Johnny Cash’s Acclaimed ‘Unearthed’ Returns As Nine-LP Vinyl Box Set

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Unearthed Returns

Johnny Cash’s much-acclaimed box set of primarily unreleased material, Unearthed, is to be reissued as a nine-album vinyl box set. To celebrate the Man in Black’s enduring and influential legacy, American Recordings and UMe have reconfigured this monolithic collection for its first-ever vinyl release, spreading Unearthed’s 79 songs over nine high-quality 180-gram vinyl LPs while expanding the original box’s distinctive packaging for the long-playing format.

Available 3 November 2017, the Unearthed vinyl box features a pair of cloth-bound books housed in an LP-sized black cloth slipcase. One book holds the nine LPs, while the other is a gorgeous 60-page coffee table book that incorporates Sylvie Simmons’ extensive liner notes, drawn from five days of interviews at Cash’s home in Tennessee, as well as Cash and Rubin’s comments on every song on the set, plus a copious selection of photographs from the recording sessions, including some of the last photos ever taken of Cash.

Unearthed was originally released as a CD box set by producer Rick Rubin’s American Recordings in November 2003, two months after the country superstar’s passing.  An expansive box set of material, most of it previously unreleased, recorded during the artist’s graceful twilight years.

The set was originally planned to celebrate Cash and Rubin’s decade of recording together, and the final mixes had been sent to Cash, but he passed away before receiving them. The recordings, which run the stylistic gamut from stark balladry to punchy rockabilly to heartfelt gospel to classic covers, offer a stunning encapsulation of Cash’s wide-ranging musical vision, and provide a fitting epitaph for his iconic career.

In its original CD format, Unearthed was acclaimed as an instant classic. Rolling Stone named it as one of the “100 Best Albums of the 2000s” and declared the set “a slice of American culture as monumental, and as enduring, as Mt. Rushmore.”

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Unearthed is divided into five thematic sections. Who’s Gonna Cry focuses on acoustic solo recordings, and finds Cash revisiting several classic songs from his legendary catalog. Trouble In Mind is oriented towards electric performances, and includes guest appearances by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Carl Perkins and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as Cash’s wife and longtime duet partner June Carter Cash. Redemption Songs is largely acoustic, and features duets with Joe Strummer, Fiona Apple, Nick Cave and Glen Campbell. My Mother’s Hymn Book demonstrates Cash’s lifelong affinity for gospel music, encompassing 15 time-honored gospel standards. Best of Cash On American offers a memorable 15-song selection of highlights from Cash’s first four albums with Rubin.

In the years since Cash’s passing, the artist’s legend has grown and his music has gained in power.  It’s hard to think of a more appropriate and impressive send-off for this one-of-a-kind American original than the massive musical statement that is Unearthed.


The nine disc vinyl box set edition of Unearthed will be released on 3 November.  Scroll down to read the full track listings and pre-order it here


Part 1: Who’s Gonna Cry
Side A
‘Long Black Veil’
‘Flesh And Blood’
‘Just The Other Side Of Nowhere’
‘If I Give My Soul’
‘Understand Your Man’

Side B
‘Banks Of The Ohio’
‘Two Timin’ Woman’
‘The Caretaker’
‘Old Chunk Of Coal’
‘I’m Going To Memphis’

Side C
‘Breaking Bread’
‘Waiting For A Train’
‘Casey’s Last Ride’
‘No Earthly Good’

Side D
‘The Fourth Man In The Fire’
‘Dark As A Dungeon’
‘Book Review’
‘Down There By The Train’

Part 2: Trouble In Mind

Side A
‘I’m A Drifter’
‘Trouble In Mind’
‘Down The Line’

Side B
‘I’m Movin’ On’
‘As Long As The Grass Shall Grow’
‘Heart Of Gold’
‘The Running Kind’

Side C
‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’
‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man’
‘”T” For Texas’
‘Devil’s Right Hand’

Side D
‘I’m A Drifter’
‘Like A Soldier’
‘Drive On’
‘Bird On A Wire’

Part 3: Redemption Songs

Side A
‘A Singer Of Songs’
‘The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore’
‘Redemption Song’
‘Father And Son’

Side B
‘Chattanooga Sugar Babe’
‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’
‘Hard Times’
‘Wichita Lineman’

Side C
‘Big Iron’
‘Salty Dog’
‘Gentle On My Mind’

Side D
‘You Are My Sunshine’
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
‘The Man Comes Around’

Part 4: My Mother’s Hymn Book

Side A
‘Where We’ll Never Grow Old’
‘I Shall Not Be Moved’
‘I Am A Pilgrim’
‘Do Lord’
‘When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder’
‘If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven’
‘I’ll Fly Away’
‘Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies’

Side B
‘Let The Lower Lights Be Burning’
‘When He Reached Down’
‘In The Sweet By And By’
‘I’m Bound For The Promised Land’
‘In The Garden’
‘Softly And Tenderly’
‘Just As I Am’

Part 5: Best Of Cash On American

Side A
‘Delia’s Gone’
‘Bird On A Wire’

Side B
‘The One Rose (That’s Left In My Heart)’
‘Rusty Cage’
‘Southern Accents’
‘The Mercy Seat’

Side C
‘Solitary Man’
‘Wayfaring Stranger’
‘I Hung My Head’

Side D
‘The Man Comes Around’
‘We’ll Meet Again’

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  1. Ian Uffindell

    October 2, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Where can I purchase this in England?

  2. derek

    October 3, 2017 at 10:03 am

    not straight from uk but you can pre-order from works out about £220 for the item including shipping. shipping can take between 1-8 weeks. and wont be sent until its released on the 3rd November.

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