Looks like Johnny Cash is coming back to town…
In the mid-1980s, Johnny Cash found himself between labels when Mercury Records snatched him up to produce a string of six albums in five years.
The records, released from 1986 to 1991, were a diverse collection that included a notable reunion with fellow Sun Records alumni Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, as well as collaborations with Paul and Linda McCartney, Glen Campbell, and Waylon Jennings.
Now Cash’s often overlooked chapter of his body of work will be showcased with a suite of releases via Mercury/UMC including: a comprehensive new boxset, The Complete Mercury Recordings 1986-1991, and a new greatest hits album, Easy Rider: The Best Of The Mercury Recordings – a newly assembled collection released on double LP that complies 24 highlights selected from Cash’s Mercury catalogue.
The Complete Mercury Recordings 1986-1991, a 7LP set, will consist of all six Mercury released albums – Class of ’55: Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming (1986), Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town (1987), Water From The Wells Of Home (1988), Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series (1988), Boom Chicka Boom (1990) and The Mystery Of Life (1991).
All of the albums have been remastered from the original Mercury master tapes by sound engineer Kevin Reeves at UMG Studios in Nashville. The set was assembled by Grammy Award-winning producer Bill Levenson and features extensive new liner notes by music journalist Scott Schinder.