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The Blues: A Musical Journey (2003)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: "The Soul of a Man" -- Writer/director Wim Wenders Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by musíl65 on April 29th, 2011:Find all reviews by musíl65
Wenders talks about the personal reasons to choose Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J.B. Lenoir for his documentary. You get also information about the research for clips with the three blues men. And the stories are great. He is well informed and you get more details about the life and the songs of the three men. He talks also about technical aspects of the movie. Sometimes the visual performance of a song and the soundtrack are from different sources.

The musicians in the film are all friends of him and he is talking about how he got in touch with them. The commentary is a little bit dry but worth to listen to because of the additional information. 8 of 10.
Commentary 2: "Warming by the Devil's Fire" -- Writer/director Charles Burnett Rating:1.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by musíl65 on April 28th, 2014:Find all reviews by musíl65
This is one of the worst commentaries I’ve ever heard. Most of the time there is silence. Burnett speaks from time to time only. He talks about locations, technical stuff and his own recollections about the South. This is not very interesting. Skip this awful track. 1 out of 10.
Commentary 3: "Godfathers and Sons" -- Director Marc Levin Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by musíl65 on April 30th, 2013:Find all reviews by musíl65
Levin talks about how this project started, his approach, his first experiences with the Blues, the selection of the musicians and the research. Some collectors gave him some very rare movie clips. He wants a connection between the old blues and the actual music. He tells more stories about the musicians and the history of Chess Records.

This movie was a labour of love for him.

The commentary is good. You get addional information. 8 out of 10.
Commentary 4: "Red, White & Blues" -- Director Mike Figgis Rating:10.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by musíl65 on August 11th, 2014:Find all reviews by musíl65
Mike Figgis and his old friend John Porter are doing this track together. Porter produced the Abbey Road session of the documentary. They had a band together.

You get a lot of information about the concept of the documentary, the interviews, the songs, the footage and the circumstances of the Abbey Road session. The track is also very funny. The stories about the musicians are great. Both are a great team for the commentary.

The track is not very technical, but you get a lot of additional information. Because both are musicians they are talking a lot about the blues on records. This movie was a labour of love for them. They speak also about their connection to the Blues.

It is like you are sitting on the sofa with tis two guys and have a good time. This is the best commentary of the series. Don’t miss it. 10 out of 10.