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Sarah Jane Morris In Concert (Ohne Filter)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C+†††† Concert: B-



Sarah Jane Morris is a controversial vocalist who does not care what anyone thinks about her politics, though her music is not usually political itself. Her biggest international hit remains as a guest vocalist on The Communardsí remake of the Thelma Houston classic Donít Leave Me This Way in late 1986, where she was a duet partner with Jimmy Somerville, who had made a name for himself as the lead singer for Bronski Beat.Somerville and Richard Coles crated Communards and that song remains the biggest in the career of all involved.


Instead of going commercial or selling out, Morris continued singing and also a separate acting career, then went solo in 1989.In this March 29th, 1990 concert for the German concert TV series Ohne Filter, she did this show to announce her solo launch and establish herself as a force to be reckoned with.The songs in this set include:


1)     To Blind

2)     Another Side To Love

3)     Do You Know?

4)     China Blue

5)     Afraid Of The Dark

6)     Ainít No Turning Back

7)     Another Time

8)     Me & Mrs. Jones

9)     That Ainít Living



The set works best when the songs are hard, fats and rockiní in that they show off her vocals to best advantage, as well as the amazing band she assembled for this performance.Too bad there is not a musicianís list here, but maybe weíll get one when this potentially is issued on SACD, as several of the Ohne Filter programs are due (and overdue) to be released as.In one interesting twist, she remade another R&B classic, Billy Paulís Me & Mrs. Jones.This was before the Bill Clinton/Paula Jones scandal, but was banned from British radio because of its lesbian context.Though her performance is not as good as it was on The Communards remake, the controversy is amusing.Overall, this is one of the best Ohne Filter programs we have seen to date, if a little uneven.


The full 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 nearly as good as say, the Mark King and the band Americaís installments, 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 Morris that updates where she is now.We hope to hear from her again.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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