breakfast
  6. Goin' By The Book
  7. Wanted Man
  8. I'll Go Somewhere And Sing My Songs Again (with Tom T. Hall)
  9. The Hobo Song
  10. Angel And The Badman
  11. The Wanderer (with U2) [Long version from the Faraway, So Close! soundtrack album]

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