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Jimi HENDRIX – (1967-1970) (Dvd)

Posted in BLUES, Jimi HENDRIX, MOVIES on December 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Jimi HENDRIX – (1967-1970)  (Dvd)


Covering the years 1967 through 1970, the final installment of the three-part documentary series Jimi Hendrix: Movie allows viewers a glimpse into the culmination of Hendrix’s remarkable musical career. The counterculture era was peaking, producing the perfect storm for Hendrix’s unique music and lifestyle to flourish. But just as Hendrix’s creative powers both on the stage and in the studio reached their apex, disaster struck and he was gone. Now, exclusive interviews reveal the remarkable details behind the Hendrix’s untimely death, as well as the curious events surrounding it. As the spiritual message behind Hendrix’s music is revealed, fans are invited to celebrate his enormous, yet tragically short-lived, musical legacy.
By Jason Buchanan.
Featuring rare Hendrix performances from film and television archives around the world, this is the definitive review of the music of Jimi Hendrix on record, on stage and on film.
Also included are rare archive interviews with Noel Redding and Hendrix himself along with the penetrating insights of leading music journalists and musicologists, making this the most comprehensive independent critical review of Jimi Hendrix ever undertaken.
Disc 2 features complete live television performances from 1969 and rare photographs.
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John Lee HOOKER – That's My Story 2001 (AVI)

Posted in BLUES, John Lee HOOKER, MOVIES on December 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

John Lee HOOKER – That’s My Story 2001 (AVI)


“The world’s greatest blues singer”? That’s arguable, but there’s no doubt that the late John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) was in a class by himself, a genuine original whose music–raw, primitively simple, scary even, powered by his deep moan of a voice–was the very embodiment of the Delta blues style. Big names like Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and many more line up to pay tribute to the man in this absorbing 90-minute documentary; there are also plenty of interviews with family, friends, business associates, and the grizzled, laconic bluesman himself, along with some decent performance footage (as is usual in such projects, we get no complete songs). But this 2000 film’s best moments come courtesy of writer-director Joerg Bundschuh’s beautifully photographed contemporary footage, with no accompaniment except the hypnotic groove and profound soul of John Lee Hooker’s music.
By Sam Graham.
John Lee Hooker tells the tale himself, with help of his family, closest friends, and musical colleagues including Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, and John Mayall. That s My Story takes audiences inside the life and times of this Blues legend. Also known as the Godfather of Blues , John Lee Hooker s music is played in this film, showing rare and captivating live performance footage, archive recordings from the very beginning of his career to video clips from the peak of his success, including the Grammy Award-winning duet with Bonnie Raitt I’m In The Mood.
If u keep holding your tears,while you watching this movie,means;you ain´t got no fuckin clue what “Blues” means.
01. Introduction [4:24]
02. Doc Hook & Archie Lee [5:30]
03. The Empire [6:52]
04. Roots [7:31]
05. Road to Memphis [6:59]
06. Ladies Man [7:27]
07. Discovered [8:20]
08. Exploited [9:41]
09. The Source [10:52]
10. Nobody Knows [10:05]
11. Jammin’ With the Boys [8:07]
12. End Credits [2:08]
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Pat METHENY – Secret Story Live 2001 (AVI)

Posted in JAZZ, MOVIES, Pat METHENY on December 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Pat METHENY – Secret Story Live 2001 (AVI)
Recorded Live in New Brunswick, NJ


