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.

Notably, the album Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series is presented in a 2LP format for the very first time. All the LPs are pressed on 180g vinyl for the highest quality audio fidelity and the box includes a MP3 download voucher.

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) 1LP

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) 1LP

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) 1LP

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) 2LP

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) 1LP

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

All the LPs are pressed on 180g vinyl for the highest quality audio fidelity and the box includes a MP3 download voucher.

Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series is presented in a 2LP format for the very first time.

 

LP1 - Side A: 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

LP1 - Side B: Carl Perkins / Jerry Lee Lewis / Roy Orbison / Johnny Cash - Class Of '55: Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming (1986)

  1. Coming Home
  2. Rock And Roll (Fais-Do-Do)
  3. Keep My Motor Running
  4. I Will Rock And Roll With You
  5. Big Train (From Memphis)

LP2 - Side A: 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

LP2 - Side B: Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town (1987)

  1. Sixteen Tons
  2. Letters From Home
  3. W. Lee O'Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys)
  4. Heavy Metal (Don't Mean Rock And Roll To Me)
  5. My Ship Will Sail

LP3 - Side A: 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)

LP3 - Side B: Water From The Wells Of Home (1988)

  1. That Old Wheel (With Hank Williams, Jr.)
  2. Sweeter Than The Flowers (With Waylon Jennings)
  3. A Croft In Clachan (The Ballad Of Rob MacDunn) (With Glen Campbell)
  4. New Moon Over Jamaica (With Paul McCartney)
  5. Water From The Wells Of Home (With John Carter Cash)

LP4 - Side A: 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

LP4 - Side B: Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series (1988)

  1. Cry, Cry, Cry
  2. Blue Train
  3. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  4. Five Feet High And Rising
  5. Peace In The Valley

LP5 - Side A: Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series (1988)

  1. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
  2. Home Of The Blues
  3. Guess Things Happen That Way
  4. I Got Stripes
  5. I Walk The Line

LP5 - Side B: Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series (1988)

  1. Ring Of Fire
  2. Ballad Of Ira Hayes
  3. The Ways Of A Woman In Love
  4. Folsom Prison Blues
  5. Supper Time

LP6 - Side A: 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

LP6 - Side B: Boom Chicka Boom (1990)

  1. Harley
  2. I Love You, Love You
  3. Hidden Shame
  4. Monteagle Mountain
  5. That's One You Owe Me

LP7 - Side A: 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

LP7 - Side B: The Mystery Of Life (1991)

  1. Goin' By The Book
  2. Wanted Man
  3. I'll Go Somewhere And Sing My Songs Again (with Tom T. Hall)
  4. The Hobo Song
  5. Angel And The Badman

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