I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this is part 10, looking at some of my favourite music shows and artists. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂
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Hi everybody. We’re now on to part 10 of my DVD collection, and for the last few parts we’re gonna go through my music DVDs, because I’m a big music fan.
So we’re starting off here with Live Aid, the classic live concert from the 80s to raise money for Africa. So many big name artists in here, it was a really good show. I mean, I was way too young to remember it at the time, I was only 2 or 3, so this DVD was the first chance I got to really see it. And it’s a very good show. Particularly the acts like Queen and U2 were brilliant in that. And then I’ve also got Live 8, which was the sequel to it that took place relatively recently. Not as good, I’m not as big a fan of some of the artists in here, but there’s still some pretty good performances. Again, U2 were very good in this, and there’s some other big names in there too.
And then Live At Knebworth. This was a charity gig for a music charity. This went on all day I think, it was a massive show from what I understand, and these are only very brief highlights in effect. I know a lot of people would love to see the whole thing released on DVD Live Aid style really. It’s a shame they haven’t done more than that. But what you’ve got there is good, it’s still fun.
And then The Old Grey Whistle Test. This is a compilation of the best bits from that show. Again, it was before my time, so for me it’s the first time seeing a lot of these performances. And it’s a very interesting DVD, a very comprehensive collection. Very interesting to see when you’ve never seen these things before. And if you have seen these performances, again you’ll probably want to get those to because, you know, they were very much one-offs a lot of the time.
Then Party At The Palace. This was a concert for the Queen’s Jubilee, famously started with the performance of the national anthem by Brian May on the roof, which was a brilliant performance. And the show show was pretty good fun. And then this is Prom At The Palace, which was the classical concert that accompanied it. Yeah, they were nice concerts to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
And then The Strat Pack Live In Concert. This is some big name guitarists like Brian May and Joe Walsh, basically paying tribute to guitarists of years gone by. I mean there’s some classic tracks in there. Very, very good show.
And then The Tube. Not the London Underground, this is the music show The Tube. This is the best of the first series. They haven’t done compilations of the other series since this one unfortunately. But there’s some really fun performances on here, and some really fun clips from the rest of the show as well. It was a properly mad show. Again, before my time really, but it’s great to see it here. Paula Yates and Jools Holland, they had a lot of fun making it, clearly.
And then we’re on to a number of DVDs by individual artists then. So we’re starting off with one of the classic rock bands, AC/DC. I’ve got quite a few DVDs of theirs, including music videos and promotional clips and, above all, live shows, lots of live performances I’ve got here. They’re just a great fun band, so many great songs, so many catchy tracks to sing along to and dance along to. Their live concerts look really fun, they always have a lot of fun with it, and really enjoy themselves, and it really comes across well with these. Again, all the classic tracks on these shows, they give the audience their money’s worth, no doubt about that.
There’s a Blu-ray there, Let There Be Rock. And I think music DVDs always look and sound a bit better in Blu-ray quality when you can get them. And then No Bull: The Director’s Cut. Again, the more AC/DC the better, you can’t complain about that. There’s a few little extra features on there as well. So yeah, there’s quite a few discs here for them. There’s Live At Donington, in high definition again. Again, it’s been nice to get a good few Blu-rays of these guys.
And then The Beatles 1+. This is their music videos and some other bonus videos as well. Just a nice little collection to have of their stuff. A lot of them I hadn’t seen before, these videos. So that’s good to have in the collection, it’s a nice set.
Then Blondie, got a few DVDs of theirs, again another great band. This is their Greatest Video Hits, some of their music videos there. Again, lots of classic songs that everybody knows, they’re just a brilliant band. That’s a live show they did there for the BBC. It’s not the best edited DVD in the world admittedly, it gets cut off halfway through Sunday Girl at the end. It fades out, which is a great disappointment.
But this is a good live show, Live By Request, this is a complete show. This is one they did for American television, where people requested tracks and they did performances live. And it sounds and looks really good, they did a really great performance on here. And I’ve got the live album to go with it.
And then Brian May & Kerry Ellis. They’ve done some concerts together, and this is one of those on Blu-ray. And they are so, so good together. She’s got an amazing voice, and Brian May is an amazing guitar player of course. They really, really work well together. They’ve done a couple of albums as well, they’ve got another one on the way. And yeah, they’re well worth checking out as a partnership, they’re brilliant together.
And Cliff Richard & The Shadows, this is a concert they did together, reunited on stage. And that’s a great show again, lots of catchy songs, and there’s plenty of songs by Cliff and by The Shadows in there, nice mixture.
