The Best of Leann Rimes [DVD]
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Greatest hits collection including the tracks 'Can't Fight the Moonlight', 'Life Goes On', 'How Do I Live', 'I Need You', 'We Can', 'But I Do Love You', ''Suddenly', 'Commitment', 'Blue', 'You Light Up My Life', 'One Way Ticket (Because I Can)' and 'The Light in Your Eyes'.
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The videos aren't presented in chronological order which is a bit of a shame because we don't get to see her progression from awkward looking teenager crooning Patsy Cline covers into the finely groomed pop princess she is today.
It is interesting to see some of the earlier pre "How Do I Live" videos that haven't had nearly as much TV play as the later ones although some do not complement the song at all. "Blue" for example a song entitled Blue all about feeling, well.....blue, is accompanied by a video of LeAnn sitting on a stool belting it out with a cheesy grin on her face. "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" is a song about leaving the confines of home (presumably some farm with all known aunties, uncles, grandparents etc in one shack), and buying a "one way ticket on a west bound train" to the big town. Unfortunately the clothes she's wearing and and the dancing she does to accompany the line "I'm gonna go out dancing" would have her laughed back into the country before she had even lay her cowboy hat down to rest a second time.
The later tracks all have slicker videos to match the slicker production on the tracks as might have been predicted. "Suddenly", "Life Goes On" and "We Can" spring to mind.
"Can't Fight The Moonlight" and "But I Do Love You" the two tracks from Coyote Ugly are accompanied not by their promotional videos but stripped down acoustic live perfomances from a TV special which aired in America.
This is a good collection and an interesting career retrospective but it runs for less than an hour and is fairly light on extras, including just a couple of minutes of soundbites from LeAnn herself adn less interestingly a discography and biography readily available on any website devoted to Ms Rimes.
It is a shame that no very new material is included. "This Love" and the fantastic Ronan Keating duet "Last Thing On My Mind" would have rounded off the collection nicely. Also no "Written In The Stars" which is one of her bigger UK hits.
I enjoyed watching this immensely as I am a big LeAnn fan but it has the feel of a very quickly put together collection without much thought going into the track selection or running order.
This seems not to be the case here.
Only 12 tracks is not much on a DVD - double the amount of tracks would have been nice.
Also although tracks 1 "Can't Fight the Moonlight" and 6 "But I Do Love You" are very charming with their acoustic versions and "on location" atmosphere and ambience I think it would be a good idea to ALSO have included the "Coyote Ugly" version of track 1 for example.
Another major disappointment is that all tracks seem recorded ONLY in 2-channel AC3 audio. I think this is especially strange since the logo on the back of the DVD says "Dolby Digital" (DD). DD only has one interpretation in my book, and that is multichannel digital audio (!) So this seems to be a misleading logo to include.
Another disappointment which points in the direction of bad producers for this DVD is the haphazard volume-levels. The opening menu is very loud compared to track 1 which has the lowest audio level, so this makes it annoying to return to the main menu.
So my conclusion is that some great material and videos is unfortunately put down by poor attention to the audio quality and audio options by producers Curb Records/ILC Music. This is the PAL Zone 0 version of the DVD by the way, in case the NTSC version is much better (???)
I also agree with the previous reviewer that some new material is missing from a "Best of" collection produced in 2004. Even with only the 12 tracks which are included, I would easily replace 4 of them with tracks which are in my opinion better and more current.
Special Features - what special features? They list "Song selection" as a "Special Feature" (!) Hello, it's 2004 - being able to select which song you want to listen to from a list is a completely standard feature in all music DVDs I have.
Interviews and live-performances or alternate versions of some videos -> that is what _should_ have been there.
P.S. The Curb Records website has no information whatsoever on how to contact them - otherwise I'd have complained about the missing multichannel sound (indicated by the DD logo) to them.
By the time the dvd was brought out Last Thing On My Mind - a duet with ronan keating wasnt released in the UK...
LeAnn has had the biggest success over in the USA where I think I'm right in saying the music range is far more better than the UK as it's a great mixture,so we have all her material she charted with on the dvd.