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The Best - Live In Yokohamma Japan

ELP, Joe Walsh, Eagles, John Entwistle, The Who, Simon Phillips, Toto Keith Emerson    Exempt   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: ELP, Joe Walsh, Eagles, John Entwistle, The Who, Simon Phillips, Toto Keith Emerson
  • Format: Dolby, Live, Import, Full length
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Woodstock Tapes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002W16AL8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,703 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Recorded live at Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan, September 26, 1990 Tracklisting: 01 7 Bridges 02 Life In The Fast Lane 03 My Wife 04 Bodhisattva 05 Fanfare For The Common Man 06 Rikki, Don't Lose That Number 07 Rocky Mountain Way 08 Too Late The Hero 09 Keith Emerson Solo America 10 Boris The Spider 11 Reelin' In The Years 12 Takin' It To The Streets


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good evening out 30 Jun 2010
By jefph
Getting Keith Emerson, Joe Walsh, John Entwistle, Jeff Baxter & Simon Phillips on stage together might seem either like the worst match ever, or one of the most stunning teams that one could assemble. Thankfully their supergroup 'The Best' veered closer to the latter. Given the interview snippets given on the DVD, and other comments made here & there, this band wasn't just a rouse for getting some easy gigs, that there was a willingness to follow it through as a real concern. Alas it didn't happen, they never released anything, and this concert footage is all this is available.

It's very enjoyable, if you like a mix of 70s rock & prog. They band all play their favourite pieces from each others repetoire - so there's Life in the Fast Lane, Boris the Spider, Ricky don't lose that number, Fanfare for the Common Man, and many others. Alas, Simon Phillips doesn't get trackd from his extensive sonic history, he does do a very passable 5 minute solo tho :-) One might imagine that is could be overloaded with ego, but the band play with professionalism and humour, allowing plenty of space for each other, and is a joy to watch. The unknown singer does a good job, and is clearly in awe of the comapny he is keeping.

This is all very well played, well filmed, the sound quality is good - all credit to the Japanese crew who produced it. Just a shame there isn't more material; tho, what anything written specifically for this band might have sounded like is anyone's guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Tina- this is 'The Best'.... 28 April 2012
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Being totally unaware of this group, let alone the DVD, I was enlightened when watching one of the tribute films about John Entwistle after his untimely death in 2002. I can't remember if it was 'An Ox's Tale' or 'Thunderfingers' but they are both excellent and I recommend them both. However, Skunk Baxter was talking about this super-group he put together and took to Japan and modestly called 'The Best'. I can understand and agree with his logic behind this.
All the tracks are great without too much in the way of extended solos and so none have the boredom factor creeping in which, unfortunately, happens with some musicians aware of their greatness and a desire to take a solo to the Nth dimension. There is also enough banter alongside the music to keep everyone happy.
The only thing that I could make a non positive comment on is the state Joe Walsh seems to be in. He appears to be absolutely shash faced! Jeff Baxter, I would imagine, has always been fairly clean and straight as would have been dictated by the strict musicianship expected by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker in Steely Dan and certainly now in his role as a defense consultant and the chairman of the Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense! Some career advancement for a rock musician! Simon Phillips and Keith Emmerson both look fit and well as does John Entwistle, despite his insatiable hunger for alcohol and cocaine. But Joe! I was shocked to see the state of him. He sounded pissed in the interview and looked mashed on stage. I'm not criticising him for it, just a bit disappointed as I hero-worshiped this man, as a guitarist, for many years and would have liked him to age with a bit of dignity and good health, same as I would have wished for John Entwistle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best is nothing but the best! 3 Nov 2012
By Sheldon
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This is a great DVD! This band should of did a world tour! Some of the greatest players on the planet. I highly recommend this DVD of a very rare concert event.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously good fun..... 6 Mar 2012
This is just great! A bunch of guys from different bands having a lot of fun together. They work very well as a band considering that each member is a virtual legend in his own right. Emerson is cool as a support player with some of his style coming out as well as his musical humour. Nice to hear and see him play stuff other than his own - he adds colour to the music. However he is awesome with his own work and the band plays along really well. 'Boris the Spider' is full of fun and elicited a lot of grins from me. SOOOO glad I bought this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange mix of personnel, but an awesome show! 6 Dec 2011
I didn't even know such a group existed albeit for a short time! There were many high points to this show, but the camera work could have been better. But this was 1990 and they STILL had no clue which band members were highlighted either for solos or for playing lead. I think some of musicians held back somewhat on their performances. I mean Keith Emerson just didn't look right in the position of "back-up keyboards." "Fanfare for the Common Man" was great, but it seemed that besides Keith Emerson, only Jeff Baxter & John Entwhistle really got into it. John Entwhistle is amazing in this performance throughout but when wasn't he? Again, Jeff Baxter was awesome, but Joe Walsh? Don't get me wrong, "Rocky Mountain Way" is a classic! And then there's another by him...let's see...oh yes, "Rocky Mountain Way" is awesome. Don't forget "Rocky Mountain Way" either! Mark E. Lawhon, Lawhon Publications L.L.C. author of Classic Concerts of the 1970s: The Encores Continue: Never-Before-Seen Images of Your Favorite Bands
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