Innovative jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and his seven-piece ensemble are captured in peak form in this concert video, recorded during a 1992 appearance at the State Theater in Brunswick, NJ. Selections include “How Insensitive,” “Above the Treetops,” “See the World,” “Rain River,” and more.
By Mark Deming. AMG.
I haven’t seen all the other Metheny DVDs so I can’t compare this one to any of them. I do own More Travels on VHS, which is not strictly speaking a live concert, as there was no audience present for that live performance. There are distracting “arsty” moments on that video, plus they cut to interviews and other stuff that after a while take away from the video.
There are no distractions on this presentation, just an hour and a half of great music. While this DVD is not the Pat Metheny Group, it IS live in front of an enthusiastic audience, and there was reason for their jubilation. This is a sublime performance of a great collection of tunes performed by a stellar group of players. The lineup includes the late 80’s PMG sans Lyle Mays. In his place are two of my favorite keyboard players, Jim Beard and Gil Golstein. Their’s is a tough job, as they had to play all the orchestral and supporting parts from a very dense studio album. They perform their tasks admirably, and together with Mark lederer and David Blamires, who also have their hands full supplying all the brass parts and adding their considerable vocal and percussion talents to the many layered textures, the sound is nearly as full and detailed as the original studio recording. Rounding out the sound is an added guitarist and Armando Marcal supplying beautiful colors and percussion. What a great show! And until now I thought I’d have to rely on my memory of that ecstatic, singular night! The sound is great, the mix nearly letter perfect. The picture is grainy and not as sharp as one would hope for a DVD, but the content is so good, this can easily be overlooked. This is a straightforward no nonsense concert video, just nine great musicians reverently and joyfully laying down some of Pat’s most heartful and honest music from the happy/sad but always beautiful Secret Story CD. Highly recommended.
By  Brian Whistler.
Pat Metheny– Guitar
Steve Rodby– Bass
Paul Wertico– Drums
Armando Marcal– Percussion
Gil Goldstein– Keyboards
Jim Beard– Keyboards
David Blamires– Vocal
Mark Ledford– Vocal
Torsten De Winkel– Guitar
01. Above The Treetops
02. Facing West
03. Rain River
04. How Insensitive
05. Finding And Believing
06. Always And Forever
07. See The World
08. Antonia
09. Truth Will Always Be, The
10. Tell Her You Saw Me
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The Derek Trucks Band – Songlines, Live 2006 (AVI)

Posted in BLUES, Derek TRUCKS, MOVIES on December 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

The Derek Trucks Band – Songlines, Live 2006 (AVI)


