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‘Johnny Cash Show’ brims with classic performances

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Johnny Cash, “The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show” (CMV/Columbia/Legacy) – Even with four hours of virtually nonstop music, “The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show” DVD leaves viewers wanting more.

It’s that good.

The list of talent that Cash was able to bring together during the 58-show run between July 1969 and March 1971 from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is hard to believe. But they’re all there on the double-disc set: Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bill Monroe, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings.

And on and on and on.

It can only be hoped that this best-of release will be followed with complete episodes. That’s the one thing this is lacking: an entire show to give the viewer an idea of what else Cash had up his sleeve besides the music.

But it’s a minor gripe considering the dozens of jaw-dropping songs on this set, most of which haven’t been seen or heard in decades.

CHECK THIS OUT: It’s unfair to pick just one, but not to be missed is the jam with a freshfaced Eric Clapton, fronting Derek and the Dominoes, and rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Carl Perkins on “Matchbox.” Who knew Perkins was such a great guitar player?

– By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press Writer

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