Mojo (Publisher) - p.1224 stars out of 5
-- "Cash is not only in fine, rugged voice, but in a chatty, tale-telling mood, cheerily introducing each song with its backstory."
Personnel: Johnny Cash (vocals); Helen Carter Jones, June Carter Cash, Lucy Clark, Anita Carter (vocals); Bobby Harris, Bob Harris (mandolin); John Carter Cash (vocals, guitar); Kerry Marx (guitar); Earl Poole Ball (piano); Steve Logan (upright bass); W.S. Holland (drums).
Additional personnel: June Carter Cash, Lucy Clark.
Audio Mixers: Clark Enslin; Bobby Harris.
Recording information: The Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (07/28/1990).
Photographers: Andrei Jackamets; Paul Natkin; Kevin Estrada.
Arranger: Fred Ridder.
Recorded in Asbury Park, New Jersey, this live set captures Johnny Cash and band as they sounded in 1990. Located and mixed some 17 years after the event, the tapes for GREAT LOST PERFORMANCE find the Man in Black in fine form.
The set list contains many of the usual suspects ("Ring of Fire;" "I Walk the Line"), and a few surprises (his only recorded version of the gospel gem "Wonderful Time Up There"), but it's the free and easy manner that Johnny and June Carter display, via their introductions and audience banter, that gives this date its warm charm. For those who never got the chance to hear the legend live, this is a golden opportunity to relive musical history.