The youngest guitarist to make it onto ROLLING STONE’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time list, Derek Trucks has been demonstrating his musical acumen since the age of nine, when he picked up his first instrument. Now one of the best slide guitarists on the scene, he has put together a band characterized by a broad range of talent and a proclivity for improvisation. This release marks the group’s first album in four years, and demonstrates the growth they’ve experienced while incorporating an eclectic mix of sounds, ranging from rock and jazz to Latin and world music.
This is an outstanding concert that was filmed at The Park West in Chicago on January 28, 2006. The music is very “soulful”, “jazzy”, “smooth”, “jam-oriented”, and “spontaneous and improvised” at times. The band is very talented and work very well together as musicians.
The line-up consists of: Derek Trucks on lead guitar(he plays excellent guitar work including slide guitar play), Todd Smallie on bass and vocals, Yonrico Scott on drums and percussion and vocals, Kofi Burbridge on keyboards, flute and vocals, Mike Mattison on Lead Vocals( He is an outstanding vocalist- his vocals flow along with the music just perfect),
and Count M’Butu on congas and percussion. The Band works together “like a well oiled Machnine”.
The set list consists of 20 songs (about 2 hours of music), some highlights include: “Joyful Noise”, “Key to the Highway”, “I’d rather be blind, crippled and crazy”, “All I Do”, “Sailing On”, “Soul Serenade”, “For my Brother”, “Let’s Go Get Stoned”, “Voices Inside”, and “Anyday”.
The encore consists of two more songs. If you like “smooth”,”jam-oriented”, “improvised” “bluey-jazzy” music with excellent lead guitar work, you’ll enjoy this one. I highly recommend this concert dvd.
By Gary Covington.
Any fan of Trucks will want this recording, but also any fan of good music too. What I like about this guy and this band is their open and sincere and high approach to music and culture and us as listeners (shows in how they relate to the audience and how they price this DVD).
This recording is well if modestly done. Nothing flashy here, just 6 guys playing well together. I was a bit surprised to have the show start with a few short interviews introducing the band and their approach to the music. Then for the next 2+ hours we get the full uninterupted concert. And I loved the show! And I was also glad to have had the reminder of the intention behind it.
I’m a big fan of Trucks but was more impressed by the rest of the band as well, the varied selection of tunes, the skill they played and interplayed with, and the general way they approach their task. As Trucks says in the intro these guys play as it is their church, and that includes us and the collective intention of the best the world has to offer.
This is the way to approach music; from the sacred, with humility, playfulness, joy, inclusiveness, and the love of doing it right.
By Applewood.
Back in 2003 I picked up the latest offering by the Allman Brothers Band called Hittin’ The Note, mostly to hear Warren Haynes guitar wizardry, but also to check out this new slide guitar ace that every one was talking about – the Allman’s newest brother, Derek Trucks. If the name sounds familiar, it is because his uncle is one of the founding members and current drummer for the Allman’s, Butch Trucks.
I was so impressed with Trucks fluid and expressive guitar work, I rushed out and picked up his then latest release, 2002’s Joyful Noise. Although primarily based in the blues-rock genre like his uncle’s band, The Derek Trucks Band covers a wildly diverse range of musical influences including blues, rock, jazz, funk, R&B, Latin, and world music – sometimes all within the same song. For those coming from a strictly rock or blues background, this eclectic musical blend might take some getting used to, but Trucks phenomenal guitar technique will capture your attention immediately.
Trucks’ follow-up to Joyful Noise, Soul Serenade, was somewhat of a let down for me. Although released in 2003, Soul Serenade was actually mostly recorded back in 1999. It was a more laid back affair leaning more towards his smooth jazz and world influences. After 2004’s killer Live At Georgia Theater album, Trucks emerged from the studio this year with his finest album yet, Songlines, which is the focus of this wonderful DVD.
Songlines Live was filmed at the Park West in Chicago on January 28th, 2006. The performance was shot in high definition for a special HDNet program, and it looks spectacular. Ten of the songs featured are from the Songlines album, and the rest of the set is comprised of old blues standards along with a couple of songs from the DTB’s previous two studio albums. The main difference you will notice between the new Songlines material and Trucks earlier efforts, is the dominance of new lead vocalist Mike Mattison.
The DVD opens with about four minutes worth of interviews with Trucks and each of his band members. The genuine pleasure they all exude in playing this music and being in this band together makes it obvious why their stage chemistry is so remarkable. Trucks tells how he put the DTB together about ten years ago, when he was only fourteen years old, and how the current version features musicians born in three different decades and from all over the map.
The band starts the set with perhaps my favorite DTB song, “Joyful Noise”. You are immediately captivated by Trucks’ completely unique sounding guitar tone. Like many great guitarists before him who have been gifted with an instantly recognizable sound – Santana, Hendrix, Johnson, and Metheny are a few who come to mind – you know it is Trucks playing after only a few notes from his slide. Trucks plays the same Gibson SG guitar throughout the show, and he picks exclusively with his fingers, which lends to his unique tone.
From there, they run through nearly the entire Songlines album, excluding only “This Sky” and “Revolution”, which unfortunately are two of the albums’ strongest tracks. They interrupt the Songlines progression midway for a powerful performance of “Key To The Highway”. If Clapton dusts this one off on his current tour with Trucks, he should just have the sense to say “ladies and gentlemen, Derek Trucks”, and then head backstage for a beer. Well, I guess he could stay out and sing the thing. What I’m trying to say is that Trucks simply tears it up here, laying down a couple of astonishing guitar solos in the process. Mattison belts it out too, giving one of his most impassioned vocal performances of the night.
Trucks will certainly not be stealing Steve Vai’s flashiest guitarist award any time soon. Although his licks are plenty flashy, and speak for themselves, his stage presence is very understated. He stands in the exact same spot, same position, with the same concentrated expression on his face for the entire show, pausing only to give subtle cues to his band. The only time you hear him speak is to introduce the band. Mattison is a very versatile vocalist, moving between deep soulful growls, to gentle falsetto with ease. His style is still growing on me. While some of the time I find him amazing, other times I find his over the top expressiveness a little too Al Jarreau for some of this music.
This was the first time I heard the Songlines material, as I have yet to pick up the album. This album is probably a little more accessible than his previous two, but still features an amazing variety of style. “Crow Jane” is a grinding delta blues tune that hinges on Mattison’s light falsetto. “Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni” are basically Indian-blues, if you can imagine that. “Volunteered Slavery” is part gospel, part blues, and features some of Trucks’ finest non-slide work of the night. “I’ll Find My Way”, “I Wish I Knew”, “I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy” and “All I Do” are all more standard blues-rock fare and really heat up the middle part of the show, as Trucks lays down several more mesmerizing guitar solos.
“Mahjoun” begins with Count Mbutu’s short conga solo before Trucks lays down a thick rhythm behind Kofi Burbridge’s flute leads, which along with the abundance of percussion give the song a distinct Middle-Eastern flavor. Trucks also brilliantly interweaves some classic “Greensleeves” riffs throughout the song. The upbeat blues of “Sailin On” is followed by the blues classic, “Chevrolet”, which I immediately compared to Robben Ford’s signature version. Trucks’ unique slide guitar approach makes for a killer rendition, but I much prefer Ford’s singing over Mattison’s on this song. One of the highlights of the set was “For My Brother”, which first appeared on the Live At Georgia Theater album, and sees Trucks take off the slide again to kick things off with some gentle jazz chords, before exploding the song into a stunning fusion of jazz, rock, and blues that brings the house down.
The band closes out the set with an inspired take on the Derek And The Dominoes classic “Anyday”, and then returns for an encore begining with Stevie Wonder’s “Maybe Your Baby” and surprisingly closes with a DTB rendering of the very old Rosetta Tharpe gospel song “Up Above My Head”. When I said this was an eclectic mix, I wasn’t kidding.
The superior production quality of this DVD puts most other recent buys to shame. Filmed with nine, high-definition cameras, the ultra sharp picture and brilliant colors will amaze you. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround is as good as it gets, letting you hear every instrument with ultimate clarity and perfect balance. Camera angles come at you from everywhere, but are never obtrusive or change too fast. Trucks’ fretwork is captured magnificently with lingering close-ups from every angle.
The bonus features are excellent and include 20-minutes worth of band interviews, a discussion about Derek’s work with the Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton, and an inside look into the recording of Songlines. The performance lasts an impressive 2 hours and 20 minutes, which is much more generous than the 120 minute total running time that the DVD case lists.
Songlines Live is a superb DVD that showcases one of the best young guitarists (and bands) in the business. No guitar fan should pass this one up.
By Paul Roy.
Derek Trucks- (Guitar, Dobro);
Mike Mattison- (Vocals);
Kofi Burbridge- (Vocals, Flute, Keyboards);
Jay Joyce- (Keyboards);
Todd Smallie- (Vocals, Bass);
Count Mbutu- (Congas, Percussion);
Yonrico Scott- (Vocals, drums, Percussion).
01. Joyful Noise
02. Crow Jane
03. Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni
04. Volunteered Slavery
05. I’ll Find My Way
06. I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
07. Key To The Highway
08. I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy
09. All I Do
10. Mahjoun/Greensleeves
11. Sailing On
12. Chevrolet
13. Soul Serenade
14. For My Brother
15. Feel So Bad
16. Let’s Go Get Stoned
17. Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)/Fat Mama
18. Anyday
19. Maybe Your Baby
20. Up Above My Head

