Picks and Pans Review: Johnny Cash, Manhattan Center

updated 09/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

VH-1 (Sat., Sept. 3, 8 p.m. ET)


Johnny Cash was a late cancelation at the recent rain-soaked Woodstock '94. Hey, it's the mud people's loss. You will appreciate just how true that is when watching this potent concert special, strikingly shot in black and white last June in New York City.

The country icon plows through a set that includes "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire," "I Walk the Line" and "Ghost Riders in the Sky."

You won't find any flash or wasted energy in Johnny's show. He cut out the frills about four decades and 200,000 hard miles ago. The Man in Black just presents the essentials: a man on a stage playing the music that reflects his wrinkled, resilient, thoroughly American soul.

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