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Johnny Cash

Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live) – 2016 (Sony Legacy)

Reviewed by Lee Zimmerman

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Johnny Cash's live set was released on vinyl in Czechoslovakia in 1983. U.S. fans became aware of "Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live)" when it was issued in the U.S. as part of the deluxe box set "Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection" in 2012. This marks the first time it was released as a single CD

Recorded on-stage in Czechoslovakia in April 1978, - one of two recent reissues by the label of foreign concerts (the other was a Denmark show in December 2015) - finds Cash replaying his classic hits - "Hey Porter," "Ring of Fire," "Big River" - although the set is all inclusive. Cash is in fine form of course, and even when he opts for covers ("City of New Orleans" et. al.), he effectively makes them his own. Cash's gruff vocals contrast sharply with his amiable way with the audience, and when he brings the Statler Brother and old pal Carl Perkins as well - the results are akin to an overdue family reunion. The disc makes for an ideal live compilation encapsulating the best of Cash and company's seminal sound.