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Miles DavisMiles Davis
Live At Montreux 1991 [Blu-ray]
(Eagle Rock)

One of Miles Davis’ many appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival - filmed only a few months before his death – as part of a tribute to the late great Gil Evans (who died a few years previously in 1988), with Miles fronting The Gil Evans Orchestra, led by Quincy Jones, so we’re talking serious players with real pedigree here, and despite age limitations this is a stunning performance which finds Davis eschewing his usual unwillingness to revisit older material, and of course then changing it completely. Okay, he isn’t at the height of his powers here but he proves that he is more than capable of transcending the limitations age and ill-health have thrust upon him and anyone expecting a ‘will this do’ effort will be genuinely surprised. Extras include some fascinating interviews with Miles contemporaries and the sound and vision are excellent (making a Blu-ray purchase well worthwhile, although those of you with duff old DVD players won’t miss out as this is also available on DVD). If you are a fan then you will want this as it’s a genuinely worthy final hurrah for one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.
Paul Riley

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Dinosaur JrDinosaur Jr
Bug - Live at 9.30 Club: In the Hands of the Fans (Wienerworld)

Much like the recent Iggy Pop show (more here), an online contest led to six fans being selected to film Dinosaur Jr. performing, what many consider to be their finest album, Bug, in its entirety at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on June 2011 and also to interview the band. Now anyone with previous knowledge of Dinosaur Jr.’s reputation will already be aware that not only did they originally implode acrimoniously not long after this album was released but also that front man J Mascis is a notoriously unforthcoming interviewee and both of these facts certainly inform at least part of the interview section (cue embarrassed silences and mumbled half answers), however that only serves to make this even more entertaining, as does an appearance by long time fan Henry Rollins. The show? Ah well that’s a blast and whilst the guys are a little (or in J’s case a lot) greyer they’re no less committed to the humungous racket they all make and on several occasions the sheer overload the three men create teeters on the brink of disaster (fans of later material often find Bug rather abrasive), but it never topples over the edge making this a must have for fans.
Ruby Palmer

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The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers
Let The Music Play - The Story Of The Doobie Brothers (Eagle Rock)

I’m willing to bet that most of you know far more Doobie Brothers songs than you actually realise, however fans of the earlier Tom Johnston driven southern/country rockers like ‘Listen to the Music’, ‘China Grove’ and ‘Long Train Running’ are often not at all enamoured with the more polished and commercial AOR soul leanings of the Michael McDonald years – songs like ‘Takin' It to the Streets’, ‘What a Fool Believes’ and ‘Minute by Minute - (although both have their own merits). The one continuous link throughout all of the numreous musical upheavals is the extremely self-effacing and likable Patrick Simmons who, along with McDonald, Johnston and pretty much everyone ever involved in the band tell the full rollercoaster story with an enormous amount of grace and good humour and if you don’t grow to like pretty much all of these people by the end of this long (but not overlong) film then you’re a hard hearted bastard. There is also a bonus section of nine live songs (all the hits basically) all of which make this a must have for fans but also a genuinely decent night in for any fan of grown up rock music and classic song-writing.
Ray Harper

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 Oil City ConfidentialDr. Feelgood
Oil City Confidential
(Cadiz Music)

If you have even a passing fondness for Dr. Feelgood then you will doubtless already be aware of this little gem of a music documentary – directed by the current music-doc go-to man Julian Temple who’s previous two efforts dedicated to the Pistols and Joe Strummer were equally as good. This review is aimed at those of you who know little or nothing about the band as this really is worth catching regardless, as the narrative of a band from Canvey Island who burned briefly but brightly (or more truthfully the ‘classic’ line-up of said band as they still exist today in a karaoke form with no original members) interspersed with fantastic old footage and the smart use of cleverly edited film clips, is just plain, old fashioned, entertaining, and that’s before you factor in the engaging band members, crew, friends, family (including a stellar turn by Lee Brilleaux’ lovely old mum), and of course the legendary bumper car stage maniac that is Wilko Johnson. This, by turns funny, moving and exhilarating, film also firmly slots the Feelgood’s into their richly deserved historic musical context, a pre-punk pride of place which has to date criminally eluded them. Now go out and get the early albums...
Ray Harper

