Music for Montserrat

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Music for Montserrat

ERIC CLAPTON, PAUL McCARTNEY, PHIL COLLINS, MARK KNOPFLER, and STING all on one Royal stage for one night!! On September 15, 1997 at Royal Albert Hall, Sir George Martin assembled an all-star cast to perform a benefit for the island of Montserrat, an island in the Caribbean that ws devastated by a volcanic explosion. The artists that appeared at this show had all recorded some of their biggest hits at Martin’s recording studio on the island. Included in this group are PAUL McCARTNEY, STING, ELTO

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  • 34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not perfect, but one of the best, January 14, 2000
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    CRCat (Costa Rica) –
    This review is from: Music for Montserrat (DVD)

    I’ve owned the laserdisc version of this concert since it was first released. While the sound quality is occasionally disappointing (especially Sting), it’s generally quite good. And most of the performances are excellent, particularly Knopfler, Elton, Clapton and McCartney.

    I’d buy it again, if only for the McCartney/Elton exchange on “Hey Jude.” I’ve watched this concert many times, and it still sends chills everytime Elton’s voice appears in the second verse of this song.

    As for the complaints about the “tambourine bloke” — that’s Ray Cooper, the legendary (with good reason) percussionist who has backed most of these performers in studio sessions, and who is a mainstay of almost every all star concert. If you want a video concert that will absolutely knock you over, try to find “An Evening with Elton John and Ray Cooper” — it used to appear occasionally on the Disney Channel (oh, well, so did Annie Lennox’s Central Park concert), and if I ever found it on a commercially released video, I’d pay almost anything for it. Listen to Cooper’s incredible performance on this concert (or better yet, see one of the live Elton John/Ray Cooper, sans band, shows) and you’ll never again complain about Cooper being a “distraction.” Ray rocks!

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  • 37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    If you are on the fence, please read this review, December 8, 2001
    By A Customer

    The concert performances are par excellent… but when I bought this video, I truly thought it was defective. Phil Collins faded in and out on “take me home” and the sound was extremely uneven on many other tracks. I immediately logged in to check this and other reviewer websites and found that many complained about audio quality, but there were a FEW who DID NOT. After closer inspection, I found that there were two versions of this DVD– one with Dolby 5.1 only (released 02/02/99) and one with Dolby and DTS (released 10/26/00). Well, I searched around until I found the DTS copy and low and behold– audio is MUCH better on DTS format– like night and day for me and my sound system is definitely NO great shakes…. I highly recommend this DVD, even though ths sound still won’t quite rate a 5 star, but the performances and collection of musicians definitely come close. BUT buy the DTS version!!!!!!

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  • 36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the best DVD concerts available., April 11, 1999
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Music for Montserrat (DVD)

    I love my DVD music performances. I have a large collection. This is one of the very best. In some ways, for me, a child of the 60′s it is the best. When Paul McCartney sings “Yesterday” I got a tear in my eye. It means even more than ever from a 50+ year old. The video and music recording are excellent in every way. Seeing Clapton, McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Carl Perkins, Sting, Elton John, Phil Collins and Jimmy Buffet on stage together for the final songs was UNBELIEVEABLE!!!! They looked like they were having as much fun playing as I was watching. It is a mistake to not have this in your collection.

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