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

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Between 1969 and 1971, Johnny Cash was the host of a weekly television series where he presented some of the most notable figures in American popular music, and Sony/BMG's Legacy imprint has finally made highlights from the show's archives available on DVD. Legacy has released two versions of The Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show on DVD; the two-disc "Deluxe Edition" features narration by Will Lyman, reminiscences from host Kris Kristofferson and interviews with friends, family members and colleagues who talk about...
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Overview

Between 1969 and 1971, Johnny Cash was the host of a weekly television series where he presented some of the most notable figures in American popular music, and Sony/BMG's Legacy imprint has finally made highlights from the show's archives available on DVD. Legacy has released two versions of The Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show on DVD; the two-disc "Deluxe Edition" features narration by Will Lyman, reminiscences from host Kris Kristofferson and interviews with friends, family members and colleagues who talk about Cash on disc one along with musical highlights from the show, while disc two simply presents material from the show's archives (though the order of the selections makes both discs decidedly different from the single DVD edition of this package that's also available). The images have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and while the passage of time has not always been kind to the archival video, the image is generally sharp and always colorful, and looks as good as one would expect from the period. The audio has been remixed for this release in both PCM Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1, and while the source tapes once again show their age on occasion (especially on Creedence Clearwater Revival's run through "Bad Moon Rising"), the new audio is surprisingly crisp and present on this disc, and given the rarity of these performances, which include Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe and many other acts rarely seen on television, the fact they're available at all is a reason to celebrate, let alone in good to excellent quality. The interviews and performances are in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. The "Deluxe Edition" includes a booklet with rare photos and an essay on the show by Rich Kienzle and archival press coverage of the series, as well as forty-two performances that don't appear on the single-disc edition. This package is a treasure trove of great songs presented by one of the truly great figures of American music, and while the narration sometimes goes a bit overboard in making a case for the importance of The Johnny Cash Show, watching this set makes clear this was a very special moment in television history which has thankfully been preserved on DVD at last.
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Johnny Cash not only had inestimable talent as a musical artist, he also possessed rare degrees of integrity and taste. As host of his own musical television program, Cash made it a point to highlight only the best when it came to his specially picked guests. This long-awaited two-disc set features some of the most memorable appearances from the cream of the Cash show's 1970s run. The guest list is simply staggering. From the world of country we have among others Bill Monroe, George Jones, Merle Travis, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, and Loretta Lynn; from jazz and R&B, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles; from rock, pop, and folk, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, the Everly Brothers, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as the only televised appearance of Derek and the Dominos with Eric Clapton. And, of course, there are plenty of gripping performances from the Man in Black himself, both in featured songs and in duets with his sterling friends. In short, a treasure trove of timeless music. The 2-disc Special Edition version includes 66 performances; a single disc compilation with fewer tracks is also available.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • UPC: 886970402699
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Sony Legacy
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Time: 4:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,018

Scene Index

Disc 1:
1. Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire (J. Carter & M. Kilgore)
Show #6 – Aired 7/19/1969
2. Bob Dylan - I Threw It All Away (B. Dylan)
3. Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash - Girl From The North Country (B. Dylan)
Show #1 – Aired 6/7/1969
4. Kris Kristofferson - Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) (K. Kristofferson)
Show #41 – Aired 11/18/1970
5. Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash - Blue Yodel #9 (J. Rodgers)
Show #38 – Aired 10/28/1970
6. Stevie Wonder - Heaven Help Us All (R. Miller)
Show #40 – Aired 11/11/1970
7. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising (J. Fogerty)
Show #15 – Aired 9/27/1969
8. Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash - I Will Never Marry (A.P. Carter)
Show #3 – Aired 6/21/1969
9. George Jones and Johnny Cash medley: White Lightning (J.P. Richardson); She Thinks I Still Care (D. Lee); Love Bug (C. Wayne & W. Kemp); The Race Is On (D. Rollins).
Show #28 – Aired 4/15/1970
10. Johnny Cash - Hey Porter (J. Cash)
Show #2 – Aired 6/14/1969
11. Waylon Jennings - Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line (I. Bryant)
12. Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash - The Singing Star’s Queen (J. King & B. Mack)
13. Waylon Jennings - Brown Eyed Handsome Man (C. Berry)
Show #25 – Aired 3/25/1970
14. Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man (B. Sherrill & T. Wynette)
Show #19 – Aired 2/11/1970
15. Marty Robbins medley: Big Iron (M. Robbins); Running Gun (J. Glaser & T. Glaser); El Paso (M. Robbins).
Show #17 – Aired 1/28/1970
16. Johnny Cash - Come Along And Ride This Train (J. Cash)
17. Johnny Cash - As Long As The Grass Shall Grow (P. LaFarge)
Show # 32 – Aired 5/13/1970
18. Johnny Cash - Man In Black (J. Cash)
Show #52 – Aired 2/17/1971
19. James Taylor - Sweet Baby James (J. Taylor)
Show #52 – Aired 2/17/1971
20. Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash - Cripple Creek (Traditional, Arr. J. Cash)
21. Pete Seeger with Johnny Cash - Worried Man Blues (A.P. Carter)
Show #22 – Aired 3/4/1970
22. Johnny Cash - Sunday Morning Coming Down (K. Kristofferson)
Show #27 – Aired 4/8/1970
23. Johnny Cash - Old Time Religion (Public Domain, Arr. D. Vick)
Show #53 – Aired 2/24/1971
24. Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and The Tennessee Three - Daddy Sang Bass (C. Perkins)
Show #1 – Aired 6/7/1969
25. Mother Maybelle Carter and The Carter Sisters - Wildwood Flower (A.P. Carter)
Show #48 – Aired 1/20/1971
26. Neil Young - The Needle And The Damage Done (N. Young)
Show #52 – Aired 2/17/1971
27. Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three - Tennessee Flat Top Box (Traditional, Arr. J. Cash)
Show #12 – Aired 8/30/1969
28. Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash - The Long Black Veil (M. Wilkin & D. Dill)
Show #6 – Aired 7/19/1969
29. Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three with Carl Perkins - Big River (J. Cash)
Show #46 – Aired 1/6/1971

