Archive for the ‘DVDs’ Category

Live At Massey Hall – Neil Young | CD/DVD

(Reprise CD/DVD) 4 stars The long-haired hippie troubadour with that high, quavering voice and shy stage presence is Neil Young. The date is January 1971, the venue is Ontario’s Massey Hall and Young – already a cult figure after working with Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby, Stills & Nash, plus fresh success with his own [...]

Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited – Various artists | CD/DVD review

(Shout Factory/Shock) 5 stars The sheer wealth of material alone on this splendid boxed set is worth a five-star rating. Two CDs, two DVDs and a 40-page booklet are all dedicated to the work of Harry Smith, whose original seminal folk `Anthology’, released on Folkways in 1952, helped transform the American musical landscape.

Pulse – Pink Floyd | DVD review

(Columbia 2DVD) 5 stars Remember Pink Floyd’s original `Pulse’, with its smart, twin-CD digipak and blinking red light? That 1994 live album, recorded in London during the group’s `The Division Bell’ world tour (sadly, Australia missed out) was the first time the group had recorded its entire `Dark Side Of The Moon’ album in concert.

1000 Years of Popular Music – Richard Thompson | CD/DVD review

(Cooking Vinyl DVD/2CD) 4 stars Richard Thompson’s `1000 Years of Popular Music’ is an inspired DVD/CD concert set. Apart from RT’s delicious spoken intros to each song (but on the DVD only) the diversity of this collection intrigues. Playboy magazine asked musos to select 10 favourite songs of the millennium, but Thompson took them literally [...]

Born To Run: 30th Anniversary Edition – Bruce Springsteen | CD/DVD review

(Columbia CD/2DVD) 5 stars Springsteen (and Columbia) celebrate his breakthrough album’s 30th birthday in grand style with a boxed set comprising a remastered CD, a DVD documentary plus a concert DVD resurrected from tapes of a previously overlooked 1975 concert. When `Born To Run’ was released in ’75, I recall being slightly underwhelmed — probably [...]

London Calling – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band | DVD review

(Columbia DVD) 4.5 stars A Bruce Springsteen concert is an unforgettable experience … and a rare event here, where his only tour was in the mid-‘80s. Despite cattle-yard conditions at the Melbourne Showgrounds, I have vivid memories of that three-hour, knockout show. Almost 25 years on the Boss is still delivering high-energy live performances, judging [...]

Prodigal Son: The Concert – Martin Simpson | DVD review

 (Topic/Planet DVD) 3.5 stars Guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson spent 15 years living in the USA before re-settling in Sheffield. The English troubadour’s transatlantic folk roots are revealed and explored on his absorbing DVD `Prodigal Son – The Concert’, recorded in London following his 2007 breakthrough CD. The two-hour concert comprises solo and backing trio sets.

Jeff Beck Rock’n’Roll Party: Honouring Les Paul
| DVD review

(Shock) 4 stars Les Paul, godfather of the modern electric guitar and multi-tracking pioneer, was a jazz virtuoso whose country and Hawaiian-laced recordings (with wife Mary Ford) made him a star of the pre-rock era. For the last 25 years of his life, up to his death in 2009, Paul’s jam sessions were a weekly [...]

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