Great Lost Performance

The Great Lost Performance

by Johnny Cash
     
 
Debuting nearly 17 years to the day of the original concert, this previously unreleased recording features Johnny Cash and his revue, including wife June Carter Cash, on stage at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey on July 27, 1990. The nearly hour-long CD features duets with June on a boisterous "Jackson" and "The Wreck Of Old '97," and a number of

Overview

Debuting nearly 17 years to the day of the original concert, this previously unreleased recording features Johnny Cash and his revue, including wife June Carter Cash, on stage at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey on July 27, 1990. The nearly hour-long CD features duets with June on a boisterous "Jackson" and "The Wreck Of Old '97," and a number of rarities. The album includes his first performance anywhere of his original "What Is Man?," his only recorded version of the country gospel "Wonderful Time Up There" and "A Beautiful Life," and his only concert version of "Life's Railway To Heaven," whose studio version by Cash was released only posthumously.

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
John Carter Cash has been digging in the family vaults a lot in the 21st century. He's been -- rightfully -- hovering over his father's and his mother's recordings protectively. This concert by Johnny Cash with his family and band from 1990 follows up his last recording for Mercury (1989's Boom Chicka Boom) and precedes his collaboration with Rick Rubin on the American Recordings series. It was planned but went unreleased by Mercury at the time. Recorded at the ill-fated Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ, what distinguishes this from other Cash live shows -- excepting, of course, the classics At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin -- is its pristine sound. It's warm, full of detail, and space. Musically, however, it feels like a rote Cash revue road date -- in places at least. Along with June, sisters Anita Carter and Helen Carter are in the backing chorus, and Lucy Clark offers backing and harmony vocals on a couple of cuts. One of them is the recorded debut of the song "What Is Man." Cash confirms it by introducing the tune as not only unrecorded, but previously unperformed. It is a gospel tune, and the duet with Clark gives it a beautiful old-time gospel feel, with the backing chorus and Cash and Clark up front, crooning and asking poignant questions from his favorite book, the Bible. Cash classics are aplenty here, with a stellar version of "Tennessee Flat Top Box," "Hey Porter," and "Five Feet High and Rising," as well as solid duets with June on "Jackson" and "The Wreck of the Old '97." The gospel numbers, such as "Life's Railway to Heaven" and "A Wonderful Time Up There," come off very well. "Ring of Fire" and "I Walk the Line" are here, but don't feel particularly inspired. They aren't substandard, just routine. Cash's vocal on "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" is terrific, but the instrumental arrangement is cheesy. "Hey Porter" is killer and just crackles like an exposed live wire, and "Ragged Old Flag" is beautifully done as well. The plainspoken introductions to songs are plentiful here, though the longer stories are absent. And alas, there was no "Get Rhythm" in this performance. For the serious Cash fan, this one will be essential. For the historians it's a must; for those seeking a truly encompassing Cash recording, refer to the two previously mentioned.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602517339965
catalogNumber:
000898002
Rank:
30063

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Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Anita Carter   Vocals
Earl Poole Ball   Piano
June Carter Cash   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bob Harris   Mandolin
Steve Logan   Upright Bass
W.S. Holland   Drums
Kerry Marx   Guitar
John Carter Cash   Guitar,Vocals
Lucy Clark   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Helen Carter Jones   Vocals
Bobby Harris   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Leroy Abernathy   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer,Duet
Bob Harris   Audio Production
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Alan Rubens   Creative Consultant
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Ebet Roberts   Cover Photo
Skip Kent   Stage Manager
John Carter Cash   Executive Producer
Clark Enslin   Producer,Audio Production
Lucy Clark   Duet
Traditional   Composer
Lou Robin   Creative Consultant
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
M.E. Abbey   Composer
Fred Ridder   Arranger
Bobby Harris   Producer
Maria Sorbera   Creative Consultant

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