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In concert, the newest songs stand alone thematically, yet Simon's long pilgrimage through Third World music now elicits utterly natural, multicultural accents. On songs such as the opening mission statement, "That's Where I Belong," as well as "The Teacher" and "Darling Lorraine," Simon flexes polyrhythmic nuances that measure how completely his music now fuses its familiar folk-rock origins with the more elastic influences gathered from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. That achievement seems effortless, thanks to his remarkable 11-piece stage band, which likewise reflects Simon's musical diaspora through its multinational makeup.
As the show's front man, Simon proves more relaxed and playful than was often the case earlier in his career. Whether illustrating key lyrics with exaggerated hand gestures, or pulling rank with a deadpan delivery of "Old" (his funny, unapologetic look at the other side of the generation gap), Simon radiates authority. The song list manages to capture all of the new album's highlights (especially the brilliant, tragi-comic "Darling Lorraine") with ample room for solid new versions of earlier solo songs and Simon & Garfunkel hits. --Sam Sutherland
Other than that, I have to give three stars for the great music, decent audio (make sure to manually select something better in the menu than the default, PCM!). I keep finding myself putting in the disc eventhough I know I'll cringe if I look too closely at the video transfer.
However the audio/video work was definitely not good quality. I hope someone does a re-make of this work so that one can really appreciate the skillful work put into this album by Grover and friends...
show why he was such a great Jazz musician, I really enjoyed this dvd and feel that others will also.
Cutaway shots provide a wonderful glimpse of what teen audiences were like during the heyday of the surfin' craze (plenty of Gidget hairdos, and a few parents in the crowd, marveling at the frenzy of it all), but it's the music that counts here, and clearly the boys were having a pretty good day. Most of the early hits are played here ("Fun, Fun, Fun," "Little Deuce Coupe," "In My Room"), and while lead vocalist Mike Love hams it up, it's fascinating to witness early indications that bandleader Brian Wilson was growing tired of live performance. He revs it up for a wacky cover of "Papa Oom Mow-Mow," though, and that makes this video a time-capsule treasure, showing the Beach Boys in their prime before Wilson retreated completely into the sanctuary of the studio. --Jeff Shannon
The DVD, only 22 minutes in length, has the group singing 9 of their songs, including "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Surfer Girl", "Surfin' USA", and "Shut Down". The performance on March 14, 1964 - before a live audience - was filmed by promoters to air on closed-circuit TV in theaters. The DVD seems to be a faithful reproduction of the original B&W film, though one gets the impression that the promoters were working on a limited budget. The teenage audience, the makeshift stage, and the overworked sound system suggests that the venue was a commandeered high school gym. And, as the camera pans the fans, I was left wondering, "Did we really look that geeky?" (I myself was a high school frosh at the time.)
Regardless of the unsophistication of the production, this DVD is a must see for Beach Boy fans of that long ago era when US pop-music performers could still be well-groomed, clean-cut, and heart-breakingly All-American, and their lyrics celebrated fast cars, bikini-clad girls, and catching the next monster wave.
Though I grew up in Malibu, the center of the SoCal beach culture, I was never a surfer myself. I would have been disowned by my Mom at least, to whom "surfer" conjured up visions of long-haired, lazy bums (only to be replaced in the 70s by "long-haired, drug-ridden hippies"). But, in that carefree period of my life, the sun shone, the ocean breezes swayed the palms, the waves caressed the beach off Point Dume, and the Beach Boys provided the background music. I miss those days. Truly.
The video is pristine and the audio is very clean. Their performance is quite good and a lot of fun. I enjoyed it because it wasn't perfect. All too often, the only clips from this time have the bands lip-sync their latest hit record.
especialy PINK FLOYDS ENTIRE CORE OF THERE PERFORMANCE LIKE WISH YOU WERE HERE SORROW AND THE BEST SONG,COMFORTABLY NUMB I THINK THEY SHOULD RE-RELEASE IT WITH MORE OF PINK FLOYD BECAUSE THATS THE BEST OF THE WHOLE SHOW WITHOUT THE ENTIRE PINK FLOYD SHOW THE DVD IS WORTHLESS AND ALSO THEY NEED TO SHOW MORE CLAPTON.PLEASE TELL THEM TO MAKE A SECOND DISK WITH MORE PERFORMANCES IT WOULD MAKE MORE MONEY AND IT WILL BE WORTH IT
If you're an audiophile, try just buying the CD.
