- Actors: Various Artists
- Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: English
- 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 (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000OPP7LS
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,788 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The American Folk Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966 [DVD]  [Region 1] [NTSC]
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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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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.Read more ›
Howlin' Wolf especially is menacing, in fine voice (and very sweaty!).
Funny too to see the mainly white audience sitting and politely tapping its collective feet!
A well put together DVD which allows you to easily skip direct to the artist you might be most interested in.
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.
There is so little film of these people, the originators of popular music, that it makes this DVD & the others in the series so important.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The American Folk Blues Festival was a series of tours of American
blues musicians in Europe starting in 1962. The recordings on this
volume were from 1963-1966. Read more
This item arrived quickly and was well packaged. I bought this DVD for my brother's 60th birthday, which isn't til 1st August so can't comment on it yet.Published on 1 July 2012 by Mrs. D. M. Richardson
I bought this dvd as a gift for my brother in law who has everything,
but loves the blue's. stuck for a birthday present for him i came accross
this dvd, and he loved it. Read more
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... Read more
Bought it for the two Sister Rosetta tracks.
(Whackily, on the DVD interactive menu they are under "Bonus Material" -- odd? Read more