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Relentless: The Concert
Relentless The Concert
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2003     2hr 45min

This DVD gives you an insider's view into how the unique CD Relentless, featuring all new material, was recorded at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on May 14th, 2003. Hear Walter Trout tell the audience the stories behind his n...  more »

     
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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Blues
Studio: Ruf Records
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/02/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Absolutely brilliant .... a must have!!!!!!
Proudmomofagayson | Berkshire, UK | 02/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD release is the extended and unabashed version of the CD of the same name. Marie Trout (Walter's wife) woke up one night and decided that it might be an idea to, instead of just working on a new CD, to take the idea out into a venue (in this case, the famous Paradiso Club in Amsterdam) and record it live in front of an appreciative studio audience. Walter has always sounded better in the flesh, so this is a great idea and really showcases his abilities in a way not afforded by a mere studio album. The DVD features extra tracks such as Dust My Broom and some of his previous songs but both versions feature his now trademark '73 Fender Strat screaming and tearing through a great setlist.He also gets to play acoustic guitar on a couple of tracks, namely 'Lonely Tonight' and the spiritual 'Jericho Road' where Walter plays some beautiful unplugged solo parts, as well as a custom-made Vigier electric guitar that adds a different feel to the more rocky tracks. What's evident here is the sensitivity of the man, which sometimes gets lost on his regular outings, a sense of light and shade and of balancing out the various sides of his personality. It also shows that there is very little in the way of sweetening up and that what you hear on an album (as is evidenced here) is Walter and the Boys. The whole show is infused with Walter's untamed and incendiary musicianship. There are a plenty of introductions to songs, so you get the background to them. There is even a joke told by Jimmy Trapp, imitating the great Saul Liebermann. The band are in great spirits throughout and there is no holding back from any of them at all, they play their hearts out and it's no wonder really, as the Paradiso is Walter's favourite venue on Planet Earth.The extras feature a Backstage Pass where Walter shows us (among many things) a self-flushing toilet and talking hand drier. There are a couple of bonus tracks and a chance to meet the band and what a great bunch of fellas they are too. Plus, there is an interview with Walter, carried out by his 'lovely wife Marie' at the very end. All in all, this DVD will satisfy any self-respecting WT fan, packed as it is to the rafters with great songs, great humour and a real sneak peek at the great man himself."
Relentless Is Awesome! AAA+++
Barry Elder | Tell City, Indiana United States | 12/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is a must have. Wonderfully done, picture and sound quality A+! Walter Trout is one of the finest guitar players in the world and he shows it on this DVD.Along with his extraordinary playing are his vocals that are fantastic. The band with him is awesome, Joey Parfumi on drums and Jimmy Trapp playing bass really lay down the groove while Sammy tears it up on organ. I ordered two to give out for xmas, I'm ordering another because this is just so good my son's guitar teacher has to get one too. This is an awesome DVD! Buy It!!!"
The most underrated guitarist in the world!
Samuel G. Powell | Kaneohe, HI United States | 02/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I only give 5 star reviews, because I'm only interested in turning people on to the things I love most. Walter Trout has just entered that category. Playing just his stratocaster through a Mesa Boogie Mark IV amp with the rare Mesa Boogie Leslie-copy rotating speaker and no effects, Walter Trout pulls out all the stops in this incredible concert.

He has been unfairly accused of being derivative (gimme a break! ALL blues rock is derivative!) He has been unfairly accused of copping Stevie Ray's style and riffs. They have common blues roots, but Trout is much less reliant on effects, and clearly has his own chops influenced by a number of the blues greats (Albert King, to name one) and he even pulls off some of the same speed and volume-knob manipulation of the late great Roy Buchanan. Plus, having played with John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton, he has firmly established his credibility as a genuine bluesman, even if he is doing blues/rock now. To put it simply, he's absorbed the best blues/rock influences and blended them into his own passionate, fiery style.

I'm a fair guitarit myself, and after one viewing of the DVD and several listens to the CD of Relentless, Trout is the one guitarist whose style I would most aspire to master. As a solo act he is generous to his band members in letting them stretch out on their own instruments instead of just having them playing rote accompaniment.

It is also clear that lyrically he comes from a very genuine place. Collingswood is a great example, wherein he effectively conveys the fear, pain and anger (and relief and comfort from other family) of growing up in a household with a violent alcoholic stepfather. He pulls his blues from deep within his own soul, and when he rocks hard he takes his solos right up to the edge of cacophony, momentarily crosses that line, and then takes complete melodic control again. If he has anything like a weak point it would be his acoustic songs, which don't quite convey the same passion as his electric work, but even then he still packs more genuine emotion and heartfelt melody into the acoustic material than most other acts in his genre.

If you love blues, rock, blues/rock, and even some metal guitar, this DVD is a rare treasure. I sat dumbfounded with a satisfied smirk on my face through the entire first viewing of this DVD. The production values are also a guitarist's dream, with the visual focus clearly placed on Trout's style and technique. The interviews, while not slickly produced or eloquent, reveal exactly what you'd want to know about this virtuoso after hearing him - his gear and how he uses it, influences and background - all relevant background on his music and how he makes it.

I like this every bit as much as anything by Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, Gary Moore, Stevie Ray, Clapton, or any of the other rock/blues fusion guitarists. Only one copy in stock as I write this - I really hope Amazon and Ruf records will keep making this available to the world. I'd heard of Walter Trout some time ago when I lived in Orange County CA, and now I'm kicking myself in the okole for not seeing him at the coachhouse or other clubs there - odds are he won't be playing in Hawaii anytime soon. BUY THIS DVD RIGHT NOW! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!"