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PHIL COLLINS - GOING BACK-LIVE AT ROSELAN [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 11/02/2010
In support of the collection Going Back, Phil Collins celebrates the soul music of the 1960s in this three-night stand at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Early on in the 26-song set, he explains that the selections "were the backdrop of my life as a kid." In the liner notes, he goes into more detail, adding that Genesis "were most definitely not a covers band." For this date, the drummer-turned-front man performs with five backup singers and a 13-piece band, including Motown's famed Funk Brothers (Bob Babbitt, Eddie Willis, and Ray Monette) and Genesis players Brad Cole and Darryl Stuermer. As a vocalist, Collins has always had a subtle touch, but he's more of a pop singer than a soul man, which means that his tenor seems too light for a rough-and-tumble Temptations number like "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," though he offers a credible take on "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (it helps that the musicians do a bang-up job in replicating the latter's slow-burn intro). At key moments, the singers, including three ladies clad in purple-sequin sheathes, join him at the front of the stage. If the ballads aren't bad, they put a bit of a damper on the dance-party vibe, though it's interesting to note that Stevie Wonder's "Blame It on the Sun" sounds a lot like a Genesis track when Collins puts his stamp on it (see "Follow You Follow Me"). Extra features include an interview with the artist and rehearsal footage with commentary. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Motown Classics done Phil Style
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Perhaps I had my expectations too high.
Phil's stage presence was not even close to his best and his performance was remarkably sub-par.
The band backing him up were very talented but Phil's renditions of these classic Soul and Motown tunes did nothing to improve upon them.
It was almost as though Phil never rehearsed the set, as though he phoned in his performance. Ever see "Live Karaoke?" It's just like Karaoke but with a live band backing you up instead of music tracks. That's what this reminded me of.
I am a HUGE music lover with a great appreciation for Genesis and Phil Collins but this purchase will sit on the shelf and gather dust after my initial purchase.
I own over 150 Concert Videos and rate them honestly, even if I am fans of the artists.
'Going Back - Live at the Roseland Ballroom' is a real chance to get up close and personal with Phil Collins as he covers the greats including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and William 'Smokey' Robinson.
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If you enjoy Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook series, then you'll certainly love Phil Collins' "Going Back".
On this blu-ray, Phil Collins passionately recreates the soul and Motown classics that he listened to and loved since his early music days of being a drummer in his school band and subsequently joining the group Genesis in 1971.
In September 2010, Phil released the audio CD Going Back to complement this concert that took place in June 2010.
Blu-Ray Track Listing:
Intro: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
Dancing in the Street
(Love Is Like a) Heatwave
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer
You've Been Cheating
Do I Love You
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
Going to a Go-Go
Blame It on the Sun
Ain't That Peculiar
Too Many Fish in the Sea
You've Really Got a Hold on Me
Something about You
The Tears of a Clown
Nowhere to Run
In My Lonely Room
Take Me in Your Arms, Rock Me a Little While
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Talking about My Baby
You Can't Hurry Love
Rehearsal footage with Phil Collins
Interview with Phil
VIDEO: 1080i Widescreen 16x9 (1.78:1)
AUDIO: Dolby True HD, DTS HD Master Audio, LPCM Stereo
Running Time: 126 minutes
Phil Collins really put his heart and soul in his rendition of "Too Many Fish in the Sea".
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and "The Tears of a Clown" brought out the best in the 'The Funk Brothers' and the rest of Phil Collins' band, including members from his old pop group Genesis.
I may be putting myself on a limb here, but Phil's lighter take on "The Tears of a Clown" is as good as William 'Smokey' Robinson himself! Funk Brothers', Bob Babbitt plays the bass line here. Babbit in fact, wrote and played the bass line for 'Smokey' Robinson 1967 original recording of "The Tears of a Clown"! So, crank up the volume and enjoy this Motown hit which Phil Collins describes as having 'one of the most fantastic bass lines in a pop song'.
"Papa was a Rollin' Stone" can only be seen as a great tribute to the songwriters Barrett Strong (rest his soul) and Norman Withfield.
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" - will have you dancing your blues away!
With the last track "My Girl", the Roseland Ballroom turned into one big karaoke party, as Phil had everyone on their feet and singing. You'll be doing the same long after the credits are posted!
4.5 stars as 'a cover of soul and Motown Music'. Phil's 'blue-eyed soul' voice is too soft for some of the tracks.
5 Stars as 'A PHIL COLLINS BLU-RAY with nothing but Motown and Soul music on it'!
If you love Motown, Soul, The Funk Brothers, Genesis and, of course Phil Collins, then Phil Collins: Going Back - Live at the Roseland Ballroom NYC [Blu-ray] is a must have!
RECOMMENDED: You'll also enjoy listening to this cover of 60's music by former ABBA singer Agnetha Fältskog: My Colouring Book. Agnetha is my favorite female vocal!
Neil Diamond's new CD Dreams is also in keeping with this genre of retro covers.
beautiful video that is ABSOLUTELY DEVOID OF ITS MUSICAL SOUL!
This is no diss on the performers, who are brilliant and giving it their all, but
rather this is a HUGE indictment of the audio mix, which is absolutely HORRIBLE!
The ESSENCE of Motown is the rhythm section interplay, but you can barely hear
Eddie Willis and Ray Monette playing the Motown signature guitar parts!
A Motown song with out a backbeat guitar? UNTHINKABLE!
Phil is SO loud in the mix, there's no room for the background singers,
who are FABULOUS talents, or the horns who are trying their best!
PLEASE - Remix and remaster this disc - with all of the quality and fidelity available on Blu-ray,
this disc is only halfway there - visually great, but sonically WAY BELOW PAR!