Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Josh Groban - Live at the Greek |
DVD + CD
Actor: Josh Groban
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Josh Groban's 2002 PBS "Great Performances" special was a #1 selling DVD and the best-selling long-form music video of 2003. His second "Great Performances" special, taped at L.A.'s Greek Theater this summer, will be broad... more »
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Disappointed with "Live at the Greek"
Fleur | 12/18/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Josh Groban has talent beyond compare and a voice so beautiful that I can't help but feel major disappointment with this second concert. I bought both of his concerts and there's definitely a difference in his voice. Where the first (2002) was beautiful in every way, the "Greek" is flawed. Groban's voice is strained and noticably nasal in some vocals. I don't buy the "defective DVD" excuse. That would be laughable if it weren't for the fact that I paid $29 for this concert DVD/CD set. If the vocal weaknesses weren't disappointing enough, I also have issues with the new arrangements for his standards like "Canto Alla Vita," the song he previously did in his first concert with the Coors. Josh goes to the keyboards and plays an introduction that sounds like scratching your fingernails across a chalkboard! What was that?! The staging, lighting, stuff projected on screens behind him were just annoying distractions."
A non-Grobanite's sincere opinion
K. Sullivan | Virginia - United States | 07/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own none of Josh Groban's studio CD's. I have never viewed his first live performance DVD. I know a little about him and consider him talented (though not the wunderkind others would suggest). Some time ago I saw bits of the "Live at the Greek" performance on PBS. I found it enjoyable and was moved by what I saw. The following day I visited Amazon to see if it was available. I read all the negative reviews and assumed I must have been confused or duped somehow by what I saw on television. I could not fathom that all the reviews were "wrong." The majority seemed to be complimentary of Josh Groban while blasting this particular performance. I concluded that if his fans hated it, it must really be bad. I therefore decided against ordering it.
Finally, many months later, after hearing "You Raise Me Up" a number of times on the radio, I decided I would just have to take the risk. When I ordered it, I decided that after seriously considering its quality I would review it here to present an unbiased albeit subjective view. I would either lend my voice to the howling critical masses or add one more quiet word of praise to those few sprinkled about.
And so I whisper my word of praise to be heard by those who care... The concert DVD is simply fantastic. Josh's personality is endearing. His voice is excellent. The musicians are incredible. The staging and effects create a delightful ambience. You are treated to a thoroughly enjoyable concert experience.
Josh appears very comfortable and seems to be enjoying himself. His piano playing and singing are wonderful (his drumming I can live with or without - if he's having fun with it, good for him). Lucia Micarelli, the featured violin soloist and concertmaster, is simply a vision. She plays beautifully and passionately and is a real treat to behold. The interplay between Josh's voice and her instrument is phenomenal. Bela Fleck is also quite good in his guest performance. Highlights for me are the instrumental "Nocturne/Bohemian Rhapsody", "Mi Morena", "Remember When it Rained" (this is what Josh's music is really all about), "Remember", "You Raise Me Up", and "America". The lighting and the visuals on the backstage screens add to the performance without overwhelming it. It was just a classy production (so what if the audience had light sticks... big deal!).
If I have a complaint, it is in the selection of songs featured on the CD. I wish more content of the DVD was included. I sorely miss "You Raise Me Up". Several other songs would have been welcome additions as well: "Nocturne/Bohemian Rhapsody", "My December", and any of the others for that matter. My suggestion is that if you want a Josh Groban CD, look elsewhere. This package is all about the DVD.
I encourage you not to be frightened away by the overwhelmingly negative reviews by Amazon customers. I have run across a few products that are overwhelmingly and baselessly criticized in this manner (positive reviews are skewered as unhelpful while negative reviews are extolled as helpful). You have here a phenomenal performance by a class act and a wonderful supporting cast. I give the DVD five stars and the CD three stars. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Josh at the Greek
Rosemary Crist | palmyra, pa United States | 09/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was present for the taping of this DVD. Both concerts were awesome. Josh was in full voice and hit every note. The light show was wonderful. The groband hit every note too. They were really rocking. The audience was very enthusiastic, and showed their appreciation for Josh's efforts.
This was my 9th and 10th time seeing Josh in concert and in my opinion the best ( despite my poor seats)
I feel this DVD will be a necessary addition to any Josh fan's collection. I also hope there is a lot of backstage footage for us to really see the man and the band being real people."
Groban could do better
Amazon Queen | 01/25/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am one of the few people who did not buy "Live at the Greek", mainly because I saw it on PBS in December and didn't care for it. Groban did not sound very well and his performance at this concert was not very good. I have his first concert DVD which was also recorded live, so it's really that the "Greek" concert is not that good. I've seen many of the guest shots and with all of them, and his recordings, he sounds fine. He just didn't in this latest offering. Groban definitely could do better work than this."