Out Among the Stars, the lost sessions from Johnny Cash in the early 1980s, was shelved when he left Columbia Records in 1986. The album resurfaced when Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, found the tapes in his parents’ home.
Two decades later, Out Among the Stars is set to release March 25 via Legacy Records. The album contains 12 never-before-heard studio recordings, including duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings. The tracks were recorded in 1981 and 1984 with producer Billy Sherrill. John Carter Cash discovered the tapes in 2012 while cataloging his parents’ recordings. “They were beautiful,” he says in the teaser trailer for the album.
“We were so excited when we discovered this,” John Carter Cash said in an interview with the Associated Press. “We were like, my goodness this is a beautiful record that nobody has ever heard. Johnny Cash is in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime. He’s pitch perfect. It’s seldom where there’s more than one vocal take. They’re a live take and they’re perfect.”
The first preview of the lost sessions came from the song “She Used to Love Me A Lot.” Now another track has been unveiled; “I’m Moving On” is a Cash-fueled rendition of Hank Snow’s classic country song, featuring vocals from his protégé Waylon Jennings.