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Exclusive! Producers Of New Johnny Cash Boxed Set Discuss Rare Mono Recordings

December 12, 2012 9:00 AM ET
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This holiday season is a special one for Johnny Cash fans, who doubtlessly are putting the Man In Black's new boxed set, Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection on their Christmas lists. The extensive collection covers the astonishing effect Cash had on modern music over half a century, as well as offers aural treats for his most devoted followers.

In this exclusive interview, Steve Berkowitz and Gregg Geller, the boxed set producers, talk about the unique qualities of Cash's mono recordings--which were carefully unearthed from the original tapes and included in the set. The result allows listeners a replicate of the way people actually heard recorded music in the '50s and '60s.

"It was the mono mix that was more carefully tended to," notes Geller, when comparing the sound to the more common studio mix. "So we felt it was a great benefit to make this material available in mono for the first time." 

The Complete Columbia Album Collection is available now and would make a great present for any lucky music fan on your gift-giving list. Check Cash's online store to purchase, and  for full details on the 63-disc compilation.

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