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Sparks: Lil' Beethoven - Live In Stockholm [DVD]

Sparks , Tom Grimshaw    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sparks
  • Directors: Tom Grimshaw
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Demon Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ISGHE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A live recording from Sparks performing in Stockholm. Their performance includes songs from their acclaimed album L'il Beethoven, such as 'How Do I Get To Carnegie Hall?' and 'Ugly Guys and 'Beautiful Girls'.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best music DVD ever! 2 Oct 2004
An expertly filmed document of Sparks highly visual and mesmerising live show of the excelletn Lil Beethoven album.
The disc also contains the second set of Sparks classics and some worthwhile extras including a couple of easter eggs.
All in all, a DVD truimph for one of the most underated - and best - bands of all time.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 9 Aug 2004
Probably the best DVD I have ever bought.
The performance of their latest album Lil' Beethoven is witty, energetic and theatrically brilliant.
The bonus live tracks is basically a Greatest Hits concert lasting about one hour. It is quite amazing to think that some of these songs are more than 30 years old - the sound is fresher and more inspiring than most music I have heard in years.
Some of the other tenacious singers (Bowie et al) should take a look at this to see how it is possible to be at the top of your game 3 decades or so after your first album.
The bonus bits and pieces are great - a rare glimpse of the Maels at soundcheck (I've never seen Sparks so 'exposed' on film before), a bizarre glimpse into their "dressing room" and a recital of the Legend of Lil Beethoven
Worth every penny - and a whole heap more.
BUY IT!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 17 Feb 2006
ignore the one poor review of this DVD, the show is amazing and only topped by the "Hello Young Lovers" live show. If you like intelligent, witty, catchy songs which require the listener to pay attention, pure showmanship and a great set/projected images than you are in for a rare treat. The DVD made me return to a number of Sparks albums i hadn't played in some time and appreciate them all over again..and as for the album being over-rated..it's a classic that will, in years to come, have people raving about it in the same way as they rave about the Beach Boys Pet Sounds. It's that good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has to be seen... 22 Jan 2005
By JamesM
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If you buy one DVD this year, you will not be disappointed with this audio-visual treat.
This production perfectly encapsulates Sparks' unique, innovative musical genius, along with their tongue-in-cheek humour. To simply call this a "concert" would do it an injustice; perhaps a "theatrical event" comes closer. Not only does the performance cover their latest work, but many of their previous hits are presented with a freshness which puts many recent bands to shame, along with an energy that can only be described as infectious. Sparks certainly deserve to be rated along with some of the greatest performers of our time.
If you buy a second DVD, don't miss A-Ha - Homecoming - Live At Vallhall, which also proves that some of the more mature talent, sadly neglected by the British pop industry, still have bucket loads more to offer than much contemporary music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nearly superb, but it's an audio let-down 27 Aug 2007
I'm not going to review Sparks in general, you probably already know if you like them or not. I wish to comment on the specifics of this DVD.

Great editing, good extras, and a record of a fine gig. Everything is great except for the audio. And, given that this is a music DVD, that's quite a big issue.

Those of us old enough to remember such things have suffered at the hands of "automatic recording level" on cassette recorders - it used to boost the level of quiet bits and reduce the level of loud bits. Compression.

The audio on this DVD does that, and it does it to extreme.

If the audio was right, this would be a 5* DVD. But the audio is wrong. Very wrong. Listen to "Calm Before The Storm". If you're like me, then you won't be able to do, the compression makes it unlistenable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOW CAN I LIVE WITHOUT SPARKS 29 Dec 2011
By tim.62
Like a lot of people who know who sparks are, I first saw them on TOTP doing "this town aint big enough" and then bought "number one song" at the end of the seventies and the greatest hits 74-76 on cd some years later [which i played to death], but have ignored the rest of their output, how could i have been so stupid.

I was not excepting to like lil' beethoven and had only picked it up for the bonus live tracks , but by the end of "ride em cowboy" I was cheering along with the crowd and played the whole DVD twice.

I will now be purchasing lil beethoven on cd along with a number of others titles.

It does beg the question how come a band that has such a wealth of great songs remain under the radar for so long.
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