I knew nothing about Club 47, the acclaimed music venue located in Cambridge, Mass., before the CD/DVD set “For the Love of the Music” came across my desk last month. I’ve since become enamored with the club and the musicians who performed there in the late 1950s and early 1960s as folk music became more and more prominent.
The DVD is the real gem here, with a 105-minute documentary about the club and interviews with the likes of Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney and Peter Rowan. Big names like Baez and Bob Dylan performed regularly at Club 47, but it was the lesser-known acts that I found most fascinating.
The companion CD is another winner, featuring original recordings for the film by Rush (“San Francisco Bay Blues”), Rooney (“One Morning in May”), Rowan (“The Walls of Time”), Tim Eriksen (“Oh Death”), Ellis Paul (“Hurricane Angel”), Red Heart the Ticker (“Above the Sea”) and Tripping Lily (“I Have No Idea”). This set is must for anyone who loves folk music. (Jeffrey Sisk)