In an era when the political Singer-Songwriter looked like it was going the way of the dodo bird and Reaganomics was in full robber-baron swing, along came Tracy Chapman. With her sensitive, well-crafted narratives and a voice as rich as the Mississippi Delta, Chapman re-introduced nuanced social commentary into pop music. Though her more self-consciously radical albums didn't fare as well as her 1988 self-titled debut, the hit song "Fast Car" became an instant classic with its heart-stopping vibrato and incisive lyricism. Chapman returned in the late '90s with the retro Acoustic Blues number "Give Me One Reason," which captures a slow burn rivaled only by R&B great Irma Thomas. Chapman's latest work continues in the same vein -- full of contained yet forceful emotion and refreshing, socially engaged subject matter.
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One Last Time
Runtime: 2 hr 1 minWatching this program you can see why Tina Turner has sold more concert tickets than any other female artist in history and why, though Tina will give her famous dancing shoes a rest, this title will stand as a repeatable, collectable, performance experience to her millions of fans.
Under African Skies
Runtime: 2 hr 2 minUnder African Skies tells the story behind the incredible journey, history and evolution of Paul Simon’s Graceland, and explores the cultural and political climate of South Africa 25 years ago. The film follows Simon as he returns once again to South Africa, and remembers and reconnects with the people, places and music that inspired him many years ago. With the compelling perceptions of anti-apartheid activists and music legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Sir Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, Under African Skies is both a buoyant chronicle of unparalleled artistic achievement and a profound rumination on the role of the artist in society.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minSinger-songwriter-performer Macy Grays unique voice is instantly recognizable as one of the most distinctive in all of pop music. Gray earned a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her 1999 hit single, I Try, which also received nominations for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Her debut album On How Life Is went on to sell more than 7 million copies worldwide.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minIf Eye To the Telescope introduced a bold new talent, KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza confirms that the Scottish singer is no fluke. Whether stripping down tracks from her platinum debut--nominated for both a Grammy and Britain's coveted Mercury Prize--or taking on Beck's tender "Golden Age," it's all about the Voice and the Voice is good. While Telescope elicited comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Bjork, in acoustic mode, Tunstall sounds more like countryman Rod Stewart back when he was fronting the Faces. She's got that soulful thing down to a science, but there's nothing affected about it, and she never pushes too hard. Ten years of busking can do that for a girl (it's how she learned to use a loop pedal to duplicate the sound of a full band). Originally only available through her website, Acoustic Extravaganza doesn't include hit singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," the theme from The Devil Wears Prada, but then it isn't a greatest hits collection. Recorded in two days, th set consists primarily of non-LP material, like the angry "Ashes," plus the featurette Five Go to Skye (Making the Album). The parental advisory warning ("explicit content") refers to the profanity in "Ashes." Otherwise, there's nothing objectionable going on here.
How Sweet The Sound
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minThis film, Joan Baez How Sweet the Sound, examines Joan's history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation. Featuring interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn, and others, plus conversation between Joan and ex-husband David Harris. Archival material includes footage of Baez's visit to N. Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison, where he visited Joan, and never-before-seen film of Joan as a teenager performing at Club 47 in Cambridge. Extras include conversations with Baez & Dar Williams, Bill Fegan & Bishop Ernest, Vaclav Havel, and Steve Earle.
Bring Me Home: Live 2011
Runtime: 2 hr 32 minThis musical release from exotic siren Sade captures a live performance by the songstress, recorded in 2011. Some of the songs featured in the release include "Soldier of Love," "Your Love is King," "Love Is Stronger Than Pride," "All About Our Love," and more.
Live All Around The World
Runtime: 2 hr 36 minLisa Stansfield's debut video features tracks from all her debut solo album as well as tracks by other artists which featured Lisa on lead vocals.
Live at Bearsville Theatre Woodstock, NY
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minFor the first time ever, fans can now own the live Dar experience! Filmed in Woodstock, NY at the legendary Bearsville Theater, this extended-length film features all of Dar's fan favorite songs, as well as a few surprises. Filmed by Ellenbogen Productions in High Definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, this film captures Dar at her best. Comprised of a solo set as well as full backing band performance, Dar illuminates the stories behind the music with her trademark humor and warmth.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minExplosive and energetic Alanis Morissette pulls in the audience on this Soundstage with hints of hard rock, gentle folk, electronic beats and free flowing Eastern melodies. The set includes quintessential hits about loving and letting go from the seven-time Grammy winner's days as a confessional rock phenomenon: "All I Really Want," "Hands Clean," "Thank U" and "Uninvited." The singer/songwriter also introduces fans to her latest and most adventurous album, So-Called Chaos, with songs including "Eight Easy Steps," and "Excuses," among others.
The honest, unadulterated performance reflects Morissette's move away from her days as a rancorous 90's rocker, and into the mode of mature musician ready to experiment with her strengths. Morissette's enduring introspection, continual evolution and evocative stage presence shine in this Soundstage performance.
Live from Paris
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minThe first-ever live concert album from multiplatinum-selling, Grammy®-winning, critically acclaimed Seal, 'Live in Paris' features his spectacular performance at the Olympia Bruno Coquatrix on July 6, 2004. 'Live in Paris' is the ultimate in-concert experience of the pop, dance, urban, and adult contemporary superstar featuring classics "Kiss From A Rose," "Crazy" and "Love's Divine."
