Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|RockApella In Concert|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Featuring a five-and-a-half octave range and a unique version of rock-influence, blue-eyed soul, a capella Rockapella are the ultimate unplugged artists. In this special, they perform their greatest hits as well as spectac... more »
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It's about time!
Shelagh Collins | Glenview, IL USA | 09/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Back in the days when Johnny Carson still hosted the "Tonight Show," Rockapella made a quick appearance - I've been hooked ever since.Unfortunately, I've only had the privilege of seeing them four times to date in person. But, aside from the (standard practice for any in-concert recording, of course) editing out of all the between-song patter, this DVD is a great substitute for all those shows I've missed over the years.If you've never had the opportunity of seeing these five guys on stage, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this disk. The kind of smooth, together harmonies they generate is phenomenal. Every voice in this group is a standout - and they each get to show off at least once on lead, including the amazing spit-maker, Jeff Thacher (his "drum solo" is still an unbelievable part of the show).One last incentive, for anyone who missed them in performance up until now, is that this DVD includes the inimitable Mr. Barry Carl who has now retired from Rockapella. His remarkable Julliard-trained, three-cellars deep bass voice and fantastically entertaining facial expressions will be sorely missed."
Live show NOT to be missed!
B. Seed | Bend, Oregon USA | 04/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rockapella shines in this performance feature. Not a complete "front to back" performance as it is obvious that the order of the songs has been changed so the show will flow better on video. The ONLY thing that is lacking in this presentation is a sound mix in 5.1 surround, which is the only reason for the 4 star rating. Still, it remains the "Blast!" of a capella.
I had the pleasure of hosting Rockapella for a concert in 1997 and I have to say that these guys are as great off stage as they are on. Of course, they loved my fajitas so their taste is impecable as well! A live show anywhere near you has to be a MUST SEE!"
Can't See Them Yourself? Next Best Thing!
ace_miracle | Maitland, FL United States | 06/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like close harmonies but can't stomach boy "bands," you'll get into this mature-sounding quintet. Kevin Wright and Scott Leonard, the tenors, have beautiful, clean voices. Elliot Kerman's steady baritone and bassman Barry Carl are there to back it all up. And vocal percussionist Jeff Thacher has an entire drum kit in his vocal chords. These guys are amazing.
Hearing them is an experience in itself. Watching them do their thing is even better. I wish this DVD would have kept more of the between-song chatter, which can be really funny, and shows the good rapport the band has with the audience. (They did keep Barry's famous "Corny solo" speech!) My only other complaint is that Scott gets too much camera time. While I'm sure his many, many female fans don't mind, Jeff is really more fun to watch. Mostly because you're sitting there saying "How *does* he do that?"
Minor complaints, though. This is a band that truly loves what they're doing, which comes across in moments of humour in the fan-favourite "Zombie Jamboree" and the poignant "People Change." Other highlights include a flirtatious "Pretty Woman," Barry getting way looooow on "16 Tons," and Jeff's drum solo during "Carmen Sandiego," unfortunately trimmed down from the version on the CD. But the best is "Zombie Jamboree," with complete with Barry's fake Jamaican-accented introduction and some cute choreography.
When Rockapella comes to your town, check them out. Until then, this will hold you over."
Witness Pure Talent!
Jason Davis | Charlottesville, VA USA | 05/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had originally stumbled across most of this show on PBS by accident and was blown away by the pure talent that Rockapella is. In a pop music world where groups are manufactured for TV shows (sorry O-Town), it's refreshing to see a group with REAL voices and showmanship. There's the special touch they put on classic hits like "Stand By Me", "Tempted", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and "Dancing In The Street". Plus great original material like "I Am Your Man", "People Change", "That's The Way" and the theme to "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego". The latter features an amazing "drum solo" by vocal percussionist, Jeff Thatcher that has to be seen to be believed. There is something for everybody in the show. The DVD also has interesting bios on both the individual members and how the group came together. This is a must own for anyone who calls themself a music fan!"