DVD Reviews

Pearl Jam – 20 DVD and Twenty Book

by TW on April 2, 2012

  Pearl Jam Twenty – DVD, Coffee Table Book Last year, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of Pearl Jam’s record 10, the band held a two-date appearance at Wisconsin’s outstanding Alpine Valley Music Theatre and followed it up with a mini-tour through Canada.  I missed the U.S. shows, featuring special guests Mudhoney, […]

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The Mission – Lighting The Candles DVD In October 2005, SPV released the first ever DVD collection of material from The Mission (know in the US as Mission UK).  For fans of the group that had been treated to numerous VHS compilations, 12-inch singles, customized art pieces, and limited-edition vinyl offerings over the years, this […]

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Barclay James Harvest are among the dozens of bands from the 1970s who never really got their due outside of Europe. The group’s blend of pastoral and atmospheric music would surely appeal to fans of The Beatles, Moody Blues and Nektar, and even folk-rock groups such as America, yet the original BJH foursome of John […]

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Black Sabbath – Paranoid Classic Albums DVD Is there any band that has influenced heavy metal like Black Sabbath? And is there another album that cemented the genre like Sabbath’s sophomore release, Paranoid? Early Sabbath is what many of the hardcore fans still cling to- those glory years from the debut self-titled Black Sabbath album […]

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Free – Forever DVD

by TW on May 16, 2010

Let me first say that this DVD should be required viewing for any fan of classic rock. Though Free‘s existence was short-lived, the legacy of Paul Rodgers, Andy Fraser, Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke is alive and well nearly 40 years on. The very thing that used to make or break a band – a […]

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Thin Lizzy – Are You Ready?

by TW on January 13, 2010

The back DVD cover of Are You Ready? calls Thin Lizzy “one of the greatest rock bands ever to come out of Ireland.” That’s partly true. Thin Lizzy are one of the greatest Irish music acts, period, although the version of the band featured on this 1981 footage – Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Snowy White, […]

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The legendary John Mayall, prime instigator of the 1960’s British blues movement, had decided to revive the Bluesbreakers name with a top-notch quintet, including guitarists Walter Trout and Coco Montoya, circa 1984.  This combo was at the peak of their powers in 1987 when a gig at Iowa State University was captured on camera.  The […]

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Before discussing The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Memories DVD, it must be stated that there are absolutely no performances on the disc that were actually recorded by The Beatles themselves.  While many of the songs from the classic Beatles album are approximated by relatively unknown musicians to set the stage for the piece, the rights […]

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Redemption is a progressive metal band that was formed in Los Angeles in 2000 around the talents of guitarist Nick van Dyk. Despite lineup changes, the group has released three albums to great critical and audience acclaim.  Some significant fans are the members of Dream Theater, who invited Redemption to support them during their 2007 […]

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Rush – “Snakes & Arrows Live” DVD

by TW on February 5, 2009

Snakes & Arrows Live is an exciting and important document of Rush on tour in Amsterdam, during the fall of 2007. The three-DVD set is notable not just for the music (27 songs in all) but for the fantastic high-definition footage. We get up-close shots of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart as they […]

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