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The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977
Format: DVD-Video, Enhanced, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada)
Number of discs: 1
Rating: Not rated
Studio: Shout Factory
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
Run Time: 50 minutes
A.J.'s Rating: 4 Glittery '70's Christmas Stars
Review published
December 1, 2007

    The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 is a network quality stage show extravaganza, taped at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, with the entire Carter/Cash clan and special guests The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison.
    With this show, Cash seems to have made up for the lack of Christmastime songs in his 1976 Christmas Special. Cash packs his second special with plenty of favorites. Music highlights include 'Christmas Time's a-Comin', 'Blue Christmas', 'Here Comes Santa Claus', 'Frosty the Snow Man', Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer', 'Silent Night', 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', 'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing', 'This Train is Bound for Glory' and 'Children Go Where I Send Thee'.

    Other highlights include Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis each singing their signature hits. Perkins shows he's still got that Good Ol' Boy spirit with a great performance of 'Blue Suede Shoes'. Lewis starts out a bit nervously, but warms up quickly with his crowd pleasin', piano bangin' "Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On', and also performs a rendition of Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'. Orbison, however, gives a record-perfect go at his smash 'Oh, Pretty Woman', but otherwise seems just a little left of center, if you know what I mean... and if you don't, ask someone who actually lived during the '70s!

    As for the technical details, picture quality is actually pretty good, considering the recording is over 30 years old. Production-wise, this show is on par with most other network variety shows of the time. It's more polished than Johnny's 1976 program, which showed that Cash wasn't afraid to experiment with his Christmas show format.
    For Johnny Cash fans and Christmas fans alike, The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 is a sure treat!
Watch "Christmas TIme's a Comin'" by Cash from 1977!
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