Julia's DVD debut
Phuong Trinh | Rockville, Maryland | 01/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having been a long time fan it is wonderful having a souvenir of a concert performance of one of pop music's most distinctive voices of the past 17 years or so. The DVD sounds fabulous with a surround set up. The Dolby 5.1 track is much more realistic and emphasizes her voice to maximum effect. The video is fairly standard and seemed a bit grainy on my display but that is a minor quibble. Julia herself is in excellant voice although she seemed a bit nervous as compared to her live performances which I have witnessed. The song selection is weighted to her recent album, "That's Life", but her most popular tracks from her earlier albums are also interspersed. Any fan of sophisticated female pop-jazz stylings should try this out. One listen and you will be a fan forever."
Here's a track listing
M. Cho | NY, NY | 02/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Just because no one appears to have done it, here's a track listing for the dvd:
1. Falling Forward
2. Lock and Key
4. Foolish Thing
6. Lovin' You
7. Roadside Angel
8. Concrete Love
9. Perfect Me
10. Wake Up With You (The I Wanna Song)
14. Happy Ever After
16. More Than I Can Bear
17. Manhattan Skyline
18. Where Does the Time Go?
19. (Love Moves in) Mysterious Ways
20. I'm Sorry But...
Four out of the twenty songs are from her latest ("That's Life") - strictly numbers-wise, the list is more skewed towards "Concrete Love" than any of her other albums.
Anyways, just get it, and bask in the golden, velvet glow..."
Thomas Rieck | Atlanta, GA | 06/21/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"First, I am an enormous Julia Fordham fan. I consider her songwriting to be second to none. Her album Porcelain is one of the most sublime pop albums ever crafted IMHO. Unfortunately, this live recording does not hold up. The most disappointing aspect of all unfortunately is Julia's voice. There are serious pitch problems on almost every song on this album. If it were simply an occasional slip up it would not bother me. I found this to be very distracting from the overall enjoyment of the music. The performances are also not very inspiring. I probably will not be listening to this again."
I think you should buy this
Bruce V. Smith | Monticello, IA United States | 01/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This performance is amazing. Julia Fordham has been one of my favorites for years, ever since "Porcelain" hit the charts. Yes, it's true that her pitch wanders a bit, but this is to be expected. I doubt that she does enough live performances to keep her voice in perfect shape. Elton John is the same, listen to "Live in Australia". You just need to feel this performance instead of critiquing it with a pitch meter. And then, brother, you are in for a treat. She twists and bends to wrench every bit out of every note. Her enthusiasm is infectious, she smiles all the time. She looks like she's absolutely in the moment. The band rocks. The bass line is nice and heavy but the vocals come through clear as a bell. Great mixing, in my opinion. God, I'm lucky I bought this."