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The Johnny Cash Show: The Best of Johnny Cash 1969-1971

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  1. T. J. Bell says:
    78 of 78 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    OUTSTANDING TELEVISION!, August 7, 2007
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    T. J. Bell (Hollywood, CA) –
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    This review is from: The Johnny Cash Show: The Best of Johnny Cash 1969-1971 (DVD)

    I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone who just appreciates good music. I caught a sneak preview of this amazing disc on my local PBS station in August of 2007, and it was one of the greatest things I had seen on television in a long time. Johnny Cash’s prime time television show aired from 1969 – 1971, and featured both prominent rock and country artists of the day. Groundbreaking television for sure, considering at the time that most rock artists were associated with the peace, drugs, free love and the anti-war movement by a conservative segment of American society, just when the war was really starting to sour. Filmed live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee (with a few exceptions), in front of a mostly Southern country music audience, all the artists seemed to be warmly embraced by the crowd, with Johnny Cash’s blessing and support. The first hour consisted of rock and popular music performers that Johnny Cash was an admirer or fan of, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Diamond, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The highlight was Derek and the Dominoes featuring Eric Clapton, and following their performance none other than Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash himself joined Derek and the Dominoes onstage for a raucous version of Perkins’ Matchbox. Simply amazing.
    The second half was Johnny himself performing solo, with his wife June Carter Cash, and with the Tennessee Three. Prominent country artists also featured were George Jones, Tammy Wynette, a young, short-haired and beardless Hank Williams Jr., young Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and Charley Pride (possibly the only black country artist ever). These are only the performances shown on the PBS special preview. There were literally hundreds of great performances on this show over its two year run. There’s no lip synching nonsense here. Every artist actually performing and singing live. This is priceless television and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of any of the artists I mentioned. You will not be disappointed. It won’t be available until September of 2007, and I will most definitely be purchasing it.

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  2. Chad D. Monre says:
    137 of 142 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    found this at pitchfork review, August 7, 2007
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    Chad D. Monre (Waverly, TN United States) –
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    This review is from: The Johnny Cash Show: The Best of Johnny Cash 1969-1971 (DVD)

    On September 18, CMV/Columbia/Legacy will release The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show, a 2xDVD compiling 64 live performances from the 58 episodes of Johnny Cash’s 1969-1971 “The Johnny Cash Show”.

    Kris Kristofferson hosts the DVD, which features performances from Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn, Neil Diamond, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Derek and the Dominoes, Roy Orbison, the Carter Family (inluding June Carter Cash), and Johnny Cash himself, among many others.

    The set also features new interviews with John Carter Cash, Tennessee Three bassist Marshall Grant, Hank Williams, Jr., musical arranger Bill Walker, and hairstylist Penny Lane.

    There will also be a single-disc CD version of the compilation available on the same day as the DVD.

    The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show (DVD):

