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Revisit Brian Eno's lost cover of Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire' from 1990


Brian Eno is famed for his progressive rock instrumentation. As part of Roxy Music, he performed in their glam rock shows with a brown box and a full charge but below we’re bringing you a more analogue affair.

The cover arrived as an extra stamp of commendation from the album Eno and Velvet Underground founder John Cale made together. Listen to Eno take on Johnny Cash’s iconic country anthem ‘Ring of Fire’.

Eno is well regarded as one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Being one of the first artists to bring digital music into rock scene, Eno has always been cherished by musicians for brokering new styles.

First released in the early sixties, Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Ring of Fire’ ranks among one of the most iconic vocal performances in rock and roll history. Perhaps not as well regarded for their voices Cale and Eno instead head towards the song’s steady sentiment for their rendition of the song.

Released in 1990 by Warner Bros. as a promo for alt-rock college radios by way of promoting the duo’s new album Wrong Way Up. The series was called the Soil Samples and featured different artists on each side of the record performing songs that weren’t included on their albums.

Below is Eno’s contribution to Soil Samples #3 and acts as a fitting cover of the song originally written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore. While Cash has always added a certain degree of flare to his performance of the track, Eno, instead, takes the song’s concrete sentiment of unstoppable love to the simplest of places.

Listen below to Brian Eno’s cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’ below