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Michael Jefferson
9.15.07, 9:00 AM
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3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike Jefferson

When a legend dies, the flood of post-mortem releases spew out faster than spittle from Sylvester the Cat’s lips. Compared to the Grateful Dead, who are up to volume 80,000,054 of “Dick’s Picks” as recorded by Thomas Edison on wax cylinders, Johnny Cash’s legacy has yet to be marred by inferior release better left buried. Recorded in 1990 at The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey, “The Lost Performance” teeters on the edge of bargain basement blathering by relying too heavily on homespun obscurities, but the Man in Black saves the show by mixing in some good ole classics that never fail to satisfy.
During his nearly 50-year career, Cash employed a number of musicians who locked into his rootsy country sound. Guitarist Bob Wootton was an able interpreter for almost 30 years, and anytime Carl “Blue Suede Shoes” Perkins slipped on a guitar strap, the music gained a lively rockabilly edge. Guitarist Kerry Marx is sometimes as exciting as Karl Marx on guitar, but he’s serviceable. The band on “Lost Performance,” which includes Cash’s son John Carter Cash on guitar, lopes at times, but they know how to play follow the leader.


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