Phoebe Snow In Concert (Ohne Filter)
Sound: B- Extras: C+ Concert: B-
Snow is one of music’s survivors, continuing on long after her mid-1970s
commercial peak. Despite hits as little
label Shelter (as owned by Leon Russell) and more well known Columbia (who
landed up suing each other), including a duet with Paul Simon (Gone At Last),
she did not sustain the career her musical integrity should have allowed. In this May 9th, 1989 concert for
the German concert TV series Ohne Filter she is in strong voice and good
spirits, covering the following set of hits, hers and others:
I Can Just Get Through Tonight
The Good Times Roll
Teach Me Tonight
After watching al of this, I could not figure out why,
unless racism and sexism is considered, why Snow did not continue to see her
star climb. Now, I will have to go and
dig up some of her late 1970s studio albums and figure it out. This is a real talent and her energy is
positive, which makes the music real.
Then I remembered that the industry even then had problems with juggling
all the good artists who were around then, versus the drought where the worst
keep getting treated like they are first.
Fans especially will be very happy with this show.
frame PAL color video is about what would expect for a taping of the time a
while ago, having limits in its good color and limited definition. The sound is available in the usual PCM
CD-type 2.0 16bit/48kHz Stereo, as well as a slightly better Dolby Digital 5.1
AC-3, which plays better all around.
The depth in the 5.1 here is not as good as the Mark King DVD, but fares
better than the band America’s DVD, both reviewed elsewhere on this site. Besides repeating the same stereo cords ad
placement, other DVDs in the series, and Ohne
Filter producer interview, it has a biography of Snow that is better than
we usually get on these DVDs.
- Nicholas Sheffo