Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Johnny Cash - Live From Austin TX|
Actors: June Carter Cash, Earl Poole Ball, Johnny Cash, W.S. Holland, Jim Soldi
Director: Gary Menotti
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
The legendary Man In Black?s performance on the Austin City Limits TV show is now available on DVD, with added songs that were not included in the TV broadcast. The DVD also features a duet with June Carter Cash. From "Rin... more »
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I really like this DVD!
J. L. Cook | Johnstown, NY USA | 12/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just picked this DVD up. I skimmed through it once, watching the hit songs. But it was when I really watched it all the way throught that I discovered how really good it is. Some of the songs I was not familiar with are among the best on the DVD, particularly John Prine's "Sam Stone" and also "Let Him Roll". I was glad to see "The Fourth Man" on the DVD as I remember the song from an LP that I have.
Having June Carter Cash and the Carter Family on the DVD is a plus. The affection and chemistry between Johnny and June is obvious. One other thing that makes this DVD special for me is that I saw him in concert at about this time (1987) when the record companies weren't too interested in him, but he was still immensely popular with the public. The DVD brings back nice memories.
I steered clear of the "Live at Montreux" because of reports of poor sound quality. This DVD does not suffer from any lack of audio or visual quality."
Austin City Limits 1987 concert
Scott MacPhee | Ottawa Canada | 11/27/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was delighted to find that this DVD was available in record shops here in Sydney a month before North America. I remember watching the concert on PBS in Ottawa in 1987. I was a bit take back with the DVD, it is packaged well, but since it is from the programme 'Austin City Limits' which has become an institution on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS)I expected better.
I was hoping for the intro I recall in 1987. The DVD concert quickly goes into the concert. Cash appeared a bit tired with limited emotion singing the old standards (Ring of Fire and Folsom Prison Blues), but this was the time when many considered his career was in a slump. He was signed to Mercury records and country radio industry was pretty much ignoring the reliable artists that helped build country radio in exchange for 'New Country' which sadly is not as I see it true country. I was relieved to see that his spirirt picked up for 'Sunday Mornin' Comin Down' and did a fine job with John Prine's 'Sam Stone' and a duet with June Carter with 'Where did we go right?'.
I recommend the DVD for Cash fans. I am pleased to own a copy. I give the DVD 3 stars, a good grade not the typical 5 that the so many overly eager 'reviewers' hand out. I only wich that Cash had a concert filmed and packeged to the equivalent of Elvis Presley's 'The '68Comeback Special' and 'The 1973 Aloha concert' because he deserved it."
Good audio and video, fair concert
Gaylen Halbert | Weimar, California United States | 01/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was mildly disappointed with this DVD. Nice clear video and great sound [especially in DTS]. Maybe too much time spent on closeups of Johnny. Music performance uninspired. Johnny looks and sounds tired. Band members playing as though they were on the last leg of an exhausting tour. The Rick Rubin American Recordings several years later really brought out the great soul that Johnny was [is]. It was an emotional moment for me when June Carter Cash joined Johnny on stage and I really appreciated Johnny covering songs by John Prine and Guy Clark, but despite the great venue this was a rather mediocre concert."
Good, even a classic, concert
Mark Adams | Redwood Estates, CA United States | 02/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's a friendly atmosphere at this show. Cash is upbeat, cheerful, and nonetheless is able to capture the loneliness of some of the classics. He's in good form, and it is interesting to see Cash perform in the years just before his career revitalized under American Recordings and Rick Ruben. It would be nice if the DVD had some extras, but the show, in of itself, is worthwhile.
Let me add a statement about the stars. Simply put, I enjoyed the show... and that is the essence of Johnny Cash, a man who wanted to put on a show. It's not a classic show, like Folsom Prison (wouldn't that be nice to see on video), but it captures a classic Cash, particularly in that phase of his life, a time when he simply performed the classics to give the audience a good time. I thought this DVD was better than "Behind Prison Walls" and that other DVD from 1994, which simply looks too amateurish."