This acclaimed, two-disc set, featuring the “World’s Greatest Drummer” at the helm of one of the most powerful editions of his big band, represent long sought-after items in the Buddy Rich filmography. These out-of-circulation DVDs–“Channel One Suite” and “The Lost West Side Story Tapes,” filmed and originally released some 35 years ago and now digitally restored–were recorded and filmed via state-of-the-art technology, including Dolby and DTS Surround formats. The result is to enjoy the true, Buddy Rich experience like never before.
Originally, two sets were filmed for release, but only the “Channel One” set saw the light of day, in that the “West Side Story” program was thought to be lost in a fire. Thankfully for Buddy Rich and big band aficionados, they were recovered and restored. This essential package also has a slew of bonus materials, including interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, clips of Buddy’s appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” rare photos from the Rich family, commentary from drumming icon Steve Smith, and a 16-page booklet of photos of remembrances.
This singular material presents the drumming legend at the height of his technical, musical and swinging powers. Quite simply, you have never seen or heard Buddy Rich like this!
Total Running Time: 3 hours, 32 minutes
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