Martin Scorsese presents The Blues - A Musical Journey


Mega Sale! Save 23% on the Martin Scorsese presents The Blues - A Musical Journey by PBS at Your Free Album. MPN: 7Videos. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. CONTAINS: FEEL LIKE GOING HOME: THE SOULD OF A MAN: THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS: WARNING BY THE DEVIL'S FIRE: GODFATHER'S AND SONS: RED WHITE & BLUES: AND PLANO BLUES. It may have been underrated when first broadcast on PBS on consecutive nights in the fall of '03, but executive producer Martin Scorsese's homage to the blues is a truly significant, if imperfect, achievement. ''Musical journey'' is an apt description, as Scorsese and the six other directors responsible for these seven approximately 90-mi


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CONTAINS: FEEL LIKE GOING HOME: THE SOULD OF A MAN: THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS: WARNING BY THE DEVIL'S FIRE: GODFATHER'S AND SONS: RED WHITE & BLUES: AND PLANO BLUES. It may have been underrated when first broadcast on PBS on consecutive nights in the fall of '03, but executive producer Martin Scorsese's homage to the blues is a truly significant, if imperfect, achievement. "Musical journey" is an apt description, as Scorsese and the six other directors responsible for these seven approximately 90-minute films follow the blues--the foundation of jazz, soul, R&B, and rock & roll--from its African roots to its Mississippi Delta origins, up the river to Memphis and Chicago, then to New York, the United Kingdom, and beyond. Some of the films (like Wim Wenders's The Soul of a Man and Charles Burnett's Warming by the Devil's Fire) use extensive fictional film sequences, generally to good effect. There's also plenty of documentary footage, interviews, and contemporary studio performances recorded especially for these films. The last are among the best aspects of the DVDs, as the bonus material features the set's only complete tunes. Lou Reed's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" and the ElektriK Mud Kats' (with Chuck D. of Public Enemy) hip-hop-cum-traditional updating of Muddy Waters's "Mannish Boy" are among the best of them; on the other hand, a rendition of "Cry Me a River" by Lulu (?!) is a curious choice, even with Jeff Beck on hand. The absence of lengthier vintage clips, meanwhile, is the principal drawback. For that reason alone, Clint Eastwood's Piano Blues is the best of the lot; a musician himself, Eastwood simply lets the players play, which means we get extensive file footage of the likes of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Nat "King" Cole, as well as new performances by Ray Charles, Dr. John, and others. Overall, this is a set to savor, a worthwhile investment guaranteed to grow on you over the course of repeated viewings. --Sam Graham

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Brand:
PBS
Manufacturer:
Columbia / Legacy
Category:
West Coast Blues
Model:
2230848
MPN:
7Videos
Release Date:
2003-10-14
UPC:
074645580890
EAN:
9780738903897
ISBN:
0738903892
Part Number:
7Videos
Genre:
Rap & Hip-Hop
Artist:
Various
Publisher:
Columbia / Legacy
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Format:
Array
Publication Date:
2003-10-14
Binding:
DVD
Item Weight:
1.36 pounds
Item Size:
5.36 x 2.23 x 7.81 inches
Package Weight:
1.65 pounds
Package Size:
5.4 x 2.2 x 7.7 inches

 


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