DOC WATSON 'Rare Performances 1963 - 1981'
This is one of several Doc Watson videos on the market, and while we have not yet had a chance to compare them all, we can guess that they will all be good—this one certainly is. Nicely produced by Stefan Grossman, it includes 20 performances done in 6 different venues & times. Most interesting to this listener is the black & white footage that starts the tape, including two fine cuts done in 1967 in Seattle with Fred Price & Clint Howard, plus a 1963 TV appearance (DEEP RIVER BLUES). 5 cuts with son Merle done at Homewood in Los Angeles in 1970 also have a neat, easy-going ambience and are in color. The rest of the tape is taken from Austin City Limits (1978) and a 1981 appearance in England and are typical strong Watson, if a little less intimate than the first half of the tape. Fine stuff, with good notes. TOM DOOLEY, SHADY GROVE, STACK O LEE, BLACK MT. RAG, SOUTHBOUND, RAIN CROW BILL, TENNESSEE STUD, 9 LB HAMMER, SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, etc.