The most imposing of Chicago bluesmen gets a solid biographical treatment from veteran documentarian Don McGlynn.
The most imposing of Chicago bluesmen gets a solid biographical treatment from veteran documentarian Don McGlynn. The first DVD in BMG's When the Sun Goes Down series offers a detailed portrait of Wolf from his Delta beginnings through his hitmaking career in Memphis and the Windy City. Wolf's daughters, Marshall Chess of Chess Records and guitarist Hubert Sumlin (who steals the show) are among the interviewees. But the vintage footage is the prize here: Highlights include Wolf's towering 1965 appearance on "Shindig" (at the request of the Rolling Stones), a fierce 1966 German TV performance (also on a recent "American Folk Blues Festival" DVD) and intense live shots from the 1966 Newport Folk Festival. Terrific home movies by drummer Sam Lay add pizazz to both the feature and the DVD extras. A must for blues freaks.—CM