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American Folk-Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966 [DVD] (2007)

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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 (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPP7LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS the Real Blues! 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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENGLAND LOVES THE BLUES 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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great great great June 27, 2007
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Amazing American Blues Fest Footage February 11, 2010
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There is no downside to this collection of live performances. All top notch footage of the ledgends of this great music. If you don't like this, you've got a hole in your soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blues August 4, 2009
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Buy this and check out Rosetta Thorpe. Wish I could have seen more of her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL video blues (and more) April 15, 2009
These magnificent perfomances from the British tours feature some hot and quite historical moments from the history of blues;
I couldn't care less for the influence these guys had on British and European rock, folk and blues music; I'm only here for the blues!

Sonny Boy Williamson is a marvel, but so is Lonnie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins and Sugar Pie Desanto (I'm tellin' ya; when such a passionate woman sings "rock me baby like my back has got no bones" it is more convincing than when guys do it)...

The vocals are great, guitars are diverse and effective, back musicians (pianists, guitarists, bassists - Willie Dixon for instance) are first rate and Sonny Boy's harmonica (a mouth organ unique)... And then there's more!
In bonus tracks there are some magnificent performances from "Gospel and Blues Train" Tv show - some by Muddy Waters, some by Sister Rosetta Tharpe ("Didn't it Rain", "Trouble in mind", a true giant of guitar and gospel-oriented singing...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Series
The entire series is excellent and gives a rare opportunity to see and hear blues artists sing some of their great songs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dennis West
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues at it's best
The dvd included footage from the live station blues concert near Manchester, with Rosetta Tharpe at her best with Didn't it Rain and Trouble In Mind
Published 5 months ago by Michael R. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Folk-Blues Music I've heard all together on 1 DVD.
This is an exceptional DVD with all the Folk-Blues Music and artist that I never was able to see perform on a DVD.
The price was great, the songs are great.... Read more
Published 9 months ago by HopeButterfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible DVD release. Best in the series.
If you want to see the blues legends in action, giving them their all for a grateful audience, this is were to start. In fact, this maybe all you need. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Salmestrelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Festival
A great title for a great DVD, if your a fan of the blues, then this DVD is a must have. When blues became unpopular in America, the blues recording artists went to Europe to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Rico's View!
A great CD. A must for any serious blues collection. Also a few artists that I had never heard of before! Great blues!
Published 14 months ago by RJC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Great DVD and Great music! I like to have the true artists in my library and this one is super.
Published 16 months ago by Jon Christopher Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to go, Junior Wells
Although I loved all of the DVD, Junior Wells at the end, singing and dancing was the best even without his harp. Read more
Published 23 months ago by G. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Real good
This is a real good dvd and I got it real fast and at a real good price too. Nice.
Published on October 22, 2011 by Michael Sliter
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightn'n Hopkins steals the show
saw Lightn'n at cafe wha in '64 with a polite crowd of 40. great pleasure to see joy and awe on face of Lightn'n who is greeted with loud applause and he responds in kind with... Read more
Published on July 30, 2011 by jimmyreed
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