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Transatlantic Sessions - Series 2 (complete) feat. John Martyn, Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Brady, Ronan Browne, Rosanne Cash, Radney Foster, James Grant, Boo Hewerdine, Fiona Kennedy, John Leventhal, Ishbel Macaskill, Iain Macdonald... [DVD]

Musical Directors Aly Bain , Jerry Douglas    Exempt   DVD
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  • Directors: Musical Directors Aly Bain , Jerry Douglas
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Whirlie Records
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,326 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Whirlie Records is proud to announce the DVD release on 26th September 2011 of Transatlantic Sessions Two. Produced by Pelicula Films Ltd as long ago as 1998, rights issues have until now prevented Two from joining its sisters in the Whirlie stable. For some, the new release will be a long-awaited welcome back, for others a pleasurable hello to some unique musical combinations. Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Maura O'Connell, Paul Brady, Eddi Reader and John Martyn are just some of the stars getting it together with the Sessions House Band under the musical co-direction of Aly Bain and first time in the job Jerry Douglas. The September DVD release of Transatlantic Sessions Two (with CDs to follow) will coincide with first television transmission on BBC Scotland and BBC Four of Transatlantic Sessions Five and the new series will itself be out on DVD towards the end of November

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Worth the very long wait. 30 Sep 2011
This is possibly the best of a superb series. Unlike the Series 1 DVD which suffers from poor audio quality, this DVD has great audio and the video quality is as good as you could expect.

For me, the mix of artists is great, and I think the higher proportion of vocal tracks in this series is one reason why this series shines. There's a great blend of Scottish and Irish folk and Country in this series with the added bonus of Michael Doucet's Cajun contributions. It's hard to pinpoint what the best tracks are - there are just so many great performances from brilliant artists.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music and top quality sound 8 Oct 2011
I too agree the sound quality is at a peak and the artistes too! For me the lack of a drum kit but just simple percussion keeps the gentle flavour. Having a second fiddle player as good as Aly Bain works even better than on the 1st Sessions. Sadly though they managed to leave Michael Doucet's classic 'Jolie Blond' off the DVD that I received, although the printed sleeve notes list it (in the correct place in the second programme, which I checked on my CD version). Also they forgot to mention on the credits that Ricky Skaggs plays mandolin ... and boy, doesn't he just! His condition for coming - that his wife Sharon White had to come too: spot on. An underrated simple beautiful country voice that had me playing 'Mansion on the Hill' on repeat until I was told to turn it down. Is she related to the White Family? As well as all Russ Barenberg's tasty fills on guitar and Paul Brady's classic ballad 'Arthur McBride' with him still in quite good voice (though not as good as a 1977 rendition on Youtube), the flowing gentle lilting version of Nanci Griffith 'Boots of Spanish Leather' is a favourite of Bob Dylan's (who wrote the song) and you can see why. Well worth the long wait to get the politics and copyright sorted out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger, prodigious talent at work... 21 Dec 2011
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Having previously been slightly disappointed by an audio-only CD (series forgotten), and then dazzled by parts of Series 5 that someone kindly put on YouTube (it includes the extraordinary Alison Krauss, so that promptly went on order), I thought I'd try this. I'm glad I did. It's marvellous. The amount of talent on display here is extraordinary, all playing and fitting in together and clearly having a good time. It's nicely (and atmospherically) filmed and the audio is excellent - and most importantly the music is great. Naturally there are items that to my ears don't work so well as others, but the overall level is high and the best items are truly dazzling. Jerry Douglas's "Tribute to Peadar O'Donnell" is well known from his solo Union Station performances, but here he gets just about the best backing band in the business. And I still don't believe what Breda Smyth does with a tin whistle in one episode.

As a result, I shall be revisiting the abovementioned CD in its video version. The visual element certainly does add to the pleasure of the whole thing.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last the 1998 show! 8 Sep 2011
It seems a bit daft reviewing a DVD more than two weeks before its release, but I've had four of the shows in this series on my PVR since the BBC last repeated it in May 2008. I couldn't count how many times I've watched them. There are some cracking performances, but the whole thing is magnificent. Amongst the stand-outs from those that I've seen there's Michael Doucet (of Beausoleil) singing Jolie Blonde, with Aly Bain and Ricky Skaggs making it three fiddles; Russ Barenburg and Sharon Shannon leading on Magic Foot; Nanci Griffith on Sandy Denny's Who Knows Where The Time Goes, backed by Karen Matheson and Maura O'Connell; Paul Brady excelling on The World Is What You Make It, with Karen Matheson (again) and Fiona Kennedy really enjoying themselves; Bachelor's Walk, a breathtaking whistle piece by Breda Smyth; Sanseptique sung by Fioma Kennedy and Karen Matheson; Hummingbird by Eddi Reader with Boo Hewerdine and a stirring rendition on the pipes of Puirt A Beul by Iain MacDonald, with Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas. Even more magnificent than those is the late and much missed John Martyn performing the best rendition of Ben Harper's Excuse Me Mister, accompanied by the great Danny Thompson, Paul Brady on Piano, John Levanthal on guitar and Jerry Douglas on slide (not dobro for once). But all the others are still excellent. I can't wait.

I hope the quality doesn't suffer by squeezing 210 minutes on to one disc. It's PAL, but other sites describe it as Region 0, not 2, and if so it will play on some machines outside Europe. Amazon say the Series 2 CDs are to follow. The original releases are currently being advertised at ludicrous prices, even for used, so it will be great to have something pristine at reasonable cost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars transatlantic sessions 2 18 Aug 2012
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i believe this is the best format to have complete enjoyment
supurbe music, great quallity
would recomendto anyone, and have
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!! 28 Sep 2011
Been looking forward to this for soooooo long. Arrived today...and WOW! Excellent sound, great quality video and of course stunning performances. The singing is particularly good, with some amazing harmonies on many of the tracks. Michael Doucet is a real revelation to me. Can't stop smiling when I listen to him singing. This is the best for me. The first was brilliant but a little too casual. The third and forth a touch over produced. This is a superb middle ground. Having said that, I would recommend that you buy the lot. Now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Totally hooked excellent DVD
Published 2 days ago by Ann Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Class Collection
I waited a long time to get Series 2. It was worth it. The Transatlantic Sessions series pushed all my musical buttons, Folk, Trad, Bluegrass - by the best exponents... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mach1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
Watched the shows on TV and am now in the process of buying each series. I forgot how good the early ones were. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allen K. Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musicians, great music
A very enjoyable collection of music played by musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. Will be watched many times, I know.
Published 8 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars More than Transatlantic!
This series is absolutely stunning to say the least. It re affirms the fact that real music is still alive and well. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2012 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best
Thought Sessions 2 on dvd would never get the go ahead but it was worth the wait. It's just fantastic! The only fly in the ointment is the affected Eddie Reader. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by TLC
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant music series
One of the finest things ever commissioned from the BBC. The list of people appearing in the DVD is very impressive. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Niall Whyte
5.0 out of 5 stars Ongoing greatness
This is a fabulous DVD. I had the great pleasure of seeing Jerry Douglas playing with Alison Krauss last weekend- what a genius! Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Dr. C. G. J. Kinchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait
Coming from Canada, and having played this music for many years, all I really need to say is "I love this music DVD". Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by G. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 'hisorical' perspective
HAvin got TS volumes 3 and 4 and Highland Sessions, this is every bit as good. It is inteeresting to see the players looking much younger. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by mikehall
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