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Tribute To Bluesman Jimmy REED 2007 (Avi)

Posted in BLUES, Jimmy REED, MOVIES on December 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Tribute To Bluesman Jimmy REED 2007 (Avi)
Austin City Limits.


Joined by blues luminaries James Cotton, Delbert McClinton, Lou Ann Barton and others, guitarist Jimmie Vaughan pays tribute to Jimmy Reed, composer of blues classics Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby,” “Big Boss Man” and “Baby What You Want Me to Do.
Omar Kent Dykes of Omar & the Howlers teams up with Fabulous Thunderbirds axeman Jimmie Vaughan on this tribute to blues giant Jimmy Reed. Dykes’s thick, deliciously deep, Howlin’ Wolf-like tones and Vaughan’s spare, visceral style prove to be the perfect match for this batch of classics from the Reed catalogue. Dykes and Vaughan don’t try to reinvent the wheel; they stick pretty close to the raw, shuffling sound of the original recordings, but never in a slavishly imitative way. Stellar guests like James Cotton and Delbert McClinton sweeten the pot even further.
Omar Kent Dykes– Vocals
Jimmie Vaughan– Guitar, Vocals
Kim Wilson– Harmonica, Vocals
Lou Ann Barton– Vocals
Delbert McClinton– Harmonica, Vocals
James Cotton– Harmonica
Gary Clark, Jr.– Guitar, Vocals
Derek O’Brien– Guitar
Ronnie James– Bass
Wes Starr– Drums
01.High and Lonesome
02.Baby What You Want Me to Do
03.Big Boss Man
04.Good Lover
05.Caress Me Baby
06.You Upset my Mind
07.Shame, Shame, Shame
08.Hush, Hush
09.Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby
10.Jimmy Reed Highway

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Melvin TAYLOR – Live in Paris 1996 (AVI)

Posted in BLUES, Melvin TAYLOR, MOVIES on December 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Melvin TAYLOR – Live in Paris 1996 (AVI)