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When You’re Strange The Doors
When You’re Strange
(Universal)

You may think that pretty much all there is to say about the Doors has already been said, and in all honesty there is little here that long time Doors fans will not already be aware of, the real draw of this film by Tom DiCillo (narrated by Johnny Depp) is the fantastic amount of seldom and never seen footage on offer. How important a band the Doors would be in 2010 had Morrison not died is debateable – their back catalogue is full of both wonderful and awful moments - and whilst opinion is certainly divided as to whether Morrison was an underrated poet or an overrated arsehole, opinion is pretty much consistent about the fact that he was a complete bloody nightmare to work with, something this film does not shy away from. It’s also really good to see Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore get a look in (a lot of that wonderful music was entirely down to them), but when all is said and done this remains the Jim show from the beautiful young man to the bloated alcoholic, the electric performer to the self obsessed sham all of Morrison’s life is to be found in this tremendous film. You be the judge.
Josh Marks

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Dire StraitsDire Straits
Alchemy Live
(UMG)

Let’s just get something straight up front here, Dire Straits were a very good band and a song like ‘Brothers In Arms’ (sadly not performed here) belongs right up there in the pantheon of greats, but lordy it’s hard to get past the headbands, pixie boots – in fact the whole tragic wardrobe department needs a full page review of its own - bad ‘80s keyboard sounds (and there’s two of the buggers), awful location shots (two spotty teenage lovers lean against a wall looking pensive at the beginning of ‘Romeo And Juliet’) and prolonged musical ‘workouts’ in most of the songs (ninety minutes, just ten songs!). Basically there are those bands that are musically adept and can perform, more or less perfectly, what they create on record, but are a bit of a ho-hum prospect live (for example Level 42), and there are bands that are a bloody shambles live but as exciting as all get go (for example The Pogues), and it is to the former group that Dire Straits belong. Fans will be happy to see ‘Sultans Of Swing’, ‘Tunnel Of Love’, ‘Solid Rock’, ‘Private Investigations and if you saw, and enjoyed them live, you will probably love this, the rest of us should probably stick with the records.
The Oracle

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Ian DuryIan Dury
Rare And Unseen
(Wienerworld)

The latest in Wienerworld’s ‘Rare And Unseen’ series - which basically collates rare footage, film interviews, videos, newsreels and photographs from private collections - features much missed geezer Ian Dury in a series of interviews and live performances including his earliest known TV performance from the London Programme in 1976 with Kilburn and the High Roads (alongside the Kilburn’s ‘England's Glory’, ‘Rough Kids’, ‘Billy Bentley’ and ‘Upminster Kid’, we also get the Blockhead’s ‘Sweet Gene Vincent’, ‘Blockheads’ and ‘Geraldine’ and a solo ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ from the Tube). But, good as the music is, it’s the collection of interview material that really impresses, including three different interviews with the equally missed Tony Wilson and Dury’s last interview on Richard and Judy (how the hell did the abysmal Richard Madeley ever become a prime time interviewer?), these interviews ably document the man’s lightning fast mind, sometimes so lightning fast he leaves the listener desperately trying to keep up. He is also, needless to say, very, very funny. The recent feature film may have revealed to the world that Dury was an awkward cuss, but this reinforces his unsurpassed talent for entertaining. What a waste.
Ray Harper

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John DenverJohn Denver
Around The World Live
(Eagle Vision)

John Denver was never a ‘cool’ artist, certainly not someone anybody ever admitted to having a secret passion for (unlike say the sneaking regard you may admit to having for someone like Abba) he was however one of the most successful artists of the 20th century and his undoubted song-writing skills and dedication to environmental issue ensured that he did have a huge global fan-base up to, and beyond, his death in a plane crash in 1997. This five disc set includes three complete live performances with full band from Australia in 1977, Japan in 1981 and England in 1986, a solo acoustic performance from Japan in 1984 and his performances at Farm Aid from 1985, 1987 & 1990. There are also a couple of documentaries made by Denver, one environmental and another about the Bighorn sheep of the Rocky Mountains. In fact this is pretty much the mother-lode for John Denver fans with hits like 'Rocky Mountain High', 'Annie's Song', 'Take Me Home, Country Roads', 'Leaving On A Jet Plane', 'Thank God I'm A Country Boy', 'Calypso', 'Matthew', 'Sunshine On My Shoulders', 'Eagle And The Hawk', 'Fly Away' and oodles more. If you know a JD fan then they will absolutely love this.
Josh Marks

