Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Red, White & Blues

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Red, White & Blues


In the 1960s, the British went blues crazy, as a new generation started hungrily absorbing American sounds whose expressive power spoke directly to them. Soon, these blues-loving Brits were making their own hybrid music. Red, White, and Blues charts the growth of the British blues from its skiffle roots (Lonnie Donegan’s “Rock Island Line”) on through itsSee more details below


In the 1960s, the British went blues crazy, as a new generation started hungrily absorbing American sounds whose expressive power spoke directly to them. Soon, these blues-loving Brits were making their own hybrid music. Red, White, and Blues charts the growth of the British blues from its skiffle roots (Lonnie Donegan’s “Rock Island Line”) on through its '60s apex (John Mayall, Cream, Spencer Davis Group, Fleetwood Mac) to marvelous new collaborations between guitarist Jeff Beck and former British invasion popsters Tom Jones and Lulu. Telling examples of authentic American blues by Louis Armstrong, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Bill Broonzy, and Ray Charles are interspersed for reference. The British blues quickly recrossed the ocean during the '60s, profoundly influencing American rock 'n' roll. This absorbingly enjoyable album documents the fertile musical flip-flop that has characterized the interchange between the U.S. and the U.K. for some five decades now.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Mike Figgis' documentary Red, White & Blues, one of the seven parts of the PBS-TV series The Blues presented by Martin Scorsese, is ironically named, since it actually concerns itself with the British response to American blues music, among other styles. Truth be told, the British, appreciating American music of the 1950s and earlier entirely through recordings, have always tended to mix things up, failing to acknowledge distinctions between jazz, blues, gospel, folk, and R&B that Americans take for granted. Figgis illustrates this tendency in his choices of vintage music, which draw upon the likes of Louis Armstrong, Big Bill Broonzy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Miles Davis, and Ray Charles, not to mention the homegrown Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group's frantic aping of Leadbelly on the hit "Rock Island Line." Relatively little of this music is what an American blues fan would call blues, except in the sense of roots and influences. Figgis adds to this eclecticism the core band he assembled and filmed for the documentary, the performances of which are interspersed with the older tracks here. The band itself, led by Jeff Beck, is unobjectionable, but Americans may be taken aback by the singers, Tom Jones, largely thought of stateside as a Las Vegas lounge entertainer, and Lulu, who is remembered in the U.S., if at all, as the '60s pop singer of "To Sir With Love." (Van Morrison, who appears in the film, is not on the soundtrack.) Thankfully, there are also selections from British blues-rock legends such as Fleetwood Mac (in its Peter Green era, of course), John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, and Cream. But the overall selection is still one that will make American listeners marvel at the oddities of British taste.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Hip-O Records


  1. Goin' Down Slow  - Tom Jones
  2. Back O' Town Blues  - Louis Armstrong
  3. St. Louis Man
  4. Black, Brown and White
  5. Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air  - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  6. Rock Island Line
  7. Cry Me a River  -  Lulu
  8. Générique
  9. Love Letters  - Tom Jones
  10. Bad Penny Blues
  11. Stormy Monday Blues, Pts. 1 & 2  - Little Joe Cook
  12. Hard Times  - Tom Jones
  13. Tell the Truth  - Ray Charles
  14. Hey Darling
  15. Shake Your Moneymaker
  16. Have You Heard  -  John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  17. Crossroads  -  Cream
  18. Rollin' & Tumblin'
  19. Lawdy Miss Clawdy  - Tom Jones
  20. Drown in My Own Tears  -  Lulu

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar,Vocals
Ginger Baker   Drums
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Jack Bruce   Bass
Ray Charles   Electric Piano,Vocals
Chris Farlowe   Vocals
Albert Lee   Guitar
John Mayall   Keyboards,Vocals
Steve Winwood   Keyboards,Vocals
Chris Barber   Bass
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Bobby Hackett   Cornet
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Barney Wilen   Tenor Saxophone
Lonnie Donegan   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Haggart   Bass
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Johnny Parker   Piano
Alan Skidmore   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Blythe   Piano
John Almond   Baritone Saxophone
Mick Fleetwood   Drums
Dave Greenslade   Organ
Lulu   Vocals
Jeremy Spencer   Guitar,Vocals
John McVie   Bass
Marie Knight   Vocals
Sammy Price   Piano
Humphrey Lyttelton   Trumpet,Leader
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Jim Bray   Bass
Dick Cary   Piano
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Jon Cleary   Piano
Bennie Hank Crawford   Baritone Saxophone
Teagle Fleming   Drums
Hughie Flint   Drums
Pops Foster   Bass
Peter Green   Guitar
Stan Greig   Drums
Ian Hague   Drums
Dennis Healey   Trumpet
Margie Hendrix   Vocals
Ian Jennings   Bass
Clifford "Snags" Jones   Percussion
Peter King   Saxophone
Mark Mondesir   Drums
David "Fathead" Newman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Raelettes   Background Vocals
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Guitar,Vocals
René Urtreger   Piano
Bruce Waddell   Bass
Edgar Willis   Bass
Muff Winwood   Bass
Pete York   Drums
Buddy Burton   Piano,Vocals
Tommy Jones   Vocals
Spencer Davis   Guitar
Beryl Bryden   Washboard
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band   Bass,String Bass
John Paul Hunt   Trumpet
Ricky Chapman   Bass
Johnny Wise   Drums

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Lead Belly   Composer
Arlo Guthrie   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
John Mayall   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Luis Russell   Composer
Lonnie Donegan   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy Blythe   Director
Mike Vernon   Producer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Humphrey Lyttelton   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Ulrich Felsburg   Executive Producer
Mike Figgis   Producer,Liner Notes
Henry Glover   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Felix Pappalardi   Producer
John Porter   Producer
Zenas Sears   Producer
Robert Stigwood   Arranger
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Arranger
Victor Young   Composer
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
James Burke Oden   Composer
Spencer Davis   Composer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Dana Smart   Producer
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde   Producer
Charles Shaar Murray   Liner Notes
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Alex Gibney   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Sammy Price & His Texas Bluesicians   Contributor
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Paul "PDA" Allen   Executive Producer
Richard Hutton   Producer
Mike Figgs   Producer
Joseph "Run" Simmons   Composer
Paul G. Allen   Executive Producer
Jody Patton   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
James Oden   Composer
Stony Browder   Composer
W. Warring   Composer

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