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My Father And The Man In Black [DVD]
My Father And The Man In Black [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Cash
Price: £14.45

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story, 24 April 2014
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This is a fascinating documentary of a man just as (or almost as) troubled by inner demons as the Man in Black himself. Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash's manager for many years, emerges as a complex character in this film which was made by his son. At the same time, a lot of new light is shed on Johnny Cash, too, both as an artist and as a private person. Holiff was hardly what you call a model father. He was very strict and aloof, but regretted his bad behavior towards his children in his later years, before committing suicide. Highly recommended for anybody interested in Cash.


Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics
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Price: £7.95

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three great albums in one package!, 20 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Original Album Classics (Audio CD)
This package from Sony Music contains 3 very important albums released from 1969-71 on CBS: Hello, I'm Johnny Cash; The Johnny Cash Show (live) and
the album Man in Black.

Johnny Cash was at a very high point in his career at that time, after the great live albums from Folsom Prison and San Quentin, his marriage to June Carter and after having won (at least temporarily) his battle against the drugs.

Among these three, my favorite album is "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash". This is a very solid, well produced, well performed album in every way. This is Cash with no frills, no violins in the background, just that classic hard-driving rhythm from the Tennessee Three. All the songs are good, solid Cash-songs: trains (Southwind, I've got a thing about trains), loose women and the lure of women (The Devil to pay, See Ruby Fall, Blistered), unsung war-heroes (Route #1, Box 144), restlessness (Sing a travelling song), true love (If I were a carpenter), money (Wrinkled, crinkled, wadded dollar bill), God/devil (The Devil to pay, To beat the Devil, Jesus was a carpenter).

The live album (Johnny Cash Show) was released in 1970 on vinyl and cassette. Johnny was in great form on these tracks, and for those who had the original, this is a fine opportunity for renewed listening. My favorites: Sunday Morning Coming Down, Six Days on the Road, These Hands, I'm gonna try to be that way, Uncloudy day/no setting sun.

The Man in Black-album kind of stands apart. It's an album dedicated to faith, with Billy Graham participating on one of the tracks. But the contents are not entirely religious. It's a very deep-felt and spiritual album, with some very fine and poignant lyrics. Besides the signature tune Man in Black, listen to astonishing, thought-provoking songs like "Orphan of the road", "If not for love", "Ned Kelly", or "Look for me". Or the anti-war song "Singin' in Vietnam talkin' blues". One of his deepest albums ever!

So this is highly recommendable stuff for anybody even remotely interested in Johnny Cash and his music!
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Trouble In Mind: The Doc Watson Country Blues Collection
Trouble In Mind: The Doc Watson Country Blues Collection
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Price: £10.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country blues from a master, 8 Nov. 2011
I've had this CD for a while now, and it's been running on my car stereo almost every day. Doc Watson is a very accomplished musician, not only as a guitarist. His singing is very fine, his warm baritone is well suited for the blues, and he yodels just as good as Jimmie Rodgers or Merle Haggard. As a guitar player he has few peers. He has developed his flatpickin' style into an art form, a level of mastery where everything seems or sounds easy, until you try it yourself! There are noe weak tunes on this albums, with a possible exception of Spikedriver blues, which to me sounds a bit too laidback. My favorites at this point are Deep River Blues (masterful picking!), Lost John (shows how good he is on the harmonica, too), Little Sadie (grim murder ballad, which Johnny Cash must have modeled his Cocaine Blues on!). There are others, too, deserving to be mentioned. Buy and listen!


Class Of '55
Class Of '55
Price: £5.70

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff from Memphis, 5 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Class Of '55 (Audio CD)
I really enjoyed this cd. The old boys are all in good shape, especially Cash and Perkins impressed me vocally here. This has to do with personal preference, of course. I've been a fan of Johnny Cash for almost 40 years now, and Carl Perkins is one of my favorites, too, and not only because he has worked with Cash for a number of years. His vocals on "Class of '55" are just what the title suggests - classy. I prefer his mellow baritone over Lewis' high, somewhat monotonous performance on this album. His songs come off as a little indifferent to me, at least on this occasion. I've heard him do much better elsewhere. Orbison's vocals are always haunting and memorable, but he does only one song solo here - "Coming home". Charming, but a little sentimental. Cash' dark baritone really comes to the fore in a tune like "We remember the king", a song commemorating the late great Elvis Presley. His lends grit and character to "Waymore's blues" (their version of Waylon's old tune, where they all sing one verse) and to "Rock and roll with you". With horns and a steady rhythm section in back, these old legends really kick it off, so I have no problem recommending this cd.


