Johnny Cash / Unearthed 9LP vinyl box

First time on vinyl for the 2003 box set

The Johnny Cash Unearthed box set was originally issued on CD in 2003, just two months after Cash’s death. Compiled by producer Rick Rubin, this collection contained mostly previously unreleased material recorded during the four albums (a fifth was released posthumously) that Cash had cut with Rubin for his American Recordings label. A new, nine LP vinyl edition of this set is due for release later this month.

The set was originally planned to celebrate Cash and Rubin’s decade of recording together, but sadly Cash passed away before receiving the final mixes to approve. Unearthed is divided into five thematic sections (it was a five-CD set) with Who’s Gonna Cry focusing on acoustic solo recordings, Trouble In Mind slanted towards electric performances (this section features some guest performances from the likes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Carl Perkins) and Redemption Songs another acoustic collection, with duets with Joe Strummer, Fiona Apple, Nick Cave and Glen Campbell. My Mother’s Hymn Book contains 15 gospel standards and Best of Cash On American as the title suggests offers a 15-song selection of highlights from Cash’s first four albums with Rubin.

In total Unearthed has 79 songs and these are now spread over nine 180g vinyl LPs. The packaging is two cloth-bound books which slot into an outer slipcase. One book holds the nine vinyl records while the other is a 60-page coffee table book which contains Sylvie Simmons’ sleeve notes, Cash and Rubin’s comments on every track and plenty of photos from the recording sessions.

The Unearthed vinyl box will be released on 24 November 2017. In other Cash news, and at the other end of his career, Charly have recently reissue a vinyl edition of The Sun Records Years Greatest Hits. This is newly compiled half-speed mastered limited edition and contains 20 hits including Folsom Prison Blues and I Walk The Line.

Unearthed 9LP vinyl box set

Who’s Gonna Cry

Side A

  1. Long Black Veil
  2. Flesh And Blood
  3. Just The Other Side Of Nowhere
  4. If I Give My Soul
  5. Understand Your Man

Side B

  1. Banks Of The Ohio
  2. Two Timin’ Woman
  3. The Caretaker
  4. Old Chunk Of Coal
  5. I’m Going To Memphis

Side C

  1. Breaking Bread
  2. Waiting For A Train
  3. Casey’s Last Ride
  4. No Earthly Good

Side D

  1. The Fourth Man In The Fire
  2. Dark As A Dungeon
  3. Book Review
  4. Down There By The Train

Trouble In Mind

Side A

  1. Pocahontas
  2. I’m A Drifter
  3. Trouble In Mind
  4. Down The Line

Side B

  1. I’m Movin’ On
  2. As Long As The Grass Shall Grow
  3. Heart Of Gold
  4. The Running Kind

Side C

  1. Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
  2. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  3. “T” For Texas
  4. Devil’s Right Hand

Side D

  1. I’m A Drifter
  2. Like A Soldier
  3. Drive On
  4. Bird On A Wire

Redemption Songs

Side A

  1. A Singer Of Songs
  2. The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore
  3. Redemption Song
  4. Father And Son

Side B

  1. Chattanooga Sugar Babe
  2. He Stopped Loving Her Today
  3. Hard Times
  4. Wichita Lineman

Side C

  1. Cindy
  2. Big Iron
  3. Salty Dog
  4. Gentle On My Mind

Side D

  1. You Are My Sunshine
  2. You’ll Never Walk Alone
  3. The Man Comes Around

My Mother’s Hymn Book

Side A

  1. Where We’ll Never Grow Old
  2. I Shall Not Be Moved
  3. I Am A Pilgrim
  4. Do Lord
  5. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  6. If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven
  7. I’ll Fly Away
  8. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

Side B

  1. Let The Lower Lights Be Burning
  2. When He Reached Down
  3. In The Sweet By And By
  4. I’m Bound For The Promised Land
  5. In The Garden
  6. Softly And Tenderly
  7. Just As I Am