Melvin Taylor was born in Mississippi but was raised in Chicago, his family moved in 1962. He learned to play guitar with his mother’s brother, Uncle Floyd Vaughan, who had jam sessions with his buddies on tunes by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin’Wolf. A l’age de 12 ans , Melvin Taylor participa à ces “boeufs” avec son oncle et d’autres adultes . At the age of 12 years, Melvin Taylor participated in the “horse” with his uncle and other adults. Quasiment autodidacte ,Melvin apprit à jouer du slide ,du picking et flat picking d’après ses disques préférés de BB.King ,Albert King ,Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughan … Virtually self-taught, Melvin learned to play slide, finger picking and flat picking from his favorite records of BB.King, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughan …
While living in Chicago Melvin Taylor is a star known in Europe, but it will take time to understand what the U.S. phenomenon of Blues he is and what he has talent ..! Part of the problem is the eclecticism of Taylor, he loves as well as playing jazz blues, but during the past few years, he has earned himself a name as a guitarist with some blues recordings. .. Melvin Taylor is “perhaps” the most talented ” new “guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan from …!
During his teens,  Melvin Taylor joins “Transistors”, a group led by his future father-and distinguished themselves by playing pop music of the 70 jumps in and nightclubs. Following the separation of “transistors” in the early 80s, Melvin Taylor devoted himself again to play only the blues clubs in western suburb of Chicago. He met pianist Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, who was looking for a guitarist for a series of concerts in Europe … Melvin joins the legendary blues band for a year and had such an impact in Europe that many clubs and organizers wanted him to come back with his own group … Since the 80s he toured Europe regularly, often accompanied by former members of the “Transistor” and often the first parts of shows for artists like BB.King, Buddy Guy, Santana, George Benson and Canned Heat. ..
Apart from the fact that he drew inspiration from guitar heroes like Albert King, BB.King and Stevie Ray Vaughan , Melvin Taylor fell in love with jazz and particularly the styles of George Benson and Wes Montgomery … often incorporating their styles in his own game ..

The records of Melvin Taylor 2 albums he recorded for a French label re-released in the U.S. by Evidence Music: Blues on the sun and Melvin Taylor Plays the Blues for you …. Back in america Melvin Taylor continued to build its personality with many shows at Rosa’s Lounge “and other places in Chicago.
In 1995, Melvin Taylor signed with Evidence Music and entered the studio with blues impresario John Snyder to record his first disc for the label, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band, who showed his originality in musical writing.He recorded his second album in 1996 “dirty pool”. Evidence shows these recordings for guitar playing inspired and original themes of classic Chicago blues. He then had some funk influences as one can see in “Bang the Bell” in 2000 and 2002 after teaming with Lucky Peterson and the album “Appointment With The Blues” he sat his reputation in the blues and American rock.
01. Intro
02. Born Under a Bad Sign
03. Route 66
04. Depression Blues
05. Drumss & Bass
06. Laundronat at Blues
07. Dirty Road
08. On Broadway

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Ten Years After – Live At The Marquee 1983 (AVI)

Posted in BLUES, MOVIES, Ten Years After on December 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Ten Years After – Live At The Marquee 1983 (AVI)


Recorded live at London’s famed Marquee Club on July 1, 1983, ten years after performs some of their best loved songs.This long awaited video of Alvin Lee and TEN YEARS AFTER is a must have addition to any fans collection.
The picture and sound are great and could have been shot yesterday.the music is brilliant and every track is a guitar blistering joy to watch..alvin lee on top form as are the rest of the original T.Y.A lineup.Some classic tracks rounded up by a epic 13 and a half min. “GOIN` HOME” of woodstock fame.
This long awaited dvd of Alvin Lee and TEN YEARS AFTER is a must have addition to any fans collection.
The picture and sound are great and could have been shot yesterday.the music is brilliant and every track is a guitar blistering joy to watch..alvin lee on top form as are the rest of the original T.Y.A lineup.Some classic tracks rounded up by a epic 13 and a half min. “GOIN` HOME” of woodstock fame.The extras on the disc are a rare exerpt of alvin lee in the film “groupies” and the option to have dvd vj Tommy Vance introduce each track and give insight to the material FIVE STARS PLUS,PRICELESS STUFF BUY NOW!
Ten Years After is a legendary UK fast-paced rock/blues group of yesteryear. The group is spearheaded by highly respected guitarist Alvin Lee, who at the age of only 15 formed the core of the band with bass player Leo Lyons. With the addition of drummer Ric Lee and keyboardist Chick Churchill the band was complete and began gigging around London in 1966. In October 1967 they released their first album and by June of the next year were already touring America, wowing audiences with their innovative rock-influenced interpretation of the blues and most particularly with Lee’s distinctive, rapid fire guitar playing.
But it was TYA’s performance at Woodstock in August 1969 in front of half a million people that cemented their reputation as one of the world’s (then) best live bands. In particular, it was the band’s performance of Lee’s track Goin’ Home, with its clear homage to the rock and roll and R&B greats like The King, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lewis, that was later to be named by many as one of the main highlights of the Woodstock festival, featuring in the Woodstock documentary released in 1970. Needless to say, this performance at Woodstock secured TYA’s popularity in the USA, where they went on to tour extensively and reach almost supergroup status, their status in turn also securing the success of the band back home in the UK.

