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Symphonic Live [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Symphonic Live [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless!, 8 Feb. 2005
Get this DVD, find three hours of spare time (some good wine may also come handy), and enjoy the Yes magic: you will be amazed at the quality of this show!
At last the magic and power of Yes performance was caught on DVD with proper quality both of video and audio - the picture and sound are both great, DTS surround track is incredible.
I am not going to give you the details - you will see it yourself, here is just my impression of this magnificent show.
The band is at its best - the musicians are enjoying the show, and the orchestra gives the band as good as it gets, really having a good time on stage. The interaction of the band and the orchestra is a creative one; they complement each other giving Yes music another dimension: just check the brilliant performance of my all-time Yes favorites "The Gates of Delirium" and "Close to the Edge"!
Standing ovation of the audience is its way of sincere appreciation of timeless music and unforgettable evening.
This DVD is an exemplary case when everything's in proper place: excellent performance of the band/orchestra and exceptional quality of DVD itself. This is definitely the best Yes DVD so far.
This DVD is a must - you will enjoy the show over and over again!

Yes: Yes Acoustic - Guaranteed No Hiss [DVD] [2003]
Yes: Yes Acoustic - Guaranteed No Hiss [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Yes

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds unusual, but definitely Yes!, 7 Sept. 2004
This is a very good DVD revealing a new side of Yes music - their old hits gain new life in acoustic version. The sound is a bit unusual for this group - it has warm jazzy feel, and is very natural. No distortion devices are used, and one can hear the real sound of the instruments. All components of the DVD are exceptional: video, audio mix, design/menus and special features: rehearsal footage narrated by Rick.
The only drawback is the concert being too short, but it was the limitation of satellite transmission.
Anyway, I enjoyed every minute of this show.

70th Birthday Concert [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
70th Birthday Concert [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars electric blues feast, 3 Aug. 2004
John Mayall recorded more than 40 albums and his influence on British rock music is enormous. Musically he tried to mix blues with hard rock, progressive rock, jazz and folk music, was not afraid to experiment and recorded some interesting music in these fields, but his blues rock songs are definitely his trade mark.
It was a real pleasure to see that at his 70 John is still in a very good shape - both physically and creatively. There are 2 hours of real blues rock recorded on DVD - and all this time Mayall is singing and playing (keyboards, guitar and harmonica, sometimes both keyboards and harmonica at the same time!). The latest version of his Bluesbreakers proves that John is still a master to find talented musicians - they are just great, and especially Buddy Whittington on guitar. There are also guests: Mike Taylor, Chris Barber on trombone and Eric Clapton. With such personnel the show simply can't go wrong! There are lengthy versions of 16 blues numbers with fantastic jamming, guitar/harmonica/organ/trombone duels, but Whittington/Taylor, Whittington/Clapton and Taylor/Whittington/Clapton guitar soloing is simply unforgettable! It is a real feast for electric blues guitar lovers. The concert is absolutely unique and we are lucky it was shot for DVD so we can enjoy it over and over again.

Concert For George [DVD] [2003]
Concert For George [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ George Harrison

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable!, 21 July 2004
Musicians and friends of George including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Gary Brooker, Sam Brown, Jim Capaldi, Jooles Holland, Billy Preston, Ray Cooper, Jim Keltner, Ravi & Anoushka Shankar, the cast of Monty Python and other artists who worked with George Harrison throughout his lifetime, present his music to commemorate the first anniversary of his passing.
The concert is divided into three parts:
First part - spiritual: Indian music composed by Ravi Shankar especially for the occasion and played by Indian musicians and Anoushka Shankar with some contribution of Eric Clapton in the end.
Second part - intermission by Monty Pyton: Mike Palin is just great as a lumberjack!
And the last part: music of George from his Beatles/solo/Travelling Wilburys years performed by his friends including his son Dhani. The musicianship is just supreme and there is no weak number on the set, but I just want to mention great performance of Sam Brown (she still has wonderful voice, sorry that I did not hear anything from her since "Stop!"), "My sweet lord" by Billy Preston (everyone from the audience is participating!), "Photograph" by Ringo (the occasion gives the song another meaning) and "While my Guitar Gently weeps" by Eric Clapton (another wonderful solo - better than on White Album).
The finale has a nice director's trick - yellow "leaves" falling down on the audience.
Thanks a lot to Eric Clapton, who was a driving force to organize this concert.
This DVD is an excellent tribute to George Harrison and his music. Normally tribute concerts are very hit and miss, but this one is excellent through and through.

Uriah Heep: Live In The USA [DVD]
Uriah Heep: Live In The USA [DVD]
Dvd ~ Uriah Heep

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good rockin', strange mix, 20 July 2004
Good performance and some additional interview footage, live versions of Magician's Birthday and especially Lady in Black performed together with die-hard fans are simply unforgettable!
But I don't understand why I see Mick Box standing on the left of the stage while his guitar comes from the right speaker, and guess where the keyboard solos come from when Phil Lanson is on the right? - From the left speaker! Such strange mix is OK for CD, but for DVD where one can see the position of the musician on stage it is inadequate. So my rating is 5 stars minus one because of the mix.

