Music For Montserrat (Eagle Rock/DTS)
Sound: B- Extras: D Concert: B-
In a holdover event that felt more like the 1980s, various
big names from the music industry (especially British in this case), gathered
on September 15th, 1997 for another charity concert. Music For Montserrat brings together
some heavyweights to raise emergency funds to help out the volcanic haven that
suddenly became active after hundreds of years. This was unexpected, especially since many of the performers had
actually recorded music there.
Lasting nearly two hours and in front of a huge audience
that included the Queen of England, the great producer Sir George Martin does
the opening introduction, which leads to the following performances:
1) Take Me
Home Phil Collins
Hot, Hot - Arrow
Suede Shoes Carl Perkins
4) Volcano Jimmy
In Arms Mark Knopfler
For Nothing Mark Knopfler with Eric Clapton & Sting
In A Bottle - Sting
8) Magic - Sting
Song Elton John
10) Live Like Horses Elton
11) Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me Elton
12) Broken Hearted - Eric
13) Layla Eric Clapton with Mark
14) Same Old Blues Eric
Clapton with Mark Knopfler and Phil Collins
15) Yesterday Paul McCartney
16) Golden Slumbers Paul
McCartney with Collins, Knopfler, Clapton, et al
17) Hey Jude Paul McCartney with
all stars returning
18) Kansas City Paul McCartney with
all stars returning
That is an inarguably strong line up and many of the songs
performed are classics and standards.
However, sometimes, the songs just do not work. Elton Johns voice is not bad in its second
era, but I never liked the slower Layla and as much as I like
McCartney, these are not his best vocal performances in his set. For Rock music, the concert overall is a tad
stuffy, which is not Rock at its best.
Though still good for what it is, it also marks a decline in the Rock
that the genre has yet to recover from.
In some way, it is even saying goodbye to the old school era of the
British Invasion, though this hardly represents all the talent from that era.
As for the performance of the DVD, the full frame video
image is fair, considering the PAL video shoot and from the time it was
produced. The sound mix has been
upgraded from the first DVD release with DTS 5.1 on top of retaining its Dolby
Digital 5.1 mix. This fairs a bit
better than the older version, but not by much, as the concert was not
conceived with multi-channel in mind.
There are no extras, but still to this date, a portion of the proceeds
still go to Montserrat years later.
Plus, you never know when that volcano will get crazy again.
- Nicholas Sheffo