Man in Black: Live in Denmark


If you’re anything like me, your dream job is a time-traveling music critic. Alas, until some real-life Doc Brown invents a flux capacitor, this DVD is the closest you’ll get to seeing a complete Johnny Cash concert from when he was at the top of his game. Luckily, it’s a pretty good substitute. Not only do you get to see Cash at his career’s zenith, you also get two songs from criminally underrated rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, two more from the Statler Brothers, three duets with June Carter Cash and a performance of the second incarnation of the Carter Family, featuring Mother Maybelle herself. The sound is impeccable and the picture excellent, especially considering the age of the source. Although there’s not a dud to be found, the highlight of the disc is easily Cash’s impassioned performance of his anthem, “The Man in Black,” which was a brand-new song at the time this was recorded. So until DeLoreans can fly, this will be your best chance to see why Johnny Cash was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.