Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash & Friends

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The British import Johnny Cash & Friends collects 20 of the Man in Black's duets and collaborations from the '80s and '90s (an era not generally regarded as his most artistically viable). Most of the productions are squeaky clean and Cash seems to be phoning in the performances, but the list of his co-conspirators is pretty impressive. Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, Glen Campbell, June Carter, and the Carter Family all put in worthwhile contributions, but family members Rosanne and John Carter Cash don't really do much to rescue this faltering collection. Still, having all of these amiable collaborations on one CD will be fun for collectors, and while there are better Johnny Cash collections out there, there is nothing wrong with this one.

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