Festival Express

Festival Express

The Band
Director: Bob Smeaton Cast: The Band
The Band
, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
, The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Bob Smeaton

DVD (Wide Screen)

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In 1970, with seemingly every North American city of any size holding a rock festival after the success of Woodstock, Ken Walker and Thor Eaton, a pair of Canadian entrepreneurs and music buffs, had an idea: instead of setting up one massive show with a bunch of top-name acts, why not stage a series of them across the country? With this in mind, Walker (then only 22 years old) and Eaton (whose family owned one of Canada's most successful department store chains) signed up Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Band, Buddy Guy, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and several others and hired out a private train that would carry the musicians in high style for a string of five shows from Toronto to Calgary. The jaunt was called "The Festival Express," and a camera crew tagged along to capture the shows on film, as well as the constant party that took place en route. The tour proved to be a financial bust and, as a result, the footage sat on the shelf for over thirty years until director Bob Smeaton recut the material into Festival Express, which not only documents the glorious folly of the tour, but offers a hindsight look at the events from some of the surviving participants.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2014
UPC: 0826663143584
Original Release: 2003
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 20,688

Special Features

Disc one:; Original feature film; Derailed: the making of Festival Express; Additional & extended interviews; Train hopping: watch the songs from the film, uninterrupted; Theatrical trailer; ; Disc two:; Bonus performances from Buddy Guy, Grateful Dead, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, Janis Joplin & more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Band Participant
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends Participant
Flying Burrito Brothers Participant
Grateful Dead Participant
Buddy Guy Blues Band Participant
Ian and Sylvia and Great Speckled Bird Participant
Janis Joplin Actor
Mashmakhan Participant
Sha Na Na Participant
Eric Andersen Participant

Technical Credits
Bob Smeaton Director
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Ann Carli Executive Producer
James Cunningham Consultant/advisor
Garth Douglas Executive Producer
Nick Faulks Associate Producer
Eddie Kramer Sound/Sound Designer
Nick O'Hagan Co-producer
Willem Poolman Executive Producer
Gavin Poolman Producer
Eamonn Power Editor
John Trapman Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Festival Express
1. Opening Credits [2:56]
2. Traveling Circus [3:06]
3. "Don't Ease Me In" [3:17]
4. Protesters [4:47]
5. "Slippin' & Slidin'" [3:23]
6. The Orient Express [2:07]
7. "Better Take Jesus' Hand" [1:13]
8. Toronto to Winnipeg [4:22]
9. "Comin' Home Baby" [2:24]
10. "Money" [5:15]
11. "Lazy Day" [3:33]
12. "The Weight" [4:21]
13. "Cry Baby" [6:27]
14. Back On the Train [3:00]
15. Emergency Stop [2:30]
16. "Ain't No More Cane" [4:59]
17. Calgary [:57]
18. "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay" [2:37]
19. "New Speedway Boogie" [6:34]
20. Intro to C.C. Rider [:19]
21. "C.C. Rider" [3:15]
22. Moments [:19]
23. "I Shall Be Released" [3:33]
24. Throwing a Party [2:15]
25. "Tell Mama" [6:27]
26. End Credits [4:39]
Disc #2 -- Festival Express
1. Chapter 1 [2:45]
1. Chapter 1 [4:34]
1. Chapter 1 [4:55]
1. Chapter 1 [6:45]
1. Chapter 1 [5:58]
1. Chapter 1 [5:57]
1. Chapter 1 [14:50]
1. Chapter 1 [10:31]

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