Johnny Cash s Koncert V Praze (In Prague Live) remains one of the most curious entries in The Man in Black s discography, with instrumental accompaniment from The Tennessee Three and vocals from members of The Carter Family. Even the track list, 11 songs culled from the most beloved selections in Cash s catalog ( Ring Of Fire, I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, the Kris Kristofferson-penned Sunday Morning Coming Down ), was a broad overview of Cash s greatest hits in a live context.
But Koncert V Praze was a rare example of a Western performer putting on a show behind the Iron Curtain in this case, the capital of Czechoslovakia, which had become a Communist state shortly after the end of World War II. Cash played to about 50,000 people over 4 shows that sold out in 2 days. Recorded in 1978, Koncert V Praze wouldn t be released in Czechoslovakia until 1983 by Supraphone Records. Most hardcore Johnny Cash fans weren t aware of its existence until much later, when it was released in Legacy s The Complete Columbia Album Collection box set in 2012.