John Mayall ‎– John Mayall-The Godfather Of British Blues/The Turning Point

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DVD, DVD-Video, PAL, Stereo
Rock, Blues
Blues Rock


Position Title/Credits Duration
1 The Godfather Of The British Blues 58:45
2 The Turning Point
Written-By – Alex Hooper, Peter Gibson

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Two John Mayall documentaries are combined into one DVD with this release. The longer of them, The Godfather of British Blues, is an hour-long career-spanning overview produced by the BBC in conjunction with Mayall's seventieth birthday; the other is a 25-minute rockumentary from 1969, at the time he was working on the music that became the album The Turning Point. The Godfather of British Blues is a job well done: a straightforward documentary mixing interviews done at the time of the filming with old photos and some vintage footage, though unfortunately there are fewer old clips than some viewers might hope for. In addition to Mayall, a bunch of his numerous associates talk about their experiences with the bandleader, including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Mick Taylor, Hughie Flint, and producer Mike Vernon. It does seem that Mayall was rarely filmed in the old days, however, since the earliest live footage here comes from the 1969 Turning Point documentary, and there's actually not too much else. There are a lot of gaps here, but to be fair, it would probably take about ten hours just to document the dozens of Bluesbreakers lineups, and frankly it was an appropriate decision to concentrate mostly on his pre-1970 work, which was much more interesting than what followed in the next few decades. Within the 60-minute format this does about as well as it can, integrating the pure documentary segments with briefer clips of his return visit to England to play a seventieth birthday gig, with Clapton doing a guest spot.

The Turning Point, filmed in black and white, is interesting primarily for glimpses of the band rehearsing and playing on-stage circa mid-1969, when the drumless, acoustic-oriented lineup that would record The Turning Point itself started performing. It has also brief interview segments with other members of the band and then-recent Bluesbreakers, including, again, Clapton, Fleetwood, McVie, and Taylor. There are also brief comments from Peter Green -- rather an event, considering how rare it is to view interview footage with him -- and Aynsley Dunbar. It's mostly for serious Bluesbreakers' fans, since none of the performance segments or interviews are too lengthy, and those not well-versed in Mayall's '60s career don't get enough context to really understand what's going on or how his music's evolved to this particular turning point. But it's a good archival extra to include on the DVD, and combines with the main feature to offer the best visual Mayall retrospective likely to be produced. There aren't any other extras, incidentally, except for a photo gallery of a few dozen photos of Mayall from throughout his career.

Video Format: DVD 5 Single Layer, Colour, 16:9 Screen Format (1); Black & White, 4:3 Screen Format (2), PAL, Region: 0, English.
Audio Format: PCM Stereo.
Subtitles: Francais, Italiano, Deutsch, Espanol, Portugues, Nederlands, English.
Compatible with XBOX & PS2.
As seen on the BBC.

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  • Barcode (text): 5 034504 940475
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1& 2): manufactured by optimal media production D401661-01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): ifpi L572
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 9733
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 9735
  • ISRC: GB-C25-04-0011-1

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