Rock Icons: Guitar Gods [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Alfred Music Publishing is the world's largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational reference pop and performance materials for teachers students professionals and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument style and difficulty level. This collection features many of the world s greatest rock n roll guitarists each with their own distinct character and personality. These timeless moments of supreme achievement are peak performances of the Guitar Gods! Track listings: Santana (Jingo) * Grateful Dead (One More Saturday Night) * Jeff Beck (Definitely Maybe) * Alvin Lee and Ten Years After (Good Morning Little School Girl) * Johnny Winter (Johnny B. Goode) * Joe Walsh and James Gang (Walk Away) * B.B. King (Heartbreaker) * Duane Eddy (Peter Gunn) * Jimi Hendrix (Hey Joe) * Eric Clapton with Delaney & Bonnie (Tribute to Robert Johnson) * Mountain (Don t Look Around) * The Who (Happy Jack). Approx. 45 min.
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Strangely the best performances are by some of the most unlikely bands; the biggest stars mostly come up lacking. Hendrix, Beck, Clapton and Santana are all a bit disappointing. Hendrix looks half asleep as he plods through Hey Joe, and Santana is almost invisible. Clapton's performance is culled from a song with Delaney and Bonnie where his contribution is not the focal point of the music, its a nice song, but it's not the showcase of Eric Clapton that the guitar fan might be craving. And Jeff Beck is Jeff Beck... undeniably brilliant but somehow missing the mark with a performance almost totally devoid of emotion. But I'd rather see second rate Hendrix,Santana,Clapton and Beck than almost anything being put out by todays 'stars'.
It's the lesser lights who steal this show. Joe Walsh and the James Gang are great, as is Johnny Winter and Leslie West with Mountain. Ten Years After are incredible, although the video quality is pretty poor. The Grateful Dead (never a favourite of mine) are damn good and Duane Eddy rocks the house down. Who would have guessed? There is a vintage clip of the Who bashing their way through Happy Jack, complete with teens dancing in the foreground in what looks like some teeny bopper TV show from the 60's. Musically it's not of any real substance, but as a nostalgia piece it's a treat just to see them at that stage in their career (I don't think Keith had started shaving yet)
Please note as well, all performances are live, there is no lip synch crap on this DVD. This is real music, warts and all. The audio/video quality is sub-standard by today's standards, but this is the REAL DEAL. Previously unseen live footage of monster talents. Its like finding buried treasure for the real rock fan.
I love it.
One minor gripe: The Mountain song also appears on the "Hard Rocking" collection in the Rock Icons Series.
First, the audio/video is DISGUSTING !
Then, the songs sucks ! Its disapointing to see such great artists with so bad performance !
There are a lot more Dvd that worth their price before this one so dont buy it unless you have all the Shows that were made in the universe !