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  • Actors: Les Paul
  • Directors: Les Paul
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QGE856
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Guitar wizard, inventor, architect of rock n roll...the legendary Les Paul tells his own rags-to-riches story in this feature-length documentary shot in HD. From his hometown in Waukesha to Chicago, Nashville, Hollywood and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, follow the life and times of this irrepressible superstar. Featuring a wall-to-wall soundtrack of greatest hits, American Masters - Les Paul: Chasing Sound! also includes interviews with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller and many more.

Includes 90 Minutes of Exclusive Extras:
Full-length performances from the Iridium Jazz Club with Les Paul and his Trio.
Vintage duets with Keith Richards, Kay Starr, Merle Haggard and Chet Atkins.
Classic TV appearances (Les Paul & Mary Ford at Home, Omnibus and more.
Extended conversations with Les Paul.
Photo Gallery.

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And Mary Ford certainly was.
Robert Moore
Seeing how Les Paul evolved; inventing and creating trends of sound for and with the likes of other great artists, is just amazing.
Todd J. Elliott
Anyone who listens to recorded music owes a nod to this man.
Thomas Schulz

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Todd J. Elliott on July 24, 2007
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I too, like many other reviewers, saw this program on PBS. Outstanding! I was glued to the set. Seeing how Les Paul evolved; inventing and creating trends of sound for and with the likes of other great artists, is just amazing. Truly an American icon, one of our nations greatest ambassador to music. Not just every guitarist should want to watch this dvd, every musician, artist, oh heck, everyone should watch this. It's a great look at early radio, electronics, jazz, American culture and history. It provides a great window into the past to witness this man's contribution to music. A must have documentary for music lovers.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Axelson on July 12, 2007
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I saw this documentary last night on TV and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates music, history, inventors, musicians, electronics. It is one of the best things I have ever seen on television. Buy it - you will not be disappointed.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Schulz on July 12, 2007
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Anyone who listens to recorded music owes a nod to this man. Any musician who performs professionally, owes their sound in part to this man.
In this documentary, you see and hear from Les about career, his inventions and life from the early to now. You hear him tell his side of the story in his work with music greats, the people he performed with, where he learned his chops and cut his teeth. Then you'll see and hear from respected industry pro's he impacted and see the effect of his recordings and his 'sound' upon those who are well known household names and those behind the scenes. This is Les Paul's life throughout the ages, from young inventor, to well respected jazz guitarist, to serviceman, to band leader, all throughout his career, retirement and comebacks. It shows takes from early clips and photos, the TV shows, previous anniversaries and dedication events. Happy Birthday Les and thank you. You are the real life Thomas Edison and Indiana Jones of Music.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2007
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After that ridiculous tribute that seemed more like a "cover-up"--"American Made/ World Played"--I was beginning to suspect the 90-year-old (now 92) legend was all illusion, more Wizard of Oz than Wizard of Waukesha. Rest assured that Les is no, not yet at least, mere icon or totem. Far from a barely preserved specimen wheeled out on stage in a rocker, he maintains his balance on a precarious stool and serves as ringmaster for the Monday night festivities at the Iridium. Of course, he's surrounded by and partly carried by some ace New York musicians, who enable Les to bask, deservedly, in the spotlight and evade anything resembling breakneck virtuosity on the instrument.

This is a five-star DVD for the 90-minute PBS history alone--OR for the 90 minutes worth of extras, such as the Iridium set. Add the two together, factor in the bargain price, and this disc is nothing less than 180 minutes of indispensable, must viewing. The audio fidelity and production values are first rate, whether the music is vintage Lester or his more recent musical activities which, for the most part, have gone unrecorded for the past 30 years. The extras include "honest" musical exchanges with Keith Richards and a rare opportunity to see and hear a latter-day Kay Starr, no worse for wear than Les, singing "Exactly Like You." Then there's Merle Haggard and Les doing "Pennies from Heaven," both of them practically honoring the tune's simple melody. And a delightful duet on "Avalon" with Chet Atkins circa 1990 (The secret's out. The supposedly "intuitive" musician Les knows keys! Rather than holding down one finger to signal one flat, he mouths "F" to the piano player for his solo turn).
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2007
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Koch Vision present "CHASING SOUND" (2007) (120 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915) is an American jazz guitarist and inventor --- He is one of the most important figures in the development of modern electric musical instruments and recording techniques --- He is a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar (the Gibson Les Paul, which he helped design, is one of the most famous and enduring models), multitrack recording, and various reverberation and echo effects.

He is the Godfather of the electric guitar ... Inventor of multi-track recording, overdubbing, reverb, and echo --- Music as we know it would literally not be possible without the recording processes he pioneered --- His virtuosic playing, and the mythical Gibson electric guitar that bears his name, inspired the legends of the rock & roll revolution --- Waukesha, Wisconsin Hometown Hero ... Jazz Pioneer ...1950's Pop Superstar ... Guitar Wizard ... Inventor ... Architect of Rock & Roll ... American Original ... that's just the first 90 years! --- Strap in for a ride with this larger-than-life rascal - still playing every Monday night at a joint in Manhattan - as he tells his own rags-to riches story, joined by a cast of legendary musicians, admirers, and industry insiders.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. Full-length performances from the Iridium Jazz Club with Les Paul and His Trio.
2. Vintage duets with Keith Richards, Kay Starr, Merle Haggard and Chet Atkins.
3. Interviews with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller and many more.
4. Classic TV appearances (Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home, Omnibus and more)
5. Extended conversations with Les Paul.
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