Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Wonderful, but what's all the intrigue of the red scarf?
Geoff Hall | Borehamwood, UK | 02/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In some shots, she has a scarf wrapped around the belt of her dress. On others shots, it's not there! Now you see it, now you don't - sometimes in the same song, it's there one second and not the next. Should we put it down to poor continuity? What the heck - I don't mind....
What I do mind is the fact that this is such a warm and wonderful little gem of a DVD. I've always liked the album - all the songs are fabulous, but to see her perform them as on the CD is very special. This seems to be an intimate little concert, with only James Hooker seen accompanying Nanci on keyboards. However, I'm certain there is at least one more guitarist playing in the background somewhere.
Whatever! It's a little masterpiece and Nanci has this really comfortable rapport with the audience, which adds to the intimacy. At the end of the set, with the credits going up, there's a nifty little treat when she sings the "Wichita Falls Waltz" - a short and humorous piece which I had not heard before and is not on the original album.
The videos are a joy - I love all five tracks, but "I Knew Love", "I Don't Want To Talk About Love" and "Late Night Grande Hotel", (in which she looks stunning and different - it's the eye make-up and the fringe) are fantastic. The songs are breathtaking, but the videos enhance them.
Go and buy this - it is a wonderful gem. I wonder if there are any more of these DVDs just waiting to be unleashed on the unsuspecting public. Let's hope so.
Nanci at her adorable best!
R. Newton | Howell, NJ, USA | 02/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Forget the grainy video quality, this is a must-have for any of Nanci's fans. I have loved the original CD since it became my introduction to Nanci Griffith many years ago. This concert pre-dates most of her more successful releases (Storms, Flyer, Other Rooms), but I am in awe of the budding talent in evidence on this DVD. Her charm and wit flow freely on gems like Love at the Five and Dime and Once in a Very Blue Moon. The inclusion of There's A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret) is a delightful addition not present on the original CD. Also welcome are the videos of five songs which I had never had the opportunity to previously enjoy.
If you are a new fan, or a long-time friend...you will not be able to resist a smile and will be glad you parted with the few dollars to own this delightful release. I know that I will enjoy it over and over for many years to come."
At last! This performance is on DVD!
Chronos467 | Pelham, Alabama | 02/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great performance of Nanci at her finest. The sound has been cleaned up remarkably from the VHS edition (especially good is the DTS), but unfortunately the picture has not (that's why only four stars). MCA obviously put very little money into the project in the first place because it looks as if it were recorded on someone's home video camera -- it does look better than it did but there was just so much they could do. One thing has always puzzled me about this, however; for some reason the performance of "Wing and the Wheel" that is one the CD edition of this concert has been left out of both the VHS and DVD editions. The addition of the videos is a very welcome bonus. I had never seen most of them as no music channel has the good sense to play Nanci Griffith."
Nanci's my favorite singer--what else can I say?
Nostalgic for the '50s | 08/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Nanci from nearly twenty years ago, and she sings and looks GREAT (she still does!). As for the on-again, off-again red scarf mystery mentioned by an earlier reviewer, this was obviously caused by the fact that the videos were edited from more than one concert performance. The selection of songs in the concert segment of this DVD is also slightly different from those on the "One Fair Evening" CD--again obviously due to the fact that more than one version of the concert was recorded. In any event, disappearing red scarf or not, this DVD is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and the bonus videos are a great plus! The only "downside" to this DVD, if any, is that it is not LONG enough! I LOVE Nanci!"