The Great Lost Performance

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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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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602517339965
  • Catalog Number: 000898002
  • Sales rank: 31,042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ring of Fire (3:21)
  2. 2 Life's Railway to Heaven (3:36)
  3. 3 A Wonderful Time Up There (2:06)
  4. 4 Folsom Prison Blues (2:50)
  5. 5 Sunday Morning Coming Down (4:42)
  6. 6 What Is Man - Lucy Clark (3:48)
  7. 7 Forty Shades of Green (2:40)
  8. 8 Come Along and Ride This Train (1:24)
  9. 9 Five Feet High and Rising (2:15)
  10. 10 Pickin' Time (1:59)
  11. 11 A Beautiful Life (1:20)
  12. 12 Hey Porter (2:34)
  13. 13 Ragged Old Flag (3:48)
  14. 14 Tennessee Flat Top Box (3:12)
  15. 15 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (3:36)
  16. 16 Jackson - June Carter Cash (3:33)
  17. 17 The Wreck of Old '97 - June Carter Cash (2:34)
  18. 18 I Walk the Line (3:49)
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Album Credits

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, Mastering, 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, Mastering
Maria Sorbera Creative Consultant
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