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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic songs, but a self-indulgent and inconsistent concert, 22 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Trevor Horn - Slaves To The Rhythm [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
I love Trevor Horn's studio work and he was an incredible musical pioneer back in the 80s, no question.

However this rather self-indulgent "25 years of Trevor Horn" concert- fronted by Trevor Horn- wasn't as great as I was hoping it would be.

As nostalgia goes it is very strong, and it will be a trip down memory lane for anyone who bought records from Dollar, Grace Jones, ABC, Propaganda and many more, first time round. Hearing those songs performed for the first time in many years, and probably better than ever before, is definitely good fun.

It's too inconsistent though. The running order of the concert is a bit odd, and somewhat disproportionate- ABC get three songs, but Art Of Noise and the captivating Grace Jones only get one each? Only two Pet Shop Boys song, but three songs from Frankie Goes To Hollywood in the hope that it re-launched their career?

Trevor is, sadly, a bit too keen to tell some (rather dull) anecdotes inbetween songs, and it ends up being a bit too much of an ego-trip from him at some points, such as when he's heaping praise on Yes one by one (without bothering to mention the absence of Jon Anderson).

A bit like the "Produced By Trevor Horn" album that came out around the same time as the concert, it's great for the fans but it's not the constant stream of 100% solid gold classics that it should really have been.
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Initial post: 18 May 2012 00:23:40 BDT
I think it was due to what songs were produced by Trevor Horn, I think he only did 2 Pet Shop Boys ones and the 1 Grace Jones one, but did more for ABC, Frankie and Dollar

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2012 13:58:02 BDT
S Bruce says:
I stand corrected about the Pet Shop Boys remark, I thought he'd done more in their past than just "Left To My Own Devices" and "It's Alright". He's done more with them since, on "Fundamental", but that of course was after this concert.

Posted on 1 Aug 2013 16:51:20 BDT
The anecdotes where most probably there to give the crew time to do certain changes and I find them quite amusing. And what other Grace Jones could be added, he did just one album with her (well, in fact it wasn't with her for the most part) and that was just one long theme and variations on Slave To The Rhythm.
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