NEWSLETTER #130
Blues & Gospel
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues
 

Among the highest profile events of the "Year Of The Blues” is a series of blues documentaries to be shown on PBS in late September and early October masterminded by top director Martin Scorsese and featuring films put together by himself and five other leading directors - each dealing with an aspect of blues dear to that particular director’s heart. Sony and Universal are collaborating to issue a series of CD on September 9th featuring music from the films as well as other related recordings. At the end of the month Sony will be issuing all the films as a video set with bonus footage. Although we haven’t seen any of the series yet it looks like some episodes are likely to spark some controversy.

 

   
 

VARIOUS ARTISTS Columbia 90489 Feel Like Going Home - A Martin Scorsese Production ● CD $18.98
Scorsese winds his way from the banks of the Niger River in Mali to the cotton fields and juke joints of the Mississippi Delta to trace the origins of the blues in a combination of original performances and rare archival footage. CD includes tracks by Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, Son House, Othar Turner, Ali Farka Toure, Salif Keita and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Columbia 90490 Warming By the Devil's Fire - A Film By Charles Burnet ● CD $18.98
Director Burnett's film, based on his own experiences, mixes fictional storytelling with documentary footage in a tale about a young boy's encouter with his family in Mississippi in 1955 and the tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues. The soundtrack CD includes tracks by Jelly Roll Morton, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Elmore james, W.C. handy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mildred Jones and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Columbia 90491 The Soul Of A Man - A Film By Wim Wenders ● CD $18.98
Winders' film looks at the dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of his favorite blues artists - Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J.B. Lenoir. It includes fictional sequences, rare archival footage, present day documentary scenes and covers of their songs by contemporary artists. CD includes tracks by Cassandra Wilson, Lucinda Williams, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, T Bone Burnett, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Shemekiah Copeland, Beck, Marc Ribot, Garland Jeffries, Lou Reed and others including one track each by James, Lenoir and Johnson. Mmmm - interesting!

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Columbia 90492 Piano Blues - A Film By Clint Eastwood ● CD $18.98
Eastwood explores his life-long passion for piano blues, using a treasure trove of rare historical acts as well as interviews and performances by Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Little Richard & Dr. John. CD includes performances by Pine Top Smith, Memphis Slim, Big Maceo, Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, Mary Lou Williams, Amos Milburn & Charles Brown, Jay McShann, Little Richard, Art Tatum and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hip-O 7050 The Road To Memphis - A Film By Richard Pearce ● CD $18.98
Director Pearce traces the musical odyssey of B.B. King in a film that pays tribute that gave birth to a new style of blues including vintage and contemporary musical performances. CD features Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Little Junior's Blue Flames, Hubert Sumlin & David Johansen, Rose Gordon and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hip-O 3930 Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues - A Musical Journey ● CD $64.98
Five CD box set with 115 tracks tracing the blues from its origins to the present day. Includes sides by Mamie Smith, Furry Lewis, Frank Stokes, Tommy Johnson, Lonnie Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, Lead Belly, Robert Johnson, Robert Petway, Big Maceo, Joe Liggins, T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim, Rosco Gordon, Guitar Slim, Fats Domino, Sonny Williamson, Chuck Berry, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hip-O 6270 Godfathers & Sons - A Film By Marc Levin ● CD $18.98
Hip-hop artist Chuck D and Marshall Chess return to Chicago to explore the heyday of Chicago blues as they unite to produce an album that seeks to bring veteran blues players together with contemporary hip-hop musicians. Includes previously unissued archival footage by Muddy, Wolf, Paul Butterfield and others. CD includes performances by Jimmy Rogers, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Common, ElectriK Mud Cats and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hip-O 7280 Red, White & Blues - A Film by Mike Figgis ● CD $18.98
Director Figgis joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Tom Jones performing and talking about the music of the early 60s British invasion. CD includes performances by Tom Jones & Jeff Beck, The Dixie Four, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lulu, Humphrey Lyttleton, Ray Charles, JOhn Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and others.

 

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