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  • Actors: Atomic Kitten, Tina Barrett, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Blue
  • Directors: Geoff Posner
  • Producers: Cerrie Frost, Lorna Dickinson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2002
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069E30
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,492 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An audience of 12,000 ticket holders celebrated the Queen's Jubilee with this rock concert held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The proceedings opened with the now infamous guitar solo from former Queen band-member Brian May, on his home-made guitar.

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Party At The Palace starts with Queen Guitarist Brian May--who looks more than ever like a haircut with a person growing from beneath it--playing "God Save The Queen" on the roof of Buckingham Palace; seemingly missing the point of his obvious inspiration, Jimi Hendrix's apocalyptic subversion of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock. Unbelievably, and theoretically impossibly, it goes downhill from there.

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

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2002
Format: DVD
This DVD captures a llittle bit of history.
It gives a well chosen wide range of artists, (not all to my taste but that's not the issue). To criticise performances however misses the point. The tracks span the generations and delightfully shows the rapport between the established and the up and coming. Will Young with Queen was very touching and a great track and Tom Jones with 'Kermit the frog' at the end, great fun.
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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C Harris on 9 July 2002
Format: DVD
As someone who was lucky enough to be present at the concert I can say that this DVD really captures the electric atmosphere through the 3 hours. Viewers of the television broadcast will be happy to know that the audio is much improved on the DVD - all those microphones that were turned off when they should have been turned on have been edited in to give a rendition of the concert that can be treasured.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Darren McLean on 1 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
Three hours of music from an all-star cast. A “resident” band including Brian May and Eric Clapton on guitar, Phil Collins on drums, Sam Brown on backing vocals and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. With performances by Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Shirley Bassey, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney and many other music legends and contemporary stars. There is something for everybody in this show.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2014
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This DVD brings back to life a really amazing party with so many top name contributions including Atomic Kitten, Eric Clapton, Sir Paul McCartney, Queen, Elton John, Annie Lennox etc. The DVD is really well made and edited with good quality sound and vision, in fact, you'll arguably see more than if you were actually there. The bit the DVD can't do is totally recreate the atmosphere but it does go some of the way. Hard to believe it was all that long ago. Strongly recommended, you won't be disapponted with this disc.
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If the producers of this DVD were so pressed for time, surely we could have lost some of the more dreadful and totally out of their depth "acts" such as S Club Seven and preserved once in a life time moments such as McCartney singing "Her Majesty" to the Queen (who definitely was not amused by it!).

Other than that an OK record of the night.

Have to say I'm amazed by the comments praising Will Young's slaughtering of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". Sorry, but my idea of soul is not a grating, nasal whine with the occasional flat note. Almost as embarrasing as him twittering and twitching beside James Brown at Scottish Live 8 while the seventy-odd year old Brown wiped the floor with him.

Appalling.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Orlandini Renato on 23 July 2002
Format: DVD
Event: Pop/Rock concert for the Golden Jubilee of the Queen
Place: Buckingham Palace Gardens, London
Date: 3rd June 2002
Duration: 2 hours and 54 minutes
Format: PAL / 16:9 / 720 x 576
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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