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Live From Abbey Road: The Best of Season 1 (2 disc set) [Import]
Features highlights from the first season of the Channel 4 show LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD, which saw various musical artists perform live at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The show took the artists into the hallowed studios, and with the only audience being the TV cameras and technicians, they recorded a selection of songs later broadcast in the twelve hour-long episodes. Augmented with interviews, the shows cut through the normal visual effects and studio trickery to showcase the music itself.The 2-disc DVD brings together some of the best performances from the whole series, along with some additional goodies.Disc One features: John Mayer; Corinne Bailey Rae; Dr John; Craig David; Damien Rice; LeAnn Rimes; Josh Groban; Natasha Bedingfield ; Wynton Marsalis; Nerina Pallot; Jamiroquai; Ray LaMontagne; Gipsy Kings; and Norah Jones.Disc Two features: David Gilmour; The Good, The Bad And The Queen; The Kooks; Gnarls Barkley; The Goo-Goo Dolls; Iron Maiden; Kasabian; Primal Scream; The Zutons; Dave Mathews; and Amos Lee.
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An appreciation and love of music is not something you can force on someone. You either have it or you don't. You can be led to it, but to feel it rooted deep in your soul is another matter. Those roots can be covered over, buried deep by the problems of day to day life. If you can find a hook to dig deep and find those roots, you'd be amazed at the joyous feelings they can inspire.
I think that this was the basis for a new series showcased on DVD this week with the release of LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD. The studio made famous by the Beatles back in the sixties (and which they used for an album title) is used to its full effect here.
As the box states "The concept for LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD is simple...capture fantastic, live, musical performances and place musicians in the world's most inspiring and creative environment in which to do so". Yes, it may sound simple, but the concept works and the performances are stellar.
The idea that someone could come up with a tune, a melody, harmonization, instrumentals, vocals and more is amazing in itself. To find a group of talented individuals willing to perform live in this studio is to help cultivate an appreciation for all that they do.
No musical scene is left untouched here. Country? LeAnn Rimes. Jazz? Wynton Marsalis. Pop? John Mayer. Progressive rock? David Gilmour. Metal? Iron Maiden. Not just these but a whole slew of other bands and performers as well.
One of the nice things about this series is that it not only takes the performers and highlights them performing familiar or non-familiar tunes, it gives them a chance to talk about the creative process as well. To hear someone like David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame discuss how he saved ideas for up to ten years and then sorted through them to find the ones that were worth turning into songs gives new depth to those tunes, here in particular "On An Island".
All of the artists featured here give glimpses into the way they put together ideas and songs. And then they offer up a tune performed live in the studio. The sound is magnificent as it well should be considering the location. And the performances have a more intimate feel to them than they would on a massive stage.
The DVD is a two disc set. On disc one are featured John Mayer, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dr. John, Craig David, Damien Rice, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Groban,. Natasha Bedingfield, Wynton Marsalis, Nerina Pallot, Jamiroquai, Ray LaMontagne, Gipsy Kings and Norah Jones. Disc two has David Gilmour, The Good The Bad & The Queen, The Kooks, Gnarls Barkley, The Goo Goo Dolls, Iron Maiden, Kasabian, Primal Scream, The Zutons, Dave Matthews and Amos Lee.
For those with no interest in music you might change your mind after listening. For those with a passing interest in music you might find something here to spur you on to listen even more and search out these artists. And for music fanatics like me, you'll want to make sure that the stereo system is hooked into the DVD player to get the best sound imaginable.
This DVD is not something that the true music fan will want to simply rent. This is one to add to the collection. BCI has released a great disc for fans that is not to be missed.
For those of you who are true music fans this disc is a must have.
This musical compilation gives you a brief close up interview with each artist, then gives you a taste of their musical style as you watch them play a live version of one of their songs. Live from Abbey Road is a terrific way for someone to find out about an artist or style that they've never experienced before. I got the DVD originally because there were one or two artists on it whom I liked. however, after watching the DVD in its entirety, I ended up thoroughly enjoying the music of many artists I had never heard of before. It is a great DVD for music enthusiasts who enjoy variety.
"Live From Abbey Road: Best of Season One" (2 DVDs; 200 min.) brings a wealth of performances and interviews. DVD 1 (80 min.) is not all that interesting to me but for a couple of artists. Damien Rice brings a beautiful performance of "9 Crimes" along with Lisa Hannigan (I can only hope these two will get together again to make music). Dr. John remains a strong performer after all these years. Norah Jones and her band bring an okay "Thinkin' About You" but she really needs to widen her musical landscape and get away from the formulaic semi-jazzy songs. Lots of other artists on DVD 1 that I just don't care for (Craig David, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Groban, Natasha Bedingfield, among many others). I rate DVD 1 just 2 stars. DVD 2 is much more enjoyable for me, due to the line-up of the artists: The Kooks bring a great performance of "Naive", The Goo Goo Dolls are good on "Iris", Kasabian blaze through "Shoot The Runner", The Zutons bring their hit "Valerie", Dave Matthews brings "American Baby" solo on acoustic guitar, etc. The second DVD also brings 50+ min. of additional interviews (check out John Mayer's response to the interviewer asking him "who is John Mayer?") and other behind the scenes. I rate the second DVD a strong 4 stars.
The sound quality on here is nothing short of spectectular, in particular if you have the proper home theatre system set-up (which I happen to have). Play it loud! Most of the time, the editing is quite good, generally staying away from changing camera angles every 2 seconds so that you can actually watch and enjoy the performers (one major exception is on the Kasabian performance, with almost migraine-inducing MTV-style editing). In all, this is a pick-and-choose affair, but when it's on, it's really on.