ENGELBERT CONCERT IN "BIRMINGHAM"
phyllis4enge | 09/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just received this video and viewed it immediately!!Boy, what a great concert he gave. This video is of his 1990 tour and his selection of songs is outstanding. He sings and performs in this video some songs I have not heard before, such as his opening song "I Get Lonely" which he wrote and another song he also wrote called "Step Into My Life". The video gives you 80 minutes of great entertainment as only Engelbert can do. It is a good video for your collection and I would even go so far as to say, "ONE OF HIS BEST"!!Enjoy!!"
Engelbert is good...DVD quality is not
Alejandra Vernon | 11/23/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It's a shame such an excellent ballad singer as Engelbert was only capable of having such a low quality DVD produced. For starters, the picture quality is the worst of my entire DVD collection. The lame 2-channel sound is not much better. There is constant feedback through his microphone while he is singing, which is often annoying, during the show. Although he sings decent on most songs, he is far too often goofing off with the audience, in a manner not becoming of a superstar. Perhaps his other DVD release is a better production and provides a better representation of what Humperdinck show is actually like. This one is not a winner."
An astonishing concert
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 12/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 1990 concert from the Hippodrome in Burlingham has a slight "bootleg" quality to its audio/video...quite a bit of fuzziness when the lighting is bright, and some feedback from the mike, but it is astonishing in its energy, and the variety of this man's talent that is displayed.
This is not "The King of Romance" in a smooth and polished performance (for that, see the "Live" concert from 1995), but rather a rowdy, raucous, brilliant and electric show from a man who truly loves his audience, and in this case it's a crowd that appreciates the sometimes bawdy aspects of this particular concert.
Some of it is laugh-out-loud hilarious; his impressions are first rate, and he does Frankie Vaughn, Liberace, tells a joke as Jerry Lewis, sings a song a la Dean Martin, and does an Elvis that is a masterpiece. He captures the voice and the body language, and with great comedic flair, takes it a few steps further.
Engelbert also sings some songs he wrote: "I Get Lonely", "Step Into My Life", "What Am I Going to do Without You", and "Someone to Love", and he also dances and plays the piano...and gives his all...and then gives more, pouring himself out to his audience, body and soul (and quite literally...as he is soaked with sweat). He is in his early 50's here, and in remarkable physical shape.
For vocal artistry there is Edith Piaf's "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)", and the encore, "I Believe", both sung with a heartfelt emotion that is contagious, and hard to listen to and keep a dry eye, and though there are other lovely songs like "This Moment in Time", and a medley of his early hits, those two songs are musically the standouts.
And then there is Ellen, a young woman from the audience who gets teased a lot, and kissed a lot. She's a really good sport, and I'm sure enjoyed every minute of it...and her husband, who was fortunately not in the audience, must love this DVD. I bet he gets teased at the local pub about it.
This is the down-home Engelbert...you'll even get a very funny midlands language lesson. It's a rare treat, from a very rare talent. Total running time is 90 minutes.
1: "I Get Lonely"
2: "This Moment in Time"
4: "The Wanderer"
5: "After the Lovin'"
6: "Release Me"
7: "Hurry Home"
8: "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)"
9: "I Can't Help Myself"
10: "Wild Thing"
11: "Step Into My Life"
12: "What Am I Going to do Without You"
13: "Someone to Love"
14: Medley ~ "Love is All I Have to Give", "Les Bicyclettes", "Quando, Quando, Quando", "There Goes My Everything", "Spanish Eyes", "The Last Waltz", "Release Me".
15: "I Believe"
Alejandra Vernon | 11/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have only recently discovered Engelbert Humperdinck's music, and ordered this video to round out my new collection of his CD's. He has a great sense of humor about himself and gives of himself to the audience in a free, generous way that cultivates playfulness and fun, in addition to the requisite romantic moments. The more I watch it, the more I enjoy it. His ability to belt out a ballad is impressive. I think he's a great entertainer."