Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Neil Diamond Thank You Australia Concert - Live 1976|
Actor: Neil Diamond
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Neil Diamond is an American legend. He is one of the finest and most successful songwriters of the last forty years as well as being a multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the most dynamic and consummate live... more »
Diamond at his Best
P. M. Hart | Melbourne, Australia | 06/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fantastic concert that show cases many of Neil Diamond's greatest hits. I still remember watching this concert live on TV as a teenager over 30 years ago. This concert is more in the 'Hot August Night' style - which is vastly superior to Neil Diamond's more recent DVD concerts and live CDs - there is no screaming, no mundane dialogue from an aging artist - just excellent music. This concert is highly recommended to anyone who is a fan of Neil Diamond's 60's and 70's style of delivery."
Ohh what could have been.
Dennis Driver | Pearland, Texas United States | 07/06/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a life long Neil Diamond fan, in fact I can remember being rocked to sleep as a baby to the echo's of Hot August Night, I was so excited to find this DVD and the era the it represented, the Mid-70's when Neil Diamond was the essential Singer-Songwritter of his generation. Nobody had yet heard of Billy Joel, Elton John or Bruce Springsteen. When it came to male singer-songwritters, Neil was the man. The song selection and concert presentation on this DVD is first rate a nice mix of his early classics and just released songs from Johnathan Livingston Seagull and Beutiful Noise recordings with an appropiriate amount of crowd interaction. In the Mid-70's Diamond's voice was still strong and he was singing his music, not talking it like he has progressed towards in the mid-80's and later. My biggest disappointment with this video is the sound mixing. Realizing this video is over 30 years old and there are serious sound limitations in the source tape, but still it does not appear to have been any effort or attempt to clean up the sound. There is no 5:1 suround sound offered and in portions of the DVD the sound has a repetative "hissing" that is either an poor dual layering of the disc or a source tape defect. I found this sound defect to be very distracting from an otherwise historical DVD presentation. It is a shame, the producers did not spend a few more dollars to clean up and present the audio in the first class presentation that it deserved. If the music from Woodstock/Jimi Hendrix and early Rolling Stones can be made almost prestine, then there is no excuse for the defects in this DVD's audio. So for the concert, songs, presentation 5 stars, for the audio 1 star, overall 3 stars, but ohh what it COULD have been."
Unedited. Great. Unusual 45 minute Interview with Neil as
dolphindave | Claremont | 07/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a MUST HAVE for any Neil Diamond fan. I consider it the BEST CONCERT FOOTAGE of Neil Diamond to date for it's wonderful song selection, the fact that it's unedited, and for Neil's good choice of wardrobe...seriously. (The "Love At The Greek," "Greatest Hits Live" and even the more recent "Stages" concert footage all capture him wearing outfits that are amongst the worst he's worn, and don't go with the deep introspection and rock edge of his music.)
This DVD captures the "James Dean" quality in Diamond's stage performance that was such a part of his early career, but never preserved on film....until now.
Also, there's an highly unusual 45 minute long interview with Neil Diamond in the "Bonus Features" section where the interviewer asks Neil some of the most personal and unusual questions you can imagine. Intriguing."
The Best Neil Diamond DVD ever!
Melvin Jay Babb | Lewiston Idaho | 07/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best Neil Diamond DVD to come out. Other Neil Diamond Dvds are either chopped up Tv specials or 60 min made for TV affairs. Not so with "Thank you Ausrailla" concert in March 1976. Recorded before a large crowd of 38000 people(a record at the time)You get the complete 2 hour concert plus bonus features.
Most experts agree that it's better to film a concert rather than videotaping it. However, It appears that the tapes have been preserved and taken care of. The quality of the picture and sound are very good.
There is a bonus track of "Morningside", which has been restored. During the origanal broadcast, it was cut short by a comerical break. I wish they would have edited this song into the concert. This is only a minor thing-no big deal.
If you are a diamond fan, you will want this DVD. Buy it. You won't find a more complete Neil Diamond concert on DVD than this!"