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From The Big Apple To The Big Easy: The Concert For New Orleans (Rhino 2-DVD Set)


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



There have been so many charity concerts and necessary ones at that, it is easy to loose track.In the 1980s, every one seemed like a big event, though it sometimes seemed like a distraction from uglier things in the long run.These events may have eroded Rock in particular and the hype where everyone thought they could change the world for the better by participating went into reverse and things got uglier.One of the ugliest of the man-made events was Hurricane Katrina and its continuously nightmarish aftermath.From The Big Apple To The Big Easy: The Concert For New Orleans is a concert trying to raise funds in what is one of the most ironic of all.


It was a good, if not great, event that had less Rock and more of the traditional music forms that put the great city on the map.The two DVDs offer the following introductions and performances:



Disc 1


JAZZ FUNERAL - DIRGE/CELEBRATE - The Rebirth Brass Band Allen Toussaint Band


Introduction by Ed Bradley

Southern Nights - Allen Toussaint

All These Things - Art Neville

Hercules - Lenny Kravitz

On Your Way Down/Yes We Can Can - Elvis Costello

Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry

Fortune Teller - Jimmy Buffett

A Change Is Gonna Come - Aaron Neville

Big Chief - Cyril Neville


Ladies Of The Big Easy Introduction by Jessica Lange

Time Is On My Side - Irma Thomas

Last Train/I Know (You Don't Want Me No More) - Cyndi Lauper & Allen Toussaint

Brother Jake/Iko Iko - Irma Thomas, The Dixie Cups & Cyndi Lauper

I Think It's Going To Rain Today - Bette Midler


Elton John Introduction by Scarlett Johansson

Levon - Elton John


Blues Introduction by Ed Bradley

My Girl Josephine - Ry Cooder

Rock Me Baby - Buckwheat Zydeco

When The Levee Breaks - Lenny Kravitz

Backwater Blues - Irma Thomas



Disc 2


Jimmy Buffett Introduction by Ed Bradley

Pascagoula Run - Jimmy Buffett

Heart Of Gold - Jimmy Buffett & Dave Matthews

Son Of A Son Of A Sailor - Jimmy Buffett & Dave Matthews

Fins - Jimmy Buffett

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett

Sea Cruise Jimmy Buffett & Paul Simon


President Bill Clinton Introduction by Ed Bradley

John Fogerty Introduction by President Bill Clinton

Born On The Bayou - John Fogerty

Proud Mary - John Fogerty


Jazz Introduction by Ed Bradley

The Monkey - Dave Bartholomew & Elvis Costello

I'm Walkin' - Diana Krall with Troy Andrews

St. James Infirmiry - Kermit Ruffins


Simon & Garfunkel Introduction by Paul Newman

Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel

Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel with Aaron Neville


The Neville Brothers Introduction by Ed Bradley

Carry The Torch - The Neville Brothers


The Meters Introduction by Ed Bradley

Hey Pocky Way - The Neville Brothers & The Meters

Amazing Grace - The Neville Brothers & The Meters

When The Saints Go Marching In - The Neville Brothers, The Meters & Guests

When The Saints Go Marching In (Brass Band Reprise) - The Rebirth Brass Band & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band



Only Elvis Costello gets political enough and though it is a fine evening of diverse music and entertainment, it misses the mark for being the event and response beyond money-raising it needed to be to put the subject of what happened down there back on the front page of the news.Jimmy Buffett has his moments, while Simon & Garfunkelís latest reunion is odder than expected.Costello and Elton John do not get enough time and this might be too much Neville Brothers for some.


Overall, this is a good concert for a great cause worth a look, but not a great event overall.


The 1.33 X 1 image is maybe one of the last of its kind we will see in professional NTSC analog video, while the sound options of decent PCM 2.0 16bit/48kHz and Dolby Digital 5.1 are not bad, but DTS could have fit here and might have made a difference where the picture was lacking in definition and a slightly dated look.There are no extras, but 100% of the proceeds go to help Katrina victims in New Orleans, so letís hope it helps.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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