STYLE: Country RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23283-12597 LABEL: Legacy 88697007392 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2007-04-30 RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Dave Brassington
It is hard to argue with the sticker that says "The definitive Johnny Cash gospel collection" as this lovingly compiled set offers 24 tracks including three previously unreleased recordings. Billy Graham endorses the album and appears on the second track "The Preacher Said 'Jesus Said'" which originally appeared on Johnny's 'Man In Black' album. I was pleased "That's Enough" from Johnny's first Columbia album 'The Fabulous Johnny Cash' is included, as I always thought it was a great gospel song even before I became a Christian! I also just love "He Turned The Water Into Wine" which Johnny wrote for his 'Gospel Road' album and film. From his 'Ring Of Fire' album there is his stunning version of that beautiful spiritual "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)" with the beautiful high voice of the late Anita Carter in the background. Other great tracks include "Belshazzar" and his 1970's country hit "Daddy Sang Bass". The recording quality of the album is first class. So do yourself a favour, go out and buy it!
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'I am thrilled that recordings of some of Johnny’s favourite Gospel songs have been put together in a new CD. Johnny and June both loved to sing those old songs, which expressed so well the deep personal faith which was very important in their lives, and which has been so often overlooked in stories about them.' Billy Graham.
Although Johnny Cash is known the world over as one of the most recognisable and successful country musicians of all time, the music that was truly closest to his heart was gospel. In fact, Johnny Cash left his original record label when his producer wouldn’t allow him to record the gospel material that was so important to him.
Ultimate Gospel is the most in-depth collection of Cash’s gospel recordings ever assembled—all beautifully remastered from the original source tapes for dazzling sound quality. This 2 CD set of 24 songs is a must-have for any Johnny Cash or gospel music fan.