P.S. Status Quo is the British equivalent of Creedence Clearwater Revival or Georgia Sattelites, and I think it's funny that the Brits also have redneck music.
All in all a great souvenir.
This concert is a celebration of freedom, and the music is a celebration of truth. It is a joy to watch, and even if you're not a Paul Simon fan, you probably still won't be able to keep yourself from being moved -- either figuratively or literally: my friend (who's not a big Paul fan) said she couldn't stop dancing. Miriam Makeba -- who had been in exile from her homeland for 27 years because of her political beliefs -- has an inspired presence, as does Hugh Masakela -- also a political exile. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is both a force to be reckoned with and a perfect example of gentle humility. All the "back-up" players are astounding, and Paul is as full of love and humility and sincerity as he could possibly be.
I have watched this concert a dozen times, and look forward to the next dozen. It is a rare gem that I enjoy sharing with the people in my life I love the most.
To sum it up? GET THIS CONCERT.
Still, what's here is not to be missed. Sondheim's musical brilliantly captures the memories and heartache of a long-lost era and the performers who embodied it. At a reunion of the fictional musical revue The Weismann Follies, the long-retired players relive their careers through pastiches of past songwriters, sometimes accompanied in song or dance by the ghosts of their previous selves. At the same time, four of the people (two married couples) remember their pasts and wonder whether they chose their spouses--and the course of their lives--correctly. This film includes glimpses of the rehearsals and comments from the actors and Sondheim himself that lend depth and insight to the production. And even if only about half of the actual concert is represented, the closing "Loveland" sequence is almost complete, and "Who's That Woman (The Mirror Song)?", though heavily edited, does provide some sense of the choreography. --David Horiuchi
But back to the DVD. This is an interesting behind the scenes look at the mad house it took to present a full stage concert of Follies in about a week. It is interesting to watch Thomas Z. Shepherd at work here as the record producer. (An interesting comparison would be to buy the documentary of the recording of Company to see a younger Sheperd at work) There are scenes in the rehearsal halls, the terror of opening night and wonderful scenes on stage.
If you are a theater lover, this DVD is a wonderful documentary of how a show like this is put together. And there are wonderful clips of Carol Burnett singing "I'm Still Here" and Elaine Stritch singing "Broadway Baby". And who can ever resist Barbara Cook?
The packaging may be confusing for die hard theater fans. The DVD cover uses the famous David Byrd logo from the original Broadway cast and not the photograph cover from the recording. But dont let that fool you, this documentary is worthy of any serious theater lovers collection.
For video release, the program includes most of the pre-concert sequence seen on Aloha from Hawaii before cutting to the rehearsal footage. This is Elvis poised at a turning point, now far from the Memphis truck driver who metamorphosed into rock & roll icon 18 years earlier, sifting Vegas glitz and Hollywood drama into his show. The remarkable Presley stage band (boasting legendary guitarist James Burton) is reliably tight and powerful, and the song list is identical to the telecast, save for bonus tracks subsequently added to that program. --Sam Sutherland
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The Colour of My Love works hard, as does Dion, to convince us she's already a major diva, and the approving crowd of hometown fans obviously agrees. Dion, her hair cropped in a shorter, curly 'do, is equally chic in black suit or blue gown, a troupe of dancers invades for strategic uptempo pieces, and her studio duet partners for both "When I Fall in Love"(Clive Griffin) and "Beauty and the Beast" (Peabo Bryson) pop up to repeat their roles. The star attacks each song with laser-like focus, and she radiates a sense of theatrical drama.
Technically, however, the special suffers from direction that mistakes swooping camera movement, sudden zoom shots, tilted frames, and other concert video clichés for real drama. More problematic is abundant evidence of considerable post-production sweetening in the star's vocals--like other post-rock divas with arena-sized ambitions, Dion (or perhaps her producer) is apparently determined to reproduce the surreal sonic precision and scale of the records. It's a slippery slope that tempts perfectionists to leave less and less of the actual performance on the soundtrack, even though Dion's huge voice would still be impressive (and possibly more exciting) if rendered without such editorial tweaks. --Sam Sutherland
I found myself spending way to much time on the remote volume control between tracks!
