Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Beth Hart - Live at Paradiso|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
In May of 2004, Beth Hart returned to Amsterdam for a triumphant SRO performance at the Paradiso, one of the city?s most beautiful concert halls. Having just come off her 2003 European Tour, Beth and her band were ready to... more »
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F. Gentile | Lake Worth, Florida, United States | 04/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why I'm writing a review of this dvd, as I agree wholeheartedly with all the reviews already posted here. But, I feel compelled to add my two cents about this most phenomenal of artists. Either God or Satan, I'm not sure which (maybe it was a collaborative effort)must have been bored one day and decided to create magic. Taking the best parts of Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Otis Redding, John Lee Hooker, Carole King,
Robert Plant, and a dash of Edith Piaf, they combined with atomic energy, several forces of nature such as hurricanes and tornadoes, the pure unapologetic sexuality of the most sensual of strippers, the humanity of mankind, coated the whole mess with nitro glycerine, then dropped it from the sky...waiting to see what would happen.The result was Beth Hart. From the first time I saw the image of this uninhibited,then sickly looking little creature slink onto the Star Search stage those many years ago, and unleash the first notes from her incredible voice, I was hooked. Then, she disappeared for years. While she did develope a loyal following, she was basically in obscurity. I simply couldn't understand how such a huge talent was almost completely unknown. I have since learned of course that the general masses prefer no talents like Brittney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, both of whom would justly scamper off into their own blessed obscurity should they ever be in the presence of Beth Hart. I have unfortunately never seen Beth Hart perform live. When I recently discovered this "Live At Paradisio" dvd, I ordered it immediately. What with my huge admiration for her, and the consistently glowing reviews of others here, I had no doubts about being pleased with it. I still wasn't prepared for the rush I received upon viewing, however. There are very, very few performers who truly excite, they range from boringly offensive, to pleasently talented, to enjoyable, to outstanding. But, the ones who make your mouth hang open in awe, your eyes roll back in your head, and your nipples get hard, are few and far between. This dvd is a perfect example of the unbelievable talent of this woman. Not only is she incredibly bright, a survivor, but she is a brilliant songwriter. Her voice, of course, is the real head-shaker though. She has,without a doubt, the most rangeful, controlled, masterful, powerful voice in rock history. That she can take classics, such as Humble Pies "Doctor", and Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and actually better them, is a feat not usually pulled off. She slinks around the stage, spewing water from her bottle, writhing, twisting,shaking, and doing everything with her audience short of official sexual consummation. Listen, I'm (...), and watching her makes me want to turn straight. That she can turn right around hot off the the tail of her renditions of these rock anthems and perform the most tender, beautiful, soul searching self-penned ballad is further proof of her singular power. Beth Hart does not perform, there is nothing about what she does that is "staged." She is possessed. I don't know by what, but, there is no earthly explanation for what this girl does. The magic extends in the way she connects with her audience. Getting right down in there with them, but never for an instant losing her hold on the song she is singing, looking directly into their eyes in a mutual wallowing of love, appreciation, and admiration, she leaves all present under the magic of her spell, being at once so totally human yet so totally supernatural.I could go on and on with what to some may sound like ridiculous anologies, but, I guarantee that if you were to buy this dvd, you'd agree with the thousands who already know that this girl is not the greatest, most talented and important female rock star of all time. She is THE greatest, most talented and important rock star EVER, male or female. The bonus addition here, of Beth in interview, at home, backstage, etc...is a welcome extra to those who will learn what her ardent fans are also already aware of, that Beth is a warm, compassionate, "real" person... there is no *Star* present here in this contradictorily most glorious of stars. I hope the incredible light shining from this girl lasts a long, long time. There have been so few like her, in any form of the arts. She is one of the phenomenons of the century, her talent a gift to humanity, and that's no exaggeration."
Jeffery Amidon | Washington State (USA) | 03/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Awesome... In truth there are no words that can paint a picture of the power this artist possesses for healing your spirit. The really important things in our lives always seem to get lost. Beth reminds us what they are through her unique sensuality, sex appeal, and voice of experience. If your life isn't going so well, save the money for a therapist and buy this DVD. In 16 wonderful pieces of music she will put your life back into perspective, and heal your soul. Life is all about people and love.
Beth has been influenced by many great artists and a comparison to any of them is certainly a complement, but she has a style that is her own. No one can predict the future but I believe she will continue to grow and reach out to all of us through her music and has become an icon in my world of music, as they all have.
Phillip Wells | Phoenix, AZ | 03/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Beth's since Immortal and last month on a whim i checked for any new releases by her, and i swear to you i about fell outta my chair when i saw this. i've wanted nothing more for over two years now than to see Beth Hart live.
Now that i've seen the dvd, oh man, it is worth every penny and should totally be more than what's being charged on this site.
Another reviewer doesn't like "Am i the one" which is totally cool, but to see how she interacts with the crowd on that one....she has the whole auditorium SIT DOWN while she joins them on the floor. It's insane.
In this age of Britney's and J-Lo's passing rehashed performances off as being an artist, this dvd shows why it is indeed a shame that Beth's not more popular. She doesn't just sing the songs and play the instruments, she LIVES the songs, gets into them til they have her gyrating on the floor or in the lap of a girl in the front row!!!!
And the cool thing is, yeah she sounds like a hippie, but it's totally her, everything about her is REAL. she's so f*cking happy to be there and any adulation from the crowd sends her into a laughing fit. it's amazing.
I'd love nothing more than to meet beth and give her a big hug and thank her for all the times she's given me goosebumps just by the power of her voice.
So yeah if you're any kind of fan, buy this, this will add to the hardcore fans love for beth and certainly cement any casual fans into the hardcore niche.
rock on BETH!!"
F. Rocca | OH, USA | 02/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A vortex of spirituality, sexuality, energy, and blues, Beth Hart is as hot as a two-wicked candle - even while sober, especially while sober. She is very much akin to Janis Joplin, especially because she doesn't try to be like anyone, a true hippie with the raw sensuality of Juliette Lewis and the searing soul of Joplin and Joe Cocker at their peaks; Beth Hart already is a blues legend. While mesmerized at home by her performance at the Paradiso, I wasn't sure if I wanted to snatch my speakers off the wall and pitch them into my set, exactly because they were only just that, or hold her hand while I lied to her just once to ease the fear of life, that plea in her eyes which eminates from the place where her talent lies; instead, I went online and purchesed Hart's DVD to replace the rental. I read all the reviews beforehand and said "yeah, right, we'll see..." Guess what? She is that talented, that hot - smokin'! Thank you, Beth, for having tasted the blues, for squeezing sugar from the bitter, for crying when you're happy and laughing in the face of adversity."