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"This is a 1958 kinescope (thus, the video quality is OK at best) of a local L.A. area TV show hosted by a young Jay Stewart (who became Monty Hall's sidekick on "Let's Make A Deal"). Johnny Cash sings a multitude of his early hits and the audio quality is fairly good. What makes this DVD so enjoyable is the clear star quality of Johnny Cash even at this early stage in his career (he had just made the jump from Sun Records to Columbia at this time). The numerous camera close-ups are terrific as Johnny Cash explodes on the stage. If you saw "I Walk the Line" movie, you will thoroughly enjoy this DVD...it's the real thing."
Alvin Chafe | Newfoundland Canada | 12/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Now this is what Johnny Cash is all about.
He is at his best here, before he was a big star.
I am so happy to have this as part of my DVD collection, I watch it over and over again I can't get enough of Johnny Cash.
If you don't enjoy this your not a Johnny Cash fan."
Johnny Cash straight out of Compton
astralhed | In the void | 02/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD contains two excellent shows at Town Hall in Compton, California. One is from 1958 and the other is in 1959. It's interesting to see the difference that a year on the road can do to a band. In 1958 Johnny looks fresh and new and is full of wise cracks. The songs are excellent and the Tennessee Two are amazing. In 1959 Johnny is a lot more confident but looks a little tired and drained. Nonetheless, it is still an amazing show that I wish I could of experienced. The picture quality is what you can expect from the era but I feel it just adds to the essence of the experience. These two film clips are priceless and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some old school Johnny Cash at his best."
What more could you want!?!?
Rex Langley | Tahlequah, OK USA | 04/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a long time Johnny Cash fan, and a big time music collector (especially in the area of concert footage). I owned Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music (along with other JC DVDs); And loved it, but I wanted some younger concert footage of Johnny. I knew it existed from seeing clips of it on documentaries and the Hurt video (the clip where he is singing Walk the Line and looks at the camera and winks...yeah its on here!). I stumbled upon and immediately had to buy it (thank goodness for one click purchasing). Here is my review of the DVD: When I first put this in I was hesitant about the quality, it was naturally black an white, and the camera moved around like a bad home video (this was less obvious after the beginning). But after the first song none of this mattered, both shows are an amazing and rare document of a young Johnny Cash adapting to the trappings of rock star fame. I agree with another review on here that, if you are a Johnny Cash fan and do not own this...wait no longer! I would give this 10 stars if I could. The second show is the stronger one (which isnt to take away from the first at all), Johnny is confident, has great stage presence...and man oh man, the performance of Big River is off the charts! We see alot of Johnnys trademark yells (whoooo), and the ever classic lifting the guitar up high to the mic. I cant say enough good things about this DVD. The sound quality is great, the picture can be daunting at first but like I said, you wont even think about it once he gets into the second song. Any fan of music would not regret making this a part of their collection."
Johnny Cash At Town Hall Party 1958-1959
Br. Mark | Milwaukee, WI | 07/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason I don't give 5 stars to this DVD is because of the quality of the sound and video. They are both good enough to allow thorough enjoyment of the DVD, but they aren't as good as is customarily expected in today's market. Having said that, if you are a long-time Cash fan, I guarantee you will enjoy watching this DVD. The experience of watching these young Johnny Cash performances rates 5 stars. Don't buy it for the quality, buy it for the fun of being entertained by Johnny. I don't know of anywhere else that a significant performance of a young JC is available like it is here. It's fun to watch. As another reviewer mentioned, it is also interesting to see the growth in young Cash as an entertainer that occurred from 1958 to 1959. I was hesitant to buy this DVD because of different reviewers' comments on the sound and video quality. But I did buy it and I am glad I did. I enjoyed it so much I bought another copy and gave it to my Dad for his 80th birthday. So, if you're a long-time Cash fan like I am, I recommend you buy two: one for yourself and one for the person who turned you on to Johnny Cash so long ago. You'll both be glad you did."