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Ryan Adams:Live/Jamaica

Ed Roland , Dean Roland    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Music in High Places, the ultimate international music and travel adventure series, takes top recording artists to the most ancient sites on Earth. Take an intimate journey with Ryan Adams as he discovers the culture, history and spirituality of Jamaica for a musical adventure that's anything but ordinary! Songs: Firecracker, You Will Always Be the Same, The Rescue Blues, Touch, Feel & Lose, New York, New York, Hard Time Situation, Answering Bell, To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Music AND Hilarious April 28 2004
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"If you collect 50 bottle caps with a car on the inside, you win 50 bottle caps with a car on the inside, you win a really bad hangover."
"If you need to reheat your beer... reheat your beer? That's totally stoner. Now I got my warm beer! It's the only way we drink it in space."
Buy this DVD so you can watch the funny stuff like that and the awesome music, it's sooooo good, if you're wondering if it's worth it or not, it IS.
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If you are a Ryan Adams fan, there is no doubt you will enjoy this video. Here we see Ryan not only playing his music, but traveling and mingling with the Jamaican folk. Throughout the "movie", Ryan does an excellent job putting a Jamaican feel into his popular and not-so popular songs. The most notable performance is clearly "To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)", which if you've heard on his overlooked debut Heartbreaker, had that type of feel anyways. I won't go too in-depth with the details. And when he's not playing his music, you'll see him buying intriguing hats, talking with inhabitants, learning about their cultures, etc. Without those neat tidbits of film, this would've been nothing special.
In total, I believe he plays eight songs unplugged/acoustic; some solo and some with the help of Jamaican drums and other instruments that you wouldn't normally expect to show up on an Adams track. I particularly enjoyed when he got a group of 20 or so children together to help with the background vocals to one of his songs. Again, I won't spoil the fun. And that's just the kind of thing you'd expect from a guy like Ryan Adams. Along with "To Be Young" you'll hear (and see) presentations of "Answering Bell", "New York, New York", "The Rescue Blues", "Touch, Feel & Lose", "Firecracker", "You Will Always Be The Same", and the rarely heard "Hard Time Situation". This is the only Music In High Places episode I've seen, but would say it was certainly worth my time. Do not expect these eight songs and Ryan's trek into the musical world of Jamaica and its fascinating people to move you in the same way either Gold, Demolition or even Heartbreaker did. But rest assured, they will move you one way or another. This is an illustrious video that portrays unkempt sounds beautifully; somehow, someway. The bottom line: (again) if you enjoy Ryan Adams' music, check this out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, open-air acoustic performances June 10 2003
I first saw this show on MTV, and hoped that it would eventually be released on DVD. The performances here seem so effortless, and convey both simplicity and depth. The footage is beautiful and shot on high-quality film (i.e. it doesn't look like a [shoddy] video job). My only complaint is that the commercial buffers ("Music In High Places" outros and intros) haven't been edited out, which is very unprofessional, but that small complaint doesn't keep me from giving this 5 stars. The interview portions are mildly interesting (though they seem to prove that Ryan isn't as big of a star as he could be because he's a dorky stoner). Fortunately, there is a "Play Just The Music" option that skips past the extraneous stuff. Highly recommended for your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Wants To Get You High... Jan. 17 2004
Having never seen a Music In High Places episode, this DVD threw me for a loop. It ends up being a weird mix of travelogue and music footage which I found to be a strange mix. The footage of Ryan clowning around Jamaica and the random shots of Jamaican life and scenary are interesting and fun to watch once, but I'd gladly trade in this footage for a few extra musical tracks.
Speaking of the music, the musical scenes are superb. The sound for most of the songs is excellent and getting to see this music performed outdoors in such a beautiful setting is awesome.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Oct. 20 2006
While the musical pieces in this DVD are somewhat entertaining (but far too few), there is too much wasted time spent on mindless chatter. Watching this DVD made me thoroughly dislike Ryan Adams (and I've always considered myself an ardent fan) so much so that I couldn't listen to his music for weeks. Furthermore, about 20 minutes at the end of the program have been slapped together sloppily and offer almost no entertainment value whatsoever. I wish I had never seen this DVD - and I honestly mean that.
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