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Festival Express

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Festival Express is a rousing record of a little-known, but monumental, moment in rock n' roll history, starring such music legends as Janis Joplin, The Band, and the Grateful Dead. Set in 1970, Festival Express was a multi-band, multi-day extravaganza that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation and a nation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and did countless unmentionable things aboard a customized train that travelled from Toronto, to Calgary, to Winnipeg, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert. The entire experience, both off-stage and on, was filmed but the extensive footage remained locked away until 2003, when director Bob Smeaton released the Festival Express movie. A momentous achievement in rock film archaeology, Festival Express combines the long-lost material with contemporary interviews nearly 35 years after it was first filmed.

In November 2004, New Line Home Entertainment released a Region 1 2-disc DVD set of the concert film. The DVD set has over 50 additional minutes of exclusive performance footage not seen in the theatrical version of the film, and also offers 25 minutes of additional interviews, "The Making of the Festival Express Film" featurette, the theatrical trailer and a photo gallery as well as a 16x9 widescreen version of the film with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS and stereo surround sound, with English and Spanish subtitles and closed captions.

MGM Home Entertainment put out an expensive two-disc Special Edition DVD in December 2004, with even more extras and a special feature that allows viewers to play only the performance tracks.

Song list - original film

1.Grateful Dead Casey Jones
2.Grateful Dead Don't Ease Me In
3.Grateful Dead Friend of the Devil
4.The Band Slippin' and Slidin'
5.Delaney & Bonnie etc Goin' Down the Road
6.Buddy Cage/ Various Artists Traditional Country Song
7.Buddy Guy & Rick Danko Baby Here I Come
8.Jerry Garcia & Sylvia Tyson Better Take Jesus' Hand (1st version)
9.Mashmakan Comin' Home Baby
10.Buddy Guy Money
11.Flying Burrito Bros Lazy Day
12.The Band The Weight
13.Janis Joplin Cry Baby
14.Buddy Guy & Jerry Garcia I Can't Do It Baby
15.Rick Danko & Janis etc Ain't No More Cane
16.Buddy Guy & Rick Danko Soul Jam
17.Various Artists Sunshine of Your Love
18.Sha Na Na Rock & Roll is Here to Stay
19.Ian & Sylvia & The Great
Speckled Bird
CC Rider
20.Grateful Dead New Speedway Boogie
21.The Band I Shall Be Released
22.Janis Joplin Tell Mama
23.Janis Joplin Me & Bobby McGee
24.New Riders of the Purple
Better Take Jesus' Hand (1st version)

DVD "bonus" songs

1.Grateful DeadHard to Handle
2.Grateful DeadEasy Wind
3.Janis Joplin Move Over
4.Janis JoplinKozmic Blues
5.Buddy Guy Hoochie Coochie Man
6.MashmakhanAs Years Go By
7.Eric AndersonThirsty Boots
8.Ian & SylviaTears of Rage
9.Tom RushChild's Song
10.SeatrainThirteen Questions

Various Artists - Festival Express - 2004 - New Line Home Entertainment DVD N7573
Special Edition 2-DVD set - 2004 - MGM Home Entertainment

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