Best Of Cash On American

Side A

  1. Delia’s Gone
  2. Bird On A Wire
  3. Thirteen
  4. Rowboat

Side B

  1. The One Rose (That’s Left In My Heart)
  2. Rusty Cage
  3. Southern Accents
  4. The Mercy Seat

Side C

  1. Solitary Man
  2. Wayfaring Stranger
  3. One
  4. I Hung My Head

Side D

  1. The Man Comes Around
  2. We’ll Meet Again
  3. Hurt

The Sun Records Years / Greatest Hits

Side 1

1. Cry ! Cry ! Cry ! ( 02:23 )
2. Folsom Prison Blues ( 02:48 )
3. So Doggone Lonesome ( 02:34 )
4. I Walk The Line ( 02:40 )
5. There You Go ( 02:15 )
6. Train Of Love ( 02:21 )
7. Next In Line ( 02:45 )
8. Home Of The Blues ( 02:37 )
9. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen ( 02:09 )
10. Big River ( 02:30 )

Side 2
1. Guess Things Happen That Way ( 01:48 )
2. Come In Stranger ( 01:39 )
3. The Ways Of A Woman In Love ( 02:13 )
4. You’re The Nearest Thing To Heaven ( 02:37 )
5. Thanks A Lot ( 02:35 )
6. Luther Played The Boogie ( 02:01 )
7. Katy, Too ( 01:55 )
8. Staright A’s In Love ( 02:13 )
9. I Love You Because ( 02:24 )
10. Oh, Lonesome Me ( 02:27 )

SuperDeluxeEdition.com helps fans around the world discover physical music and discuss releases. To keep the site free, SDE participates in various affiliate programs, including Amazon and earns from qualifying purchases.


Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
CJ Feeney

Want, want, want!

The 7 LP American set was eventually cut to £50 (from £100?) at the Universal Store, so I’m hoping this will get cut as well. I can’t justify the full price.

Friso Pas

Loved the American Recordings set on vinyl. Have Unearthed on CD and like it a lot, so yeah, I’m going for this set as well.

@Peter Muscutt
There’s a very nice EU reissue this year from the complete morning concert At Folsom Prison on colored vinyl 2 LP.

Pete Muscutt

Thanks Friso, will check that out.

Peter Muscutt

On a side note, I loved it that Cash’s ‘Ain’t No Grave’ served as the entrance music for WWE wrestler The Undertaker a while back at the Wrestlemania event. A great choice!!!!

Peter Muscutt

Does anyone know if there were vinyl reissues of the San Quentin and Folsom prison gigs to tie-in with the expanded editions released a few years back? I have them on CD, but would love the complete (or as near to) concerts on vinyl if possible.


San Quentin complete has never been on vinyl


At Folsom Prison complete with Show 1 and Show 2 has never been on vinyl


sounds & looks much better the the CD version

Ken Evans

” recorded during the four albums (a fifth was released posthumously) ”

There was a sixth volume, Ain’t No Grave, in 2010.


I just wish the best of collection would be issued separately. There’s far too much stuff here and the otherCash American (i.e. Def Jam for all us aging b-boys) recordings for me to deal with.


£310 for a nine Lp set? An absolute bargain! Is the book printed on gold leaf?


I’m still hoping they will release more from the American period as john Carter cash said there’s enough stuff for at least 3 or 4 albums after they released out among the stars


What’s the chances of a mercury years box set? He released 5 albums during this period. 6 if you want to include country Christmas. Would be a great little box set of an often overlooked period of his career.


7 if you included return to the promised land…which I think he recorded for mercury but was rejected and released on a smaller label later…


The CD set is selling for £65 new on Amazon right now. It’s not out of print as far as I can tell.

Ben Williams

I think a couple of years ago I tried getting a copy but it was hard to find, and super expensive. I was kind of hoping they would do with this set what they did with Bob Dylan’s first official bootleg album and make it into one of those book-style sets and charge like £25 or something..


Already ordered mine a week ago from theUS at soundstage direct £167.00 cheapest ive found. Already have the cd set and the vinyl American recordings box set and going by the vinyl set this new set should sound much better than the CDs


Was that to the UK? Any customs fees?!


Yes Rob UK custom fees will apply and postage but still works out a lot cheaper than Amazon U.K. And a fair bit cheaper than Amazon U.S


The vinyl edition is an excellent set if you can get it at a good price. Sounds fantastic on my hi-fi. Has hardly been off it since I got it last week. Just over equivalent of £150 (including shipping & £12 import duties) from the US to Japan. I used Collectors Choice. They always ship with DHL, at least to Japan. (And DHL always collects import duties in Japan, unfortunately.)

Ben Williams

Absolutely stunning looking set!

Will there be any reissue of the CD for us paupers?