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DVD ROUNDUP - Michael Buffalo Smith


Mitch Ryder: Live at Rockplast 1979 and 2004 (MVD) is a two-disc set of serious rock and roll from the leader of the Detroit Wheels. The ‘79 concert found Ryder showing up drunk off his ass, carrying a half empty bottle of Jack Daniels. There is also the infamous Ryder inter- view, also included here. Oddly enough, Mitch managed to put on one hell of a show, intoxicat- ed or not. He delivered a stellar “Ain’t Nobody White Can Sing the Blues,” and his famous medley of “CC Rider” and “Jenny Take a Ride.” The ‘79 show ends with a rousing “Soul Kitchen.” Twenty- five years later, Ryder returned to Rockplast with a new band and once again rocked then German audience with a blistering 18-song set, including a cover of Dylan’s “From a Buick 6” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” as well as Stones tunes “heart of Stone” and “Gimmie Shelter.” Great covers of Lou Reed’s “Rock and Roll”


and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Of course there are the show stoppers, the medley of “CC Ryder/Jenny Take a Ride” and “Devil with a Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly,” all of which are a perineal part of Bruce Springsteen’s tribute to Ryder over the years. Over 220 minutes of rockin’ entertainment on two discs. Some balls to the wall Detroit rock and roll fellow babies. Highly recommended. (MPV also offers an out- standing 3-CD version of these same two shows.) ...Johnny Winter, Live in Japan (MVD) was recorded in 2011 on Johnny’s first ever visit to


Reviews by Michael Buffalo Smith


Japan. The band smokes and Johnny sounds great on songs like “Good Mornin’ Little School Girl,” “Got My Mojo Workin,” “Bonie Moronie,” “Dust My Broom” and “Highway 61 Revisited.” Johnny has to sit in a chair to ply these days, due to hip problems, but that doesn’t keep the man from rocking the blues. This is a hot DVD folks. Highly recommended...John Mellencamp, It’s About You (MPI) is simply an amazing docu- mentary film. Shot by noted photographer Kurt Markus and his son Ian, the artsy, sometimes grainy film, shot in super 8, follows John Mellencamp around the country on his 2009 concert run with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. The cameras take us to the stages, back stage and to scenic vistas along he way. We go inside Sun Studios in Memphis and watch John record, and inside the most loved African American church in New York. From the San Antonio hotel room where Robert Johnson once recorded to the stage of Madison Square Garden. The film is packed with great


Americana acoustic renditions of classic Mellencamp songs as well as new tunes. This is an outstanding musical documentary, worthy of an Oscar...John Lee Hooker: Cook with the Hook: Live in 1964 (MVD) was recorded at an outdoor festival called Down in the Dumps, stage in Gardner, Massachusetts. It was the first in a proposed series of concerts to be held at the city’s landfill area, where Hooker performed for around 6,000 people. The black and white film was shot with three cameras, and finds Hooker doing a set with a three piece backing band that


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