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DVD/Video/Film Reviews

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

U2: Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris

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U2 Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris Interscope 2016 Music's soothing powers in times of tragedy and upheaval have proven to give comfort, inspire dialogue and open people's minds. Giving succor to victims of tragedies and terrorist attacks is in a way music's noble employment. Music always provides time and space for reflection. In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015, when terrorist squads attacked various locations in ...

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Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert

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Eberhard Weber Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert Naxos 2015 German bassist Eberhard Weber's 75th birthday celebration has already been documented in audio form on Hommage à Eberhard Weber (ECM, 2015). This video document more fully captures the celebratory tone of the event, includes a bit of bonus material, and perhaps most importantly, presents Pat Metheny's composition “Hommage" as the multi-media event it was created to be. Weber was both the honoree ...

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the Three Sided Dream

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk The Case of the Three Sided Dream Monoduo Films 2016 Rahsaan Roland Kirk as the natural successor to Bird and Coltrane? It's certainly a debatable point, and it might overlook the place of Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman in the evolution of saxophone playing during the first post-bop generations, but The Case of the Three Sided Dream, a documentary directed by Adam Kahan, makes a tenable case for reassessing the multi-reed ...

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Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty

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Johnny Winter Down & Dirty Megaforce Records2016 Johnny Winter's life and times were so colorful that even a painstakingly conceived and executed documentary such as Down & Dirty almost begs credibility. Yet as closely as the film delves into the albino bluesman's lifestyle in his later years, on the road and off, it makes a viable case that his album Still Alive and Well (Columbia Records, 1973) was just the first step in his road ...

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Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped

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Rolling Stones Totally Stripped Eagle Vision 2016 Eagle Rock's release of the Rolling Stones Totally Stripped is not another entry From the Vault but it may as well be because it's just as compelling and revelatory, if not more so, than Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990 (Eagle Vision,2015) or Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981) (Eagle Vision, 2014). The DVD/CD package in itself is a broad expansion of the content in the original titles as ...

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Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies 5-11-2016

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Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies: Sullivan Stadium, July 2, 1989 Palace 9 Cinemas South Burlington, VT May 11, 2016 The sixth annual Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies constitutes the third 're-run' of a sort within the series. The previous five yearly film showings of the iconic band traversed their fifty-year history, finding them in locales as divergent as a German television studio, the grounds of Ken Kesey's creamery in ...

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Miles Ahead: A Powerhouse Film, But is it the Truth?

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Don Cheadle Miles Ahead Sony Pictures Classics 2015 Miles Davis happens to have been actor Don Cheadle's long-time hero, and he mulled over the idea of a film about him for several years. In contemplating his directorial and screenwriting debut based on Davis' life, Cheadle could have chosen among several formats: a chronological account; the story of his music with documentary footage; or perhaps a “newsflash" version of key events from the trumpeter's tumultuous life ...

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Frank Zappa: The Lost Broadcast - The Full Performance

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Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention The Lost Broadcast -The Full Performance Gonzo Multimedia 2016 There aren't many videos floating around of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, but The Lost Broadcast should be received with welcome arms by loyal Zappa enthusiasts and others who still have a burning interest in his legacy. Recorded in 1968 at the Beat Club in Bremen, Germany, and broadcasted for a German TV station in 1970, the ...


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