The recent Walk The Line biopic following the early career, self destruction and ultimate redemption of Johnny Cash does not do the Man In Black full justice. Whilst the brooding presence of Joaquin Pheonix ticks many boxes,including a passable imitation of "that voice", a few minutes into "Johnny Cash - Live at Montreux 1994", you'll be captivated by the strutting, commanding aura of the man himself.
This concert, filmed whilst Cash would have been in his early sixties, spans every age. From the early Sun Records songs (Get Rhythm)to Ring of Fire (co-written by June Carter), Ghost Riders in the Sky, right up to his latest - American Recordings, produced by the impossibly bearded Rick Rubin.
Cash & The Tennessee Three are joined by John Carter Cash on various acoustic guitars throughout the performance, along with June Carter on Jackson (of course) and Will The Circle Be Unbroken.
What must surely tip anyone having any doubts as to whether to purchase this DVD or not, will be the promise of the midsection of this uniquely beautiful show. Alone with just his trademark, black Martin guitar and a voice sculpted by God himself, J R Cash sings the songs that reinvented him in the publics eyes and pathed the way to his recent 600% rise in sales following the movie. There may never be a sadder lament sung than Delia's Gone.
The sound takes a few tracks to settle down and although the crowd are enthusiastic, it is part of a festival and not the "young long haired" element that would venerate Cash following his Glastonbury appearance.
There are no reasons why this is not worthy of five stars that I can see. It is something that I return to constantly to find inspiration and entertainment from and will certainly be of interest to the curious and the knowledgeable alike. Enjoy!