The Great Lost Performance
Label: Mercury Nashville
This exquisite recording of Johnny Cash and family was taped in 1990 at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey. But the recording is so clean and warm that it almost sounds like it was recorded in a studio with the audience overdubbed. The previously unrecorded gospel song "What Is Man" proves to be the standout gem here, with overflowing female harmonies on the chorus and Lucy Clark lending a sweet voice on the duet parts. Of course, hearing the late June Carter Cash sing "Jackson" with her man never gets old. Johnny and June still sounded vibrant and young even in 1990.