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The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1979 DVD (Shout! Factory, 2008)

Johnny Cash

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

In retrospect, Johnny Cash's 1979 Christmas special was one daring mix 'n match of talent. The scene where Cash, Anne Murray and Andy Kaufman are all talking together comes off a little like one of those The Love Boat programs, as though producers were much more concerned with racking up Hollywood star quotient, yet not caring a lick about personality compatibility. Kaufman was truly weird. But dang if he didn't do a spot-on Elvis impression, which he pulled off during this show. Anne Murray has since been all but forgotten by the country music community, but she was red hot when You Need Me was a hit, which she is caught performing. Tom T. Hall is the program's other big musical guest and he duets with Johnny on a few of his hits, and also sings a tender Christmas Is for a few enraptured kids.

In addition to this DVD's added star power, Johnny sings a few Cash favorites, including (Ghost) Riders in the Sky and Five Feet High and Rising. To give it extra family appeal, this special also features Ray Cash, Johnny's father. Thus, even with kooks like Kaufman, this Cash gathering still feels like family.

CDs by Johnny Cash

Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live), 2016 Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971, 2015 Out Among the Stars, 2014 Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth, 2012 From Memphis To Hollywood, 2011 American VI: Ain't No Grave, 2010 Johnny Cash's America CD/DVD, 2008 At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition, 2008 The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978 DVD, 2008 The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1979 DVD, 2008 At San Quentin, 2006 American V: A Hundred Highways, 2006 Personal File, 2006 The Johnny Cash Children's Album, 2006 The Legend, 2005

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