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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
Cash - Ultimate Gospel (Retail Version)
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on 11 June 2007
It's almost unbelievable that these tracks were recorded over a timespan of 34 years, from 1957 to 1981, since the music forms such a cohesive, seamless whole. The songs include traditionals, his own compositions and the work of others like Carl Perkins. The album opens with Here Was A Man, a spoken introduction about the life and influence of Messiah Yeshua.

The next, The Preacher Said, is a type of duet with statements by evangelist Billy Graham. The following seven songs all date from the late 1950s, and my personal favorites include Belshazzar (1957), It Was Jesus with its unidentified black gospel backing vocals, Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1959) and The Great Speckle Bird from the same year.

Two of the previously unreleased tracks, How Great Thou Art and It Is No Secret from 1981, are amongst the highlights. The legendary Carter Family provide backing vocals on amongst others: Peace In The Valley (1963), Angel Band (1979) and on Children Go Where I Send Thee (1979) together with the 21st Century Singers, whilst Far Side Banks Of Jordan is a duet with June Carter.

Other great hymns worthy of special mention are In The Sweet By And By and Amazing Grace (both 1974) and Were You There (1962) with Maybelle Carter on autoharp and the family on backing vocals. The full spectrum of the spiritual experience is covered by these beautiful, timeless songs: sombre reflection, joy, melancholy, awe, comfort, devotion and gripping story-telling.

This is my first album of the music of Johnny Cash and I'm hooked! His beautiful baritone is impressive on its own, but even more amazing when framed by the devotional backing vocals. The CD booklet contains one sepia and four black and white pics, information like recording dates and musicians for every song, plus a short bio written by Sylvie Simmons.
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on 18 July 2008
Excellent CD. The old traditional hymns really hit home. Definitely worth listening to such inspiring music. It is unfortunate that the old time hymns have been forgotten, and so this recording by Johnny Cash reminds one that there was once good Christian oriented music. By contrast, the new contemporary Christian music panders to modern "pop culture" and sounds is if it was sung by some washed up Vegas lounge lizard.
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on 16 January 2013
Cd was Just What I Was Looking For. Even Though The Cd Was Second Hand It Played Perfect No Scratches What So Ever. Would Definitely Recommend to Anyone Wishing to Use This service.
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on 3 December 2013
Whilst CASH sound great for his style, this is hardly a tradiytional Gospel album.
If you like CASH it is probably not his best, but if you like Gospel it is not what you want.
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on 2 July 2014
Great singer, great songs.
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on 10 October 2010
Always loved our man in black from Country to Gospel, Has Been used in the radio station.
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on 25 June 2015
I liked this, not all of it most was good and yeah I would buy again.
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fantastic example of Cash at his best with Gospel genre.
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on 6 November 2015
Very happy with this product.
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on 4 April 2011
i love gospel music and this was put on my recommendation page as something which might interest me, i have quite a collection of gospel music a lot of it by elvis, so it was nice to go for someone else. i love johnny cash and have a lot of cd's by him but no gospel. i have played this a couple of times and i have still got to be won over by it i found the songs droned on alot and seemed all in the same monotous key so i am not altogether thrilled by this at all, which i found a great shame i was very disappointed.
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