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Deep PurpleDeep Purple
History Hit’s & Highlights ’68-’76
(Eagle Rock)

Ignore the History (too short), and the barrel scraping Highlights (which will only appeal to obsessive’s) and head straight to the hits. Kicking off with DP Mk I's cover version of ‘Help’ (filmed in what looks like a car-park) and big hit ‘Hush’ (filmed at the Playboy mansion) it’s only when we get to the raft of DP Mk II material that things really kick off. OK, so they initially struggle to find direction on tracks like ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Mandrake Root’ but before too long they're hitting that trademark purple metal groove, and what a cracking groove it is, from a hilarious mime through ‘Speed King’ surrounded by French revolutionaries and a wrecked car via the cameraman almost clattering Ian Gillan during a high octane version of ‘Child In Time’ - performed for a largely bemused looking audience - to ripping it up on black and white footage of ‘Lazy' this is Deep Purple on fire. By ’73 the band had fragmented and although David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes briefly kept the fire burning in DP Mk III (represented here by ‘Burn’ and ‘Mistreated’), Coverdale soon began to take himself far too seriously and Blackmore jumped ship leaving us with the mainly duff DP Mk IV. If you have even a passing interest in the band this is one you will want to own.
Ray Harper

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Miles DavisMiles Davis
That’s What Happened
(Eagle Rock)

Filmed in Munich just after the release of Tutu and not long after Davis’ six-year break from performing due to ill-health reasons, this concert proves the naysayers, who insisted Davis was a spent force after 1975, are completely wrong as, after a tentative start, this show blossoms into a real blast (with exceptional 5.1 DTS sound for all you audiophiles). Supported by Kenny Garrett on sax, Adam Holzman & Bobby Irving on keyboards, Joseph ‘Foley’ McCreary and Darryl Jones on basses (Jones is of course now with the Stones), Mino Cinelu on percussion and Ricky Wellman on drums, Davis' playing is reliably expressive on both ‘Portia’ and the title track from his, then, new album and on his interpretations of ‘Human Nature’ and ‘Time After Time’. Special features include an interview with Miles – being a difficult bugger as usual, nobody ever pretends Davis was a nice man - moaning about journalists and critics in general and a feature providing a short but informative look at the man’s career as a visual artist. Live material of the trumpeter later in his career is thin on the ground (he would be dead within four years of this show) so this is pretty essential stuff for fans and a great introduction to Davis virgins.
Paul Riley

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Damon & NaomiDamon & Naomi
Shibuya O-Nest, Tokyo Japan 2008 Limited Edition DVD

It’s quite likely that if you don’t already know that D&N are Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang and were formerly the rhythm section for Galaxie 500 – they also very briefly traded under the name Pierre Etoile and also (with Kate Biggar and Wayne Rogers) as Magic Hour - then you probably won’t be getting your hands on this as it is a limited edition run and the last time they did this with a DVD, filmed during the 2005 tour for The Earth Is Blue album, it was snapped up by fans from their website PDQ although it should be said that it is currently still possible to get your hands on one. Documenting their 2007/8 live show (filmed by Hiroo Ishihara over two successive nights in Tokyo), the set features songs mainly drawn from 2007’s Within These Walls, although several older songs dating all the way back to ‘This Car Climbed Mt. Washington’ from debut album More Sad Hits do make an appearance, as do long time collaborators like Ghost guitarist Michio Kurihara, sax player Bhob Rainey, and Cellist Helena Espvall. Simply put, this is a thing of rare beauty that anyone even remotely interested in the band will love.
Ruby Palmer

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DonovanDonovan
Sunshine Superman: The Journey Of Donovan
(SPV)

Narrating his own story to camera proves to be something of a double edged sword in that clearly nobody could be better placed to recall what happened (his reminiscences about the Dylan Vs. Donovan furore and his time with the Beatles in India are expertly handled) but it’s rather disconcerting to watch an artist proclaiming his own magnificence quite so baldly. Clearly this is a fellow with an over inflated sense of his own importance (Donovan invented Led Zeppelin anyone?). However only the most churlish critic would deny that for a large part of the sixties Donovan continually created great pop music, was an important part of a hugely exciting era in music, and this film follows his journey (literally sometimes returning him to old haunts) from the days of sleeping rough to the glory years, through the inevitable breakdown, the fallow decades (along the way becoming one of the few artists to fail to benefit from the golden touch of Rick Rubin) and finally onto his mind-bogglingly peculair meditation fueled link-up with David Lynch. VFM for the faithful comes courtesy of a second disc crammed with videos, live cuts, unreleased tracks and loads more.

