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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Ruf
  • VHS Release Date: October 6, 1998
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305165742
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mojostrapper on March 16, 2006
Format: DVD
there was no one quite like luther allison, originally thought of as a buddy guy clone people were finding out what a unique guitarist he was at the time of his death. this concert showcases luther's all out take no prisoners style. he was a fluid guitarist with little boundaries and an underrated vocalist. great sound and picture on this dvd.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By john thomas on December 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The concert video "Luther Allison, Live in Paradise", provides a rare look at a true bluesman practicing his craft. Allison's live performances, as captured on several live cd's, were legendary. (When he was young, it was not unusual for him to perform nearly 4 hours onstage!) This particular video was filmed on the island of La Reunion, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean; for much of his career, Allison lived in France and made only occasional appearances in the United States. Despite the concert clocking in at just about 2 1/2 hours, Allison's stamina and energy make it hard to believe that he would die of lung cancer less than 4 months later.
Allison had relatively recently returned to the US to record two cd's for Alligator records - "Blue Streak" and "Reckless". Highlights include "Cherry Red Wine" and "Move From the Hood" from the former, and "Pain in the Streets" and "It's a Blues Thing" from the latter. His longtime writing and performing partner, James Solberg, does not appear, nor do his bandmates from those recordings. Instead, he introduces "The New Luther Allison Band", a group of younger players that sometimes has a hard time keeping up with him, with one exception. The young Dutch keyboard player, Roel Spanjers, displays exceptional talent. The same cannot be said of the horns, Boney Fields on trumpet and Gib Monks on tenor, who appear sluggish at times and seemingly suffer from fatigue. An unusually ragged rendition of "Just As I Am" comes a bit past midway through the concert, but Allison redeems himself with some nice slide guitar on son Bernard's "Low Down and Dirty" and an extended version of Elmore Jame's classic "The Sky is Crying".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Wonderful performance and nicely filmed. The fact that he died within 6 months of this show made it even better. I am looking forward to more of Luther's work on video and many other blues artists. FINALLY'
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tinpanalley on February 15, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a great performance from a legend. He was at his best for this performance. A great artist and performer who will be missed forever.
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