The media buzz surrounding Music Vault releasing nearly 13,000 live performance videos to YouTube has focused on the number of pop, rock and soul superstars we can now all watch at the peak of their powers. Here’s a typical report.
Tuesday, Music Vault unveils more than 13,000 videos of concert footage on YouTube, the world's biggest stage. The collection holds 2,000 hours of exclusive video spanning the past 50 years and rare performances by some of the biggest names in music history, including Bob Dylan, The Who, James Brown and Bruce Springsteen as well as contemporary indie acts.
Launched in April, Music Vault draws material from bygone venues, programs and archives, including Bill Graham Presents, The King Biscuit Flower Hour, Woodstock and the Newport Folk festivals, as well as the recent film holdings of indie websites Daytrotter and Paste Magazine. Music Vault's vast array of rock, jazz, blues, country, indie, folk and comedy video is owned and managed by Wolfgang's Vault.
“After two years restoring, transferring, mixing and mastering thousands of tapes from our enormous archive, we're thrilled and extremely proud to share this massive treasure with the YouTube music community," Music Vault content editor Bill Antonucci said in a release.
"We believe this content deserves to be seen by the largest audience possible, and our partnership with YouTube allows us to do just that. Younger music fans will now be able to experience what it was like to see these classic bands at the peak of their powers while their parents relive the thrill of seeing shows they actually attended."
To be sure, Music Vault is a gift to jazz and blues fans too, with nearly a thousand vintage videos. The Newport Jazz Festival is particularly well represented through live clips featuring Louie Armstrong, Dizzy Gillepsie, Wayne Shorter, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ledisi, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Dianne Reeves, Kenny G, Kurt Elling, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, the list goes on and on. Blues fans can check out clips by such giants of the genre as James Cotton, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Albert King.
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