Hymns from the Heart
Pan Am Records
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INCLUDES 4 BONUS TRACKS
This quintessential edition features one of Johnny Cash’s most difficult to find LPs, originally released on the Columbia label in 1962: Hymns from the Heart. Apart from one of his originals (“I Got Shoes”), it’s made up of standard hymns that he sang in church growing up, before he became a professional musician and famous star. In fact, it has a more traditional hymn-gospel feel than Cash’s previous album of hymns, Hymns by Johnny Cash (Columbia, 1959), which doesn’t really sound that different from his prior secular work. The LP remains accessible to Cash fans regardless of their religious persuasion. While the earlier gospel album matched his booming voice with the classic rockabilly and country rhythms of guitarist Luther Perkins to surprisingly good effect, on this record Cash delivers a more conventional country-gospel effort.
JOHNNY CASH, lead vocals & guitar, plus:
SIDE A [1-3]
Luther Perkins, Johnny Western (g), Marshall Grant (b),
Jimmy Wilson (p), W.S. Holland (d), Randolph Hansell (vibs),
B.J. Baker Group (backing vocals).
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, February 27, 1961.
SIDE A [4-6] and SIDE B [1-6]:
Luther Perkins, Ray Edenton (g), Marshall Grant (b), Floyd Cramer (p),
Bill Pursell (org), W.S. Holland (d).
Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, April 26-28, 1961.
(*) BONUS TRACKS:
TRACKS 7 & 8 on both sides
Johnny Cash (voc & g), Luther Perkins, Bob Johnston (g),
Marshall Grant (b), Bill Pursell (p), W.S. Holland (d),
The Carter Family: Maybelle Carter (autoharp), Anita Carter (second vocals), Helen & June Carter (backing vocals).
Recorded at Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, July 30, 1962 (Side b, track 7), and August 21, 1962 (SIDE A, track 7 & 8, and SIDE B, track 8).
01. HE’LL UNDERSTAND AND SAY WELL DONE
02. GOD MUST HAVE MY FORTUNE LAID AWAY
03. WHEN I’VE LEARNED (Enough to Die)
04. I GOT SHOES
05. LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING
06. IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN
07. BUSTED (*)
08. SEND A PICTURE OF MOTHER (*)
01. WHEN I TAKE MY VACATION IN HEAVEN
02. WHEN HE REACHED DOWN HIS HAND FOR ME
03. TALLER THAN TREES
04. I WON’T HAVE TO CROSS JORDAN ALONE
05. MY GOD IS REAL (Yes, God Is Real)
06. THESE HANDS
07. (There’ll Be) PEACE IN THE VALLEY (For Me) (*)
08. WERE YOU THERE (When They Crucified My Lord) (*)