LISTEN: Johnny Cash and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra LP

music news 16/11/2020

Columbia/Legacy Recordings has just released 'Johnny Cash and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra'. Listen to the full album below.

Produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, the album was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studio 2. The pair had consulted with John Carter Cash, who acted as Executive Producer. The performances on the LP include 'Girl From the North Country' (Bob Dylan + Johnny Cash), 'The Loving Gift (June Carter + Cash) and 'Highwayman' (with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson + Cash).

That’s the finest orchestra in the world, son

John Carter Cash wrote in his liner notes for the album, "My father, Johnny Cash, was in some ways an orchestra unto himself. His deep rich timbre lent to the rich resonance of French horns and cello. His depth of tone and perfect pitch inspired as deeply as a masterfully conducted symphony."

"But if he were here today and chose to seek an orchestra to support him as the backdrop for the canvas, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra would be his choice…. I remember when my father introduced me to the RPO. I was around ten years old and he and I went to see three films from the James Bond saga at a festival in New York. When the theme for Goldfinger began, he leaned over to me. ‘That’s the finest orchestra in the world, son, he said. ‘That’s the Royal Philharmonic.’…. He knew the music of the RPO. He respected them all throughout his life…. I know my father would be enormously excited to see this new album become a reality. I am beyond proud to introduce this masterwork, the essential work of Johnny Cash with the orchestra that he revered and appreciated above all else."