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Easy Rider: The Best Of The Mercury Recordings

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Released: 26th Jun 2020



Released: 26th Jun 2020


In 1986, after almost 30 years on Columbia Records, Country music legend Johnny Cash released his first album on Mercury Records – Class Of ’55, in collaboration with fellow Sun Records alumni Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Seven years later, his last recording before signing with Rick Rubin’s American Recordings would be another collaboration, “The Wanderer”, with U2. In the years that span those recordings, Johnny Cash released a total of six albums for Mercury Records. The highlights of that output are presented here, on the brand new compilation Easy Rider: The Best Of The Mercury Recordings. Now remastered for the very first time, using the original Mercury master tapes, the 24 tracks that make up the set feature Cash’s updated interpretations of classics songs “Get Rhythm” and “Tennessee Flat Top Box”, the rare B-side “Veteran’s Day”, Elvis Costello’s “The Big Light”, and his collaboration with U2, “The Wanderer”. Featuring brand new liner notes by music writer Scott Schinder, Easy Rider represents the very first collection of Johnny Cash’s Mercury Records recording career.

Easy Rider: The Best Of The Mercury Recordings


  1. Waymore Blues (with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins)
  2. We Remember The King
  3. The Big Light
  4. The Night Hank Williams Came To Town (with Waylon Jennings)
  5. Let Him Roll
  6. W. Lee O'Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys)
  7. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen (with Roseanne Cash & The Everly Brothers)
  8. The Last Of The Drifters (with Tom T. Hall)
  9. That Old Wheel (with Hank Williams Jr.)
  10. Get Rhythm
  11. Tennessee Flat Top Box
  12. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  13. Veteran’s Day
  14. A Backstage Pass
  15. Cat's In The Cradle
  16. Farmer's Almanac
  17. Monteagle Mountain
  18. I Shall Be Free
  19. I'm An Easy Rider
  20. The Greatest Cowboy Of Them All
  21. Hey Porter
  22. The Mystery Of Life
  23. Goin' By The Book
  24. The Wanderer (with U2)