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Dear Mr. Fantasy featuring the Music of Jim Capaldi & Traffic – A Celebration for Jim Capaldi (Concert/Eagle Vision DVD)

 

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

 

 

Traffic is almost the forgotten band Steve Winwood was a part of, but with Jim Capaldi, has more than its share of admirers, fans and is a better band than many give it credit for now.  Winwood, Dave Mason, Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi found themselves with eight best-selling albums between 1968 and 1974, more than Winwood solo in less time (Winwood’s Spencer Davis Group (which he was a part of from 1963 – 7 with two hit singles) never charted a Top 40 album in the U.S.) is more formidable than one would think.

 

Capaldi sadly died in 2005, in a long career that included solo work.  As a tribute two years later, some very important musicians gathered for Dear Mr. Fantasy featuring the Music of Jim Capaldi & Traffic – A Celebration for Jim Capaldi now on DVD from Eagle Vision.  Turns out Capaldi was a great, prolific writer as well, as the following covers demonstrate:

 

 

1)     Paper Sun — Paul Weller

2)     Lost Inside Your Love — Stevie Lange

3)     Living On The Outside — Joe Walsh, Bill Wyman & Jon Lord

4)     Elixir Of Life — Dennis Locorriere

5)     Whale Meat Again — Simon Kirke

6)     Love’s Got A Hold On Me — The Storys

7)     Forty Thousand Headman — Joe Walsh

8)     Man With No Country — Yusef Islam (aka Cat Stevens)

9)     Light Up Or Leave Me Alone — Steve Winwood

10)  Dear Mr. Fantasy — Winwood

11)  Evil Love — Gary Moore

12)  Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (theme from the film) — Paul Weller

13)  Let Me Make Something In Your Life — Lange & Lord

14)  Gifts Of Unknown Things — Phil Capaldi, Wyman & Lord

15)  Love You ‘Til The Day I Die — Margo Buchanan

16)  No Face No Name No Number — Pete Townshend

17)  John Barleycorn Must Die — Walsh

18)  Pearly Queen — Weller

19)  Rock And Roll Stew — Locorriere, Buchanan & Lange

20)  Love Will Keep Us Alive — all-performer finale

 

 

Sometimes, it is uneven, but for the most part, it is a solid tribute work that justifies its 130 minutes running time.  My only major complaint and surprise is that his one solo hit, the highly underrated 1983 song That’s Love is forgotten and unperformed, a Top 30 hit that should have been Top Ten.  His was a voice and mind that was gone too soon, not respected enough by the industry and deserves to be seriously rediscovered.  This concert is a great step towards that.

 

The 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in digital video, likely HD and has some detail limits, part of which could come from the downtrade to DVD, but otherwise cannot be evaluated until the title arrives in the HD formats.  It looks colorful and good enough to want to see it in HD-DVD and Blu-ray, but is passable here.  The DTS 5.1 is really good, clean and clear, the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 less effective respectively and all come from a good recording.  However, the DTS brings this to life and is the preferred playback track.  Extras include ten-minutes behind the scenes piece and the foldout DVD holder comes with a very nicely illustrated 16-page booklet with plenty of notes on the life and times of Capaldi, plus on this concert.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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