Thursday, March 10, 2016

Record Store Day Promises Two Limited Edition Johnny Cash Releases

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.  Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica and this year's special day is April 16, 2016.  It's a day to celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. This year, two special limited edition and extremely limited run Johnny Cash projects are being sold during this special event that have never been offered before.

Artist: Johnny Cash
LP Album: The Best of the Johnny Cash Show
Label: Legacy
Release date: April 16, 2016

From the summer of 1969 to the final show in march of 1971 (58 episodes in all), The Johnny Cash TV Show not only exposed an American audience to an eclectic array of musical talent, but also helped establish Johnny Cash as a true artist, humanitarian, and a larger-than-life legend. The 16 performances contained on this new Best-Of LP, made especially for Record Store Day, and for the first time on vinyl, showcase the spectrum of incredible performers that Johnny hand-picked to be on his show, many for their first network appearance. So, "come along and ride this train" – the train that Cash envisioned for us all – every week on The Johnny Cash TV Show, and now, for generations to come. Limited to 5,000 copies.

Track listing:

Side A
1. The Johnny Cash Show - open (2:55)
2. Johnny Cash - Flesh And Blood (3:02)
3. Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man (2:48)
4. George Jones - medley: (3:48)
5. Johnny Cash and Lynn Anderson - I’ve Been Everywhere (2:16)
6. Bobby Bare - Detroit City (3:24)
7. Ray Charles - Ring Of Fire (3:52)
8. Derek & The Dominos - It’s Too Late - (4:14)

Side B
1. Kris Kristofferson - Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
2. Roy Orbison - medley: (4:00)
3. Johnny Cash with The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers - Belshazzar (2:37)
4.. Waylon Jennings - Brown Eyed Handsome Man (2:47)
5. Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash - Girl From The North Country (3:45)
6. James Taylor - Fire And Rain (3:48)
7. Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and The Tennessee Three - Daddy Sang Bass (2:24)
8. closing monologue - Johnny Cash
9. Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line (reprise) (2:13)

Artist: Johnny Cash
LP Album: All Aboard the Blue Train with Johnny Cash
Label: ORG
Release date: April 16, 2016

Unlike the album above, this particular album was originally released on vinyl, but never like this subsequent release. All Aboard the Blue Train with Johnny Cash was originally released on Sun Records in 1962. The album features prime selections of the Cash's recordings between 1955 and 1958, including classic songs "Hey Porter" and "Folsom Prison Blues". Previously out of press, it's coming back for Record Store Day 2016. What makes this release so special is that it will be pressed on a beautiful blue collector's only vinyl that will give some color to the Man in Black.

Last year, Record Store Day saw the rerelease of one of his more-difficult-to-find live albums Koncert v Praze - In Prague Live on a see-through red vinyl (see below track listing) that was a hit with collector's and Johnny Cash aficionados.  We'll assume that the blue vinyl for Blue Train will be of a similar design.

LP Track listing:

Side A
1. Blue Train
2. There You Go
3. Train Of Love
4. Goodbye Little Darling
5. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle
6. Come In Stranger

Side B
1. Rock Island Line
2. Give My Love To Rose
3. Hey Porter
4. Folsom Prison Blues
5. The Wreck Of Old '97
6. So Doggone Lonesome

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