It can only be assumed that the bill for the Queen's Jubilee was assembled by an ardent republican. The concert is a motley assortment of has-beens and time-wasters, a curious number of whom felt it proper to celebrate the monarch's 50 years by singing old Motown songs badly. The concert also features an extended plug for Queen's (that's the Band) risible musical We Will Rock You and Lenny Henry shouting. Bewilderingly Party At The Palace is not only redeemed, but made worth owning, by the four-song set by Brian Wilson with his version of "God Only Knows"--accompanied by Andrea Corr-offering a heartbreakingly earnest performance. The concert ends with a pantomime version of "All You Need Is Love". Party At The Palace is the night rock & roll gave up.
On the DVD: Party at the Palace is presented in 16:9 format. Songs can be selected by title or by artist. There are subtitles in French, German and Spanish. Proceeds from the sale of the DVD, "after the deduction of costs and expenses in relation to its production and distribution", will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Trust. --Andrew Muller
Technically the sound is much improved from the quality on the night and although it cannot hope to capture the immediacy of the live performance it is worth fondly placing in your collection.
I was not at the concert but I watched it live on the TV and this DVD is very close to that broadcast. I was a bit disappointed to find the sound was in stereo, not surround, but the sound and picture quality are superb nevertheless. The vocals to the final part of Bohemian Rhapsody, which were muted on the TV broadcast, are present and correct on the DVD.
I think the DVD may have been re-cut since its initial release, as other reviewers have mentioned the appearances by Ruby Wax and Kermit the Frog but they, along with Ben Elton and some of the other presenters, are omitted from my copy. Lenny Henry and Dame Edna Everage are present, although Lenny’s hilarious exchange with Ozzy Osbourne is cut. Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” and the little ditty he sang to the Queen before that are missing but all the other musical performances seem to be present and uncut.
The DVD is much better value for money than the audio CD version as, for a small extra cost, you get 39 tracks playing for 2 hours 55 min (the CD has only 21 tracks lasting 80 minutes) and, of course, pictures.
Despite my criticisms, this is a disc you will want to play again and again. A superb recording of a unique event. Overall, this is a must have item for all music lovers.
It would have been nice to have extras such as crowd shots, interviews with stars and behind the scenes footage.
All in all this is a nice keepsake for people who were at the concert- but it doesn't offer much more.
Really a MUST for any pop/rock fan, because it shows all the great monuments of the rock era playing together the same evening! Phil Collins played the drums for almost every song, except the ones with Roger Taylor on the drum. Brian May was great that evening, and Eric Clapton too. You'll see a unique rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody all live in its enterely! Yes, even the operetical part was performed live by the cast of 'We Will Rock You' musical.
Phil Collins was really great, even when he sang You Can't Hurry Love. Then you'll see The Corrs covering The Beatles' The Long And Winding Road, Tom Jones covering Joe Cocker's You Can Leave Your Hat On, Joe Cocker covering The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton performing together While My Guitar Gently Weeps (as it was in the original record, where the solo was played by Eric Clapton as a guest, instead of George Harrison).
Just some few defects:
- Will Young's rendition of We Will Rock You is not so good
- Elton John's performance was not live but pre-recorded in a room, and he played just one song whereas Brian Wilson played four...
- The concert is not in its entirety. All the speeches were cut out, even Prince Charles's, and two Paul McCartney's songs were cut out, too. They were Black Bird and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
If you are interested in having those tracks you should look on e-bay if anyone is selling a videotape of the concert as it was broadcast on BBC that same evening.
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