High expectations ---> disappointment
M. Best | 10/25/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Far too much of Mr. Gordon's narration, analysis and "vision".
Not nearly enough footage of the actual guests sitting in with Warren and Matt.And why no full takes of the tunes?!?!?!?I'll stick to the cds, thank you very much . . . ."
A Bass Player's Delight!
Ricky | Atlanta, GA USA | 01/30/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a bass player, age 47, and I found "Rising Low" to be both interesting and entertaining. It was great to see all the bass players that have influenced me over the years, namely, Entwhistle, Jack Bruce, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Jack Cassady, Phil Lesh and Willie Weeks. I agree with some of the other reviewers regarding Mike Gordon (too much of his musings on the meaning of bass). But it was great to hear these guys talk about how they get into the groove and how it takes them into another space completely. I would also agree that it would have been nice to have complete songs on this DVD ... there weren't any complete tunes, just snippets of songs that the various players played on.If you're a musician, I recommend this DVD ... it's fun! If you're not a musician, I'm not sure whether you'll find it as entertaining as I did."
Great stuff especially for bass players..
R. Duarte | Clearwater, FL United States | 10/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether you're a fan of Gov't Mule or not, if you're a bass player you should definitely check out this DVD. Many of the 25 bass players featured in this documentary spend time talking about their approaches to playing, mostly from a philisophical stand point rather than a technical stand point. However, it's cool to hear how some of these great players approach their instrument.The performance footage is cool, which is pretty much just footage of the different players in their recording sessions with Warren and Matt. There is some archival stuff of old Allmans and Mule performances but they're mostly quick clips. It would've been nice to have these shown in their entirety, perhaps in the bonus DVD features or something.Even though it's a tribute to the late Allen Woody, the DVD isn't too heavy on biographical stuff on him. Rather than making the DVD a "Behind The Music" type thing on him, it simply goes over some basic stuff about him interspersed with footage and interviews with his family, friends, as well as his current and former bandmates.Anyhow, this is a must have for bass players, whether you like Gov't Mule or not. With so many players featured there's bound to be a few players that you respect and admire on here and to here them talking about their philisophical approaches to the instrument was a treat for me. It's also goes without saying that this is a must have if you're a fan of Gov't Mule."
Bass Players: Must See!
Randy Ryan | Pinson, AL United States | 02/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is worth going out to purchase a DVD player if you don't own one. I have found myself watching different segments over and over. It also gives you a chance to "sample" the tunes before you go out and plunk $40 on the music CD's. To all bass players out there, I would recommend this DVD to add to your collection. There is a wide variety of some of the best guys that you know, as well as some that you don't. In particular is a cat that keeps coming up in conversations throughout the video. His name is Joey Arkenstat, and he is credited as playing with "Dominion Hinney". For the life of me, I can't find anything on him and wonder if it is some inside joke for this video. You here comments from other bassists mentioning that he is why they came, etc. If anybody can enlighten me, please do so. All in all, this DVD rocks!"