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Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [DVD]

Clarke Peters , Bill Wyman    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Clarke Peters, Bill Wyman, Mike Love, Sam Phillips, B.B. King
  • Writers: Bill Wyman, Richard Havers
  • Producers: Bill Wyman, Charles Derbyshire, Laura Pierce, Richard Havers, Simon Jollands
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Snapper
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008MIYV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Bill Wyman travelled around the world to document the history of Blues music, and the story is told here through interviews with musicians such as BB King and Buddy Guy. Also included is footage of the Rolling Stones performing the track 'Love in Vain' by Robert Johnson.

From the Back Cover

Bill Wyman’s personal tribute to the music and musicians that inspired him to pick up a bass guitar and become a founder member of the ‘Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World’, The Rolling Stones.

Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey is told with the passion and insight that only he can command, through his having known many of the legends, played with them, talked with them and taken their music to the world. Bill talks with many of the blues greats, and the programme includes contributions from a host of legendary performers.

There is concert and performance footage, some never seen before, as well as candid informed comment from men and women who share Bill’s love for the blues.

Features interviews with: BB King, Sam Phillips, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Mick Fleetwood, Otis Rush, Albert Lee, Mike Love of The Beach Boys, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Fountain of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Lazy Lester, Big Bill Morganfield (Muddy Waters’ son), Rosetta Patton (Charley Patton’s daughter), Guy Davis, and Gary Brooker of Procol Harum.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable and informative 16 April 2003
By A Customer
This is a terrific film that takes in all the different areas of the blues through the insights of various luminaries who talk through the genre with Bill Wyman, whose own background is steeped in blues, from his early days with the Stones up until now.
If you're a Rolling Stones fan, a blues fan, or a Rhythm Kings follower this is definitely worth picking up. It also perked my interest in the blues and I'm checking out a number of artists that I didn't know about before watching this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Blues from Brilliant Bill 13 Dec 2013
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Having been a lifelong Stones fan their music introduced me to the blues. Bill Wyman has produced a fitting tribute to the Blues and the people who experienced those hard times in the Delta in the early days. This is a history lesson combined with a musical journey through time. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Take on the Blues. 6 April 2004
By peterfromkanata - Published on
It has been obvious for a long time that there is much more to Bill Wyman than his many years of bass-playing with the Stones. He is a life-long fan/disciple/collector of blues music, and a true expert on this genre.
As a blues fan myself, I bought his "Blues Odyssey" book, and devoured it, cover to cover. It is a gorgeous book, well-researched and lavishly illustrated--much, much more than a coffee table book. No blues fan should be without it.
So--having read the book, I was anxious to see the DVD of the television programs based on the book. There are two episodes, each slightly under an hour, and they are fascinating. Of course, in less than two hours, there is no way these programs could ever be as exhaustive as the book, but they are highly instructive and enjoyable in their own right.
What we have here is not a complete, chronological history of the blues, but rather a personal view on the blues from someone who is a real devotee. Of course, as one of rock n' roll's giants, Bill has been in a unique position over the years to meet and even record with many of his heroes.
When you can sit and chat with BB King and Buddy Guy, as Bill does here, you know you are getting the straight goods from these living legends. Sadly, many blues giants are no longer with us, although we see a lot of them in action during these marvellous programs--Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Howlin' Wolf and many more.
We are shown areas of the southern US that formed the cradle of blues music--some excellent colour film here--as well as Bill's personal memories of growing up in the London area, discovering the magic of music, and some of the UK artists who also loved the blues--Lonnie Donegan, Brian Jones, Eric Clapton to name a few.
We also get a taste of Bill's more recent band--"The Rhythm Kings"--in action, including people like Gary Brooker and Albert Lee. It is a group that Bill pulled together just to play small clubs, and have fun with old blues and rock n' roll songs. For a guy who loves blues, Bill comes across as a very happy man !
A personal note from me--I was in London a couple of years ago, and luckily Bill was in a book store signing autographs. I lined up with other fans and finally it was my turn--of course, there was no chance to sit down for a "chat", but he was very friendly and gracious. It is the same approachable, unpretentious personality that comes across on this DVD.
Bottom line--if you like the blues, I'm sure you will enjoy this personal journey with Mr. Wyman--his love and enthusiasm for this music is infectious. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 14 Jun 2007
By Joanne Byrd - Published on
Ditto to the previous reviewer. There's not much I can add accept that this DVD had me hopping. I rented it from the library and had to renew it so I could see it again. What a chronicle of the blues. I particulary enjoyed the conversations between Bill Wyman and Buddy Guy. Muddy Waters was fabulous as well as John Lee Hooker and of course B.B. King. I can't say enough about this DVD. It's true it is Bill Wyman's insider experience of the blues but it is very authentic, enlightening and it will get you moving. Thanks to Bill Wyman and I'll have to read his book on the same subject.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point 4 Mar 2007
By R. Havers - Published on
N.Simpson is missing the point entirely. Bill heaped praise on Lonnie yes, but he wasn't dissing Charley Patton. He said that the recording quality was so bad that it is hard today to hear how brilliant patton was.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary, but.... 9 Sep 2005
By N. Simpson - Published on
A good documentary, but I don't know how Mr. Wyman can laud praises for the recordings of "skiffle" artist Lonnie Donegan in one segment and poo-poo the recordings of Charley Patton in another. Without Charley Patton, the blues as we know it would not exist.
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