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Terence Trent D’Arby (now Sananda Maitreya) – Ohne Filter


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



In his peak time, it looked like Terence Trent D’Arby might have been on the beginning of a long and successful hits run.  Then he was quoted as saying his album was on par with The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and before you new it, he was gone and we had to suffer through the likes of Milli Vanilli.  His album of the time was The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby, and though it was no masterwork, it had its moments and hits.  They are among the dozen songs taped for his 10/12/87 appearance on the German TV music show Ohne Filter.


The tracks are:


1)     If You All Get To Heaven

2)     Rain

3)     I’ll Never Turn My Back On You

4)     Wicki Wacki

5)     Soul Power

6)     Sign Your Name

7)     Wishing Well

8)     If You Let Me Stay

9)     Dance Little Sister

10)  Who’s Loving You

11)  Funky Broadway

12)  Under My Thumb (The Rolling Stones classic)


The music works best when it is original, so the cover of the Rolling Stones seems an anti-climactic way to end a set that strives to be so sincere and artistic.  It also works best when it is not trying to be spiritual and equate that with love, sex, or nature; something Prince and Marvin Gaye were far more successful at doing.  That leaves us looking at the two big hits.  Wishing Well always had an odd feel to it, with its goofy sound signature almost contradicting its more ambitious intents.  This is a good live version, though.  Sign Your Name is more of the kind of song that could have really helped the man, even if his Beatles’ comment rubbed many the wrong way.  He was a solid singer with material that was hit or miss.  This set is more hit than miss, but not as full as it could have been considering his talents.


The full frame PAL color video has limits, but offers good colors and decent definition for its time.  The sound is available in PCM CD Stereo, as well as a better Dolby Digital 5.1 AC-3, which plays better all around.  There is somewhat the depth in the 5.1 here heard in the Mark King, Tony Joe White and the band America’s DVD from the series; all reviewed elsewhere on this site, yet its age limits the depth.  Besides repeating the same stereo cords plug, other DVDs in the series, and Ohne Filter producer interview, it has a biography of D’Arby, and how he changed his name.


There is empathy in the singing too, but sometimes D’Arby/Maitreya has some standoffishness in his stance and that too comes across.  It makes me curious about seeing and hearing more of his work, and this will especially appeal to fans of the artist and of 1980s music in general.  At least this is someone with talent who can sing and tries to say something, so it is a fun curio program from the Ohne Filter series from Inakustik and Music Video Distributors.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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