Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Secret Chiefs Live at the Great American Music Hall|
Actor: Secret Chiefs 3
Director: Billy Anderson
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Live at the Great American Music Hall captures Secret Chiefs 3 in concert with what many consider to be the best of their many lineups in 14 years of playing. Shot in 2007 at one of the band's favorite haunts, this DVD doe... more »
A great live recording.
I Spent My Stimulus Check On Stimul | New York | 03/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The live music performed and recorded here is amazing- 5 stars, easy. There's a great selection of songs: classic material, variations and extensions of previous recordings, along with some of the best mixed rare and unreleased music available. The audio alone would have made for a very strong CD release. However, I don't believe the stage performance is an essential component. Trey Spruance's SC3 always put on a great live show- I'm just not sure if it translates well to DVD. That said, at times, it is amazing to watch these musicians execute this beautifully idiosyncratic music. I suppose if fans are yearning to catch a glimpse of what a SC3 performance is, they will enjoy watching this. This is not to say that fan-made videos aren't abundantly accessible. What separates this DVD from fan-based content is its production. Furthermore, I have to insert a small criticism about one of the performers, Timb Harris. No doubt he is a talented multi-instrumentalist, even capable of playing Eyvind Kang's brilliant leads. However, there seems to be a great amount of camera time dedicated to him. His stage presence comes off as a bit egotistical and self-absorbed. Sort of like trying to watch Jeff Buckley perform. Smirking, smiling, and swaying in delight to your own playing is awkward to watch- let the fans take care of that. Jerry Lee Lewis transformed the perception of a piano and its player. I don't think Timb Harris is the person to do that for violin. Anyway, that's all nitpicking. Again, I don't believe the visual footage is what matters. The music here is phenomenal; Spruance composes fantastic music and surrounds himself with incredible musicians. I just wish they included some Masada songs.
I'm not going to get into the stop-motion animation film by Tawd Dornfeld. Hopefully someone else can do a good job of critiquing it.
The DVD layout and artwork are beautiful. Altogether, this WOM release is a must own for fans.
A great live recording.