Elizabeth Cotten Concert Films
Rainbow Quest: Judy Collins and Elizabeth Cotten
Judy Collins And Elizabeth Cotten
Runtime: 1 hr 45 minThe 1960s saw folk music enter the mainstream, with singers such as Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel sating the public's desire for the genre with some huge-selling records. Judy Collins and Elizabeth Cotten also emerged in this era, and have subsequently enjoyed lengthy careers in the music business. These two concerts were recorded in the 1960s, and highlight the talents of the pair, with Collins even tipping her hat to Dylan with a cover of his "Daddy You've Been On My Mind" in her set. Meanwhile, Cotten performs many of the songs that made her name, including "Wilson Rag" and "Freight Train."
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minRecorded in 1994, Bob Dylan - MTV Unplugged is a brilliant, quietly impassioned performance by one of pop music's most significant figures. Fronting his empathetic five-piece band (Bucky Baxter excels on dobro, mandolin, and pedal steel guitar; Bob himself plays frequent "rhythm leads" on his Martin), Dylan performs four of his best-known and potentially most overdone tunes in the 73-minute show; but "All Along the Watchtower," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" all sound great, with Dylan, as is his wont, re-casting both the arrangements and melodies. Even better is the obscure "John Brown" (written in the early '60s), a driving, biting war protest song of the kind that made him famous, while "Dignity," a lesser-known tune from the '90s, is filled with great lines ("Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues... said he was abused by dignity"), and "Shooting Star" revisits Oh Mercy, Dylan's best '80s album. Through it all, Dylan says nary a word, although he does smile and shake some hands (even removing his shades) at the end. And as good as it may be, this show is most likely different from every Dylan concert before or since, a sure sign of an artist in no danger of becoming irrelevant.