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American Folk-Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966 [DVD]

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Recorded live for TV broadcast throughout Britain, these historic performances have been unseen for nearly 40 years. Filmed with superb camera work and pristine sound, 14 complete performances and 4 bonus performances are included by Sonny Boy Williamson,

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hip-O Records
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPP7LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Perry Celestino on June 29, 2007
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This series originally came out during the Year Of The Blues (2003) and provided us with glimpses of the real originals in this genre. The first three volumes gave us a lot of wonderful clips of Wolf, Sonny Boy, Memphis Slim, Otis Rush, Muddy, T-Bone, Big Mamma, Lonnie Johnson and so on. The German settings were a bit sterile and often staged to look like a Juke or with strange back drops of urban America. This set, from 1963-1966, is more like a concert. And it's great!

The concert format with an appreciative audience is really fantastic and well done for the time. We see Sonny Boy Williamson in three performances with the harp in his mouth sideways and playing with his NOSE! He is cool, no wonder he taught Little Walter (whose only recorded performance is in Vol. 3 of this series!).We also see Hubert Sumlin play with Sonny Boy on his second offering in this show. He turns in one of his most unusual solos in "Getting Out Of Town"- very chromatic and almost jazzy! We see Muddy as a stand up singer (no guitar), on "Mojo" and in two bonus performances. He has Matt "Guitar" Murphy playing behind him on this one (who was playing with Memphis Slim at the time). There is a rare look at the great Lonnie Johnson, who plays by himself and shows us why he is one of the original inventors of the Urban Blues guitar style. Big Joe Williams gives us a close up view of his famous nine string guitar.

Lightnin' Hopkins plays his distinctive Texas-style acoustic blues, with a few tricks on the fretboard as well. Howlin' Wolf puts in, to me, his best ever filmed performance-it's worth the price of the whole thing!!! He does an update of "Smokestack Lightning" (without its famous riff) and "Don't Laugh At Me" in a "Killing Floor" groove, a song which had just been recorded.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By BILLYBOBUK on July 4, 2007
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Not much to add to Perrys great review,but mention should be made of the accompanying 2opage booklet,includes photos of the artists and great memories and facts by the great English blues researcher Mike Rowe.
Sound and vision on these wonderful performances are as good as you can expect some 40yrs after the events---back in the days when us English boys used to put on shirt and tie,nice suit and go to the concert.
If you have the previous 3 releases in this series,this is a great addition,if you have any interest in blues history, essential.Thank you to everybody who put this release together--wonderful!!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By daddyrob999 on June 27, 2007
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this whole thing is fantastic. sonny boy, lonnie johnson, muddy...the wolf is unbelievable. the unknown drummer that the package mentions is in fact willie big eyes smith. It is easy to tell that it is him because of his playing style and he is still around playing great!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary Covington on May 13, 2009
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Outstanding Blues from beginning to the end !!!! You get 14 great songs, plus 4 more as bonus tracks, totaling 18 songs. Plus, you get a great 18 page illustrated booklet, that provides more information about these Blues Artists & this DVD.

The songs are as follows:
1. Sonny Boy Williamson - Keep it to Yourself
2. Muddy Waters - Got my MoJo Working
3. Lonnie Johnson - Too late to Cry
4. Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Go ( Aerosmith did a cover of this
included in their "Honkin on Bobo" CD.
5. Sonny Boy Williamson - Bye Bye Bird
6. Getting out of town
7. Lightin' Hopkins - Come Go With Me
8. Lightin's Blues
9. Sugar Pie Desanto - Baby What You Want Me to Do
10.Rock me Baby
11.Howlin'Wolf - Smokestack Lighting
12.Don't Laugh at Me
13.Big Joe Turner - Oh Well , Oh Well
14.Junior Wells - What I'd Say

Bonus Tracks:
15.Muddy Waters - You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
16.Blow Wind Blow
17.Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
18.Trouble in Mind

These performances were very well performed, very well produced, and very well filmed and recorded. Also, you get other blues musicians in this DVD, that performed as background musicians. These include: Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixson and others. This is a "must-have" for any serious blues fan. This is a great DVD, and I highly recommend it. Thanks!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on January 15, 2009
You know when we were listening to all those folkies like Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk or Joan Baez or starting to pick up the Beatles or The Rolling Stones the American home grown blues was traveling to Europe, in this volume to Britain, to be appreciated by those audiences. Well, what goes around comes around. Here we have a `second' chance to see what we missed from the legends that were just winding down their careers.

So what do we have here? A sizzling Sonny Boy Williamson. The primordial Howlin' Wolf. Big Joe Williams. The underrated Big Joe Turner. The underrated Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and on and on. The stealer of the show- Lightnin' Hopkins. Those who follow the blues will be familiar with all the line up here. Practically every one of these performers has been reviewed by this writer elsewhere in this space (with the exception, I think, of Otis Rush). So here you get them all under one roof while they are `hot'. For those who are unfamiliar with the performers or with classical acoustic and electric blues here's your primer. Get working.
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