Friday, September 09, 2005

A Great Free Rhythm & Blues Video

I just came across this gem of a movie at Archive.Org which is not sruprising that this ite has it because it's one of the best open source media sites. I used to visit this site mostly for archive books and videos of maths and computer stuffs.

However, I was just playing some tune with my guitar and reading an encyclopedia on blues and jazz ("Jazz is a white term to define Black people. My music is Black classical music." - Nina Simone) when it just clicked me that I could just search for any blues or Jazz videos at this site. This is when I came across this great videos which any classical black music lover (blues & jazz) will love and cherish it after they download it.

Rhythm and Blues Revue (1955)
Rhythm and Blues Revue is a musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City featuring a cast of popular African-American performers:
Willie Bryant, Freddie Robinson, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie,

Faye Adams, Bill Bailey, Herb Jeffries, Amos Milburn,

Sarah Vaughan, Nipsey Russell, Big Joe Turner, Martha Davis,

Little Buck, Nat 'King' Cole, Mantan Moreland, Cab Calloway

and Ruth Brown.

Here's the link for download
You can also view Thumbnails
The video is 1 hour 12 minutes long, and pretty good in quality with some lip sync problem but it's not a problem, unless you are very meticulous.
The options available for viewing are:


For watching the streaming video at 64 Kbps for Dial-Up Click here (Dial-Up)
For watching the streaming video at 256 Kbps for Broadband Click here (Broadband)


For downloading 64 Kbps quality MPEG-4 Click here (83 MB)
For downloading 256 Kbps quality MPEG-4 Click here (187 MB)
For downloading as MPEG-1 file Click here (695 MB)
For downloading as MPEG-2 file Click here (3.5 GB)

I personally have downloaded the 695 MB MPEG-1 file, and let me tell you it's quite decent in quality.
This movie has also been listed in IMDB, though there's nothing much written or commented about the movie except for the full list of casts.


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