Carlos Santana: Presents Blues at Montreux 2004 3 DVD 2009 Deluxe Edition 16:9 DTS 5.1
The Montreux Jazz Festival goes back to its roots with this very special blues concert. Filmed in 2004, the show features some of the finest blues guitar playing around from three of the genre's greatest luminaries: Bobby Parker, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, and Buddy Guy.
Guitar legend Carlos Santana provides the musical direction, bringing a touch of America's Deep South to the shores of Lake Geneva.
1. Straight Up No Chaser
2. Break It Up
3. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
4. Nothing But The Blues
5. So Glad I Found You
6. I Ain't Superstitious
7. It's Unfair
8. Going Down Slow
9. Chill Out (with Carlos Santana)
10. Mellow Down Easy (with Carlos Santana)
11. Watch Your Step (with Carlos Santana)
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
1. Bits and Pieces
2. Strange Things Happen
3. I'm Beginning To See The Light
4. Sunrise Cajun Style
5. Honey Boy
6. Further On Up The Road
7. I've Got My Mojo Working (with Carlos Santana & Buddy Guy)
8. Drifter (with Carlos Santana)
9. Grape Jelly (with Carlos Santana)
10. Okie Dokie Stomp (with Carlos Santana & Nile Rodgers)
1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2. Louise McGhee
3. Done Got Old
4. Hoochie Coochie Man
6. Drowning On Dry Land
7. Stormy Monday (with Carlos Santana)
8. Jam Session I (with Carlos Santana & Bobby Parker)
9. So Many Roads So Many Trains (with Carlos Santana & Bobby Parker)
10. Jam Session II (with Carlos Santana, Nile Rodgers & Bobby Parker
Living legend Buddy Guy, also a Louisiana-native, has influenced such musicians as Jimmi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Mark Knopfler. Guy became successful after he relocated from Baton Rouge to Chicago in the late 50s, where he performed at a number of different blues clubs, and eventually got a record deal. During the late 60s, however, he struggled enormously, and it took more than twenty years before he returned to prominence in the late 80s (partially due to Clapton's popularization of blues).
Guy performed a total of ten songs at the Montreux Jazz Festival, including such classics as "Stormy Monday" (with Santana), "Drowning on Dry Land" and Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man". The real jams in this set, however, are the acoustic guitar versions of Sonny Boy Williams' "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "Louise McGhee" and "Done Got Old".
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded Carlos Santana Presents Blues at Montreux arrives on DVD courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment.
This is simply a wonderful high-definition transfer. In the three sets included on this DVD Edition clarity and detail are terrific. Contrast levels are also very good, and even though the stage lighting changes quite often, there are absolutely no shadow issues to report in this review whatsoever. "Motion-judder" is not an issue of concern; the only time I noticed its presence was during Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown's set. Furthermore, severe macroblocking and digital noise do not plague the transfer. On the contrary, the image is remarkably crisp and clean. All in all, Carlos Santana Presents Blues at Montreux certainly ranks amongst the every best releases in Eagle Rock Entertainment's impressive catalog.
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: DVD
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: DTS-5.1 Dolby Digital
English: LPCM 2.0
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (less)
Discs 3 DVD