Seven albums released by Johnny Cash on Memphis’ storied Sun Records label will be packaged together in a limited edition box set due May 24 from Varese Sarabande’s Varese Vintage label, distributed through Universal.
“The Original Sun Albums — The Complete Collection” will comprise “Johnny Cash With His Red Hot and Blue Guitar” (1957), “Johnny Cash Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous” (1958), “Greatest!” (1959), “Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams …and Other Favorite Tunes” (1960), “Now Here’s Johnny Cash” (1961), “All Aboard the Blue Train With Johnny Cash” (1962), “The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash” (1964).
All of the discs will feature the artwork that appeared on the original release, and each includes six bonus tracks. At deadline, the individual track lists for the albums were not available.
The set, which will be limited to production of only 2,500 copies, boasts just about everything Cash recorded for Sun, where he got his start alongside Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Included are some of Cash’s signature and most loved songs, including “I Walk the Line,” “Big River,” “Hey Porter,” “Big River,” “Ballad of a Teenage Queen,” “Oh Lonesome Me” and “Give My Love To Rose.”
In related news, the late Cash’s life will be played out on the silver screen in the upcoming biopic “Walk the Line.” Originally expected in the spring, the film is scheduled for release Nov. 18 in North American theaters, with Joaquin Phoenix playing Cash and Reese Witherspoon appearing as his wife, June Carter Cash. The couple’s son, John Carter Cash, will play Bob Neal, a Memphis disc jockey who managed both Cash and Presley.
The cast is rife with notable artists from the recording world, with Shelby Lynne portraying Cash’s mother Carrie and singer/songwriter Tyler Hilton taking on the role of Presley. Blues guitarist Johnny Holiday appears as Perkins and country artist Waylon Payne (son of singer Sammi Smith and Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne) plays Lewis, while Shooter Jennings portrays his father, Waylon Jennings.