Lee is a man who early on in his career was to suffer the label of “the world’s fastest guitar player”, a label he was understandably keen to down-play. After all, as “DVD VJ” Tommy Vance states in his commentary on this disc,  there is a huge difference between a guitar player who is simply able to achieve technical speed at the sacrifice of slurring all the notes together, and a player who is able to maintain the integrity of each individual note, whilst also increasing the speed of playing to frenetic, breakneck pace. Alvin Lee definitely falls into the latter category.

After a hectic schedule of constant live touring and several album releases, TYA were to finally break up in 1975. Lee was to go on to other solo ventures and collaborations and is still one of the world’s most respected live guitarists to this day. The concert featured on this DVD was a reunion gig recorded at London’s famous Marquee Club in 1983. (The Marquee Club is one of London’s most sacred live rock venues, having been established way back in the late 50s/early 60s and still going strong. This is the very same venue where not only TYA, but also such rock luminaries as Queen, The Stones and Pink Floyd, among others, were to hone their stage craft early on in their careers.)  This 1983 concert, as far as I know, was a one-off reunion gig for TYA. There were to be subsequent reunions a couple of times later in 1989 and then in 1997, but they never stuck, as Lee wanted to move on and continue pursuing his other interests.

If you haven’t heard of TYA before but you are a fan of live rock and blues, then this DVD is highly recommend; it showcases a guitar legend in blistering form and a group that, even after such a long break and with only a few days’ prior rehearsal, snapped back together into place as an extremely tight outfit.

Songs in the track listing listed below are all written by TYA, except for track 3 by Sonny Boy Williamson, track 4 by Willy Dixon/R Bass, track 5 by W Herman and track 7 written by Lee alone.

Curiously not credited on either the disc’s cover or on any of the menus, this is an important extra. It is an introduction to each song by “VJ” Tommy Vance. Unlike other releases in this Sanctuary Visual Entertainment/Warner Vision Australia concert DVD series, where the song intros are accomplished by a brief voiceover as a separate commentary audio track, in this case it is done via a “follow the white rabbit” feature. At the beginning of each track, a symbol appears at the bottom left hand side of the screen (the same symbol that appears on Lee’s guitar), which if selected by pressing Enter on the remote control takes the viewer out of the concert and into branched footage of Tommy Vance, reading out DJ-style a brief intro to that song. This is quite informative, providing a great context of the history of the band and the origin of each individual song.
The “follow the white rabbit” concept for this type of extra is a great idea, as it allows for a little more in-depth commentary than is otherwise possible by doing it as an overdub onto the concert audio proper. Of course, if you don’t want to have the concert interrupted by these intros, then you have the option of simply ignoring the symbols when they appear.

This DVD is highly recommended for any fan of live rock and blues music. It features a great video transfer, decent audio and a limited but highly insightful couple of extras. My only complaint with the disc (a common refrain with many live concert releases) is that we do not get to see the full concert set, as is confirmed by the disc’s short run time and the rather obvious edits between songs. This only leaves you wondering what other tracks we missed out on. But still, this disc certainly whets the appetite for what a great live band Ten Years After were.
Avin Lee- Guitar
Chick Churghill- Keyboards
Leo Lyons- Bass
Ric Lee- Drums
01. Love Like a Man
02. I May Be Wrong But I Won’t Be Wrong Always
03. Good Morning Little School Girl
04. Help Me
05. Woodchoppers Ball
06. Slow Blues
07. I’m Going Home

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