DVD/Video/Film Reviews


Jaco Pastorius: Jaco

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Jaco Pastorius JACO Slang East/West 2015 If you think you know the legendary Jaco Pastorius, you may not, until you see this film produced by Metallica's Robert Trujillo and directed by Paul Marchand. Not only does it contain liberal samples of Pastorius' music throughout his career, it includes home movies, location shots, and other live footage as well as new and past interviews that reveal Pastorius in all his glory and vulnerability, including ...


Rolling Stones From the Vault: Live at Leeds Roundhay Park 1982

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Rolling Stones From the Vault: Live at Leeds Roundhay Park 1982 Eagle Vision 2015 Since they began to suck in the Seventies, the Rolling Stones have turned the concept of a band hiatus into an effective modus operandi for consistent rediscovery. And that, in turn, has presented an opportunity they've maximized with a increasingly high-tech stage production that presents perfect fodder for their archiving series. The steady stream of From the Vault releases ultimately ...


Rick Stepton: Off-The-Cuff Trombone

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There's a fascinating--almost stunning--moment mid-way through Off-the-Cuff Trombone wherein the late Buddy Rich is accompanying and intently observing trombonist Rick Stepton as Stepton solos with great intensity and zeal. Perceptive eyes can see that Rich, the toughest of tough customers, is visibly and physically moved at what he's heard. It's a not-so-subtle acknowledgement of the utmost respect of one musician to another. It is also one of the many intriguing moments in this videographic re-telling of Stepton's marvelous career in ...


The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church - Atlanta Pop Festival July 4, 1970

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Jimi Hendrix Electric Church: Atlanta Pop Festival July 4, 1970 Legacy Music 2015 In front of the largest audience he would ever entertain, jimi Hendrix used a select few numbers from his early days-"Fire," “Spanish Castle Magic"--to erect a new persona for himself with more recently composed tunes such as “Room Full of Mirrors," his visionary cover of Bob Dylan's “All Along the Watchtower" and an abiding reliance on the blues, here in the form ...


Rolling Stones From the Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990

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Rolling Stones Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990 Eagle Vision 2015 As stylized as are the Rolling Stones' 'From the Vault' packages of CD's and DVD/Blu-rays, the uniformity of their design also reflects the care the iconic British band is applying to their archiving project. From video restoration to new mixes from the renowned Bob Clearmountain, their now steady stream of releases accurately documents that progressive reinvention of the Rolling Stones as a band, within ...


The Who Live in Hyde Park

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The Who Live in Hyde Park Eagle Vision 2015 If seeing The Who in Hyde Park in a theater the fall of 2015 didn't provoke the thought, watching the DVD of Chris Rule's terrific film cements the impression the group now fronted by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Pete Townshend and lead vocalist Roger Daltrey is the greatest tribute band in the world. Anyone who's been apprehensive about seeing the Who since the passing of original members, ...


The Beatles: 1+

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The Beatles 1+ Apple 2015 The passionate scholarship devoted to the Beatles' archival projects is an accurate reflection of the continuing resonance of the cultural paradigm shit they ignited some fifty years ago. For the 1+ DVD/CD package, masterful technical expertise (including upgrade to the CD originally issued in 2000) combines with a rigorously academic attention to detail enclosed in the hardbound book, all of which underscores with the labor of love approach only genuine ...


JACO (The Film)

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Jaco Pastorius JACO (The Film) Slang East/West 2015With author Bill Milkowksi's extraordinarily detailed and honest accounting of Pastorius' life in his biography--first published in 1996 but reissued nearly a decade later as Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius: Deluxe Edition (Backbeat Books, 2005), with a hundred pages of additional footage garnered when those close to the late bassist were, with the passage of time, ready and willing to talk more openly about ...

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