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Johnny Cash - Ridin' the Rails: The Great American Train Story
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This recording is itself historical and also addresses the cultural history of railroading in a nation. As a singer, Cash has been described as having created his own genre, so we cannot pigeonhole him in any particular category other than his own. Nevertheless, I'm willing to edge out on that limb and call Cash a folksigner, and I'm willing to call this collection of railroad songs folk as well, although, like Cash himself, the collection defies neat categorization. Whatever we call it, however, this collection conveys something of the inestimable impact that railroads have had on the history, the economic development, the culture, the technological development, and, yes, the spirit of our nation and her people.
Anyone who proclaims an interest in American cultural history, in balladry, in the oral tradition of teaching, in Johnny Cash's music, or in railroading is bound to enjoy "Ridin' the Rails." It deserves a place in everyone's collection of Americana. And, when it's on that shelf instead of in our DVD players, its presence will help remind us of what a great balladeer was lost when Johnny Cash passed from this earth.
Johnny Cash brings to musical life the rise and fall of the American Railroad Experience. Each vigniette is framed by the Man in Black singing his own classics like, "John Henry" and (of course) "Ridin' The Rails" and covers such as "The Night We Drove Old Dixie Down" and "City of New Orleans" At over 30 years old, it's pacing feels a bit strange and rushed compared to modern documentataries - but viewed as an extended music video, it is great fun.
Can't wait for Amazon to have it in stock and own a copy.
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I love Johnny Cash and have a Johnny Cash Room for all of his portraits, records, Dvd's and cd's. I was somewhat disappointed in this dvd.Published 4 months ago by Arlene Francis Gourgues
I love trains and the voice of Johnny Cash. The DVD was great!Published 6 months ago by Cecilia Bell
Such a great documentary and wonderful singing and storytelling by the great, Johnny Cash. We loved it!Published 16 months ago by Sandra P. Banas
Very nice narrative and songs documentary of the history of the railways within the US history! Not only nice for Cash fans - which I am not directly although I like some of his... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dennis Schut
As a rail fan, I've seen better train videos. But as a musician researching train songs, I've seen very few resources that outshine this one. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Paul D. Race
I really enjoyed watching this. It has some interesting history and of course the music is great. Highly recommend for any one interested in trains and railroad history.Published on May 10, 2014 by JF
I really enjoyed this view when I seen it on TV. Now I can watch it anytime with friends who share my enthusiasm with trains and Johnny Cash !Published on October 21, 2013 by Saquili
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