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B.B. King: Live at Montreux 1993 [Blu-ray] (2009)

B.B. King  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: B.B. King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00265SCJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,347 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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B.B. King is the greatest living exponent of the blues and considered by many to be the most influential guitarist of the latter part of the 20th century. His career dates back to the late forties and despite now being in his eighties he remains a vibrant and charismatic live performer. B.B. King has been a frequent visitor to the Montreux festival, appearing nearly 20 times, so choosing one performance was no easy task. This 1993 concert will surely rank as one of his finest at any venue. With a superb backing band and a great set list it's a must for any blues fan.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B.B. King Still In His Prime. July 5, 2009
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This DVD is very similar to the SRO session which came out about three years ago and it was filmed about the time of this set, the early 1990s, when BB was still touring a lot and was still at the top of his game. Like all of the Montreux Series the sound, camera work and production are excellent.

Another interesting thing about this performance is that BB stands up throughout it and it really chronicles the last years of this Blues great's live shows (This is also when I saw him last in Australia). Just as a matter of interest, the set and band are very similar to the "BB Live" set that came out just about two years ago, filmed at BB's Blues Club in Memphis (and the one in Nashville).

This concert was filmed in 1993 and BB is still in top form. The set is an extensive catalogue of his hits and live numbers. The band includes many members that have played with BB for many, many years. Foremost is the great James Toney an extraordinary organ player and keyboardist who just died in 2007. He was with BB since his famous PBS Jazz Casual session in 1968. Also prominent is the excellent bass player Michael Doster. His nephew and sax player Walter King is the Musical Director and he also is a great musician. This band is impeccable!

The set list is very comprehensive. It includes a great band "warm up" with the "Two I Shoot Blues" which showcases the great musicianship of BB's band. Highlights of the set list include Louis Jordan's "Caldonia", Ray Charles' "Let The Good Times Roll", the old standard and favourite "Why I Sing The Blues", a newer offering "Blues Man" and of course the seminal "The Thrill Is Gone", always a favourite and always a bit different.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Video September 16, 2010
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This video is great!!!! I was amazed at the video and audio quality as it was filmed in 1993. They must have used amazing gear because this looks and sounds as good as any of the newly recorded stuff. I watched this on a high quality HD projection system in an acousitcally set up room and a $3500 pair of speakers . . . .and it was AWESOME!!! This was when BB was in better health and had a bit more energy . . . I have seen him live several times and I will say he is always a treat. It has been a while since I have seen BB in a small club (1989???) and I forgot how great his facial expressions were. I am so glad somebody captured this era of BBs career so masterfully - I am certain it will be enjoyed by new generations as well as us "old guys"!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let The Good Times Roll... August 21, 2011
By j.
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...B. B. King is back in town. This 99 minute DVD (480 P) from 1993 has a great widescreen transfer, as well as, stereo, Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtracks. I preferred the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack, which has the best low bass. There are no extra features, but there is a nice booklet, with a few pictures and a bit of B. B. King history.

B. B. King and the band are tight and bring down the house. B. B. is generous with the band and we hear great solos from the bass player, horns, etc. B. B. is in top form and his guitar wails the blues. I really enjoyed the set list and a few stand out songs for me are All Over Again, Caldonia and The Thrill Is Gone. What could have been a low point when his guitar string broke during Chains Of Love, was nothing less than great - B. B. belted out the vocals as he fixed his string, and we hear his superb backing band, with a nice horn solo. Then B. B. brings it home with his own solo with Lucille. B. B. is still The King Of The Blues. This DVD is highly recommended.

I just watched the re-issue of the 2009 Soundstage show in Chicago and I liked this 1993 DVD much better.

Hope this helps, j
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent show! January 18, 2012
By Robson
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BB is still in his top form, and performed a great show. Good image and sound quality, worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the "King" November 20, 2009
By Kuya
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Audio/video is well done like most of the Eagle Rock "Montreaux" Dvds. I debated about getting the Blu-Ray version but was not disappointed with this choice. B.B. is in fine form with a mighty band. I have been to many of B.B.'s concerts over the years and prefer this DVD to the actual performances only because this audience remains quiet. Most of B.B.'s crowds in the US feel they have to talk to him while he is performing. This disc will get alot of play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is One Great Disc September 16, 2009
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Everything about this disc is great--the songs B.B. King plays, his virtuosity on the guitar, his personality. The sound and picture on the blu ray are crisp and clear, and had me wondering how they filmed in HD back in 1993.

This disc is well worth buying, and my wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BB King in concert was super. February 1, 2014
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I was very pleased with my purchase . My whole family will gather for a party and can`t wait to view concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars B.B. King stands for the Best blues... October 29, 2013
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.... Love the Blues, Love B.B. King... his voice and guitar belong together... love all the selections on this CD.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars B. B. King Live at Age 68
I saw B. B. King live here in Birmingham, AL last January (he is now 88). I wanted a souvenir of the concert and this is a great one. B. B. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve Rutledge
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
I love BB King--but this is not it--a real waste of money.He is well past his best,must be close to 300 pounds--constant sweat,can hardly stand. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Asher Pacholder
4.0 out of 5 stars BB is a legend
I've seen BB in Person a few times, and wanted a video to remind me of the in person shows. If you like the Blues, you need to have a BB King Blu Ray disc in your collection. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DME
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performance vid
Watch it if you like BB King, the blues, or just great performances and good music. The King himself sounds and plays great and his backup band is amazing too. Read more
Published 19 months ago by BassJas
5.0 out of 5 stars Purely Amazing....
This item really is the quintessential B.B. King performance to own. He is lively and full of soul. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by thepesek
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I love B. B. and the blues. This is not the best concert footage of B. B. available, but it is good.
Published on March 13, 2011 by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars B.B. King
This is a great video of B.B. King doing what he does best. About Blu-Ray....I mistakely thought a standard CD player could play a Blu-Ray. That was my fault. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have dvd for blues lovers!
Amazing audio and video quality for experiencing the king of the blues. I'd say this was BB at his prime but then any time he performs it seems like his prime.
Published on February 2, 2010 by SJG
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