Shot on McLachlan's 1998 headlining tour, the concert captures her in a more theatrical and frankly glamorous (if slightly funky) vein than her fabled Lilith Fair shows: in her floor-length blue gown, sparkling blue mascara, and bare feet, she evokes a more demure, Gen-X cousin to Cabaret's Sally Bowles. With 23 featured songs, Mirrorball on video adds 9 tracks not heard on the CD. The audio mixing is generally excellent, especially on the DVD version, which provides some hall ambience but retains a front-array, proscenium placement to instruments. Shot on film, rather than videotape, the concert preserves the stunning, subtle lighting effects of McLachlan's touring production, albeit at slight visual sacrifice in lower-light segments in which the resolution is grainier. --Sam Sutherland
I would recomend instead the Fumbling towards Extacy VHS tape (not on DVD yet) These were recorded when they were new and fresh and Sarah just sounds so much more enthusiastic with the songs.
But I am being trivial and pedantic. The performance is amazing and beautiful. "Hold On" and "Good Enough" back to back actually did make my eyes watery. Please consider that these songs are about one's spouse dying and domestic abuse respectively, and you can sense Sarah's sympathy in her eyes and in her voice. "Ice Cream" is surprisingly a highlight; Sarah and husband Ash (drummer) sing together and the audience gets to sing a chorus. (Don't heed the warnings about "grainy" picture quality, btw)
And the interview!! wow! Sarah is so grateful to her fans and modest. In my opinion, no modern artist is more deserving of success than she. This is art with honesty and meaning. And the voice of an angel.
An awesome concert experience and if you're a Sarah fan and don't own this, then guess what? You're not a real fan!
A MUST HAVE!!
Most of the DVD's I own are concert DVD's and this is not one of the good ones. Read more
Yes, the images aren't paper-cut sharp, but in my opinion, it's not a big issue. I've viewed it on my 17" computer monitor and my 27" TV and have never felt it was a problem. Read more