Disc 2:
1. Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line (J. Cash)
Show #58 – Aired 3/31/1971
2. June Carter Cash - A Good Man (J. Carter Cash)
Show #58 – Aired 3/31/1971
3. Derek And The Dominos - It’s Too Late (C. Willis)
4. Derek And The Dominos with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins – Matchbox (C. Perkins)
Show #46 – Aired 1/6/1971
5. Charley Pride - Able Bodied Man (J. Foster & B. Rice)
Show #57 – Aired 3/24/1971
6. Chorus and Johnny Cash - Country Gold Intro (M. Travis)
7. Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys - Blue Moon of Kentucky (B. Monroe)
Show #40 – Aired 11/11/1970
8. Loretta Lynn - I Know How (L. Lynn)
Show #30 – Aired 4/29/1970
9. Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (D.C. Williams)
Show #20 – Aired 2/18/1970
10. Johnny Cash - Come Along And Ride This Train (J. Cash)
11. Johnny Cash - America The Beautiful (Traditional)
12. Johnny Cash - This Land Is Your Land (W. Guthrie)
Show #15 – Aired 9/27/1969
13. The Everly Brothers with Ike Everly and Johnny and Tommy Cash - That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (G. Autry & J. Long)
Show #45 – Aired 12/23/1970
14. Ray Charles - Ring Of Fire (J. Carter & M. Kilgore)
Show #33 – Aired 9/23/1970
15. Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue (S. Silverstein)
Show #52 – Aired 2/17/1971
16. Conway Twitty - Hello Darlin’ (C. Twitty)
Show #55 – Aired 3/10/1971
17. Mother Maybelle Carter - Black Mountain Rag (M. Carter)
Show #21 – Aired 2/25/1970
18. Tony Joe White and Johnny Cash - Polk Salad Annie (T. J. White)
Show #27 – Aired 4/8/1970
19. Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman (J. Webb)
Show #42 – Aired 11/25/1970
20. Neil Diamond - Cracklin’ Rosie (N. Diamond)
Show #34 – Aired 9/30/1970
21. Ray Price - For The Good Times (K. Kristofferson)
Show #55 – Aired 3/10/1970
22. Roy Orbison - Crying (R. Orbison & J. Melson)
23. Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash - Oh, Pretty Woman (R. Orbison & B. Dees)
Show #15 – Aired 9/27/1969
24. Johnny Cash - Wanted Man (B. Dylan)
Show #3 – Aired 6/21/1969
25. Chet Atkins and Johnny Cash - Recuerdo De La Alhambra (Traditional, Arr. J. Cash) 26. Chet Atkins medley: Country Gentleman (B. Bryant & C. Atkins); Mr. Sandman (P. Ballard); Wildwood Flower (A.P. Carter); Freight Train (P.J. Stevens & F.W. Varlely).
Show #30 – Aired 4/29/1970
27. June Carter Cash with Homer and Jethro - Baby, It’s Cold Outside (F. Loesser)
Show #43 – Aired 12/2/1970
28. Merle Haggard - No Hard Times (J. Rodgers)
Show #8 – Aired 8/2/1969
29. Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash - Sing Me Back Home (M. Haggard)
Show #8 – Aired 8/2/1969
30. Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes (C. Perkins)
Show #20 – Aired 2/18/1970
31. Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers - The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago (Public Domain, Arr. J.Cash)
Show #20 – Aired 2/18/1970
32. Roy Clark medley: In the Summertime (R.E. Dorset); 12th Street Rag (A. Razaf & E.L. Bowman).
Show #6 – Aired 7/19/1969
33. The Statler Brothers - Flowers on the Wall (L. DeWitt)
Show #31 – Aired 5/6/1970
34. Johnny Cash - Working Man Blues (M. Haggard)
Show #42 – Aired 11/25/1970
35. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash - Jackson (J. Leiber & B.E. Wheeler)
Show #28 – Aired 4/15/1970
36. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash - Turn Around (H. Belafonte, M. Reynolds & R. Greene)
Show #45 – Aired 12/23/1970
37. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash - I Love You Because (L. Payne)
Show #24 – Aired 3/18/1970
38. Hank Williams medley performed by Hank Williams Jr.: You Win Again; Cold Cold Heart; I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You; Half As Much; Hank Williams (archival film) - Hey Good Lookin’ (H. Williams)
Show #55 – Aired 3/10/1971
39. Johnny Cash - A Wonderful Time Up There (Public Domain, Arr. D. Vick)
Show #53 – Aired 2/24/1971
40. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues (J. Cash)
Show #5 – Aired 7/12/1969
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