A Scholarly, historical look at these Legends of the Blues
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video has clear sound and excellent black and white images of these country blues legends singing and talking at home and around their home towns in their later years. It is a very professional documentary. I f you are interested in the history of the blues and learning pickin' styles you will be very satisfied with this one!"
Finally, I got to see these guys performing!
Lz Mahner | 12/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I fell in love with this genre (i.e., blues) about 5 yrs ago and amongst the various blues artists, Hopkins' and Manscomb's music were the ones that hit the right chord within me.
Watching this DVD is very exciting for me thus, as I've been listening to these guys for a long time now but have not seen till now how they perform their music.
The DVD is very well made. The soundtrack is monoaural though, and certainly not of high fidelity, as the original material came from an old [1969?] performance for the Seattle Folk Society, in a session that was shot in what looks like a bare studio.
The beauty of the performances lie therein though, in the "primitiveness" of the material. It sure is fun to watch Lipscomb singing/playing with minimum bodily movements, as compared to the more animated and lively Hopkins.
My only negative comment is that there's not much story-telling that Hopkins made in between or before the songs, which stories are usually as interesting to hear as the songs themselves.
Just the same, on the overall this is a must-see for all fans of Texas blues.
The list of tracks are as follows:
Mance Lipscomb [born 1895]
1. [Taj Mahal Introduction]
2. Sugar Babe
3. Ella Speed
4. Can I Do Something For You
5. Baby Please Don't Go
6. Shine On Harvest Moon
7. You've Got To See Mama Every Night
8. Goin' Down Slow
9. Night Time Is The Right Time
10. Jack O' Diamonds
Lightin' Hopkins [born 1912]
11. [Taj Mahal Introduction]
12. Baby Please Don't Go
13. Take Me Back
14. Hurricane Beulah
15. Mojo Hand
16. Baby Come Home With Me
17. Baby Scratch My Back
Total run time - appx. 45 min.