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Lightning in a Bottle

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This soundtrack to the movie features an astonishing array of blues artists from three generations. Recorded during one long night at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 7, 2003, the electricity is in the air and on stage. While it may not have been the finest blues show in history, the collection of founding fathers such as David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Buddy Guy, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Larry Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Solomon Burke, and the ubiquitous B.B. King along with their spiritual offspring (Gregg Allman, John Fogerty, and Steven Tyler) and some usual suspects like Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, and Keb' Mo', makes it arguably the most significant blues session ever captured on film.

Beginning acoustic, the double disc builds momentum and volume as we hear the blues mutate to electric and finally hip-hop with Chuck D. exploding on a rap version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom." The crackling house band led by drummer Steve Jordan provides foundation for gritty, roof-raising pieces like the unusual collaboration between former New York Doll David Johansen and guitarist Sumlin on Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." Not all of the film's music is included but there are enough magnificent performances for established blues fans and to entice those first experiencing the genre's abundant riches. --Hal Horowitz


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002YCVH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew W. Bovee on November 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
(So you know the source, I've been listening to the blues and blues-rock for decades, I'm a budding guitarist, and have been influenced by my brother who's played rock and blues for three decades.)

The only "flaw" in this CD set is that it doesn't include the songs found as bonus tracks on the DVD (there you will find an electric blues piece by Buddy Guy, another one by Steve Tyler and Joe Perry, and a piece by 21st Century Blues - all three of which are scorchers and well worth having). Shame on the producers for not including those gems on this set. That said, the rest of it is a combination of a lesson in the blues punctuated with some amazing pieces. However, to get the full impact you might have to view the DVD. The Billie Holiday piece "Strange Fruit" is counterpointed by stills and videos of blacks hanged and left to rot in the south; The Buddy Guy rendition of his teacher's "I Can't Be Satisfied" (Muddy Waters) has lead-in still, movie and audio of children singing the original song that preceded it (as well as the well-worn tale of Guy's first attempts to make a guitar); there is footage of Guy talking about being invited to play with Muddy Waters, and of meeting and playing with Hendrix; the piece by 21st Century Blues is remarkable; Tyler and Perry burn the place down with their two performances. Gamblin' Man by Edwards is great, as is Turn on Your Love Light by Solomon Burke. Burke's recounting of having been hired to play for a KKK rally is chilling. Again, some these references are to the DVD and its bonus material. The CD would make it much easier to manage the songs.

If you're looking for recycled blues with hex-fuzz renditions of old mountain blues or Muddy Waters tunes, without the soul, feel or phrasing, then borrow the CD or rent the DVD before you buy. But, if you like the blues at their roots, I'm betting this compilation will have a well-worn place on your CD/DVD shelf.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Edwards on December 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
if you wanna know about the history of the blues, get this CD. i just saw the film and its amazing. so many great performances of blues classics done by today's hottest artists. plus all the blues greats that are still kickin and jammin are on this too... it will make you wanna get up and dance, shout and sing the blues! hallelujah!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneyk on February 23, 2006
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This is an outstanding CD. The music is great. It has the artist talking about the songs unlike other CD's that cut the talking out.

The songs are great and I look forward to the DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jrgtc on December 19, 2005
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I beg to differ with you M. Towne. Martin Scorsese is a brilliant film maker; does that presclude him from being being just as brilliant producing music? And who else, could or would, bring two hours of the blues with some of the best artists in the business to both the screen and on CD. Music and definitely not the blues are your forte. The music is excellent and only someone with his ability could put a show like this on at Radio City Music Hall. Reality check...there's a lot of great music and diversity here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Burnett on February 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Awesome! If you love Memphis Blues, real down to earth, Soul, this CD, DVD, is a must own item. My Husband is 65, I am 67, we play the DVD, sometimes two or three times in a row, and the music forces up to get and up and rock out, like we did in the fifties, when we were both in our teens.The two disc CD is a constant out of my 6 CD's in my car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vlad on December 30, 2009
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This CD would have been absolutely great if it didn't include steven tyler/joe perry and chuck d....these 3 have no business on the same stage as all of the rest of this fantastic talent....Of course you can always FAST FORWARD through their segments
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On February 7, 2003 Marin Scorsese put together a blues concert at Radio City Music Hall.
This is probably the greatest group of blues player ever assembled in one concert.
There are many performers, so I will hit the highlights.
Mavis Staple does a version of "See that my grave is kept clean.
This is one of the better versions of the song I have heard.
Next is probably the "Gem" of the CD. David "Honeyboy" Edwards does a very strong acoustic version of his song "Gamblin Man.
It is a masterful performance, it is slide guitar at its best. Honeyboy is a classic Mississippi Delta blues player, and this performance is among the finest I have ever heard.
Keb Mo does a version of Love in Vain which is similar to the version the Rolling Stones did on Let it Bleed. This is another strong performance.
Another song on this CD that warrants a listen is the version of "Sittin on top of the World". James "Blood" Ulmer along with Allison Krauss on violin, puts in a solid performance.
I listen to this one over and over.
Buddy Guy does an acoustic performance of "I cant be Satisfied" This I have to say is the first time I have heard Buddy play an acoustic.
John Fogerty the former CCR lead man does a version of "Midnight Special" by Huddy Ledbetter. This is almost an exact copy of his version with CCR. His vocals are very strong.
Bonnie Raitt does a version of "Comin Home" the Elmore James song. This is Bonnie Raitt at her best playing her blues slide electric guitar. This is another song you will want to hear.
Buddy Guy does a version of "The First time I met the blues".
This is the Buddy Guy we have all come to love. Buddy is at his best. Buddy Guy in my mind is one of the finest electric blues players ever and this will show you why.
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