Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2


The second volume of rare performances by American blues legends, archived by the German television network SWR, manages to be even more impressive than the first, boasting the same superb picture and sound quality and an even more impressive lineup of performances. The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. Two has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the quality of the image is superb. The resolution is sharp and the full spectrum of grays is a pleasant change over the high contrast of most vintage TV material. The audio is presented in the original single-channel mix, mastered in PCM Mono, and the sound is clean and well detailed. The songs are performed in English, with no multiple-language options included. As a bonus, this edition features two excellent 1969 performances from the legendary guitarist Magic Sam, as well as a gallery of rare photos. In all, this is a well-assembled package that presents some timeless music with the care and respect it richly deserves. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the blues would do well to give this DVD a spin.

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