IF I wanted to hear people NOISE, I would have watched a beatles concert! BAD selection and placement of microphones...: <((
Personally, I didn't see anything wrong with the camera angles and quality and stuff. It seemed just fine to me!
As for the lip-syncing...I guess we can never be sure if she did or not, but I know she wouldn't unless it was absolutely necessary. And give her a break, people; she had just had her big English break, and of course they wanted the DVD to be perfect. Celine tries out all different styles of performing and music here; it was even nice to see her perform with dancers (I've never seen her do this before!).
There are five things that I must comment. One, "Refuse to Dance." It's a very odd song, but she just performs is so well...I know it's choreographed and such, but her expressions and stuff are awesome, especially at the very begining of the song. With that dress...it's just a very awe-inspiring moment.
Two, "Ce N'etait Qu'un Reve." It's the first song that she ever recorded, and her mother wrote it, and her parents are there. It's so neat to watch her perform it, clearly is really enjoying herself (as she is throughout the whole DVD), and it's fun to compare it to how she sang it when she was 12. Three, I just had to add that the duets are supurb and I think Clive Griffin is very hansome and both of the men are great singers. Four, the end of "The Colour of My Love" (song) is very touching; I'll let you see why. And five, "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You." Amazing. Wow, is just left me and everyone else who watched it breathless. I've never heard a voice like Celine's in the first place, but after that song...wow.
This DVD just proves that Celine is the best, and probably most versitale, performer out there. With her belting ballads she outdoes every other diva; she easily outdances Britney Spears and all those others; she's the best in whatever she does, and she does everything 'all the way' and with as much class as possible!
In this concert, she was able to perfectly deliver to her audience all the emotions her songs contain. I must warn you though, most of it are not in a light mood.
My favorite is her cover of Katell Keineg's "Gulf of Araby", I cried when I first heard it as it is a very powerful performance and the message it says is so real especially of the current state of the world. The song, as a piece of poetry, is already an amazing material but together with the music, it is just devastating. Everytime I listen to this song, it still gives me goosebumps.
Other songs such as "Beloved Wife", sounded better in the concert than on the CD. Her yearning voice for a loss of a beloved is just so real and haunting. It makes me feel what it is like to lose a loved one.
Ophelia, contrary to the comments of the others here, is a great choice as an opening song. A haunting and moving song about the many things that a woman could be.
These are days, is a good version but I found it dry compared to her performance in MTV unplugged.
Space Oddity is another favorite, Break Your Heart, though a good song did not live up to my expectations as a live performance. I found it dry too.
Overall, the concert is worth the watch for people who appreciates and loves life. You must be in a reflecting and open mind mood when you watch it, if you are a non-Natalie fan.
And the orchestra and chior didn't seem to be very good (but it could have just been the sound quality). Many times, they didn't seem to even be in beat with him.
It was interesting to see though. I do wish that they would have shown more of his hands on the keyboards, but this was also kept to a minimum. Well, at least I could show my daughter what an old synthesizer looked like.
HOWEVER, I was WELL surprised and extremely happy that I bought this DVD.
Sure it has a crappy blow-up dinosaur on stage; I'm sure that was just for a laugh anyway.
Sure the audio is not 48 Khz 24 bit DVD audio quality, but you should remember that this RARE classic performance is from 1975, filmed for television and sounds good anyway. By the way the other reviews sounded I thought that the audio would be in-audible but it's not bad.
Sure the video is not Digital quality; it's 1975 footage for goodness sake! Sometimes people are too unforgiving in light of the offering before them and just can't appreciate the fact that we have been presented not only with the opportunity to see Rick Wakeman in his Classic Best performance but also with the opportunity to view musical history in the making.
Aside from the comparisons to modern technology then, this DVD stands up to viewing as a classic performance by Rick Wakeman featuring the entire "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" album and a few extra songs from King Henry and King Arthur.
I thoroughly enjoyed it as a piece of history that I missed and I felt that I was intimately there to re-live it live as it was intended.
I thoroughly recommend this DVD for any true Rick Wakeman fan who wishes to be transported back to the raw 70's to experience or re-live the era that essentially was an experimental era from which much influence for later years originated.