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  1. 64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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    The Real Thing: Roots, Fruits in Fertile Soil, September 2, 2003
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    William E Donoghue “Fessor Mojo” (Healdsburg CA USA) –
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    This review is from: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1 (DVD)
    Miraculously unearthed and licensed by Reelinintheyears and released through Experience Hendrix, the 3-hours featuring 36 performances by 24 artists are the real thing filmed at the peak of many of their careers. Filmed in a Baden-Baden Germany studio with sets designed to reflect the realities of the urban blues, the sound and B&W footage is amazing. Imagine seeing Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Lonnie Johnson, Big Walter, otis Rush, Otis Spann, blues brother Matt “Guitar” Murphy (as exciting as he is today) and others (with 1969 bonus footage of legends Magic Sam and Earl Hooker) in your living room.
    Watch closely Sonny Boy’s virtuoso “Bye Bye Bird,” “Mojo” with Sonny Boy and Muddy, a five-harp jam with Big Mama, John Lee, Big Walter, J. B. Lenoir and Dr. Ross, and the magic of Lightnin’ Hopkins doing “Mojo Hand” and laying out enough hot guitar licks in one song to fuel a rocker’s whole career.
    Hip-O has released a highlights CD but these two DVDs must be seen to believe. These are the performances that American audiences have never seen since they were filmed but which inspired the Rolling Stones, John Mayall, Ten Years After, Yardbirds, Animals, Van Morrison, Ten Years After and so many of the British blues-rockers.
    This was no small event. These artists played the finest concert halls of Europe, stayed in the best hotels, and ate in the best restaurants finding a deep respect they never lived to see in America. Their performances show it. Some didn’t want to leave. Sonny Boy Williamson stayed on for over a year after the 1963 festival appearing in clubs and on numerous TV shows and recording with the Yardbirds, Animals, Jimmy Page, jazzman Chris Barber and even Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
    As talent scout Willie Dixon said, “The blues are the roots; the rest are the fruits.” These are the roots and the British Invasion were only the first blossoming of the fruits. Miss these DVDs at your own risk.
    Bill Donoghue AKA ‘fessor Mojo,

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  2. 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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    “Blues the way is was meant to be ~ American Festival 62-66”, September 1, 2003
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    J. Lovins “Mr. Jim” (Missouri-USA) –
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    This review is from: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1 (DVD)
    Get ready for some great blues, from the legends to the modern masters, acoustic to the electric featuring essential performances covering the last half-century of blues by the greatest of the great blues performers. Entire album reeks with every word and note from artists who aren’t holding anything back. This has the feelings music is supposed to have, especially blues and this in right up there with the best of the best.
    Sit back and enjoy “The American Folk Blues Festivals 1962-1966 Vol. 1”, featuring Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Mama Thorton, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf some of the legends that gave us our favorite genre…BLUES! Each cue is dead on, with detailed liner-notes and a little history of their background and accomplishments. This DVD is proof that once and for all Blues…was then and is very much alive and well. Blues is still some of the best music around…gotta love it!
    Total Time: 80 mins ~ Hip-O Records 602498604120 ~ (8/26/2003)

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  3. 19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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    The Real Deal!!!!!!!! Unbelievable footage!!!!!, October 16, 2003
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    King_Bee (Warrington, PA United States) –

    This review is from: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1 (DVD)
    Just got finished watching this last night and I was blown away. From Otis Spann to John Lee Hooker to Muddy Waters to Sonny Boy Williamson to Willie Dixon and on and on this is one dvd that anyone who loves the blues must own. COMPLETE PERFORMANCES!!!! One of the greatest music dvd’s ever released. I can’t wait to pick up volume 2. Picture and sound quality is outstanding. Crank up your speakers, sip on some wiskey, and let the blues flow like blood from your TV.

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