Lost Johnny Cash album to be released 30 years after it was recorded

'Out Among The Stars' will finally be available next year (2014)

A lost Johnny Cash record entitled ‘Out Among The Stars’ is due to be released next March, more than 30 years after it was originally recorded.

10 years after the legendary singer’s death, Cash’s estate have decided to release the album, which they say has never been heard before, reports The Associated Press.

The album was recorded between 1981 and 1984 with Billy Sherrill, but was never released by Cash’s then label Columbia Records and subsequently disappeared after the singer was dropped from the label. However, during the archiving of Cash’s estate, it was recently revealed that his wife June Carter Cash had kept the tapes. “They never threw anything away,” said their son, John Carter Cash. “They kept everything in their lives. They had an archive that had everything in it from the original audio tapes from `The Johnny Cash Show’ to random things like a camel saddle, a gift from the prince of Saudi Arabia.”

Despite Columbia’s original refusal to release the tapes back in the 80s, John Carter Cash has pressed for the 12 tracks that make up ‘Out Among The Stars’ to be released, and the album will now be available from March 25 next year. The tracks feature duets between Cash and his wife, and between the singer and Wayne Jennings, while Marty Stuart – a member of Cash’s backing band – has been quoted as saying that he was “in the very prime of his voice for his lifetime” and that Cash sounds “pitch perfect” on the recordings.

‘Out Among The Stars’ will be the fourth posthumous release since Cash’s death in 2003, and the first since 2010’s ‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave’.