The veteran star's version of 'The Mercy Seat' will appear on the as-yet-untitled record...

Johnny Cash has recorded a version of Nick Cave‘s ‘THE MERCY SEAT’ for inclusion on his forthcoming album.

The as-yet-untitled album is tentatively slated for a late summer release.

The veteran star went back into a studio in Nashville at the end of April to continue work on the record, originally started in February, with long-term associate Rick Rubin.

Insiders have said that it will follow the same stripped-down bent as the previous two collaborations by the pair 1994’s ‘American Recordings’ and 1997’s ‘Unchained’.

Cash is quoted on the Billboard website [url=], saying: “I don’t have over two instruments on any song. It’s gonna be acoustic, unless somethin’ sounds like it needs electric guitar overdubbin’ or somethin’ like that. But I don’t think so.”

It is not the first time Cash, who has now fully recovered from the severe bout of pneumonia that hospitalised him in October last year, has covered the works of contemporary artists. He has previously worked through songs by Beck, Soundgarden and Danzig. Cash also began his critical and commercial return in 1993 when he added vocals to U2‘s ‘The Wanderer’ from the ‘Zooropa’ album.

Meanwhile, a new Johnny Cash retrospective is to be released through Columbia Records on June 26 in the UK. The three-CD set, titled ‘Love God Murder’, spans his entire career from original 1950s Sun Records sessions to the present day. The sleevenotes feature contributions from Bono, Cash‘s wife June Carter and Quentin Tarantino.

Finally, a big budget feature film of Cash’s life story is set to go into production.

No cast has been selected for the as- yet-untitled feature, but it seems certain that James Mangold, who directed the Oscar-winning ‘Girl, Interrupted’, will take the helm.