Genres:Music Video & Concerts Sub-Genres:Pop, Blues Studio:Hip-O Records Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 05/08/2007 Original Release Date: 01/01/2007 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007 Release Year: 2007 Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 3 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
Perry Celestino | Tahmoor, NSW Australia | 06/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series originally came out during the Year Of The Blues (2003) and provided us with glimpses of the real originals in this genre. The first three volumes gave us a lot of wonderful clips of Wolf, Sonny Boy, Memphis Slim, Otis Rush, Muddy, T-Bone, Big Mamma, Lonnie Johnson and so on. The German settings were a bit sterile and often staged to look like a Juke or with strange back drops of urban America. This set, from 1963-1966, is more like a concert. And it's great!
The concert format with an appreciative audience is really fantastic and well done for the time. We see Sonny Boy Williamson in three performances with the harp in his mouth sideways and playing with his NOSE! He is cool, no wonder he taught Little Walter (whose only recorded performance is in Vol. 3 of this series!).We also see Hubert Sumlin play with Sonny Boy on his second offering in this show. He turns in one of his most unusual solos in "Getting Out Of Town"- very chromatic and almost jazzy! We see Muddy as a stand up singer (no guitar), on "Mojo" and in two bonus performances. He has Matt "Guitar" Murphy playing behind him on this one (who was playing with Memphis Slim at the time). There is a rare look at the great Lonnie Johnson, who plays by himself and shows us why he is one of the original inventors of the Urban Blues guitar style. Big Joe Williams gives us a close up view of his famous nine string guitar.
Lightnin' Hopkins plays his distinctive Texas-style acoustic blues, with a few tricks on the fretboard as well. Howlin' Wolf puts in, to me, his best ever filmed performance-it's worth the price of the whole thing!!! He does an update of "Smokestack Lightning" (without its famous riff) and "Don't Laugh At Me" in a "Killing Floor" groove, a song which had just been recorded. And we also see a young Hubert Sumlin playing with Wolf and also with Sugar Pie Desanto's female input (these shows always had at least one female performer).
Big Joe Turner does his usual big voiced thing and he has Otis Rush on lead guitar, it's a fantastic performance, one of the best insight's into Otis's guitar style we've seen. A bonus in this tune is that we see maybe the only existing footage of pianist Little Brother Montgomery who wrote "The First Time I met the Blues" and "I Can't Keep From Crying"-this is a rarity. Also scarce is film of drummer Fred Below, who gave the beat to Chess Records. Fred plays on this tune and in Junior Well's section.
Junior Wells is in his James Brown groove (he always did this! In Australia in 1991 when I saw him he led off with "I Feel Good"). He does Ray Charles'"What'D I Say" in a JB style, but we hear no harp! Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the first US Blues/Gospel acts to crack the UK, finishes the set with two of the bonus tracks. They are superb as is Muddy Waters' two bonus tracks staged and filmed at a railway station-very effective. His slide playing (standing up) is another extremely rare view of Muddy.
This is one of the most historic releases for urban blues yet available. The sound has been remixed by Eddie Kramer (of Jimi Hendrix fame) and Reelin' In The Years Productions have done it again! I hope they can find more of these rarities soon. We need the Fillmore Concerts that were on PBS in the late sixities. Get this for your Blues collection and check the price, what a bargain!"
ENGLAND LOVES THE BLUES
BILLYBOBUK | PLANO,TX | 07/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not much to add to Perrys great review,but mention should be made of the accompanying 2opage booklet,includes photos of the artists and great memories and facts by the great English blues researcher Mike Rowe. Sound and vision on these wonderful performances are as good as you can expect some 40yrs after the events---back in the days when us English boys used to put on shirt and tie,nice suit and go to the concert. If you have the previous 3 releases in this series,this is a great addition,if you have any interest in blues history, essential.Thank you to everybody who put this release together--wonderful!!"
Great great great
daddyrob999 | outside chicago, Il | 06/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this whole thing is fantastic. sonny boy, lonnie johnson, muddy...the wolf is unbelievable. the unknown drummer that the package mentions is in fact willie big eyes smith. It is easy to tell that it is him because of his playing style and he is still around playing great!"
Great Blues From the Legends Themselves = One Outstanding Li
Gary Covington | Louisiana | 05/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Outstanding Blues from beginning to the end !!!! You get 14 great songs, plus 4 more as bonus tracks, totaling 18 songs. Plus, you get a great 18 page illustrated booklet, that provides more information about these Blues Artists & this DVD.
The songs are as follows: 1. Sonny Boy Williamson - Keep it to Yourself 2. Muddy Waters - Got my MoJo Working 3. Lonnie Johnson - Too late to Cry 4. Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Go ( Aerosmith did a cover of this included in their "Honkin on Bobo" CD. 5. Sonny Boy Williamson - Bye Bye Bird 6. Getting out of town 7. Lightin' Hopkins - Come Go With Me 8. Lightin's Blues 9. Sugar Pie Desanto - Baby What You Want Me to Do 10.Rock me Baby 11.Howlin'Wolf - Smokestack Lighting 12.Don't Laugh at Me 13.Big Joe Turner - Oh Well , Oh Well 14.Junior Wells - What I'd Say
Bonus Tracks: 15.Muddy Waters - You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had 16.Blow Wind Blow 17.Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain 18.Trouble in Mind
These performances were very well performed, very well produced, and very well filmed and recorded. Also, you get other blues musicians in this DVD, that performed as background musicians. These include: Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixson and others. This is a "must-have" for any serious blues fan. This is a great DVD, and I highly recommend it. Thanks!!!
ESSENTIAL video blues (and more)
Nikica Gilic | Zagreb, Croatia | 04/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins 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 ("Didn't it Rain", "Trouble in mind", a true giant of guitar and gospel-oriented singing..."