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Take Me Back To Tulsa - An anthology of Western Swing

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More than any other popular American music, western swing represents a blend, a combination, a brew of various musical styles and genres. The result is unyieldingly listenable, danceable and unique. Western music, West Texas fiddle tunes, Dixieland and New Orleans jazz, Big Band swing, urban and rural blues, Tin Pan, Alley pop, Spanish music, Jimmie Rodgers songs, polkas and more-these together formed Western Swing.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various Artists
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Vestapol
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OM8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By James Morris on January 26, 2008
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My 5-Star rating if for the content, not the film quality, of these amazing video clips.

I disagree strongly with the other reviewer here who complains that this video is "worthless". If there are better early videos of Western Swing bands available, I'd like to know about them. The sad fact is, they simply don't exist, and these performances amount to pure gold.

In the 1940's, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, among other Western bands and Western Swing bands, made countless "B" Westerns with Tex Ritter and other "Cowboy" stars. In those days, live concert footage, especially of the pioneers of Western Swing, was almost unheard of. Aside from their hundreds of audio recordings, which only tell part of the story, little remains of the vast legacy of Western Swing bands, and video records of vintage Western Swing performances are extremely hard to come by. Although the quality of these film clips is generally very poor, they serve as a valuable and fascinating record of Bob Wills and his band, among others, performing some of their greatest hits "live" in the Western movies that were a staple of Saturday matinees. To my knowledge, there simply is no surviving video footage of Bob Wills and his band from pre-1950, aside from these precious clips and a few musical shorts. Therefore, despite their admittedly poor quality, we are lucky to have these film clips at all, especially since the movie studios that produced them had no idea that Bob Wills would one day be an important musical icon, and no real attempt to preserve these performances was made.

This becomes even more important in light of the fact that, if you are familiar with the records of Bob Wills, but have never seen him perform, you're missing half the picture.
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NOBODY did it better than Bob Wills! He was,to coin another cliché,the king of western swing. Songs are as fresh today as they were 70 years ago and despite many copy-cat acts, his band still outshines them all!
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Solid Gold. What a treasure. To actually see and hear, as Waylon put it, "Tommy Duncan sing". Absolutely 5 star material, no matter what! The reviewer who said it was worthless, Well what do you expect from a guy in Austria!!!
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The title of the DVD is somehow misleading. You'll be embarrassed if you expect rare footage of the Western Swing legends in concert. Almost all of the tracks are taken from old Western B-movies of the 30s and 40s, with the musicians standing on a porch, in the woods or a similar scenario, the music (back then) was synchronized.

Nice piece of nostalgia, but worthless if you are looking for the "real" Western Swing of those bygone days.
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