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6 Degrees Entertainment

'What's Going on: Taste Live at The Isle of Wight'
(Taste / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Eagle Vision)

Overview: Originally formed in Cork, Ireland in 1966 by Rory Gallagher, Taste had a brief but influential career, releasing two studio albums in 1969 and 1970 and disbanding shortly after their legendary appearance at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival, which is the centerpiece of this film.

Blu ray Verdict: Well, here's a turn up for the books! I'm a HUGE Rory Gallager solo fan, but never knew he was in a band called Taste! And, my goodness, what a rock band they truly were! Just this front over art is enough to let you know what to expect from the music contained within! And the fact it is all live, direct from The Isle of Wight show in 1970, well, ... wow!

Taste were, if you also didn't know, and as kinda aforementioned above, were an Irish rock and blues band formed in 1966 by founder, singer/songwriter/musician, Rory Gallagher. Set up as a trio consisting of Gallagher on guitars and vocals, Eric Kitteringham on bass, and Norman Damery on drums, in their early years Taste toured in Hamburg and Ireland before becoming regulars at Maritime Hotel, an R&B club in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In 1968 Taste began performing in the UK where the original lineup split up. The new lineup formed with Richard McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums. The new Taste moved permanently to London where they signed with the record label Polydor. In November 1968, the band, along with Yes, opened for Cream at Cream's farewell concerts. And so, this one performance in 1970 as part of the Isle of Wight Festival, alongside Jimi Hendrix and The Who, was to be one of their very last publicly, because later that very same year (and after a small tour of Europe), they were disbanded by Gallagher. He had simply decided to pursue a solo career, which actually turned out very nicely for him! Anyway, Taste performed their very last show on New Year's Eve in Belfast in that same year of 1970.

The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival was held between the 26th and 31st of August, 1970 at Afton Down, an area on the western side of the Isle of Wight. It was the last of three consecutive music festivals to take place on the island between 1968 and 1970 and widely acknowledged as the largest musical event of its time, greater than the attendance of Woodstock!

The core of 'What's Going On' is the band's performance at the festival on August 28th but it is encapsulated by a documentary on the history and importance of Taste and setting the scene for their Isle Of Wight Festival appearance. This features contributions from Rory Gallagher's brother Donal along with Brian May (Queen), The Edge (U2), Bob Geldof and renowned guitarist Larry Coryell. Here on this new Blu-ray we get complete performances of the following eight (8) songs:

1) What's Going On - 2) Sugar Mama - 3) Morning Sun - 4) Gambling Blues - 5) Sinner Boy - 6) Same Old Story - 7) Catfish Blues - 8) I Feel So Good. [Bonus Blu-ray Songs: 1) If The Day Was Any Longer - 2) It's Happened Before, It'll Happen Again - 3) Morning Sun + Bonus Conceptual Music Videos: 1) I'll Remember - 2) What's Going On - 3) Born On The Wrong Side Of Time.]

Also, there is a really nice documentary included about Taste and Rory Gallagher with the concert songs inserted in Full Screen 1.78.1 format, and also an option for just the concert footage in the correct 1.33.1 pillar boxed format. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of three (3) tracks from the German TV series Beat Club and three (3) conceptual music videos!