    01 Johnny Cash: “Ring of Fire”
    02 Bob Dylan: “I Threw It All Away”
    03 Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan: “Girl From the North Country”
    04 Kris Kristofferson: “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)”
    05 Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash: “Blue Yodel #9″
    06 Stevie Wonder: “Heaven Help Us All”
    07 Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Bad Moon Rising”
    08 Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash: “I Will Never Marry”
    09 George Jones and Johnny Cash: “White Lightning”
    10 George Jones: “Medley: She Thinks I Still Care / The Love Bug / The Race Is On”
    11 Johnny Cash: “Hey Porter”
    12 Waylon Jennings: “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”
    13 Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash: “The Singing Star’s Queen”
    14 Waylon Jennings: “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”
    15 Tammy Wynette: “Stand by Your Man”
    16 Marty Robbins: “Medley: Big Iron / Running Gun / El Paso”
    17 Johnny Cash: “Ride This Train”
    18 Johnny Cash: “As Long as the Grass Shall Grow”
    19 Johnny Cash: “Man in Black”
    20 James Taylor: “Sweet Baby James”
    21 Pete Seeger: “Cripple Creek”
    22 Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash: “Worried Man Blues”
    23 Johnny Cash: “Sunday Morning Coming Down”
    24 Johnny Cash: “Old Time Religion”
    25 Johnny Cash: “A Wonderful Time Up There”
    26 Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, and the Tennessee Three: “Daddy Sang Bass”
    27 Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters: “Wildwood Flower”
    28 Neil Young: “The Needle and the Damage Done”
    29 Johnny Cash: “Tennessee Flat Top Box”
    30 Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash: “Long Black Veil”
    31 Johnny Cash: “Big River”
    32 Johnny Cash: “I Walk the Line”
    33 June Carter Cash: “A Good Man”
    34 Derek and the Dominoes: “It’s Too Late”
    35 Derek and the Dominoes With Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins: “Matchbox”
    36 Charley Pride: “Able Bodied Man”
    37 Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys: “Blue Moon of Kentucky”
    38 Loretta Lynn: “I Know How”
    39 Jerry Lee Lewis: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”
    40 Johnny Cash: “Ride This Train (America the Beautiful, This Land Is Your Land)”
    41 The Everly Brothers With Ike Everly and Johnny Cash: “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”
    42 Ray Charles: “Ring of Fire”
    43 Johnny Cash: “A Boy Named Sue”
    44 Conway Twitty: “Hello Darlin’”
    45 Mother Maybelle Carter: “Black Mountain Rag”
    46 Neil Diamond: “Cracklin’ Rosie”
    47 Ray Price: “For the Good Times”
    48 Roy Orbison: “Crying”
    49 Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash: “Oh, Pretty Woman”
    50 Johnny Cash: “Wanted Man”
    51 Chet Atkins: “Medley: Country Gentleman / Mister Sandman / Wildwood Flower / Freight Train”
    52 June Carter Cash With Homer and Jethro: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
    53 Merle Haggard: “No Hard Time Blues”
    54 Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash: “Sing Me Back Home”
    55 Carl Perkins: “Blue Suede Shoes”
    56 Johnny Cash, the Carter Family and Carl Perkins: “The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago”
    57 The Statler Brothers: “Flowers on the Wall”
    58 Roy Clark: “Medley: In the Summertime / 12th Street Rag”
    59 Johnny Cash: “Working Man Blues”
    60 Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash: “Jackson”
    61 Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash: “Turn Around”
    62 Johnny Cash: “I Love You Because”
    63 Hank Williams, Jr.: “Medley: You Win Again / Cold Cold Heart / I Can’t Help It If I’m Still in Love With You / Half As Much”
    64 Johnny Cash: “Folsom Prison Blues”

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  3. DJ Joe Sixpack says:
    48 of 48 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great collection of hippie-era country and pop, September 8, 2007
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    DJ Joe Sixpack (…in Middle America) –
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    This review is from: The Johnny Cash Show: The Best of Johnny Cash 1969-1971 (DVD)

    This two-disc set collects highlights of Johnny Cash’s short-lived musical variety show, which aired on network TV between 1969-71. At the peak of the hippies-vs.-straights culture clash, Cash boldly invited guests from across the American musical spectrum — longhairs, country traditionalists, Nashville insiders, jazz musician, rock stars, pop tunesmiths and folkies. The guest list is truly astonishing, given the tensions of the times. Bob Dylan — one of Cash’s favorite artists — was on the first show in ’69, tipping viewers off that this wasn’t gonna be your typical country TV show. Appearances by Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Wonder and John Fogerty followed, as well as master entertainers such as Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles. And of course, there was the cream of the country crop — Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, George Jones, Loretta Lynn and Johnny’s crew from his road show — June Carter Cash & the Carter Family, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and others. In the wings were some amazing sidemen: keep an eye out for Norman Blake plucking acoustic guitar, as well as the wealth of up-and-coming talent that Cash went out of his way to promote (notably Kris Kristofferson, who reminisces about the old shows in interview segments added in this DVD set…)

    This is a great collection, generously programmed (the set list on the Menu goes on for page after page…) and many of the performances are pure gold (George Jones is awesome!) Some fans will complain that they’d rather see the original shows as broadcast at the time, and while I agree that that would be fun, I don’t see any reason to give anything but praise to this set. The documentary format, with various Cash crew and compatriots interviewed and introducing different segments, is kinda cool, and for the most part they know when to get out of the way and let the music play. It’s a pity they didn’t shoot the whole TV show on film — some of the video stock gets kinda flared out (the Dylan clips, in particular) but, hey — that’s history for you. Personally, I’m glad to see whatever stuff like this there is — it’s a great look back at an interesting cultural moment, when mainstream country was still pretty traditional, although the walls were starting to fall and new influences were coming into play. Cash fans and country fans alike will want to check this one out! (DJ Joe Sixpack)

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