Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Live at Apollo|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
This 122 minute DVD features Roxy Music's Reunion World Tour of 2001, the first time the band has played together since their Avalon date of 18 years ago. This concert was filmed live at the Hammersmith Apollo on Oct. 1, ... more »
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For Your Pleasure!
Dennis Hawley | 07/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I put the DVD into the player with some trepidation. Loved Roxy at their peak in the Seventies and Eighties, but hadn't heard from / of them for the best part of 15 years. I needn't have worried one bit. The Man and the Band are in fine form, both visually and sonically, and perform truly first rate renditions of their best album and single tracks in this 2001 concert recording.
If you weren't a big Roxy fan, there will be a few unfamiliar tunes during the first half of the disc, but keep watching as the second half is basically a back-to-back Greatest Hits sequence and is a real treat for everybody. And talk about hits, what truly great hits they were indeed. Innovative, catchy and supremely well-crafted, they have stood the test of time very well, which is more than can be said about the music from most other "visual" bands of the era. From the lilting Avalon, through the addictive Love Is The Drug and the slightly manic Street Life, this is British pop/rock of the highest caliber. The lucky London Apollo audience certainly had a good time, and so did I! Why I even caught a glimpse of Mr. Ferry smiling a couple of times!
Video production and audio quality are also excellent, though to split hairs, I would have liked more than one "overhead flying camera" route, and from memory, the lead vocals were a little more upfront in the original renditions. This can be easily rectified by increasing center channel volume in a surround sound setup. Pan-and-Scan viewers will experience exceptional camera framing, while Wide-screen viewers will feel more immersed in the entire concert atmosphere. As a personal observation, I found the drum sound a little "soft" (intentionally perhaps, for that Seventies sound?), with less transients than other recent recordings. Conversely, I found the stage a little clinical (what, no dry ice?!?) and anyone hoping to see the "trademark" seductive Roxy ladies of yore will have to make do with more contemporary versions (not a bad thing, really). Other than providing lyrics, the only other extra on the DVD is a tastefully executed short documentary, informally hosted by band member Phil Manzanera, of the band preparing for and beginning the tour series.
So here we have it Ladies and Gentlemen. A truly fine DVD memento from a band whose music and legacy will live on and on, For Your Pleasure!"
Robert Truchan | Blossom Rd., Little Cayman Isl. Cayman Islands | 04/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To the people who pu this disc down, open your minds, sit back, turn it loud, and be prepared to get blown away. To a younger generation brought up on Brittney, Usher American Idol, Outkast, and other flavors of the minute, I hope these people can do 1/10th of what Roxy Music did this night after doing this for thirty some years.
The energy is extraordinary, would have liked a couple of more songs, but this has it all. If Jealous guy doesn,t bring tears to your eyes, and Do the Strand doesn't have you doing the Strand, then you are dead.
If I could give this 10 stars I would. These are masters on top of their craft, consummate professionals, and they enjoyed every minute.
If you haven't bought this, buy it, If you have it show it to everyone you know, it will be worth it.
The only live discs that I have that even come close to this are Manfred Mann Angel Station Live, and Jean Michel Jarre live in Moscow.
these are very good, but for energy in a performance this is the best.
Let's see what the next 30 years brings.
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 02/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most reunions smack of either desperation or poor judgement. It's a sad attempt to try and recapture lightning in a bottle. That isn't the case with this smart, sharp reunion concert by the four core Roxy Music members. Roxy Music roared out of the hoary cliches of the 60's with a smart, ironic sense of humor and a love of all things pop art. They could easily sail from irony drenched dispatches from the fringe of romance (Bitter's End)to sharpened pile driven riff rock full of desire (All I Want Is You) and still have time for tea.
The band's reunion tour recaptured the fire of their youth; the band sounded sharper than they had in years. Live At The Apollo cruches their last live video (The High Road) and album where the performances were lukewarm at best. By the end, it's clear that the band was weary of being Roxy Music. This great DVD captures the band revisiting their past without wallowing in it. Although it's missing a number of key Roxy songs, the songs that the band performs cover the highlights of their career. Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy MacKay and Paul Thompson manage to breath new life into these classic songs. While they don't stray too far from the original arrangements, there are a number of minor changes that make the songs still surprising.Mother of Pearl, Out of the Blue, My Only Love all receive powerful performances. Out of the Blue in particular benefits from the added performance of keyboardist/violinist Lucy Wilkins (she more than fills the shoes of departed members Eddie Jobson & Brian Eno). Colin Good (who performed on both of Ferry's last two solo albums)mans the keyboards while guitar ace Chris Spedding (a contributor to a number of Ferry solo albums and a terrific guitarist on a number of overlooked solo albums)replaces long time second guitarist Neil Hubbard.All the players do a great job. It's as if Paul Thompson hasn't been away all these years. Both Manzanera and MacKay sound great and are clearly having the time of their lives. While Ferry has lost some of his upper register, his ability to interpret the material has only grown. His delivery isn't always as smooth as it once was but he manages to find the right inflection every time. He's aged well and looks great on stage.No solo album material is included just the core of the Roxy catalog. The only missing tracks that should have been included is the amazing The Thrill of It All, Prairie Rose, Just Another High, Pyjamarama and Angel Eyes. The sound quality is top notch and the 5.1 mix perfect. Ferry and company haven't forgotten the visual aspect of the show (always an important Roxy element). The nice visual touches only enhance the material."
Masterful Brian with the troups
Wayne Klein | 12/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first reviewer needs to have his system set up right before he writes a negative review about the bass/subwoofer. The six channels work great at my pad. I saw the concert in Minneapolis July 2001. It sounds as good here, and it's great video to go with it. This one will get viewed often. The DTS and Digital Dolby both work great with the audience in the rear surrounds. The stereo was fine too, and hey, all had subwoofer. Give this one an eleven! Rock on Roxy!!"