The day I've been waiting on is here, and Johnny Cash's work with Rick Rubin on American Recordings is finally being reissued on vinyl. All 6 of these have been remastered, and the process has been personally overseen by Rick Rubin. Each vinyl has been lovingly pressed on heavyweight vinyl. American I: American Recordings, American II: Unchained, American III: Solitary Man, American IV: The Man Comes Around, American V: A Hundred Highways, and American VI: Ain't No Grave are all now available, the best prices I've seen on these so far have been on Amazon.com and BullMoose.com.
The American Recordings series, in my opinion, has been some of Johnny Cash's best work since the Sun days. After having a difficult time finding his way in the new Nashville scene in the 80's, he was approached by Rick Rubin, who was known for heavy metal and rap music, and brought Cash back to his roots, and then took him in a new direction, but still staying true to who he was. American I-IV were released while Cash was alive, and gained sales, awards and recognition that he had not seen in quite some time. He recorded roughly 50 tracks before his death, many of which made it to American V-VI, the last two albums released after his death.
Also, very soon to be released is "Out Among The Stars". This album was recorded during the time I mentioned above, the 80's, when Johnny was finding trouble finding his spot in the new Nashville scene. Columbia records put Johnny with Billy Sherrill in an effort to help him find his way in the changing musical landscape. These sessions featured Marty Stuart, June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings. They were never released and locked in the vault until John Carter Cash found them and prepped them for release. I can't wait to hear these, it's definitely a different side of Johnny Cash and I'm looking forward to hearing what it's all about.