In 1998, a host of internationally acclaimed artists performed a landmark concert celebrating Amnesty International and the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Songs: Get Up Stand Up (Peter Gabri... more »el, Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen, Youssou N'Dour), Baba, Hand in My Pocket, Thank U (Alanis Morissette), Medley, Se Dam Bon Jou (Kassav), Black White, Buzzin', Free Satpal Ram (Asian Dub Foundation), Signal to Noise, In Your Eyes (Gabriel, N'Dour), New Beginnings, Fast Car, Baby Can I Hold You (Chapman), No Surrender, Born in the USA, Working on the Highway (Springsteen), When the World Was Young, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Gallows Pole, Rock & Roll (Jimmy Page & Robert Plant), You're Still the One, Black Eyes Blue Tears (Shania Twain), Karma Police, Bones, Paranoid Android (Radiohead), Shaking the Tree (N'Dour, Gabriel), 7 Seconds (N'Dour, Gabriel, Chapman, Jocelyn Beroard).« less
Performances by Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette, Tracy Chapman and Shania Twain were solid but the other performances were not so great and ones that I have not heard. Some of the in between song performances were entertaining but the sound quality and video at times were poor.
A more objective review
David White | 02/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike the first reviewer above, I thought the purpose of these reviews was to give people an idea of what the video is like, rather than writing a completely parochial view of your musical taste - complete with advertisement. People can check the list of artists and decide for themselves if the other acts are "truly terrible". Most of them don't appeal to me either, but, as far as I could tell, they generally hit the right notes and didn't forget the words.The picture and stereo sound quality of the video are excellent. Note that there are no more than three songs from any one artist. Also, the following songs are included in the description but are not actually on the video: In Your Eyes, Baby Can I Hold You, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Gallows Pole, Paranoid Android.I hope this was actually helpful."
Good video, lousy audio
David White | 07/29/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Being a Peter Gabriel fan, I was looking forward to watching this DVD. It supposedly is encoded with Dolby 5.1 surround. I was very disappointed. The concert video footage was good, but the audio was horrible. The vocals were muffled and unintelligable and several times one instrument or another would overpower the vocals. I guess this could all be blamed on the fact that it is a "live" recording. Every set has a small "commercial" following it for Amnesty International which is annoying, but I realize that is the whole gist of the disc. Seeing the Dali Lama on stage is a real treat - although I would have loved to hear him say "Rock On, Dudes!""
Great DVD, Great Concert, Great Idea
Mauricio Sougarret | Lima, Peru | 06/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first reason why you must buy this DVD has nothing to do with it's content or quality, it's just because it's an Amnesty International Concert and this world is in profound need of this kind of institutions, yeah even in America or Europe there're people whose most elementary rights are compromised.
But if that's not enough maybe you should buy it because of it's content and quality. The astonish performance of Radiohead (Karma Police at its best), or the great Pete Gabriel ("In Your Eyes" with Yousou n'dour is very emotive), or Tracy Chapman singing better than ever, or his holiness the Dalai Lama or ..... Buy it, Share It, and Enjoy It."
Very disappointig DVD
Mauricio Sougarret | 08/23/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Dolby Digital audio was so bad and the performances leave a lot to be desired. Do not waste your time and money."
Peter Gabriel's best performance!
Mauricio Sougarret | 05/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rented this DVD and then bought it based on Peter Gabriel's performance of "In Your Eyes". Unbelievable performance, and I wasn't a PG fan until then. Bruce is great and many others!"