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Merl Saunders Blues From The Rainforest:

A Musical Suite (2001)



Running time:195 mins  Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Psychedelic, World Fusion,
New Age
 Artist: Merl Saunders, Muruga, Eddie Moore, Jerry Garcia
Language: English (Stereo)Studio: Whirlwind Media




   ผลงานของ Merl Saunders ศิลปินเพลงชาวอเมริกันแนวWorld Fusion ที่มีชื่อเสียงในยุค70  ดีวีดีแบ่งเป็น2ส่วน คือส่วนของวีดีโอ และส่วนของ ออดิโอ สำหรับในส่วนของวีดีโอยังบรรจุไว้ทั้ง ฟุตเตจคอนเสิร์ตที่ซานฟรานซิสโกปี 1990 ของ Merl Saunders กับวง the Rainforest Band พร้อมสารคดี และมิวสิกวีดีโอ Merl Saunders เสียชีวิตเมื่อปี 2008 ด้วยวัย 74ปี ดีวีดีชุดนี้เป็นอีกชุดที่นักวิจารณ์ทุกสำนักลงความเห็นว่ายอดเยี่ยม และมีค่า

Video Program
· San Francisco After Dark
· Rediscovering the Amazon
· Concert Footage:
Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band
Live at the Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, California, September 24, 1990
01. Introduction
02. Expressway to Your Heart
03. High Heel Sneakers
04. Boogie on Reggae Woman
05. Afro Pearl Blue
06. Finder''s Keepers
07. Dance of the Fireflies
08. Save Mother Earth
09. Merl''s Tune

Audio Program

01. Blues From The Rainforest
02. Sunrise Over Haleakala
03. Blue Hill Ocean Dance
04. Afro Pearl Blue
05. Dance Of The Fireflies
06. Sri Lanka


The Review Of "Merl Saunders - Blues From The Rainforest"

It should be noted at the start that this is a compilation of pre-existing works,
nothing new here. All of the works contained on this DVD directly relate to the
rainforest. With that said, know that this is now a valued part of my personal
DVD library - That I access more often than I thought I would.
It is very well done, and filled with, not only very professionally recorded, very high
quality music, but also, just as well done, video segments, including the 24 minute video
documentary of Merl Saunders and the Rainforest band''s trip "Rediscovering The Amazon,"
along with a 25 minute "San Francisco After Dark" video, which includes the entire music video
"Blues From The Rainforest" with Jerry Garcia, which has only aired once before publicly,
and live concert footage from 10/24/90 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

The DVD also includes the usual "Interactive Program" that most DVD''s have today,
except that this one really does take your web browser to related sites, not just hype-sites.

In the audio only segment, as a song plays, they give the full listing of the artists, and the
instruments used by each, a nice extra. This particular segment''s sound quality is at a level
normally not found on DVD''s. I''m lucky in that I do have a system that can play this quality.
I''ve never heard better audio reproduction on a DVD, (I''ve heard as good, but not better.)

Merl Saunders dedication to this project, as shown in his statements on this DVD, is magical.
Each of the individual segments are of an impressive professional quality.
The dedication to the music through out the DVD stands out.
For me - The music video with Jerry is a priceless jewel by itself.
A wonderful, and Grateful, compilation. I highly recommend it.

Take a visual and audio trip through the rainforest with Merl Saunders and special friend Jerry Garcia on this exclusive DVD presentation. This album is probably not the best representation of Merl Saunders, whose instrument of choice was the Hammond B-3 organ, but it’s a terrific album worth revisiting, and an album whose creator is worth remembering.

In 1990, Merl Saunders reintroduced himself to legions of Deadheads with the release of a stunningly beautiful new age album titled Blues from the Rainforest. Though Saunders'' career now spans more than thirty years, this album remains his true masterpiece. It helped, of course, that Saunders once again collaborated with Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia on four of the album''s six tracks, and together, they tapped into the deep-rooted spiritual connection among mankind, music, and nature.

Sad to say, Blues from the Rainforest has been out of print and difficult to find for quite some time, though it remains available through Saunders'' own web site. Nevertheless, it deserves wider distribution. From the haunted beauty of the title track, to the radiant strains of Sunrise over Haleakala to the playful Dance of the Fireflies — the album remains as emotionally moving today as it was upon its initial release.

Fortunately, Whirlwind Media has had the wisdom to re-release Blues from the Rainforest — albeit in DVD format. The package includes the entire album on a special audio track, and this is the real reason to pick up the DVD. The rest of the material is enjoyable, but non-essential.

Of this, there is a 25-minute television program taken from a promotional appearance by Saunders on San Francisco After Dark. It''s the usual interview interspersed with concert footage that gives a general overview into the making of the album. Faring better, is the 24-minute documentary titled Rediscovering the Amazon, which highlights Saunders'' visit to South America a few years following the release of his album. This is actually quite an interesting tale that highlights the biodiversity of the area, the cultures of the Amazon''s people, and some of the problems the rainforest is facing.

Rounding out the DVD is the video for the title track as well as an hour-long excerpt from Saunders'' September 24, 1990 performance at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The former is far too short, obviously created for the sole purpose of marketing the album to commerical video music programs. Nevertheless, it''s tastefully done and enjoyable to watch. On the latter, the sound quality and video picture are reasonable enough, though clearly they were made prior to the popularity of digital technology. Nevertheless, the performance is a pretty accurate depiction of a Merl Saunders concert.

Backing Saunders is an early rendition of his Rainforest Band, which included guitarist Steve Kimock, who later went on to perform with Zero, Phil Lesh & Friends, and The Other Ones. Kimock''s fluid, Garcia-like leads fit in perfectly with Saunders on selections like the funky blues of High Heel Sneakers and the prog-rock jazz of Merl''s Tune.

Not surprisingly, however, the highlights were the two newer tracks from the Blues from the Rainforest album. On Dance of the Fireflies, Muruga embarked on a quiet percussive groove, which magically intermingled with Saunders'' lightly flickering keyboards and the soothing textures of Steve Kindler''s violin. Similarly, Afro Pearl Blue''s gentle meditative mantra drifted amidst a hazy swirl of synthesizer and vocals. ~Review by John Metzger




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