[Slowhand] BTA: EC "In the Spotlight" (Nothing But the Blues) NTSC DVD *Holy Grail from PBS Master*

Almighty Geetarz almighty_geetarz at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 26 14:00:26 EDT 2008

Seeded on DIME:



Eric Clapton

"In the Spotlight"

Nothing But the Blues

PBS Station Master Copy

Recorded at The Fillmore

San Francisco, Ca.

November 8-9, 1994


The Band:

Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals

Andy Fairweather Low Rhythm Guitar

Jerry Portnoy Harmonica

Chris Stainton Keyboards

Dave Bronze Bass

Andy Newmark Drums

Roddy Lorimer Trumpet

Tim Sanders Tenor Sax

Simon Clarke Baritone Sax


Type: DVD

Region: 1

TV System: NTSC.

Video Stream:

Type: Interlaced MPEG2

Bitrate: 9.558 Mbps

Framerate: 29.970 Hz

Resolution: 704x480

Aspect ratio: 4x3

Audio Stream:

Type: Dolby Digital (AC3)

Bitrate: 256 Kbps

Number of channels: 2

Sampling Frequency: 48khz

Sampling Bits: 16

Geetarz Comments:

This is the oft-discussed PBS "In the Spotlight" programme,
featuring the one and only network broadcast of Martin Scorcese's Eric
Clapton documentary, "Nothing But the Blues". The PBS program was only
aired once, 1995.

Various copies of this broadcast are in circulation, all from broadcast sources of differing quality.

There was a home video release of "Nothing But ..." planned for the
summer of 1995. Warner Music was in the pre-order process and taking
orders. Some promotional copies were sent out as well, but were later
recalled when the release was cancelled, for reasons no one has been
able to ascertain.

The previous Geetarz / Button of this program was sourced from one
of these Warner promo tapes, with stereo audio added from the radio
show audio.

Some time ago I received in the mail an unmarked envelope with no
return address; the postmark was from a large city where I have any
number of friends and trading buddies. Imagine my surprise when I
popped the DVD into my player, only to find what appears to be a
pristine copy of "In the Spotlight", direct to DVD from a PBS Station
master. Whoever you are ... THANK YOU!

The original DVD was burned on a standalone recorder. Standalone
recorders are convenient but at times produce some noncompliant errors
in the video stream. I was able to extract the program material and
generate new navigation information in order to have a 100% compliant
STREAM. Any addition or subtraction to the program material would have
necessitated re-encoding the program material, and in this case
everyone deserves to get the "real deal" in the utmost quality

PBS' broadcast is properly referred to as "In the Spotlight", and
it does not contain the epic performance of "Driftin'" found on the
"Nothing But the Blues" promotional copies. Still, in terms of video
quality alone, this is an essential document and required viewing for
any fan of Eric Clapton's blues material. At least until the suits at
the record companies get their heads out of their asses and officially
release this on DVD!

Play it Loud and Enjoy!

~G, 2008-06-26

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