Live at the Beacon Theatre
Runtime: 2 hr 8 minRecorded Live at the Beacon Theatre in 1998, acclaimed singer-songwriter James Taylor steps up to the microphone and offers a well-polished set drawn from his remarkable recording career, providing a generous selection of songs from his Grammy-winning album “Hourglass” engineered by Frank Filipetti. Featuring 14 classic tracks, including "Fire And Rain", "Wandering", "Your Smiling Face”, “You've Got a Friend” and the uplifting classic “How Sweet It Is”.
Runtime: 1 hr 15 min￼Accomplished singer-songwriter Katie Melua makes her second appearance at the AVO SESSION festival. She presents her new, mysterious and profound album «Secret Symphony». Like the rain of gold and platinum with her earlier albums,
￼this album has been at the top of the charts for many weeks. It shows that even superstars have hard times, like Katie Melua with her burnout. Her art was making this crisis into a source of creativity by turning it into new songs. This great music dynamic speaks for the quality of her new works. She mixes pop, jazz and folk intuitively and adeptly, her songs are heartfelt, natural and unpretentious. Pop and poetry don’t get any closer than this - as you will see at this evening at AVO SESSION Basel.
Live at Montreux 1993
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minIn the words of Ben Fong-Torres:
Etta James, who passed away in 2012, was such a magnetic singer and presence that she was a semi-regular at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, which is pretty selective about its bills. After her crack band opens with a couple, including “Hold On, I’m Coming,” James kills on “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “I Just Wanna Make Love to You,” and several more. “Come to Mama,” indeed!
Etta James made many appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival across her long and distinguished career from her first concert in 1975 through to her last in 2008. This film focuses on the concert from 1993 when she was at her absolute peak and complements it with selected tracks from many other Montreux appearances. It features many of her best loved tracks and songs that she is particularly associated with. Etta James was one of the most respected performers of her generation. In a career stretching over 60 years she was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and the Blues Hall Of Fame, won 3 Grammys and received many more nominations and was named Female Blues Artist Of The Year on no less than 14 occasions. Sadly, Etta James passed away after a long illness in January 2012 and this film is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest female vocalists of the 20th century.
Painting With Words And Music
Runtime: 1 hrJoni Mitchell, Canadas queen of folk/pop, performs before an intimate audience on the Warners Lot in Los Angeles, in a specially set up auditorium displaying a gallery of her own paintings. Playing in the round with a small band she delivers tracks from across her career including all her best loved songs.
Runtime: 2 hr 14 minMirrorball captures Sarah McLachlan at the height of her powers, with arresting performances from her Surfacing Tour of 1997-1998. This set includes her hit rendition of "I Will Remember You" plus "Adia," "Building A Mystery," "Possession" and more.
An Evening of Nostalgia
Runtime: 1 hr 8 min'An Evening Of Nostalgia With Annie Lennox' captures one of music’s most popular and acclaimed artists in her only full concert performance of songs from her Grammy-nominated 'Nostalgia' album. Fronting a 19-piece band, including string and horn sections, and unveiling striking lighting and production elements created especially for this concert, Lennox demonstrates her distinctive vocal and performance talents on an array of songs from the classic American songbook, ranging from “Summertime”, “Georgia On My Mind”, “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child” to one of rock ’n’ roll’s most enduring classics, “I Put a Spell On You”. As she does on her Nostalgia album that spawned this one-of-a-kind concert, the singular approach Lennox brings to these classics enables them to resonate for a 21st century audience. The artist concludes her extraordinary show with a four song selection of her own hits performed solo at the piano, including “Here Comes the Rain Again”, “Why” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”. Beautifully filmed by director Natalie Johns at the downtown Los Angeles art-deco landmark The Orpheum Theatre on January 28, 2015, 'An Evening Of Nostalgia With Annie Lennox' is a truly unique concert performance that music fans the world over can now experience for themselves.
Live At Hangout Music Fest 2014
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minAmos Lee is an American singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. Lee's "folksy, bluesy sound" has been compared to that of John Prine and Norah Jones. His music is said to utilize the "supple funk of his vocals and arid strum of his guitar" while recalling "the low-volume, early-'70s acoustic soul of stars like Bill Withers and Minnie Ripperton." The “Live At Hangout Music Fest 2014” concert experience catches Amos Lee performing the all-time favorites as “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight, ” “Tricksters, Hucksters and Scamps,” “Southern Girl,” “Street Corner Preacher,” and many more including a great cover of the “Fat Bottomed Girls / Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
Wildflower: Live from New York
Runtime: 56 minSinger songwriter Sheryl Crow performs her infectious brand of country-infused pop for an adoring New York crowd in this performance captured live during her 2006 "Wildflower" tour.
Live at The Fillmore Theater
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minThis concert film features the Indigo Girls Live at the Fillmore in Denver, November 20, 1999. Features also exclusive interview footage and 19 tracks including Galileo, Go, Least Complicated, Land of Canaan, Scooter Boys and much more!
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 55 minSuzanne Vega broke-through with her eponymous debut album in 1985 in both Europe and America. The album featured the hits Marlene On The Wall and Left Of Center. She hit even greater heights with her second album Solitude Standing, which contained the hits Luka and Toms Diner. In many ways, she opened the way for the rush of female singer-songwriters that followed in the late eighties and early nineties. She continues to have hit albums and to play to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic.
Welcome To My Living Room
Runtime: 2 hr 12 minFilmed in Southern California in 2005, Welcome to My Living Room is an intimate, unadorned glimpse into Carole King's sold-out Living Room World Tour, featuring 21 Top 40 hits from one of the greatest songwriters in history!