Having Robert Plant on the cover of this DVD release is a little misleading. Sure the one-time golden god of rock is the underlying theme here, but he doesn’t get the majority of the coverage.
“Blue Note” is more about the many genres of music Plant has played in his nearly-50-year career than on the man himself. The two-hour-plus documentary opens with an in-depth look at the Mississippi Delta Blues and how it made its way to England to start the British Blues scene which Plant cut his teeth on. The very in depth chapter focuses heavily on blues greats like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson.
This lead to many English bands being formed with blues influences including an early version of the Yardbirds with an upstart guitar player named Jimmy Page. Plant and Page met, Led Zepplin was born and the rest as they say is history.
“Blue Note” also follows Plant post-Zepplin touching base on his very successful solo career from 1982’s debut Pictures at Eleven to 1993’s Fate of Nations. During this time Plant was all over MTV and had numerous pop rock hit songs. After that, Plant’s journey led him to form the side bands Priory of Brion where he explored the tiny villages of Africa and educated himself on their music. Later on, Plant formed Band of Joy, where he went back to his roots covering blues classics.
The final chapter of the story talks at length about Plants adventure into the Tennessee Appalachian music scene where he teamed up with Alison Krauss for their Grammy-Winning collaboration Raising Sand.
Let it be known throughout the DVD there are no current interviews with Plat or Page for that matter, they are all snippets from other interviews they have done during that specific time period. There is a host of interviews with journalists, producers and other band members.
Overall “Blue Note” is actually more interesting for its back story of music genres which it covers than Robert Plant himself. At over two hours the DVD is packed with a lot of interesting history and footage, but at the same time runs a bit long to hold your attention.