Johnny Cash's 'American' Series Collected in Vinyl Box Set

Johnny Cash's 'American' Series Collected in Vinyl Box Set
In the final decade of his life, Johnny Cash experienced something of a resurgence thanks to his team-up with Rick Rubin and his American Recordings. Now, all of those albums are set to be collected in a vinyl box set. American Recordings I-VI is due out on February 24.

There have been six albums in the American series — four released during Cash's life, and two more released posthumously. These are spread across seven vinyl records, as 2002's American IV: The Man Comes Around takes up two LPs.

These all come on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, and the set follows some stand-alone from recent years. The records were cut from the original masters under supervision from Rubin.

The American series contains a scattering of Cash originals, but much of it is heavy on cover material. The iconic version of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" appears on American IV, and other covers throughout the series include Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," U2's "One," Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" and many more.

The series received a number of Grammys and featured guest appearances from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, June Carter, Will Oldham, Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, Nick Cave and Don Henley. Cash's final-ever original, "Like the 309," is on American V: A Hundred Highways.

Meanwhile, John Carter Cash recently promised that there are more recordings with Rubin still in the vaults, so perhaps the American series isn't done quite yet.

American Recordings I-VI:

LP1 - American Recordings (American I):

1.  Delia's Gone
2.  Let The Train Blow The Whistle
3.  The Beast In Me
4.  Drive On
5.  Why Me Lord
6.  Thirteen
7.  Oh, Bury Me Not
8.  Bird On A Wire
9.  Tennessee Stud
10. Down There By The Train
11. Redemption
12. Like A Soldier
13. The Man Who Couldn't Cry

LP2 - Unchained (American II):

1.  Rowboat
2.  Sea of Heartbreak
3.  Rusty Cage
4.  The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart)
5.  Country Boy
6.  Memories are Made of This
7.  Spiritual
8.  The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea
9.  Southern Accents
10. Mean Eyed Cat
11. Meet Me In Heaven
12. I Never Picked Cotton
13. Unchained
14. I've Been Everywhere

LP3 - American III: Solitary Man:

1.  I Won't Back Down
2.  Solitary Man
3.  That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
4.  One
5.  Nobody
6.  I See A Darkness
7.  The Mercy Seat
8.  Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
9.  Field Of Diamonds
10. Before My Time
11. Country Trash
12. Mary Of The Wild Moor
13. I'm Leavin' Now
14. Wayfaring Stranger

LP4 - American IV: The Man Comes Around:

1.  The Man Comes Around 
2.  Hurt 
3.  Give My Love To Rose 
4.  Bridge Over Troubled Water w/ Fiona Apple 
5.  I Hung My Head 
6.  First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7.  Personal Jesus 
8.  In My Life 

LP5 - American IV: The Man Comes Around:

1.  Sam Hall 
2.  Danny Boy 
3.  Desperado w/ Don Henley 
4.  I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry w/ Nick Cave 
5.  Streets of Laredo
6.  Wichita Lineman
7.  Big Iron
8.  Tear Stained Letter 
9.  We'll Meet Again 

LP6 - American V: A Hundred Highways:

1.  Help Me
2.  God's Gonna Cut You Down
3.  Like the 309 (written by CASH)
4.  If You Could Read My Mind
5.  Further On Up the Road
6.  The Evening Train
7.  I Came to Believe
8.  Love's Been Good To Me
9.  A Legend In My Time
10. Rose of My Heart
11. Four Strong Winds
12. I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now

LP7 - American VI: Ain't No Grave:

1.  Ain't No Grave 
2.  Redemption Day
3.  For the Good Times 
4.  1 Corinthians 15:55
5.  Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
6.  Satisfied Mind
7.  I Don't Hurt Anymore 
8.  Cool Water
9.  Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
10. Aloha Oe