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Ani DiFrancoAni DiFranco
Live at Babeville
(Righteous Babe)

Recorded at the Asbury Delaware Church, in Ani DiFranco's home town of Buffalo, New York - the church had apparently been derelict for years, when DiFranco decided to transform into Babeville a live music venue and headquarters of her Righteous Babe record label - to celebrate the opening of Babeville, this is DiFranco’s third official live DVD and without doubt her best. Something of an acquired taste in the UK (generally only found in your radical feminist or lesbian friends record collections), DiFranco is in fact a hugely talented singer songwriter who in fact writes on a huge variety of subjects and is seriously undervalued outside her homeland. This a fine starting point for the curious as she plucks tracks from right across her 20 odd year recording career and appears to be enjoying herself immensely, ably supported by her touring band consisting of Todd Sickafoose (acoustic bass), Allison Miller (drums), and Mike Dillon (vibes/percussion). It should be noted that there is a marked difference between the Stereo and 5.1 mixes (to these ears the stereo mix is far superior) but this is a minor niggle and Live At Babeville is recommended to both fans and newcomers alike.

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Dixie ChicksDixie Chicks
Shut Up And Sing (Momentum)

It’s highly likely that some of our readers will not have bothered to read this review as they will equate the Dixie Chicks with the sort of hi-gloss country music which engenders as much loathing as it does love. But the music really is secondary to the proceedings here as this excellent documentary captures the gals in performance around the US and London between 2003 and 2006 and consequently captures singer Natalie Maines unknowingly dropping her band in front of the mother of all shit-storms when she declares, from a London stage on the eve of the Iraqi conflict, that she is ashamed Dubya is from her home state of Texas. So what you may think? Many Texans must think the very same thing, but when a demented right-wing group pick up on it, the band find their patriotism being called into question, cue record burning sessions and plenty of spittle flecked rabid expostulating as pro- and anti-war Americans join the free for all. Filmmaker Barbara Kopple’s fly-on-the-wall doc captures the next three tumultuous years with Haines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire dealing with the backlash in dressing rooms, on stage, and in recording studios, before producer Rick Rubin helps the band find a new lease of life. Tremendous stuff, and highly recommended.

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DisinformationDisinformation
(Rykodisc)

Imagine a counter-cultural televisual national enquirer hosted by a curiously detached man (in this case Richard Metzger), a program which seeks to prove, if proof were needed, that the world is full of eccentrics from thought provoking left-field thinkers to demented, educationally sub-normal, mentalists. So we are introduced to overweight Satanists; mind control sex slaves; white trash relative immolating retards; less dangerous but no less tiresome artists who use blood, cysts and shock tactics to make up for the fact they have no talent plus outsider artists like the manualist Cecil Dill (basically he makes musical farting noises with his hands), husband and wife blues performers Mark and Lois Kennis or comic book artist Grant Morrison - and of course no late night shock-show would be complete without transsexuals, fetishists and sundry porn action. There are genuinely funny moments like the fetishist who insists he got into dressing up in full body PVC to lose weight or Rocket Boy, a space mercenary who crash landed on Earth and can’t get back to space, and appearances by the likes of Genesis P Orridge and Marilyn Manson will ensure this becomes late night essential viewing for touring bands and sensation seekers alike.