And Deep Purple, I’ve got a few live DVDs of theirs. This first one, Come Hell Or High Water, there are some interviews between the songs, which is a bit of an interruption, it’s not one of their best shows, but it’s still nice to have. And then there’s a couple of shows here, Live At Montreux, from two different years. And they’re very good. Obviously this late in the day it’s not the original line-up of the band but, you know, the songs are still good, they’re still well performed. Deep Purple With An Orchestra, Live In Verona. Deep Purple and an orchestra sound really, really good. It’s nice to get an orchestra behind big bands sometimes, and it sounds really good here.
And then Def Leppard, the best of their video collection. Again, they’re a brilliant band. Not just because they’ve got a disabled drummer, but they are just very, very good. And in there I’ve also stuck the DVD for their Viva! Hysteria live show, because that came in a CD case, rather than a DVD case. So I thought, well, I’ll just shove it in here instead.
And then Dire Straits Live, their Alchemy tour. Again, this is a brilliant DVD. Some epic performances on here, because they’ve done some really epic songs, you know. I mean Sultans Of Swing and Tunnel Of Love, and that kind of stuff. They can go for quite a while and they’re really well worth watching. They’re very good performers.
Then the Eagles. Again, brilliant band, a few live shows of theirs here. They go on for quite a while as well, there’s some really long shows in there. I mean, if you look there, their shows take up a couple of discs here as you can see, it just shows how long it is. But they look and sound brilliant on these DVDs, they’re very well done.
And then E.L.O., or Jeff Lynne’s E.L.O. as he’s having to call them now, Live In Hyde Park. Again, brilliant show, Jeff Lynne is just one of the greats of all time in music, he’s a real genius, very, very good. His new album for ELO was brilliant.
And then Francis Rossi Live At St Luke’s. He is of course from Status Quo, but he has a solo career as well, and this is one of his solo shows. Very, very good.
But then perhaps my favourite performer of all time, Freddie Mercury. A few DVDs of his, this is his video collection. He’s just a complete one-off, a complete genius. He was a great loss to the music industry and the world when he passed away. And there’s his Barcelona 4 disc set, that he did with Montserrat Caballé. There’s the original album, then there’s an orchestrated version they did, re-orchestrating the tracks with a fresh orchestra, the way perhaps it was meant to be done. And it sounds really, really good. And there’s a few videos on there, so that’s way I’ve included it in the DVD set, even though there’s some CDs in there.
And then Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender. This is a documentary about him. He led such a fascinating life, and he’s such a brilliant guy, it’s really interesting to find out about his history, and how he developed over the years. And there’s another documentary there – Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs. Again, really very, very interesting, he’s such a brilliant man. Like I say, he’s just such a loss to the world, really, because you can only wonder what he would have done had he still been alive today, you know. He was just brilliant.
And then Hank Marvin, this is a live show he did. Again, very, very good. He’s a brilliant guitar player. Not much you can say to that really.
And then Judas Priest, I’ve got a few DVDs of theirs. This is about as heavy as I go when it comes to things like heavy metal and heavy rock music, because they probably the heaviest band I’ve got. But yeah, it’s good to get into music like this sometimes. They were recommended to me by a friend and, you know, I thought I’d try them out. And yeah, they’re very good, and very enjoyable. You know, if you like just a bit of head-banging and a bit of hard rock then, yeah, they’re great. So I just ended up collecting lots of DVDs by them of their various live shows.
And then Led Zeppelin, again one of my all time favourite bands. And this is a great DVD set of theirs of various live shows. Very well put together and some nice extras on there as well. The picture and sound quality they’ve restored it to is very, very good. And then The Song Remains The Same, this is a concert film they did as well, upgraded to Blu-ray, so it looks even better, with more extras and things like that. So that’s another nice show to have.
And then Lynyrd Skynyrd, they are a brilliant band from America. So many great songs, I mean you can’t really beat Free Bird, it’s such an epic, brilliant track, and they’ve done so many other songs as well. And this is a collection of all their live shows really that they’ve released to date. I’ve got pretty much of them anyway that they’ve released. Because, like I say, they just sound great. And it’s a great shame that this band, the original members, died so young, you know. It’s a great, great shame. But it’s great that others have carried on the legacy since, and they still sound great, they still sound wonderful. And sometimes they have an orchestra with the band here as well, which really adds a nice extra touch. You know, if you’ve got songs like Tuesday’s Gone, or Free Bird, or things like that, or Simple Man, with an orchestra behind them, it really adds another extra nice touch to it. And there’s a show there where they perform their first two albums in their entirety, which have got some of their best songs on like Free Bird and I Ain’t The One, and all that kind of stuff.
So yeah, that’s the end of my first part of my music videos, a couple more parts to go. Hope you found something there that interested you. And I will see you for part 11 very soon. Bye for now.