Also released this month... Shining like a beacon in the depressing pre-Christmas landscape of mouldy old video collections and dodgy concert films is Jane's Addiction's Three DaysFilmed by Carter Smith and Kevin Ford on the band's 1997 Relapse tour, it's a fully-realised piece of rock cinema that dramatically transcends the limitations of your average tour documentary.
Also released this month…
Shining like a beacon in the depressing pre-Christmas landscape of mouldy old video collections and dodgy concert films is Jane’s Addiction’s Three Days
Filmed by Carter Smith and Kevin Ford on the band’s 1997 Relapse tour, it’s a fully-realised piece of rock cinema that dramatically transcends the limitations of your average tour documentary. You can’t make any such grandiose claims about Hold On To Your Structure. But as it features Ian Dury And The Blockheads playing at Hammersmith Odeon in 1985, you don’t really need much else. Of similar vintage is Frank Zappa’s Does Humor Belong In Music , a suitably zany 1984 live recording that includes such off-the-wall classics as “He’s So Gay”. Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” remains the most-played video on MTV to this day, and he’s still pushing at the boundaries of sound and vision. Growing Up Live was filmed on tour earlier this year and finds him suspended upside down, trapped inside a giant sphere and indulging in various other such circus-like exploits. No such fun on Genesis’ Live At Wembley Stadium , a thoroughly gormless set from 1987, long after Gabriel had abandoned the group to the AOR tendencies of Phil Collins. Eyes Wide Open is a double offering from prog-rock survivors King Crimson featuring two concert performances from 2000 and 2003. As both feature almost identical set lists, all but the most committed may feel that one disc would have sufficed. Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert In Central Park was recorded on the occasion of their less-than-united 1981 reunion, and includes a liberal selection of Simon’s solo hits, while Art is left to perform “Bridge Over Troubled Water” solo. But the best in-concert DVD of the month may well be The Allman Brothers’ Live At The Beacon Theater . Recorded in New York earlier this year, the Brothers are one of those bands whose records are a pale shadow of their former glories. But, like The Rolling Stones, they’re still a peerless live act, despite the fact that only Greg Allman and a pair of drummers remain from the original line-up.