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The American Folk Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966 [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [NTSC]

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  • 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 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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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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The quality of these recordings is amazing. Although inevitably in black and white the images are crisp and clear with lots of close ups. It's great to see such big stars in their prime and hear such well recorded live performances.
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.
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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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I have bought the entire marvellous collection and they are well worth the money even for just seeing the extraordinary performances of the great Howlin Wolf.Look out for Magic Sam and Skip James on the other volumes.Absolute class and definately no one can borrow them either.
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I was fortunate to have been around when these Festivals toured Europe so these black & white images just do it for me, bringing back so many memories of seeing & meeting the stars from the U.S.
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.
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Having been in the audience of one of these concerts as a student in 1965 it was a wonderful memory of past times and great to find these tracks again. My ancient vinyl LP purchased at the concert had long ago worn out! Saw this DVD in the Delta Museum of the Blues in Clarksdale Mississippi in February..they were selling it for $39...thankyou Amazon for such a reasonable price.
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Ordered on behalf of a friend who is a big blues fan.Some of the footage he hadn't seen for years since he saw it on tv many years ago.
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