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  • Actors: Various Artists
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Music Operations
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPP7LS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The latest installment of this encyclopaedic look at the '60s blues scene features the UK tour appearances by some of the Blues world's legends. The R & B movement in the UK, led by the likes of Cream, The Yardbirds and The Stones, had created a huge thirst for all things authentically American and bluesy. At the same time, the market in the US itself was waning as the new Motown and Stax soul sounds rendered the Blues a little 'dad-ish'. The old bluesmen found new wind, their careers taking second legs across the pond and young concert goers here were treated to a never-ending parade of the world's top blues men and women. Here, captured live in concert before adoring European audiences, are Lonnie Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Sugar Pie Desanto, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Joe Turner with Otis Rush, Junior Wells and the inimitable blues nun, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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100 of 100 people found the following review helpful By roy on 22 Jun. 2007
More AFBF material - this time from British concerts

Anyone interested in Blues will have to buy this one. I wasn't aware that the 1964 show was recorded in the UK although I suspected it might have been when a Sonny Boy clip surfaced on YouTube. The cheering that greets Howlin Wolf is extremely heartwarming - he then proceeds to lay down Smokestack Lightnin - unavailable anywhere else on film as far as I know - and Don't Laugh at Me. Lightnin Hopkins is in there too while Sugar Pie Desanto does a couple of spirited performances

Also from 1964 (but not part of the AFBF series) are two songs apiece from Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the Blues and Gospel Caravan from a now-closed railway station in Manchester. Muddy's performances are some of his best - many of his filmed performances are a little disappointing - along with the Reelin in the Years DVD of Muddy at Newport. Strangely for RITY they don't reveal what most of us already know - bass and drums are Ransom Knowling and Willie Smith - it must have been the tour where Otis Spann recorded one of his best albums

There are also parts of the 1963 and 1966 festivals, which leads me on to my personal favourite - has to be Big Joe Turner in probably his best recorded performance doing "Oh Well Oh Well". I recorded this in audio when it was originally broadcast but it's strangely omitted from the 1966 bootleg which is in general circulation. So I couldn't believe my luck when it turned up here. He's in fantastic form and is clearly having a great time

Another 5 stars for RITY
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. Pountney on 30 July 2009
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It doesn't get much better than this! This is about as intimate a performance as you can get. There are 14 tracks on this DVD and a further 4 bonus tracks - Two of these are of Sister Rosetta Tharpe ("Didn't it Rain" and "Trouble in Mind") with her amazing white 3-pickup Gibson SG guitar and the other two from Muddy Waters ("You can't lose what you ain't never had" and "blow wind blow")the performances are amazing and take place at a mock railway station. The footage is crystal clear and shot on a number of movie cameras. This is part two of the Blues and Gospel train programme.

The main tracks - Sonny Boy Williamson appears 3 times - "keep it to yourself" (Otis Spann: Piano, Matt "Guitar" Murphy: Guitar, Willie Dixon: Stand-up Bass, Bill Stephney: Drums) "Bye Bye Bird" (unaccompanied) and "Getting out of town" (Sunnyland Slim: Piano, Hubert Sumlin: Guitar, Willie Dixon: Stand-up Bass and Clifton James: Drums)
He plays harmonica with his nose and mouth etc. Brilliant!

Muddy gets his "Mojo Working" (Otis Spann: Piano, Matt "Guitar" Murphy: Guitar, Willie Dixon: Stand-up Bass, Bill Stephney: Drums)

Legendary Lonnie Johnson plays "too late to cry" (unaccompanied).

The main event for me is the performance of "Baby please don't go" (Made popular by Van Morrison and Them) on his customised 9-string guitar.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on 15 April 2009
These magnificent perfomances from the British tours feature some hot and quite historical moments from the history of blues;
I couldn't care less for the influence these guys had on British and European rock, folk and blues music; I'm only here for the blues!

Sonny Boy Williamson is a marvel, but so is Lonnie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner and Sugar Pie Desanto (I'm tellin' ya; when such a passionate woman sings "rock me baby like my back has got no bones" it is more convincing than when guys do it)...

The vocals are great, guitars are diverse and effective, back musicians (pianists, guitarists, bassists - Willie Dixon for instance) are first rate and Sonny Boy's harmonica (a mouth organ unique)... And then there's more!
In bonus tracks there are some magnificent performances from "Gospel and Blues Train" Tv show - some by Muddy Waters, some by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a true giant of guitar and gospel-oriented singing...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SmokinAsh on 21 Aug. 2009
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If you own the first three you need this one to complete your collection. Standout performance for me is Lonnie Johnson's Too Late To Cry. 5 star vocals and acoustic guitar playing from another world. You just don't see artists like Lonnie anymore. For all you young budding blues guitarists... watch and learn from a true original. The other knock out - and I mean knock out! - performances are by Lightning Hopkins and Rosetta Tharpe.
The rest of the artists still play very well on this dvd but don't quite "hit the note" the way Lonnie, Lightning and Rosetta do. For Otis Rush fans you get to see him tear it up Charlie Christian/BB King style with Big Joe Turner and his band - quite a sight indeed :) but we don't get to hear Otis sing, which is a bit of a disappointment.
This dvd is a must own for any serious blues fan.
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