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Serious Hits Live (Dvd) [2003]
Serious Hits Live (Dvd) [2003]
Dvd ~ Phil Collins

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!, 28 Aug. 2003
The new Phil Collins - Serious Hits - Live DVD is absolutely superb. I own numerous music DVDs and this is by far the best.
The main thing that strikes you about it is just how good the sound quality is. Considering it was originally recorded in the early 1990s, somebody did a great job. It is crystal clear, the keyboards generate real 'warmth' and 'power' (where appropriate)and when Collins takes to the drums half way through 'In the Air Tonight' it produces one of the best live performances I have ever seen. Most importantly, the vocal microphones work consistantly (always a problem in a live recording in my experience) and the crowd noise is present but does not swamp the performance.
The DVD compliments the original CD (of the same name) perfectly. It is a much longer performance (about 3hrs on two DVDs) featuring around twice as many songs as the CD. It has, to my ear anyway, been recorded at a different venue to the CD as well. The songs sound marginally different (better in fact) than the CD.
I'd have to struggle to find any criticism of it, but I guess the performance of 'Easy Lover' is slightly strange. Oh, and of course, Collins puts on a pair of huge black sun glasses for one song toward the end. When it's dark. You cannot stop laughing.
If you are a fan of Phil Collins, this is an essential purchase.

Alchemy - Dire Straits Live - Two CD Set
Alchemy - Dire Straits Live - Two CD Set
Price: £6.99

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for just one song! The rest is a bonus., 14 Jan. 2003
This double CD is worth buying for just one song, the 11 minute extended version of Sultans of Swing. The guitar work of Knopfler is simply outstanding. Everything else on the CD can be considered a bonus. Other highlights are Tunnel of Love, a superb version of Telegraph Road (although it sounds almost identical to the live version included on the Money For Nothing album) and Private Investigations.
The quality of the recording, which can be a problem with live albums, is perfect. It is much better than the "On the Night" CD that had too much crowd noise in places.
My only criticism of this album is that the vocals are very weak in places and at times you wish that Knopfler would stop singing and just get on with playing the guitar. This is all part of the Dire Straits style but at times it sounds like he really can't be bothered.
On balance, a superb live album with some of the best guitar playing I have ever heard.
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