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Deep PurpleDeep Purple
Live At Montreux 1996
(Eagle Vision)

Always assuming they are still around – and only a fool would bet against it, especially given that last years Rapture Of The Deep was something of a return to form - Deep Purple will be forty years old in two years time (Oh, alright they briefly ceased to exist between 1976 -1984, but they never stopped selling records). The only part of the original holy trinity of metal – that would be the Purps, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin for all you younger types - still treading the boards today having worked their way through fourteen members and eight different line-ups. This show features the Mk VII line-up (Gillan, Lord, Glover, Paice and Steve Morse), and despite most of the extended soloing going to the youngest/newest member Morse (he’s very good by the way) plus a few strained reaches from Gillan and a couple of tiresome jams in search of an ending the guys seem to be as capable as ever, Glover and Paice hammering out old favourites like ‘Fireball’, ‘Black Night’, ‘Speed King’, ‘Highway Star’ and of course ‘Smoke On The Water’ (how could they not in Montreux?) to a large and appreciative crowd.

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Bruce DickinsonBruce Dickinson
Anthology
(Sanctuary)

Quite possibly more solo Bruce Dickinson than you could ever want – Three, count ‘em, three! DVD’s, two packed with live material (forty tracks spread over three live sets filmed in 1990, 1998 and 1999 respectively). In truth the live sound, especially on the second DVD Scream For Me Brazil, isn’t that brilliant but fans will doubtless still be overjoyed to get such a plethora of live action in one purchase – and let’s be honest here there’s many a metal outfit who would have stretched this into three separate releases so props to Bruce for that. Far more entertaining for the casual viewer is the third DVD’s collection of Dicko solo videos, especially the fencing metal-heads first appearance on video in a short film directed by Julian Temple with Brucies early outfit Samson wherein a hideously bewigged roadie bashes up security staff (who for some reason look like Tango men with blue heads) for being heavy handed with audience, a naughty lady then cuts said roadies hair (the band are called Samson don’t forget, keep up at the back there), roadie pushes amp-stacks over and venue collapses, impressively naff stuff, introduced by a clearly highly amused, and amusing, Dicko.

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Rolling Thunder & The Gospel Years
(Wienerworld)

This was always going to suffer from comparisons with the recent (excellent) Martin Scorsese effort especially given that, as it points out on the cover, this contains no Dylan music at all. So pretty much a non-starter you may think, but actually not so as this goes into a great deal of depth uncovering enough new and interesting detail to keep any Bobcat happy, including insights from people like producer Jerry Wexler, Dylanologist Al Weberman, any number of contributing musicians from this era and some mind boggling nonsense spouted by the man himself during his gospel reincarnation. The in-depth nature of the DVD means it’s way too long to watch in one sitting (over four hours), although offering several nights viewing is no crime, but whoever decided to whack intrusive graphics all over the shop – for example someone says ‘chance’ and lo and behold cartoon dice pop onto the screen – has no business making grown up documentaries. One can only assume they thought watching someone talk was not entertaining enough, which frankly is pretty insulting when you are talking to fascinating subjects like Wexler, or Ruben Carter who’s story inspired ‘The Hurricane’.

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DerailroadedDerailroaded
Inside The Mind Of Larry Wildman Fischer
(Plexi)

Adding to the plethora of excellent music doc's around right now – including Some Kind Of Monster (Metallica disintegrate and then get some therapy), Dig (Brian Jonestown Massacre Vs Dandy Warhols) and the Mayor Of Sunset Strip (poignant documentary about DJ and professional hanger-on Rodney Bingenheimer, the bizarre nature of celebrity and the infatuation it breeds) – Derailroaded follows manic depressive paranoid schizophrenic Larry Wildman Fischer around and talks to the few brave souls who have persevered with him despite bouts of extremely volatile behaviour – Larry believes, amongst other things, that Steven Spielberg, Dr Demento and Weird Al Yankovic have tried to kill him and producers Barnes and Barnes intended to cut his penis off. This is a fascinating, if excruciatingly sad, document of a leftfield performer who’s art ensured, initially at least, that his demented behaviour was celebrated rather than curtailed, and for a short while at least allowed him a career of sorts (although it’s debatable how many people were genuinely moved by the hyperactive yelping of Fischer’s autobiographical songs and how many just drawn to ogle the car crash of his life). You need to add this to your ever growing collection of must see DVD's now.

