Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Director: Cristian Biondani
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
PAL/Region 2. The DVD recording of the extraordinary unplugged concert at MTV Italy on April 29th 2005. Giorgia is accompanied by 1 bass, 2 guitars, 4 string instruments, 6 vocalists and the magic trumpet of Blanchard and ... more »
New Concert, Some Old Material
bella bionda | 08/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I randomly stumbled upon Giorgia, who I believe to be one of the most talented singers in the world, when I was studying Italian several years ago. I've been a huge fan ever since. I think she has an absolutely beautiful voice that is rivalled by few other singers. Judging from other reviews of her albums on Amazon, those who have discovered Giorgia agree that she is one of their favorite singers.
I have listened to most of her albums and own several of them (I'm still building-up my collection). My favorite is, without a doubt, "I Primi Anni", a live in-concert recording from the early 90's. All of the tracks happen to be in English, and her renditions of popular songs are outstanding. I would highly recommend "I Primi Anni" to those wanting to see the extent of her talent. It is hard to get ahold of (you'll probably only find expensive used copies) but well worth it in my opinion. "I Primi Anni" is also sold as two separate albums called "Natural Woman" (my favorite) and "One More Go Round". Copies are occasionally available on Amazon (try the U.S. site as well as the UK, France, and Germany), but often quite expensive. Giorgia's other more recent albums are great, too, and are mostly sung in Italian. This is probably why she is not known by most of America. I don't know whether she will ever develop a bigger following in this country, but if more people heard her sing, I don't doubt that she would be extremely successful here. I have to say that I prefer that she is is more of a secret around here, though I wish her a well-deserved success outside of Italy.
Now about this specific album, "MTV Unplugged: Giorgia". I'd been waiting for this CD to come out ever since I read that Giorgia would be recording an MTV Unplugged concert. I was glad to learn that it was available on Amazon not long after its June 2005 release in Italy. Things I like about this particular CD are that it's a live recording, there are some new tracks, and she does renditions of some songs that I haven't heard her do before. One complaint I have is that there are many tracks I already have on other albums that really aren't arranged all that differently. Also, while Giorgia's voice is always right-on, some of her back-up singers and duets seems a bit off-key. This doesn't bother me too much, but I find it mildly distracting. I think I would have preferred her Unplugged concert to consist only of new tracks and new renditions of popular songs.
I guess what I really wanted was something more along the lines of "I Primi Anni". I'm still happy to own Giorgia Unplugged, and would recommend it to her fans that already appreciate her voice and music. For those who have not yet heard Giorgia, I would suggest starting with "I Primi Anni" or, for Italian tracks, one of her other albums. If you don't mind owning a greatest hits album, check out "Giorgia Greatest Hits: Le Cose Non Vanno Mai Come Credi", which contains most,but not all, of her best Italian songs."
Be very careful what you order!
J. LAPUZZA | Omaha, NE, USA | 12/29/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I became an instant Giorgia fan after I saw her sing with Luciano Pavarotti on his second "Pavarotti and Friends" concert, several years ago. When I saw that she had released a live "MTV Unplugged" DVD, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. When I received my order, I opened the box, took off the wrapper, and popped the disc in my DVD player. The front panel read "error",and the TV screen read "Not NTSC". I instantly learned that there are different formats of DVDs. The one I received was a PAL format, used in Europe and other countries, and not playable in DVD machines in the U.S. Since I had opened the package, neither the seller or Amazon will give me a refund. I looked up the item again, on Amazon.com, and it said that the format was NTSC. Now, I am out over thirty bucks and cannot enjoy this concert. If you ever order this DVD, please be absolutely sure it will work in your player."
Erica A. Johnson | Los Angeles, California | 11/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With only a couple new songs and some english classics with Giorgia's spin on them, I love this new CD.
Best 24 dollars I ever spent. Worth every penny for all you penny pinchers."
K. Puffs | USA | 07/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was in Italy when it aired on MTV, and the show was great!!!
Her single "Infinite Volte" makes this Cd worth every penny."