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Neil Peart - A Work in Progress
Neil Peart - A Work in Progress
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational
NR     2002     3hr 40min

This 2-DVD box documents the "work in progress" of recording Rush's "Test for Echo" album, as well as Neil himself, in the studio. Neil's special approach to drums is featured in songs from "Test", also a 4 camera shoot as...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Special Interests, Educational
Studio: Warner Brothers Pub.
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/23/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 02/12/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 3hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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David Freis | Florida | 05/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was captivated and completely enthralled when I first bought and watched this masterpiece. It is well over 2 and 1/2 hours of pure amazement and wonder. Neil as I expected is an excellent teacher and does a wonderful job explaining each song in beautiful detail and example. Every song from Test For Echo is played by Neil and afterwards he explains the major parts of the song and explains the what and whys of why he did what he was trying to accomplish through his drum parts. Neil plays the drums to backing tracks sans drums and he is just such a master at the art of drumming. The majority of the video takes place inside a studio, but he is shown out in nature, rowing a boat, walking through snow in snowshoes and is even shown on a back porch demonstrating how he warms up on a practice pad. Nature is used to explain his new techinique by speaking in terms of roundness. His drum study with drum guru Fred Gruber is gone over in great detail and Neil talks of how a new approach of drumming was taken on. A definite must have!"
Rosey | bayside, ny United States | 01/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, I am not a drummer--just a big Rush Fan for the past 20 years. When I bought this I was worried it would be too technical (i.e. just for drummers). But, there is much more on the DVD. First, even if you are not interested in the technical stuff, there is a "performance only" track on the DVD, so it is basically watching a video of all of the TFE songs, with great close-ups and angles on Neil.The other option is to watch all of the videos and after each one Neil explains the drum parts, etc. I am kind of lost with this stuff, but it is nice to hear Neil speak, as he is not accesbile very much in other forums (i.e. interviews, etc.). There is also stuff in the beginning of the DVD about how Neil became interested in drumming, how he met Rush, etc. The only thing I was dissapointed about is that it would be cool to see this same thing with albums I like more (i.e. A Farewell to Kings, Moving Pictures, Presto, Signals, Vapor Trails, etc.)"
A Work In Progress
Jonathan Levinson | Montreal, Canada | 07/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video is EVERYTHING you're hoping it will be. Neil describes in minute detail the philosophy underlying his style of playing- he communicates verbally with the same rapid fire clarity and sincerity that is so evident in his playing. This is a priceless instructional video not just for drummers, but for any professional engaged in perfecting his/her own work in progress. Inspiring, affirming, exhilirating.. spectacular sequences of him in the studio- just what you'd imagine, but clearer, steadier- the camera is as curious as you are. This video is the medium you've been waiting for to communicate to others why you've loved Rush for so long, and why you admired Neil as a musician, philosopher, and Zen master."
A Work In Progress is Brilliant!
Brian Andonian | Plymouth, MI USA | 12/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What can I say? Three hours of Neil Peart playing drums and lecturing on the fine art of percussion. Shows Neil playing every song on the Test for Echo Album. Detailed explainations of various drumming methods and concepts are also included, along with a poster and a music book for all songs. You need to buy this now!"