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DevoDevo
Live 1980
(Wienerworld: DualDisc)

Formed in Akron Ohio in 1972 by Kent State art students Jerry Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh (the name came from their concept of ‘de-evolution’ - the idea being that instead of evolving mankind had actually regressed) Devo created a highly stylised amalgam of Kraftwerk, Talking Heads and the Residents, hitching a ride with (and in consequence helping establish) the new fledgling MTV Network through early classic videos like the flowerpot head western soap opera ‘Whip It’. Their time in the limelight was brief - and not always comfortable as Rolling Stone completely missed the point and decided they were fascists - but this concert filmed in the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma, California at the height of their powers in 1980 indisputably proves that off-the-wall songs like ‘Jocko Homo’, ‘Mongoloid’, ‘Uncontrollable Urge’, ‘Come Back Jonee’ and their spastic shudder through the Rolling Stones ‘Satisfaction’ still sound fresh and vital today. Visually arresting, Devo were clearly something to behold live, especially Mark Mothersbaugh who’s frantic, uptight, stage presence becomes positively unnerving by the concerts end. Extras include more, seldom seen, concert footage and the complete concert in CD form on the flipside of the disc.

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Deep PurpleDeep Purple
Live In California
(EMI)

One of the biggest selling acts in the world in the mid ‘70s Deep Purple had just entered their third incarnation having replaced the recently departed Ian Gillan and Roger Glover with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes and, despite fans worst fears (the Mk II line up was, and still is, considered by many to be the best), delivered a cracking album in Burn. This show captures the band in full flow at the California Jam in 1974 which, Richie Blackmore’s petulant arsing about aside (more of which later), obviously remained a rock solid proposition in the noise making department even if they did have utterly dismal taste in stage cossies. Of course, as we now know, band relations were hardly cordial, but when they locked into the heavy rock groove DP excelled at its easy to see why they inspired such devotion. Sadly the entire shebang winds up with Blackmore doing his tiresome (and very choreographed) smash/blow the gear up routine, which even he must have tired of as he also indulges in some unscripted ‘let’s wallops crap out of the onstage camera’ antics which almost got the band, erm, banned from the US but, inane destruction aside, this is well worth a look.

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Dr FeelgoodDr Feelgood
Going Back Home
(EMI)

The camera swoops from the acres of industrial complexes along the mouth of the Thames Estuary, up along the faded grandeur of Southend pier, onto the Kursaal Ballroom and straight into a homecoming gig by Canvey Islands finest suited and booted R&B merchants Dr. Feelgood. Generally relegated to a footnote of the ‘70s - slipping into the gaping maw left after the pub rock boom of the early to mid seventies went crashing into the bug eyed lunacy of punk – Dr Feelgood are in fact one of the great lost rock’n’roll treasures of the era, due in no small part to their wired, intense and seriously seedy lead vocalist – here sporting a magnificently grubby white suit - Lee Brilleaux (whose sneering aggression and ‘wanna punch up?’ demeanour was certainly picked up on by many a punk outfit), and of course the, frankly, demented antics of pudding bowl haircut sporting guitarist Wilco Johnson, all greyhound out of a trap lead breaks, careering wildy across the stage like a souped up bumper car, and wielding his guitar like an offensive weapon. Add a second CD of live faves and you get a pretty much indispensable document of just why you should care about Dr Feelgood and why they mattered.

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Live From London
(Coming Home Studios/SRS)

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em (and certainly there are many here at TotalMusic-Online towers that fall into the latter camp) the classic Duran Duran line-up – Taylor, Taylor, Taylor, Rhodes and LeBon – have, despite experiencing the massive highs of worldwide success and the desperate lows of break-ups, drug addiction, has-been-ism and sinking boats, somehow managed to drag it all back together again for a massive sell out tour of the UK in 2004, and you don’t sell out places like Wembley on the strength of a few die-hard fans. Basically it seems Duran Duran are (whisper it) cool again. Nothing has changed in camp Duran, the short feature highlighting a few extra pounds, a few more lines, and a few less hairs, and yes, LeBon is still about as graceful and natural a live performer as a mattress balancing on a bottle of wine. Indeed nothing about this occasionally lumpen (albeit immensely flashy) stage show is likely to convert the nay-sayers, but there really is absolutely no doubting the huge regard in which they are held by the, bloody huge, audience and it’s almost worth tracking down the neat double disc box set for the 3D bonus song (glasses included), alone.

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