Johnny Cash - A Concert Behind Prison Walls
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Ronstadt is surely appreciated for her short skirt and sweet pop-blues (her "Love Has No Pride" nears epic intensity), and Clark's showmanship works with kitsch like "Orange Blossom Special." But it's Cash's "Sunday Morning Coming Down," Folsom Prison Blues," and famously bloody "Boy Named Sue" that resonate most powerfully with his, uh, captive audience. There's a touch of condescension toward the prisoners in some stage patter and song choices: Sure, Ronstadt had a hit with "Desperado" at the time, but here it sounds like she's wagging her finger at the crowd. --Tom Keogh
- Songs: Folsom Prison Blues, Sunday Morning Coming down, Jacob Green, Desperado, You're No Good, Rolling in My Sweet Baby's Arms, That Honeymoon Feeling, Shuckin' the Corn, Half as Much, Love Has No Pride, Silver Threads and Golden Needles, Hey Porter, Orange Blossom Special, Boy Named Sue
- With appearances by Linda Ronstadt, Roy Clark, and Foster Brooks
Top Customer Reviews
This is a very high energy performance by Cash. He gives it all he's got. The empathy and respect that the Man in Black had for his fellow sinners is very evident; the disc is worth viewing for these songs alone.
But, for me, the performance by Linda Ronstadt was also wonderful. I had no idea that she was on this disc. This is a young and beautiful Linda Ronstadt, just on the verge of major superstardom. Her voice is just astonishing, and this performance ( "Desperado", " You're No Good ", " Love Has No Pride ", and " Silver Threads and Golden Needles " ) blows away the audience--and the DVD viewer.
As with all well-made concert videos, some of the best moments are the shots of the audience. They were clearly under orders not to move around --at all --, as they were right next to the artists. So there were no " standing ovations ". But you can tell how very much they loved this show, not just Johnny Cash and Linda Ronstadt, but also comedian Foster Brooks ( never saw him before, his slightly off-color humor went over fantastically with this audience! ).
Could have done without the Roy Clark segment, not sure that this was the best venue for him, talented musician that he is.
Overall, this is one of the best concert films I have ever seen. Highly recommended.
It is shot in a Tennessee prison in 1977 and 60 minutes. But also performing is Linda Ronstadt, Roy Clark and Foster Brooks, aka, the drunk. Carl Perkins plays guitar with Johnny.
The concert starts with "Folsom Prison Blues", "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and a little known song by Cash, "Jacob Green" based on a true story of a young man who committed suicide in prison.
Linda Ronstadt sings "Desperado", "You're No Good", Silver Threads and Golden Needles" and "Love Has No Pride".
Guitarist Roy Clark performs a few also, "Rolling in my Sweet Baby's Arms, "That Honeymoon Feeling". Foster Brooks does a five minute stand-up and sings an old classic "Half As Much"
Concluding the concert and back to Johnny Cash, doing "Hey Porter", "Orange Blossom Special" and the entertaining "Boy Named Sue".
If it's worth it to you to have some hits of Johnny Cash...LIVE, then get the tape!
A little note: If you ever want to hear a tribute song to Johnny, get the humorous Shel Silverstein's "Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing" It is the best! .....MzRizz
Anyhow, the couple of numbers that Johnny Cash DOES play are really good...especially the Kris Kristofferson song "Saturday Morning Coming Down". Overall I would say buy this if you're a true country fan or if you wanna see a small glimpse of the man in Black.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plays great and case/packaging were superb, very happy. Lota of memories esp. Linda!!Published 7 months ago by Perry Vann
Johnny is great but Ronstadt, on the verge of stardom in front of a galley of prisoners, is the real knockout vocally and physically. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charles Z.
the late great johnny cash known for his concerts and who can forget his prison concerts? this is another concertPublished 20 months ago by thomas c dobeck
It is one of the best dvd's I have.
I had one but broke it getting it out of the case.
got a replacement.
I purchased this for my mom who is a big fan. We watched it together & it was very good. I really enjoyed it & mom loved it!Published on February 12, 2011 by ToBeSkatin
Enjoyed Johnny Cash with Linda Rostadt, Roy Clark and Foster Brooks. A terrific combination of artists. Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by howie
I bought this strictly for the Linda Ronstadt performance. She appeared on the Johnny Cash show years ago, when she was still struggling to find her place in music. Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by tjwash