Festival Express Coming To Blu-Ray And DVD

On February 11 Shout! Factory will release the famed Festival Express concert film for the first time on Blu-ray. That same day they will also release the film on a 2-disc DVD set. If you're unfamiliar, Festival Express documents the historic cross-Canada tour embarked upon in 1970 by The Band, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy Blues Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, Mashmakhan and Sha Na Na. The acts traveled between stops by train.

Bonus features included in the release are Derailed – The making of Festival Express, additional & extended interviews, the theatrical trailer and more. We were hoping the new DVD release would include previously unreleased footage, but from the tracklist it appears to be a re-issue of the 2004 release.

Here's details of what's included on the 2014 edition of

Festival Express:

Disc One

Original Feature Film

Derailed – The making of Festival Express

Train Hopping – Hear the songs in the film, uninterrupted

Additional & Extended Interviews

Theatrical Trailer

Songs performed in the film include:

“Don’t Ease Me In”, Grateful Dead

"Friend of the Devil", Grateful Dead

“Slippin’ & Slidin’”, The Band

"Better Take Jesus' Hand" ("Jordan"), solo on the train by Jerry Garcia

“Comin’ Home Baby”, Mashmakhan

“Money (That’s What I Want)”, Buddy Guy Blues Band

“Lazy Day”, The Flying Burrito Brothers

“The Weight”, The Band

“Cry Baby”, Janis Joplin

"Ain't No More Cane", jam session on train including Rick Danko, John Dawson, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir

“Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay”, Sha Na Na

“New Speedway Boogie”, Grateful Dead

“C.C. Rider”, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird (with Jerry Garcia and Delaney Bramlett)

“I Shall Be Released”, The Band

“Tell Mama”, Janis Joplin

Disc Two

Bonus Performances:

"13 Questions", Seatrain

"Child's Song", Tom Rush

"Thirsty Boots", Eric Andersen

"As Years Go By", Mashmakhan

"Hoochie Coochie Man", Buddy Guy Blues Band

"Tears of Rage", Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird

"Hard to Handle", Grateful Dead

"Easy Wind", Grateful Dead

"Kozmic Blues", Janis Joplin

"Move Over", Janis Joplin

[Published on: 12/11/13]

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