Country Singer — The Unissued Johnny Cash

The Unissued Johnny Cash is a compilation album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Bear Family Records in 1978. It is tailored to completist fans of Cash as it consists completely of rare or unreleased material from cash’s Columbia early days. The first four tracks, recorded in August, 1958, all are outtakes from The Fabulous Johnny Cash, and also appear on the CD re-release of that album. Igualmente, the outtake “The Fable of Willie Brown” appears on the re-release of Ride This Train. The Carter Family song “I ll Be All Smiles Tonight” is an outtake from Blood Sweat and Tears.

“Viel Zu Spät” and “Wo Ist Zu Hause, Mama” are in German re-recordings of hit songs by Cash. At the time “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” and other country songs were seeing success in Germany, so Columbia had Cash record translations of “I Got Stripes” and “Five Feet High and Rising” for a single. This was probably the first time a country singer recorded a song in a foreign language, but would lead to further recordings of songs in German as well as a Spanish language “Ring of Fire,” “Fire of love.”