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:: The Blues Collection: Feel Like Going Home

This is another fine burst of blues sounds as part of the Martin Scorsese Blues series. Scorsese aims to celebrate the various expressions from some of the greats in history.

Scorsese directs this part of the series and looks at the passion of musicians like Corey Harris, who travelled through Mississippi and then to Africa in trying to enlighten his musical progress. We see people like Taj Mahal and Willie King in original performances. Some of the rare footage showcases legends like John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.

The material is compelling. One of the real highlights is the story of Robert Johnson, who died at 27 and was reputed to have sold his soul to the Devil. There are only two known photographs of him, but we get an archival interview with Johnny Shines who travelled and played with him.

This disc, in common with all in the series, is not strictly history. Rather, we meet living blues performers and delve into the past through them, as they discuss and play the living blues.

Overall, it is very well put together and well worth seeing, even if the blues isn't your thing. The combination of modern footage and historic film is handled very well.

DVD Extras

 Six New And Extended Performances Not Seen In The Film:
 Taj Mahal & Corey Harris - “Sitting On Top Of The World”
 Willie King & The Liberators - “Spoonful”
 Keb‘ Mo’ & Corey Harris - “Sweet Home Chicago”
 Othar Turner & Corey Harris - “Sitting On Top Of The World”
 Salif Keita - “Folon”
 Corey Harris - “Honeysuckle”
 On-camera Interview With Martin Scorsese
 Martin Scorsese Biography And Filmography
 5.1 Surround Sound
 The Blues Trailer