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# Song Title   Time
1)    Here Was a Man
2)    Preacher Said "Jesus Said", The
3)    I Was There When It Happened
4)    Belshazzar
5)    That's Enough
6)    It Was Jesus
7)    Old Account, The
8)    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
9)    Great Speckled Bird, The
10)    He'll Understand and Say Well Done
11)    How Great Thou Art - (previously unreleased)
12)    It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) - (previously unreleased)
13)    He Turned the Water into Wine
14)    Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)
15)    Troublesome Waters
16)    (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)
17)    When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
18)    In the Sweet By and By
19)    My Ship Will Sail
20)    Far Side Banks of Jordan
21)    Oh, Come Angel Band
22)    Amazing Grace
23)    Daddy Sang Bass
24)    Children Go Where I Send Thee
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: June Carter Cash (vocals); Jack Routh, Jerry Hensley, Johnny Christopher, Johnny Western, Marty Stuart, Pete Wade, Bob Johnson, Jerry Shook (guitar); Philip Donnelly, Luther Perkins, Bob Wootton, Carl Perkins (electric guitar); Norman Blake (dobro); Mother Maybelle Carter (autoharp); Jack Hale (trumpet, piano); Bob Lewin (trumpet); Chuck Cochran, Earl Poole Ball, James Carter Wilson, William A. "Bill" Walker , Beegie Cruzer, Marvin Hughes, Bill Pursell, Larry McCoy (piano); Ralph Hansell (vibraphone); W.S. Holland, Morris Palmer, Ritchie Albright, Buddy Harman (drums); Bill Harris Quintet, Farrell Morris (percussion); B.J. Baker, Millicent Alexander, Johnny Whittaker, Frederic Schulman, Anna Grizzard, Robin Johnson, 21st Century Singers, Nashville, Jan Howard, Rosa Dotson, The Carter Family (background vocals).
  • Liner Note Author: Sylvie Simmons.
  • Recording information: Hendersonville, TN (??/??/1957-02/18/1981); Hollywood, CA (??/??/1957-02/18/1981); Memphis (??/??/1957-02/18/1981); Nashville, TN (??/??/1957-02/18/1981).
  • Photographers: Don Hunstein; Jim Marshall .
  • Arranger: C. Williams.
  • With his craggy, flawed voice and songs of craggy, flawed devotion to the Lord, the late Johnny Cash's unique combination of charisma and humility endeared him to both devout and secular audiences. This 24-track compilation harvests the best (arguably) of Cash's country-gospel output, grazing mostly on his mid-career recordings. While he is suitably reverent and low-key on most of the tracks here, a shuffling rendition of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" finds Cash emoting with an uncharacteristically supple, jazzy looseness that reflects the joy of the song. It is infectious, and a consolation for his absence.
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.76) - "Cash's vocals are strong throughout....For those who enjoy Cash's religious work, there is much to recommend on ULTIMATE GOSPEL."

No Depression (pp.88-89) - "Cash was equally at ease singing traditional hymns and more current material....Cash also showed his skills as a gospel songwriter with the Old Testament-based 'Belshazzar'..."
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