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House Of Cash
Edition details
  • Included with a special edition of the book House of Cash by John Carter Cash
  • Sony Music Entertainment / Inside Editions
  • This CD collects another batch of Cash’s “personal file” recordings - acoustic solo recordings and demo’s - with 8 of the tracks previously unreleased, two tracks from Bootleg 1: Personal File and two from More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File. It was included with a special edition of John Carter Cash's book "House of Cash - Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash" published by Insight Editions, with the songs on the CD licensed from Sony Music.

    These Are My People

    Recording date unknown

    Previously released on More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File

    Sixteen Tons

    Recorded May 13, 1974

    This version of Sixteen Tons is rather flat, lacking the punch of the later Mercury version.

    Billy Brown

    Recorded December 14, 1979

    The song is the true story of a moonlighting police officer and is not exactly one of Cash’s better songs - nor is this one of his best performances. It sounds very much like a somewhat uninspired demo recording. Cash also recorded the song during both the Rockabilly Blues and The Baron sessions, but it didn’t make it onto either album.

    If It Wasn’t For The Wabash River

    Recording date unknown

    Cash begins the song with a spoken introduction where he tells us how he got the inspiration for The Rambler album (where the Wabash River studio master appears). The acoustic arrangement fits the song well, and it is one of the highlights of the album.

    Ridin’ On The Cottonbelt

    Recorded February 18, 1976

    With an almost five minutes long spoken intro Cash gives us the story of the Arkansas homecoming and railroad detectives.

    While I’ve Got It On My Mind

    Recorded 1975

    I guess the recording date may be incorrect, as Cash already had recorded a studio master of this song in February 1974.

    You’re Home Sweet Home To Me

    Recorded December 8, 1976


    Recording date unknown

    Like Cindy on The Last Gunfighter Ballad this song was written by Cash for one of his daughters.

    Sold Out Of Flagpoles

    Recorded May 13, 1974

    This is another highlight. It has two extra verses - concerning the 1976 presidential election - and is musically quite different from the One Piece At A Time master.

    One Of These Days I’m Gonna Sit Down And Talk To Paul

    Recorded February 18, 1976

    Previously released on Personal File

    My Children Walk In Truth

    Recorded May 13, 1974

    Previously released on Personal File

    I’ll Go Somewhere And Sing My Songs Again

    Recorded March 14, 1980

    Previously released on More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File

    Why Gregg Geller didn’t choose to include these versions of Sold Out Of Flagpoles and If It Wasn’t For the Wabash River on the original Personal File release is a mystery. They are certainly among the best of the  personal file stash released so far.

    Early track lists suggested that the exclusive CD would contain a demo recording of Michigan City Howdo Do, why it is missing - or if there is a different ‘exclusive’ edition out there is not currently known to us. Also, marketing information from Insight Editions mentioned that another limited edition would be published, this one containing some 30 Cash songs on a vinyl LP. However, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that this edition has indeed been published. If anyone has additional information on this, then please let us known!


    House Of Cash - The Legacies Of My Father, Johnny Cash (special edition with exclusive audio CD)

    John Carter Cash

    ISBN: 978-0-615-50360-8

    2011 copyright Insight Editions


    Compilation produced by Gregg Geller
    Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, New York City

    2011 copyright Sony Music Entertainment

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