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:: The Blues Collection: Red, White & Blues

Red, White & Blues is just one part of seven fascinating aspects of The Blues Collection. It should be essential viewing for many music lovers as it is directed by Mike Figgis, who was previously a musician before he moved into films. The relaxed nature throughout this documentary ensures interest and each person represented in the film deserves his or her rightful place in the limelight.

Figgis discussed the advent of the British invasion that reintroduced a blues sound to America in the mid-Sixties. Subjects include Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, and Van Morrison. The film examines the circumstances of this vibrant and groundbreaking period. Figgis played his small part as being in a blues band with Bryan Ferry, which would later become Roxy Music.

Some of the things to look for are:
John Lennon performing ‘Yer Blues’ (from the Beatles White Album) with his Plastic Ono Band, Lulu with guitar great Jeff Beck on ‘Cry Me A River’, Mike Figgis with ‘Piano Jam’

There is excellent bonus material to justify the worth of this DVD. Amongst the extras, there is an interview with Mike Figgis and he tells about this personal journey as a blues enthusiast. There is a general trailer titled ‘The Blues – A Musical Journey’, plus the biography and filmography of Mike Figgis.

Performances in Red, White & Blues include Jeff Beck, Cream , Lonnie Donnegan, Georgie Fame, Chris Farlowe, Tom Jones, B.B. King, Alexis Korner , Albert Lee, Lulu, Van Morrison, Rolling Stones , and Muddy Waters .
* being archival performances

Interviews in Red, White & Blues include: Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, B.B. King, Albert Lee, Chris Farlowe, Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood, Georgie Fame, Mick Fleetwood, and Peter Green

DVD Extras

- 7 full-length performances not seen in the film, including Lulu with Jeff Beck and band
- On-camera interview with director Mike Figgis
- Director commentary
- Mike Figgis biography and filmography
- The Blues trailer
- 5:1 Surround sound