MASTERS OF THE COUNTRY BLUES-519 (Various Artists)


MASTERS OF THE COUNTRY BLUES-519 (Various Artists)

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MASTERS OF THE COUNTRY BLUES


DVD-Rare Footage From the 1960s (New DVD)

JOHN LEE HOOKER & FURRY LEWIS

 

DVD Neuf scellé

45 min

Zone 1

Shanachie Entertainment


Despite a Roman numeral copyright date of 1978,

this footage is clearly form the (mid) sixties.

Originally recorded for TV for the Seattle

Folklore Society, on this sepia-toned tape

Hooker is seated, hatted, less than modest,

and a bit stiff. As he introduces Boom Boom,

It Serves Me Right To Suffer, and I'll Never

Get Out Of These Blues Alive, it feels as if

he's at a job interview. Everything changes,

though, when he starts pounding his foot

and playing is guitar. His performances are

fiery and the camera gives a tight close up

of his finger work. Most of the tape, however,

belongs to a seated and suited Furry Lewis,

a Memphis blues legend who plays his guitar

with a slide and a definite ragtime influence.

Advanced in years, Lewis performs convincing

versions of such old standbys as Kassie Jones,

I Will Turn Your Money Green, and Furry's Blues.

A worthwhile addition to any blues video library's...

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