VARIOUS ARTISTS - DVD
IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

LABEL:
Northern Disc
SOURCE:
The White House, Washington D.C. 21 February 2012 broadcasted 24 February 2012 on PBS-TV.
FORMAT:
1 picture DVD-R
RUNNING TIME:
56.16
SOUND/SOURCE:
Dolby Digital 2.0
PACKAGING:
Standard DVD Clamshell
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 9

 

TRACK LIST:

1. Introduction, 2. President Obama Introduction, 3. Let The Good Times Roll, 4. Taraji P.Henson Introduction, 5. St. James Infirmary, 6. Let Me Love You Baby, 7. I Can t Turn You Loose, 8. Commit A Crime, 9. Miss You, 10. Beat Up Guitar, 11. Catfish Blues, 12. Henry, 13. I d Rather Go Blind, 14. Five Long Years, 15. Sweet Home Chicago, 16. The Thrill Is Gone.   

     
 
REVIEW:

This recording of the White House gig called Red,White and Blues that happened on 21 February 2012 and was later broadcasted on PBS television on the 27th of the same month is the first one to have been released. The event happened to celebrate Black culture month. The list of performers included Mick Jagger on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Buddy Guy, B.B.King and Jeff Beck on guitar, Shemekia Copeland on vocals, Susan Tedeschi, Gary Clark jr. Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes all on vocals and guitar, Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews on trombone, Booker T. Jones on organ, Narada Michael Walden on drums, Bobby Avila on bass, Jesse Johnson on guitar, Ernie Fields jr.on sax, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet and Fred Wesley on trombone. The show starts with a brief speech by President Obama and it is is structured as an homage to the blues going through a set up trip starting with Memphis with B.B.King through New Orleans with Trombone Shorty that plays a modern version of St.James Infirmary. Next come Chicago Buddy Guy together with Jeff Beck playing Let Me Love You, Baby where they alternate playing guitar solos. Enters Mick Jagger that plays Otis Redding s Can t Turn You Loose with Booker T.Jones driving organ leading the tune; after Jagger speaks about how he got introduced to the blues through Sonny Boy Williamson and with Jeff Beck plays Howlin Wolf s Commit A Crime dedicated to the memory of Hubert Sumlin and Miss You a song pretty out of place here, the only connection to the night s theme being the short harmonica solo midway. Shemekia Copeland, daughter of Johnny Copeland, is joined by Gary Clark jr. on slide guitar for a great number: Beat Up Guitar a song played in memory of Elmore James and then Gary Clark jr. by himself on a frantic version of Catfish Blues. Acoustic blues is represented by Keb Mo steel guitar song Henry, followed by a tribute to Etta James played by Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi on I d Rather Go Blind. On stage come back Jagger, Beck, Buddy Guy and Gary Clark jr.for a soulful rendition of  Eddy Boyd s Five Long Years. All musicians are then on stage for Sweet Home Chicago that saw a brief vocal appearance by President Obama himelf. Aty he end of the show there is also a minute of unaired The Thrill Is Gone by B.B.King, we may just hope more unaired performances will pop up someday. The concert was played in the most unusual circumstance and place and though no one can doubt the artists commitment it is evident some kind of embarrassment to play to a pretty much stiff audience, all seated, and that is reflected on the performance which although appreciable has nothing of the open looseness blues is often associated with.


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