VARIOUS ARTISTS: An International Underground Tribute to the Man in Black: CD

Twenty-nine tracks of US, German, Dutch and British bands’ masterful punk, country and loose RAB interpretations of everyone’s perennial man’s man. Reno Divorce, Dead 50’s, Social Combat, the Get Outs and many more cover Cash’s entire half-century career with awe-inspired diligence and reverence. Also includes two Highwaymen tunes. Surprisingly exciting, Emscherkurve 77 and Springtoifel sing in German on “San Quentin” and “I Got Stripes,” respectively. Two caveats: Barry Lewis’ cover of NIN’s “Hurt” is overly maudlin and Vortex’s cover of “Jackson” is ska-rendously disappointing.

 –thiringer (Rebellion, www.rebellionrecords.nl)