Man In Black: Live In Denmark 1971 Review, Man In Black: Live In Denmark 1971

Broadcast on Danish television in 1971, this hour-long program is a decent document of Johnny Cash in the prime of his media visibility, though it”s not the best such thing available. In fact, it”s a little like watching an episode of his network variety TV show without as much variety. Done on a simple set before a small audience, the focus is wholly on the music, though Cash occasionally cedes the spotlight to a few guests. Seven of the 19 songs on the disc, however, are Cash solo performances, including well-known numbers like “I Walk the Line,” “Man in Black,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Guess Things Happen That Way,” as well as the Kris Kristofferson covers “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Sunday Mornin” Comin” Down.” Cash also duets with wife June Carter Cash on three tunes, taking in another Kristofferson cover (“Help Me Make It Through the Night”) and interpretations of songs by John Sebastian (“Darling Companion”) and Tim Hardin (“If I Were a Carpenter”). Also taking turns as featured performers are Carl Perkins (with “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Matchbox”), the Statler Brothers (who do their biggest hit, “Flowers on the Wall”), and the Carter Family (though the instrumental they offer sounds like a song that”s waiting for a lead vocalist to come in). All the performers join together for some spiritual tunes, and Cash provides the melodramatic narration for the Carter Family”s maudlin “A Song to Mama,” complete with an insert of Maybelle Carter getting misty-eyed in a corner of the screen. The show as a whole is a little workmanlike (and Cash”s guitar often dangles unplayed), but it”s a fair way to get a concentrated dose of the music Johnny and his intimates were performing in the early “70s.

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Tracks

A Boy Named SueSunday Mornin” Comin” DownI Walk the LineBlue Suede ShoesMatchboxMe and Bobby McGeeGuess Things Happen That WayBed of RosesFlowers on the WallFolsom Prison BluesDarlin” CompanionIf I Were a CarpenterHelp Me Make it Through the NightMan in BlackIntroduction to the Carter FamilyA Song to MamaNo Need to WorryRock of AgesChildren, Go Where I Send Thee

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Performance Credits

Johnny Cash Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals Carter Family Guitar,VocalsCarl Perkins Guitar,Vocals Statler Brothers VocalsMarshall Grant BassBob Wootton GuitarW.S. Holland Drums

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash ComposerKris Kristofferson ComposerTim Hardin ComposerShel Silverstein ComposerCarl Perkins ComposerJohn Sebastian ComposerLew DeWitt ComposerThomas Hastings ComposerJune Carter Cash ComposerJack Clement ComposerFred Foster ComposerHarold Reid ComposerRandall Martin Cover DesignAugustus Toplady ComposerGlenn Jones Composer Traditional ComposerHelen Carter Jones Composer

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