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Newly discovered Johnny Cash songs set for release

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 01:55

Mar. 21 - A new Johnny Cash album featuring 12 previously lost tracks only rediscovered in 2012 is due to be released. Joel Flynn reports.

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He's the man who helped define a whole generation of music, inspiring a slew of legends and attaining an iconic status even in his own lifetime. And now, more than ten years after his death, Johnny Cash is releasing a new album. "Out Among the Stars" was never released, and only rediscovered in 2012 when Cash's son, John Carter Cash, was cataloguing their archives. SOUNDBITE: Son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash, saying (English): "Two years ago these tapes for "Out Among The Stars" were rediscovered. Originally produced by Billy Sherrill in 1984 and a couple of songs in '81, they exhibited my father and showed his creativity in a period of his life when not as many people knew about this music." The album includes Cash's late wife, June Carter Cash, and Waylon Jennings. It was recorded at a difficult time for the country star, who biography was portrayed in the 2005 film "Walk the Line", starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. SOUNDBITE: Son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash, saying (English): "Perhaps to me, "Out Among the Stars" is a missing piece in - a beautiful life, a full picture of my father's career." Cash endured a difficult personal struggle with drug addiction and being dropped by Columbia in 1986. Carter Cash said "Out Among the Stars" may not be the last album either. SOUNDBITE: Son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash, saying (English): "There is more music. There are full records. The question is - is this something that he would want released? I have to be very careful, very thoughtful, and always will be. But I believe there's more that's worthy of release and that he would want the world to hear." "Out Among the Stars" is released worldwide on March 25 and in the UK on March 31.

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Newly discovered Johnny Cash songs set for release

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 01:55