My DVD & Blu-Ray Collection Part 10 – Music


I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this post and video is part 10, looking at some of my favourite music shows and artists. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂

  • Live Aid. This is the classic live concert from the 80s to raise money for Africa. There are so many big name artists in here, and it was a really good show. Of course, I was way too young to remember it at the time, so this DVD was the first chance I got to properly watch it. Queen and U2 were brilliant in particular I think.
  • Live 8. This which was the sequel to Live Aid that took place relatively recently. It’s 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, and there’s some other big names in there too.
  • Live At Knebworth. This was a charity gig for a music charity. This went on all day I believe, it was a massive show from what I understand. So these are only very brief highlights. I know a lot of people would love to see the whole thing released on DVD, and it’s a shame they haven’t done so. But what you’ve got here is good.
  • 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.
  • Party At The Palace. This was a concert for the Queen’s Jubilee, famously opening with the performance of the national anthem by Brian May on the roof of Buckingham Palace, which was a brilliant performance. And the whole show was pretty good fun.
  • Prom At The Palace. This was the classical concert that accompanied the Jubilee celebrations.
  • The Strat Pack Live In Concert. Here you get some big name guitarists like Brian May and Joe Walsh paying tribute to guitarists of years gone by. A very good show.
  • The Tube. Not the London Underground, this is the music show The Tube. And this is the best of the first series. They haven’t done compilations of the other series since this one unfortunately. But there are some really fun performances on here, and some really fun clips from the rest of the show as well. It was a properly mad programme. Again, it was before my time, but it’s great to see it here. Paula Yates and Jools Holland clearly had a lot of fun making it.
  • AC/DC. I’ve got quite a few DVDs of theirs, including music videos and promotional clips and, above all, live shows. 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 it really comes across well. And you get all the classic tracks on these shows, they give the audience their money’s worth, no doubt about that. The DVDs of theirs I have include:
    • Let There Be Rock.
    • No Bull: The Director’s Cut.
    • Live At Donington.
  • The Beatles 1+. This has their music videos and some other bonus videos as well. A lot of them I hadn’t seen before, so it’s good to have them.
  • Blondie. Another great band, and I have a few DVDs of theirs, including:
    • Greatest Video Hits. Contains some of of their music videos.
    • Blondie Live – A live show they did there for the BBC. It’s not the best edited DVD in the world though. Not only is it a short performance, but it gets cut off halfway through Sunday Girl at the end when it fades out, which is a great disappointment.
    • Live By Request. This is a complete show that they did for American television, where people requested tracks for them to play. And it sounds and looks really good, they did a really great performance here. I’ve also got the live album to go with it.
  • Brian May & Kerry Ellis – The Candlelight Concert. This is one of the concerts they’ve done, and they are so good together. Kerry’s got an amazing voice, and Brian’s an amazing guitar player, and they really work well together. They’ve done a couple of albums as well, plus they’ve got another one on the way. So they’re well worth checking out as a partnership.
  • Cliff Richard & The Shadows – The Final Reunion. 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.
  • Deep Purple:
    • Come Hell Or High Water. There are some interviews between the songs here, which is a bit of an interruption, and it’s not one of their best shows. But it’s still nice to have.
    • Live At Montreux. This has a couple of shows 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 the songs are still goo.
    • Deep Purple With An Orchestra, Live In Verona. Deep Purple and an orchestra sound really good. It’s nice to get an orchestra behind big bands sometimes, and it sounds really good here.
    • Def Leppard – Best Of The Videos. This is another brilliant band. Not just because they’ve got a disabled drummer, but they are just very good.
    • Viva! Hysteria. This is a great live show.
  • Dire Straits Live  -Alchemy Tour. This is a brilliant DVD, with some great performances. They can go for quite a while and they’re really well worth watching.
  • The Eagles – Hell Freezes Over & Farewell 1 Tour. Another brilliant band with some great live shows. They go on for quite a while too, so much so that the FArwell 1 show takes up 2 discs. And the band do look and sound brilliant on these DVDs.
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Live In Hyde Park. This is a great show. Jeff Lynne is just one of the greats of all time in music, and his new album for ELO was brilliant too.
  • 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. It’s pretty good too.
  • Freddie Mercury:
    • The Video Collection. Freddie was a great performer, a complete one-off, an absolute genius. He was a great loss to the music industry and the world when he passed away.
    • Barcelona – Special Edition. This is a 4-disc set of the album that he did with Montserrat Caballé. You get the original album, then an orchestrated version they did, re-orchestrating the tracks with a fresh orchestra, the way perhaps it was meant to be done. And there are a few videos on there, so that’s way I’ve included it in the DVD set, even though there are some CDs in there too.
    • The Great Pretender. This is a documentary about Freddie. 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.
    • Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs. This is another really interesting documentary about him. You can only wonder what he would have done had he still been alive today, he was just brilliant.
    • Hank Marvin Live. This is very good, he’s a brilliant guitar player.
    • 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, they’re probably the heaviest band I’ve got. But it’s good to get into music like this sometimes. They were recommended to me by a friend and I thought I’d try them out, and I’ve really enjoyed them. So I just ended up collecting lots of DVDs by them of their various live shows. You can see the full list in the video.
    • Led Zeppelin – DVD Boxset. Another of my all time favourite bands, and this is a great DVD set of various live shows. It’s very well put together with some nice extras on there as well. The picture and sound quality they’ve restored it to is very, very good.
    • The Song Remains The Same. This is a concert film they did, upgraded to Blu-ray so it looks even better, and has more extras too. So that’s another nice show to have.
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd. They are a brilliant band from America. So many great songs – you can’t really beat Free Bird for a start, it’s such an epic, brilliant track, and they’ve done so many other great songs as well. So I have a collection of pretty much all their live shows that they’ve released to date. It’s a great shame that the original members died so young. But it’s great that others have carried on the legacy since, and they still sound great. And sometimes they have an orchestra with the band as well, which really adds a nice extra touch, especially for songs like Tuesday’s Gone, Simple Man or Free Bird. And I have a show there where they perform their first two albums in their entirety, which is very cool. You can see the full list of DVDs in my video.

So that’s the end of my first part of my music DVDs. There are a couple more parts to go. I hope you found something there that interested you. And I will see you for part 11 very soon!

Author: Glen

Vsually impaired, with Aniridia & Nystagmus. I'm a fan of Doctor Who, classic sitcoms, Queen and 60s-80s rock & pop. I like to blog about my experiences as a disabled person, and about the things I enjoy in general.

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