Man in Black: Live in Denmark 1971

Man in Black: Live in Denmark 1971

by Johnny CashJohnny Cash


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751695924
catalogNumber: 516959
Rank: 54292

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Carter Family   Guitar,Vocals
Carl Perkins   Guitar,Vocals
Statler Brothers   Vocals
Marshall Grant   Bass
Bob Wootton   Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Lew DeWitt   Composer
Thomas Hastings   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Fred Foster   Composer
Harold Reid   Composer
Randall Martin   Cover Design
Augustus Toplady   Composer
Glenn Jones   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Helen Carter Jones   Composer

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