Uriah Heep: The Ultimate Anthology [DVD]
Uriah Heep: The Ultimate Anthology [DVD]
Dvd ~ Uriah Heep
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £27.10

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Anthology? � Unfortunately not!, 16 July 2004
Ultimate Anthology? - Unfortunately not!
This DVD is an illustrative example of a case when the title does not correspond to its content. What one expects buying "Ultimate anthology" of a group? To get the best selection of songs with the best performance and the best possible quality. Well, what do we have on this particular DVD? Track list is good (maybe not the best, but really good, no doubt). But the quality of performances and sound/video is quite another matter. Those who made this compilation tried to include the versions of songs not issued on other Uriah Heep DVDs (more than a half of the tracks), which is not bad, but unfortunately these rare versions are not the best! They were omitted from previous DVD releases due to poor quality of sound/video or due to poor performance or because of poor sound mix (check the version of Lady in Black present), and now we get them on "Ultimate Anthology"! It seems to me it's not the best way to introduce the band to new people who buy such Anthology to get the first impression of the group. It's no secret that only fans buy all releases of a group while a lot of people buy "The Best" compilations and get their impression of the group from them. If this DVD were named "Rare Gems" or smth. like that, it would be correct - but in this case only the fans would be interested! So the title was given in an attempt to attract more customers, but the group reputation is damaged as a result. This DVD is a good collection of rare live performances, but definitely not the ultimate anthology of the group!

Out There [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Out There [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £12.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars different concept of an album, 14 July 2004
The music presented here is high quality modern progressive performed by maestro and his new band (though one can hardly call Mr. Fernandez a new member!). But there is a major difference from CD "Out there" - it is a different concept of an album - an album where multichannel music is added by video to make a so-called "real progressive DVD". The idea for this album (both music and images) is explained by Rick in the documentary about the album. So though this more or less new concept of an album (I guess there are people who remember "Tommy" or "the Wall" movies similar approach to music/picture interplay) may seem a little bit unusual, but it is worth a try. If you go only for stereo track - buy CD, but on DVD you can enjoy 5.1 DTS high quality surround sound and images for almost the same money. Such surround sound landscape in the best possible way illustrates the music of the record and the concept implied. So my natural choice is the DVD.

Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday Party [DVD]
Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday Party [DVD]
Dvd ~ Uriah Heep

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something ¿s missing, 20 Jan. 2003
Uriah Heep "The Magician's Birthday Party"
Live recording from London Shepherd's Bush Empire 7th December 2001 - magical evening in London when UH were joined on stage by former members Ken Hensley and John Lawton for a unique reunion concert, featuring special guest Thijs van Leer (from Focus on flute).
DVD also includes thick booklet and some interesting bonus materials: bonus track, featurette, photo gallery, etc.
15 songs are played, from "I'll keep on Trying" from the first album to "Sweet Pretender" from "Sonic Origami", the quality of video and sound being good.
This is classic live Heep - of "Live' 73" calibre, powerful hard rock of highest quality! The first half of the show 5 UH members play with some help of Mr. van Leer, and on "July Morning" Ken Hensley joins the band, adding some Hammond, mellotron and slide guitar to UH sound. John Lawton joins six UH members in the second half of "Magician's Birthday", adding considerably to vocal palette. "Sympathy" is the peak of the show, while the last number - "Free'n'Easy" is a total flop and should not have been included on DVD.
My opinion concerning this DVD is a mixed one. On the one hand, the sound is really good, the band plays very well (except the last song mentioned above). On the other hand, something is missing. Maybe it is poor work of cameramen, or the expectations were too great (especially after watching marvelous "Acoustically Driven" set), but unfortunately for me this DVD did not become a revelation.
Anyway, it is a good DVD (not great, unfortunately) and it is definitely worth watching.

Uriah Heep - Acoustically Driven [DVD]
Uriah Heep - Acoustically Driven [DVD]
Dvd ~ Uriah Heep

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show!, 20 Jan. 2003
Recorded live at the Mermaid Theatre London December 12, 2000
This is an unplugged acoustic set from Uriah Heep with special guest Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull on flute) and featuring Uriah Heep Classic Rock Ensemble (string quartet + 3 background female vocalists + pipes/percussion player + Melvin Duffy on pedal steel and slide guitar)
Strings were arranged by Pip Williams and Phil Lanzon.
15 songs are played - from "Lady in Black" ("Salisbury" album 1970) to "Golden Palace" (the last UH studio album "Sonic Origami"), the quality of video and sound is quite good (not very good, though). Some bonus materials are also worth watching - interviews, pictures, etc.
About the concert itself: It is one of the best shows I've ever seen - the air is friendly, the candles are burning, there is a feeling of nostalgia when one recognizes the songs - but they sound different! The band goes truly unplugged and the resulting acoustic and almost classical sound gives a new life to Heep classics - they gain additional warmth, melodiousness and sweetness. Bernie Shaw is at his best - if you close your eyes sometimes you can think that it is David Byron who sings! Ian Anderson's contribution on flute gives the band additional dimension on "Blind Eye" and especially on "Circus".
Melvin Duffy (who was recommended to UH by B.J. Cole himself ("Return to Fantasy", remember?)) is quite good on slide & pedal steel. All musicians are quite excited by what they're doing and pleased with it and I should say that it shows!
Do not miss this! This really is a must-see DVD!

Chris Rea : Dancing Down The Stony Road [DVD]
Chris Rea : Dancing Down The Stony Road [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Rea
Offered by Camelot UK
Price: £0.75

13 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For die-hard fans only, 20 Jan. 2003
For die-hard fans only
This DVD includes 75-minutes documentary about recording "Stony Road" album, one short 23 min live/interview featurette from Cologne (though on the cover two concert pieces are indicated, but I was unable to find the second live footage from Montreaux jazz festival) and collection of Chris Rea paintings.
As far as documentary is concerned, it's quality is quite satisfactory (well, one does not expect high quality from a documentary, does he?). But the quality of live material is poor. First, extracts of songs are mixed with interview pieces, and as a result one gets only fragments of songs and fragments of interviews. Second, quality of sound leaves much to be desired, video quality is also not good enough. One expects much more from a DVD produced in 2002.
Disappointment - that's what I felt when watching this DVD.

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