In July 2007 Daniel Johnston made a highly acclaimed appearance at London's Union Chapel. Amongst the many plaudits were the Evening Standard, who described it as '...nothing short of breathtaking'. Adjustable Productions now present the greatly anticipated film of this concert: 'The Angel and Daniel Johnston - Live at the Union Chapel'. Featuring stereo and 5.1 surround mixes, with a total running time of 82 minutes, featuring 21 live tracks, including bonus rehearsal footage, an exclusive post-concert interview, and with packaging based on Johnston's hand drawn artwork, 'The Angel and Daniel Johnston - Live the Union Chapel' is a must have for long time fans and an ideal starting point for newcomers to this enigmatic artist.
Outsider music from inside a church (Five Stars) A document of Daniel Johnston's 2007 gig at Islington's Union Chapel, The Angel & Daniel Johnston is an entirely independently produced affair that, through its personal and intimate portrayal of the concert, not only makes the viewer feel like they were there, but also offers a glimpse into the complex and tortured world of the man himself. As such, it's not necessarily easy viewing - Johnston's shaking hands and clearly damaged personality may shock the unsuspecting, while the songs, though beautifully arranged with the help of James Yorkston, Adem and other guests, are a baseball still very much lost in the long grass of left field. It is, however, irrefutable evidence of Johnston s raw talent and his innate and natural ability to move and inspire. In the settings of the church, captured beautifully on film, this becomes even more apparent. His songs are childlike yet haunting, clumsy yet powerful, naive yet incisive, and they fill the venue with pathos, humour, hope and wonder. Watching him shake through the sadness of Some Things Last A Long Time or sing through the heartbreaking splendour of Living Life is as honest, wonderful and revealing a portrait of Johnston as could ever be possible. (By Mischa Pearlman) --Record Collector February 2009
Cult musicians don't come much stranger than Daniel Johnston, the troubled American singer-songwriter with a history of depression and mental instability. His astonishing performance at London s Union Chapel back in 2007 caused quite a stir, and now you can see what all of the fuss was about for yourselves... Johnston's backing band features cult artists Adem and James Yorkston, and their watchful presence keeps his flaky eccentricity under control, making for a twisted evening of off-kilter indie delights. Watching Johnston can sometimes be a rather uncomfortable experience, but this accomplished concert sees his unique talent shine brightly. A sterling debut release from Adjustable Productions. (By Tom Leins) --DVD Monthly Xmas 2008