Over the last few years, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have teamed-up for three albums with recorded vocals of Elvis Presley. And now they’ve made a record with The Man In Black. Johnny Cash and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will feature a selection of 12 master recording of the late star.
Hits like Ring of Fire and Man In Black feature on the new album, but also duets with stars like Bob Dylan on Girl From The North Country.
While Johnny’s wife June Carter Cash sings on The Loving Gift and Duane Eddy on Farther Along.
Additionally, the album’s final track Highwayman includes the outlaw country supergroup in Johnny, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.
But what will be of special interest to fans is that the recordings of I Walk The Line and Flesh and Blood are both previously unreleased alternate takes.
The songs are from Cash’s soundtrack sessions for the 1970 movie I Walk The Line, which starred Gregory Peck and Tuesday Weld.
Johnny and June’s son John Carter Cash served as executive producer on the album and wrote: “My father, Johnny Cash, was in some ways an orchestra unto himself.
“His deep rich timbre lent to the rich resonance of French horns and cello.
“His depth of tone and perfect pitch inspired as deeply as a masterfully conducted symphony.”
Cash’s son continued: “But if he were here today and chose to seek an orchestra to support him as the backdrop for the canvas, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra would be his choice…. I remember when my father introduced me to the RPO.
“I was around ten years old and he and I went to see three films from the James Bond saga at a festival in New York.
“When the theme for Goldfinger began, he leaned over to me. ‘That’s the finest orchestra in the world, son’, he said. ‘That’s the Royal Philharmonic.’
“He knew the music of the RPO. He respected them all throughout his life.”
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The 50-year-old added: “I know my father would be enormously excited to see this new album become a reality.
“I am beyond proud to introduce this masterwork, the essential work of Johnny Cash with the orchestra that he revered and appreciated above all else.”
The first single Ring of Fire is already out for fans to listen to.
While below is the full tracklist and album release date.
Johnny Cash and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
1. Man In Black
2. Galway Bay
3. Girl From The North Country (Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash)
4. I Came To Believe
5. A Thing Called Love
6. The Loving Gift (with June Carter Cash)
7. I Walk The Line
8. Farther Along (featuring Duane Eddy)
9. Flesh and Blood
10. The Gambler
11. Ring Of Fire
12. Highwayman (The Highwaymen: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash)
Johnny Cash and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is released on Friday, November 13, 2020 and can be pre-ordered here.
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