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The fourth volume of Johnny Cash's "bootleg" series features gospel recordings made in the '70s and '80s, many of which have been officially issued over the years. Rarities still make up a decent chunk of the collection, but the main point of the release is to pull together Cash's inspired spiritually-based material in one place. His collaborators inspire him to reach. The Carter Family rally for the upbeat "I've Got Jesus in My Soul," while daughter Rosanne joins them for the country-based "When He Comes" and Rodney Crowell slips in for "He Touched Me." June Carter Cash harmonizes on "Waiting on the Far Side Banks of Jordan." Jessi Colter helps bring out the tragedy of "The Old Rugged Cross." Cash handles much of the material himself, with a nicely restrained approach given to "Wildwood in the Pines," "Never Grow Old," and "What Is Man." Those are three tunes where Cash does what he does best: taking basic melodies and informing them with the weight of the world with a voice as iconic as Mount Rushmore.

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Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash madse some of the most seminal American music of the last 200 years. When he sang, he spoke for the nation. The heartbeat of America pulsed through his chugging, boom-chicka-boom rhythms. He sang of prisoners, working men and women, and history. We believed him because his voice was authentic - when he sang of hobos, he sounded like if he wasn't living in a hobo camp right then, he couldn't have been gone more than half an hour from there; when he sang of prisons, the ache of his voice told us there might not be bars on his prison, but he felt walled in. But when he sang og God and his faith, his was the most authentic of all. He was the repenent sinner, the man who stumbled but always seemed to find grace. Johnny Cash may have been at his most believable, world weary best when he sang gospel songs and these may be his greatest gospel songs. Here is an American master singing to and for his God. Being allowed to listen in will make your own load a little lighter and your faith a little stronger.

Johnny Cash - Bootleg Vol. IV, The Soul of Truth

FANTASTIC! I remember a lot of these songs from the Cash albums, "A Believer Sings the Truth" and "Believe In Him" but there are so many gems in this collection that have never been heard before. Songs with the Oak Ridge Boys and much more! I love this album and you will too. God bless you and God bless Johnny Cash.

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Most male Artists of today will say this man influenced their music in someway. Nashville Sound DJ Express plays tons of Johnny Cash and is well liked by the 20 somethings.


Born: February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, AR

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Cash didn't sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock & roll. He created his own subgenre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world-weariness of country. Cash's career coincided with the birth of rock & roll, and...
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