Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Styx the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland One with Everything |
Director: Mark Lucas
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 04/21/2009
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"One word, AWESOME!"
J. HARMON | Houston, Texas | 11/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"STYX' previous concert DVD's CAUGHT IN THE ACT and RETURN TO PARADISE have had their positive attributes and some less than positive attributes. While both are nice releases, they simply do not compare with the ONE WITH EVERYTHING concert dvd release.
On this night Tommy, JY, and Lawrence are in exceptional form in their vocal effort as they give everything they have to not only hit the high notes but sustain them with power and vibrato. The instrumentation is gorgeous from all of the boys. The set list for this show is "awesome" with many new songs included (particularly the medley.) While some favorites are absent, they are well represented in the previous releases.
The filming is outstanding with every member given lots of premium camera time (which could not always be said in the previous dvd releases.) The sound quality of the disc is exceptional.
The bonus features alone make this release worthy... as the two Christmas songs are very nice (Gowan's RING THE BELLS being truly exceptional.)
The coup de grace of this release is the long awaited "drum solo" from Mr. Todd Sucherman. While not truly a drum solo (though he does bang em when being introduced TWICE by Tommy ("is that enough drumming for y'all?") Shaw... this drum solo is the Quake Cam bonus video of Todd and ONLY Todd (with the other band members sound mixed out) beating the heck out of his drum kit during the shows STYX medley.
Lastly, the exuberance of the teenagers of the orchestra and chorus really bring out the best from the 'old guys' with whom they share the stage.
Most concert dvd's I watch 2, 3 or 4 times and then put them away forever. This one I can't stop watching!! From beginning to end, it is just a MAGNIFICENT release. This is the first dvd (from ANY artist) that ever made me "wish that I could have been there." Furthermore, this is the first concert dvd in which the concert is shown "just as it was that night." This release is truly the next best thing to actually being there.
As Tommy described the orchestra... so I describe the entire dvd... "One word, AWESOME!""
An Absolute Masterpiece
Larry A. Curtis | 04/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this concert aired on HD Net a few days ago, and since I was not at MY house when I saw it, I decided to see if it is available on DVD...and to my delight it IS!!!! This was a fantabulous show! The band has not lost even the slightest bit of their performing edge...if anything they've become better with age. But one of the more astounding aspects of this show is how fantastic those young people in the Cleveland Youth Orchestra were in every sense of the word. They played very well, and they appeared to be having the time of their lives sharing the stage with some of Rock Music's finer icons! I know I would have been if I were in their shoes. I don't wish to go into anymore detail about this so as not to spoil it somehow for those who may not have seen it yet. But I will say this DVD is certainly worth getting because this performance is PRICELESS!"
Styx is a class act
Arturo G. Mendoza | Nogales, Az. USA | 01/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you miss the quintet of Dennis, John, Chuck, Jy and Tommy, then this dvd won't quite make it. But, on the other hand, if you are a Styx fan, then you are going to enjoy the show. I recommend this to all, young and old...my ten year old loved it!
Hats off to the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, besides being a group of young talented individuals, they look like they are having the time of their lives. The band members also look like they are having lots of fun and that makes all the difference. This show is not a "staged performance" for the camera as I've watched Styx live several times and they always sound great and look like they are having a great time.
The song selection is good, but I miss not watching Dennis sing the songs that helped make Styx a great band. Enjoy!
One Word - Awsome
David Wilson | Dover, ME USA | 01/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Those were the words of Tommy Shaw and it's definately true! Once again Styx proves they are on top of their game after all these years. The sound quality of this concert is great! My kudos to the sound crew that were able to give us all the feeling of a live rock concert and make certain that we could hear the strings, horns and chorus of the CYO! This was something those kids (and their parents) will never forget! James Young was at his best, as were the rest of the band as they sang golden oldies, along with the awsome new songs. Lance Gowan was incredible as he sang the Beatles, 'I Am The Walrus' and the enthusiasm of the kids during this number was incredible. The solos performed by the kids were one for the books. The highlight of the concert had to be Chuck Panozzo's return to the stage for the last two sets and the kids letting loose after their incredible performance for a finale to remember! My hats of to Styx...can't wait to see you guys live again this year!"