Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1965, Vol. 1.

Thank the fates for the folks at Germany's SWR broadcasting network, who not only had the vision to put some of America's greatest blues talents on television when they toured Europe for the first time in the early '60s, but had the good sense to treat the archived videotapes with the care they deserved. While the quality of the performances on The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. One is, to a certain degree, a given (just how often were Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, or Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee lousy on-stage?), the quality of the presentation is the very pleasant surprise of this package. The images and audio are both of strikingly strong quality, and the transfer to disc -- with the images in their original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio mastered in crisp PCM Mono -- is little short of flawless. It would be a treat to be able to see this stuff in any form, but in this quality, the collection is little short of a knockout. This disc is short on bonus materials -- a 1969 performance by Earl Hooker and a gallery of still photos are all the extras on board -- but the combination of superb performances from legendary artists in excellent picture and sound quality will make this a must-have item for any serious blues collector.

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