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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best documentary i have seen on this great subject
the blues is, in my view, about confronting the reality of life. it may be so hard on you that you simply need to acknowledge that it is the reason why you feel bad. others learn to laugh at their troubles through the blues.

this documentary is perhaps the finest example of the myriad of styles of this cathartic music. the sheer depth of the documentary and its...
Published on 22 Nov 2007 by E. Haughey

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bargain but still a missed opportunity
Seven movies about the blues by seven directors, most of whom profess "not to want to just make another documentary about the blues", well they could have done worse and most did. I've reviewed each separately under their individual names but given the comparative bargain that the box set represents most will go with that. No argument there, you'll get a lot of fantastic...
Published on 18 Nov 2010 by Gizmophobic


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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best documentary i have seen on this great subject, 22 Nov 2007
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This review is from: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey [DVD] (DVD)
the blues is, in my view, about confronting the reality of life. it may be so hard on you that you simply need to acknowledge that it is the reason why you feel bad. others learn to laugh at their troubles through the blues.

this documentary is perhaps the finest example of the myriad of styles of this cathartic music. the sheer depth of the documentary and its subject matter will instantly take you from the crossroads of ignorance to the electric realisation that you are a well informed and passioante exponent of this historic and meaningful genre. although i am not american, this documentary makes you realise that there is a sophistication and allure to their culture that in many ways goes undocumented.

whether you are a musician like me, or a hobo in the world of music you will learn an enormous amount from this collection.

there is unfortunately a major scar on the otherwise flawless face of this documentary. disc 5 - the godfather's dvd is a magical journey of music. the fatal mistake was made by the person who gave mr chess the microphone voiceover. if you can ignore his righteous swagger and self-congratulation, and realise that he is the only fraudulent aspect to this otherwise wonderful section of the documentary, you will love it. he ruins an otherwise wonderful section with prententions and shameless braggadoccio that makes the artists in the documentary squirm. but the music, and the voices of the artists fortunately drown his unbearably loud voice out!

i personally recommend discs one and seven as being the most uplifting introduction. ray charles involvement in this documentary is a beautiful celebration of his life. for those of you who love his music, you will learn to love the man even more!!

so turn down the lights, take a julep and tune in to the raw sound of the beautiful south, and the way they sing them blues.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, 12 Jan 2004
People new to the blues are faced with a daunting prospect - where do you begin when faced with one of the most important musical art forms of the 20th century?
There are numerous sub-standard blues collections out there, but this box-set, released to coincide with a huge documentary series and America's Year of the Blues, is a pretty good place to start. Arranged chronologically, some of the recordings date back as far as 1920. The first couple of discs range from Bessie Smith's impassioned jazzy wailings to the legendary country blues men such as Son House, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson. The final disc features some new stuff recorded especially for the series by the likes of Keb' Mo', Bonnie Raitt and, incongruously, Los Lobos, none of which is particularly essential. However, disc three is as perfect a blues compilation as you're ever likely to have, capturing the golden age of electric blues with some choice cuts from Bob Diddley, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and numerous other big names. And as this is as much historical overview as straight compilation, you even get Elvis and Chuck Berry thrown in for context. 25 tracks, and not a dud in sight, even if the selections tend to be a tad on the obvious side. Not that that matters when the source material is this good.
The handsome booklet boasts some erudite notes and great photos, although it would have been good to have included more of the British bands who did much to popularise blues again in the 60s. I suppose licencing precluded the Stones being on there.
Disc 1-3 are the motherlode. Disc 4 is okay, but could have been better, and disc 5 doesn't gain anything from the new tracks. In conclusion, a flawed but never the less worthy collection - a great introduction for novices and a nice way of replacing getting some classics together in one place for those already in the know.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bargain but still a missed opportunity, 18 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey [DVD] (DVD)
Seven movies about the blues by seven directors, most of whom profess "not to want to just make another documentary about the blues", well they could have done worse and most did. I've reviewed each separately under their individual names but given the comparative bargain that the box set represents most will go with that. No argument there, you'll get a lot of fantastic blues clips, some,but not a great deal, of good live footage, a great dollop of interesting interviews and some appalling pseudo drama. The trouble is of course that its all spread over seven dvds, with little overall coherence, and a pretty poor selection of extras.
Two of the directors try and innovate with dramatized incident, by far the worst of these is 'warming by the devli's
fire',by Charles Burnett. Wim Wenders' contribution, 'Soul of a man' is clunky but still has enough charm to get by.
All the others are effectively in the talking heads format with live contributions intermixed with stills and clips. Almost without exception the historic material dwarfs the new, sometimes embarrassingly so, Tom Jones, Chuck D., and when it doesn't its cut frustratingly short, T-Bone Burnette, Los lobos....... Eastwood and Richard Peace come up with the best films,probably because there enthusiasm for the music isn't swamped by the need to put their artistic stamp on it. Wish Ken Burns had been given the whole brief. Oh and get the book-its actually much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blues on film, 24 Mar 2014
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this is a must for all devotees of the old blues music, so many different stories and artists. set to the pulsating music of the times. excellent value for money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues, 15 Mar 2014
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If you like the Blues, then this is for you. It is very good value, it has lots of extra features, that let you select single tracks etc. A must for any Blues fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a joyful overview of blues / classic Jazz, 8 Mar 2014
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In a couple of DVD's the whole spectrum of B / CJ were covered with personal / involved musicians comments and contributions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COLLECTION!, 10 Jan 2014
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This is one of those 'must haves' for Blues lovers …
OK, so not every cut is the 'best' by that artist, but I really enjoy watching this one over and over.
Several friends I showed it to were amazed ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary, 10 Jan 2014
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Great documentary on the history of Blues, Martin Scorsese never disappoints. Music is amazing all throughout, this is really good gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 4 Dec 2013
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Totaly essential for all lovers of or just those interested in the history of the Blues .. really no more to say!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scorsese A Musical Journey, 12 Sep 2013
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Havent watched all of them yet, waiting until I light log fire and its cold and dark outside so I can curl uo and enjoy. Bliss!
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