Johnny Cash – Easy Rider: The Best of the Mercury Recordings (180g Vinyl 2LP)


180g Vinyl 2LP Compilation featuring 24 Highlights from Johnny Cash’s Mercury Records Tenure; All Tracks Remastered from the Original Mercury Master Tapes by Kevin Reeves at UMG Studios Nashville

Johnny Cash is one of music’s true legends and a titan in the music pantheon. While his recordings for Sun, Columbia and American have been well serviced over the years, his Mercury Records catalogue has been conspicuous in its absence in the reissue market. With the new compilation Easy Rider: The Best of the Mercury Recordings and the box set The Complete Mercury Albums 1986-1991 plus stand alone releases of Class of 55: Memphis Rock and Roll Homecoming (1986), Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town (1987), Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series (1988), Water from the Wells of Home (1988), Boom Chicka Boom (1990), and The Mystery of Life (1991) on offer in 2020, the project is expected to deliver some richly deserved profile to an important but under-served slice of The Man In Black’s repertoire.

This deep dive into a lesser-discussed period of Cash’s career provides an important link to the celebrated resurgence he enjoyed under the production of Rick Rubin with the American Recordings series, from 1994. Respected music journalist Scott Schinder notes that the recordings “stand as a notable transitional body of work, and an illuminating prelude to the full-blown creative resurgence that Cash would experience in the 1990s.” This prolific period for the Man In Black, after the end of his 30-year association with Columbia Records, encompassed six albums in five years, at a time when he was also still touring extensively.

Easy Rider: The Best of The Mercury Recordings is a 24 track180g vinyl 2LP collection highlighting Cash’s fruitful years on the label. Featuring such tracks as “Waymore Blues” (with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins), “We Remember The King,” “The Big Light,” “Tennessee Flat Top Box,” “Cats In The Cradle,” “I Shall Be Free” and many more!

1. Waymore’s Blues
2. We Remember The King
3. The Big Light
4. The Night Hank Williams Came To Town
5. Let Him Roll
6. W. Lee O’Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys)
7. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
8. The Last Of The Drifters
9. That Old Wheel
10. Get Rhythm
11. Tennessee Flat Top Box
12. Sunday Morning Coming Down
13. Veteran’s Day
14. A Backstage Pass
15. Cat’s In The Cradle
16. Farmer’s Almanac
17. Monteagle Mountain
18. I Shall Be Free
19. I’m An Easy Rider
20. The Greatest Cowboy Of Them All
21. Hey Porter
22. The Mystery Of Life
23. Goin’ By The Book
24. The Wanderer

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