Hardcore Ringo fans may wish that Ringo would perform some different songs - the usual suspects are here - 'It Don't Come Easy', 'Boys', 'I Wanna Be Your Man', 'Yellow Submarine', 'With A Little Help From My Friends -, but there are a couple of interesting additions, including the rarely performed 'White Album' classic 'Don't Pass Me By'(with Ringo playing piano at the beginning!) and 'Memphis In Your Mind' from Ringo's superb latest album 'Ringorama'.
This time around, the All Starr band is very much an 80's revival tour of sorts, with Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics), Shelia E. (Prince), Colin Hay (Men at Work) and John Waite, who I have to admit to never having heard of before. All the band members deliver fine performances, but if there is one criticism, it is perhaps that Ringo should be touring with musicians of a similar stature to himself: (Think of the musicians backing Ringo at the 'Concert for George').
This is a very enjoyable DVD, however, made even more entertaining by the opportunity to observe the band off stage, where it is obvious to see what a kick they get out of playing music together.
The other small complaint I have with this is the rear 5.1 sound mix has too much echo and delay to be mixed as loud as it is. On some of the songs that became a distraction, which is something you should never be noticing at all. It may not bother any of you, and is still a more exciting listen than the stereo mix.
Don't think twice about buying this disc though, what is here is very enjoyable. If it sells enough, who knows, maybe we can get all the old shows put out--complete please--on DVD too. That other All-Starr Best of DVD is a nice preview to what is sitting in the vaults somewhere. The complete All-Starr Gary Brooker version was out on VHS, why not DVD? How about it, you studio business types out there, start giving the people what they want on DVD! And stop cutting up great shows! Anyone that wants to buy a concert video, wants the whole show, its as simple as that. Why is it such a foreign concept to these companies? They just keep feeding us half-baked releases over and over again, when they have all the ingedients for REALLY tastey releases still sitting in the cupboards.
After experiencing this tour in person, I was overjoyed to
learn about the upcoming DVD release. However, I was
eventually disappointed to discover that the DVD does
not contain the entire show. Instead, the disk
features MOST of the highlights of the tour but sadly
the well-paced original 2-hour set list has been rearranged
and cut down to a modest 80 minutes. Several stand-out
songs (most glaringly Lake's "In the Court of the Crimson
King" and Hunter's touching "I'm Going to Be Someone") have
been cut. Because this unique line-up of musicians will not
tour again, I'm puzzled as to why the entire show wasn't
immortalized on DVD (especially considering Ringo's previous
All-Starr DVD and VHS releases have been far more generous.)
Still, what remains is top quality entertainment and proof
that Ringo still knows how to surround himself with top talent
to throw a fantastic musical party.
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