Thursday, December 25, 2003

Review - Welcome to the Videos Use Your Illusion I & II: World Tour 1992 in Tokyo

Artist: Guns ' Roses

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Oh, the agony. It's footage like this that has probably been keeping Axl Rose in a state of studio-bound agoraphobia. Not only do these three DVDs paint a compelling picture of a once-powerful band, but they also demonstrate how easily and quickly that powerful band got demolished by Axl's ego....

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Review - The Complete Verve Master Takes

Artist: Charlie Parker

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Norman Granz, the owner of Verve, got hold of Charlie Parker just a little too late. Coming off a contract with Savoy -- where he had recorded several albums worth of fiery and substantial material -- Parker was coupled with studio musicians and string sections (rather than his regular touring...

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Review - Moto.tronic

Artist: Ryuichi Sakamoto

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

A domestic "best of" seems quite unnecessary for Sakamoto, as it seems that, for much of the past decade, he's been recycling his themes from "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" and "The Last Emperor" on pretty much every record he's done, although he delivered definitive versions of those pieces way back...

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Review - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution

Artist: Devo

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

If that woman in the Swiffer commercials is overtaking your visual connection to Devo, this DVD reissue of a 1993 laserdisc should shock you back to Spudville. Though it claims abundant special features, almost everything on the disc -- from the commentary to the in-store promos Devo produced for Pioneer's...

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Review - Odyssey: The Definitive Collection

Artist: Vangelis

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

It's hard to figure out what's stranger about this compilation. Is it being reminded that same Vangelis behind "Chariots of Fire" is the Vangelis that made the astoundingly creepy "L'Apocalypse des Animaux" album? Or is it that the liner notes are by ex-groupie Cherry Vanilla? Whatever the case is, "Odyssey"...

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Review - Recollection: Relapse Video Collection DVD

Artist: Various Artists

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

What's most surprising about this compilation of videos from Relapse's stable of heavy, post-metal artists is that these videos were made at all. With no chance of being shown by any of the "music" channels, it's clear that these clips were all constructed as visual exercises by the bands involved...

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Review - One Night With Blue Note DVD

Artist: Various Artists

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Most DVD reissues of previously released VHS presentations are simply cleaned up and repackaged. This disc of the "historic all-star reunion concert" that re-launched the Blue Note label in 1985 goes beyond that minimal standard and subtly revises the entire film. There are re-edited shots, remixed sound and a keener...

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Movie: The Young Black Stallion (IMAX)

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Our Rating: 0.00 Yeah, we think it sounds like interracial porn, too. But it's really a sequel to the 1979 Disney hit, as crafted for the gargantuan capabilities of large-format theaters. It's a huge picture, in other words, a swollen, engorged ... OK, we'll stop. (Not reviewed)...

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Review - Welcome to the Videos Use Your Illusion I & II: World Tour 1992 in Tokyo

Artist: Guns ' Roses

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Welcome to the Videos Use Your Illusion I & II: World Tour 1992 in Tokyo Label: Geffen DVD Media: CD Format: Album WorkNameSort: Welcome to the Videos Use Your Illusion I & II: World Tour 1992 in Tokyo Oh, the agony. It's footage like this that has probably been keeping...

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Review - The Complete Verve Master Takes

Artist: Charlie Parker

Posted on Thu, Dec 25, 2003 at 4:00 AM

The Complete Verve Master Takes Label: Verve Media: CD Format: Album WorkNameSort: The Complete Verve Master Takes Norman Granz, the owner of Verve, got hold of Charlie Parker just a little too late. Coming off a contract with Savoy -- where he had recorded several albums worth of fiery and...

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