Schubert - Lieder für Bass
Schubert - Lieder für Bass
Price: £15.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommendable, 4 Sept. 2009
Although not the version of Schubert's lieder that has attracted most attention, these recitales by the great German basso Kurt Moll are of such excellent quality that they truly deserve all the praise they can get.

Moll's amazingly flexible, dark, deep and majestic voice is capable of expressing feelings as diverse as exuberance, calm restraint, sorrow and irony. My favorites are Sehnsucht, Das Abendrot and Der Tod und Das Mädchen, but all the tracks are worth listening to. In the closing number - Der Tod und das Mädchen - one can relish the delightful contrast between the young maiden's apprehensive exclamations and the deep dignified voice of Death itself, where, as a true basso profundo, Moll lands on a solid deep D.

In my opinion, Cord Garben does an outstanding job accompanying Moll on the piano.


Johnny Cash - Went To Glastonbury [DVD] [NTSC]
Johnny Cash - Went To Glastonbury [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Johnny Cash & June Carter

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very fine concert, 14 Jan. 2009
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This is a very fine concert, the sound is good, but the quality of the film is not the best, which explains the four stars (not five). This was an important concert on his great comback-tour. His voice is shaky here and there, and you can see his health problems and his age is beginning to show. But he still has a lot of stage presence and authority, and gives very fine versions of his newer songs for American. The Beast in me is probably the high point. Well worth having!


At Folsom Prison (Legacy Edition) (2CD + DVD)
At Folsom Prison (Legacy Edition) (2CD + DVD)
Price: £14.12

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare historic document, 14 Jan. 2009
This is a great document, in the form of recordings of both shows of the famous live concert at Folsom Prison. I love to listen to Johnny Cash, and it is so interesting to listen to show two in particular. He's a bit tired, the tension has gone out (well, most of it) of his system, he forgets a few words to the lyrics here and there, his voice is kinda hoarse and rough, the pitch pretty shaky at times. But what the heck: just listen to the way he chats with the inmates, e.g. when he looks through his notes. Or when he tells the announcer to "lift your leg and jump down there to them" when he gets a bit annoyed with him. To me, this is great stuff, featuring also the late great Luther Perkins at his best. Nobody could nail that boom-chicka-boom sound quite like him (no offensive, mr. Wootton!). The versions of Dark as a Dungeon, Folsom Prison Blues and others are just as good and interesting on the second show. I can't see how anybody remotely interested in Johnny Cash can NOT buy this item!
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Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash In Ireland [DVD] [2006]
Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash In Ireland [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Johnny Cash
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Duets with Kris + a little more, 13 Jan. 2008
This show is pretty uneven. Some performances are quite lacklustre, and the Carter family sequence is substandard to their usual spirited performances. But JC saves it all with good versions of Folsom prison blues and I still miss someone. But the real treat here is to watch him do Long black veil and Big river with Kris Kristofferson. Great to watch the two of them perform, how they look at each other. They really loved each other. Great version of Big river, one of my favorites. Also fun to watch and listen to the audience sing along on A boy named sue and Ghostriders in the sky.


Johnny Cash: Man In Black - Live In Denmark [DVD]
Johnny Cash: Man In Black - Live In Denmark [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Cash
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Price: £5.84

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad show at all, 23 Dec. 2007
I wonder if we have seen the same dvd! This is Cash in his prime, in the early 70s, he was in great shape, and so was his band - The Tennessee Three, featuring Carl Perkins as an extra guitarist. Perkins does great versions of "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Matchbox". The latter is really given a riveting and splendid interpretation. Some may think that there are too many gospel songs, and that the tribute song to Mother Maybelle Carter by her daughters is a bit too sentimental. But overall, I think it's a cocncert dvd well worth having for anybody remotely interested in Johnny Cash.


Live From Austin, Texas [DVD] [2008]
Live From Austin, Texas [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Johnny Cash

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I changed my mind!, 1 Feb. 2006
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After listening to and watching this concert repeatedly, I am now convinced that this is a really strong performance by Cash, easily deserving five stars!
This is most of all due to JC's enormous stage-presence. The more I watch this show, the more I am impressed by this towering giant of country and folk music. His ability to fill the stage, to take it into his possesion, is unique. I haven't really seen anybody do it with quite such authority. I am in awe of the man! And the way he gets down to the basics of each song he performs, be it his own compositions or somebody elses - boy, it makes your hair stand up, it chills your spine (examples: "Sunday morning comin' down", "Sam Stone"). Those dark, large eyes holding the audience, that full, deep, masculine voice - I'd say he is among the 10 finest and greatest live perfomers the world has ever known - in any musical genre. Also: The sound is much better on this dvd than on the Montreux concert, where the sound is too muffled, especially the sound of his voice.


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