Thursday, November 23, 2023

This film should be played loud! - Pt. 3

The year is coming to an end and things are slowing down here for us on the concert front. We may be able to squeeze in a couple of more shows before 2024, but this is essentially it. But we still need our fix of live musical thrills, so we're gonna be blasting a few concert movies and we're gonna be sharing them with you in the third installment of our ongoing series "This Film Should Be Played Loud!"

You can check out the previous entries of this series below:

Hit us up on on our forumour socials, or in the comments to let us know what you think of our selection and what your favorite concert films are.
In the spirit of transparency, we are letting you know that we get a very (very) very tiny commission if you purchase one of these films through the links we provide. So know treat yo'selves!

March 30, 1985. The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Prince and the Revolution set the stage on fire for the iconic "Prince and the Revolution Live" concert movie. Which captures His Purple Majesty at the zenith of his powers, delivering an overwhelming barrage of hits - "Purple Rain," "Let's Go Crazy" "When Doves Cry." The concert isn't just a showcase of Prince's guitar wizardry and stage charisma; it's a wild carnival of musical prowess featuring the talents of Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brown Mark, Bobby Z., and Dr. Fink. The movie is a time capsule of that era, a testament to Prince's unmatched influence, and a reminder that when it comes to musical royalty, Prince reigns supreme. Crank up the volume and get ready to party like it’s 1985.

Watch on Apple TV

A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan

"A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan" (1996) is an electrifying musical homage to the legendary blues guitarist, capturing the essence of his soul-stirring artistry. Filmed at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre, this concert showcases an all-star lineup of musical virtuosos paying homage to Vaughan's indelible legacy. Witness spellbinding performances by luminaries like Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy, each pouring their heart into renditions of Vaughan's timeless classics. The synergy between these iconic artists creates a sonic tapestry that not only celebrates Vaughan's influence on the blues but also transcends into a collective celebration of raw talent and musical camaraderie. A true testament to Stevie Ray Vaughan's enduring impact, this concert film is an exhilarating journey through blues history, a must-watch for aficionados and newcomers alike.

Watch on Apple TV

Step back in time to the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd performance at Knebworth in 1976, where the air was thick with Southern rock vibes and questionable fashion choices. This concert film captures the band's raw energy and musical prowess as they belted out iconic songs like « I « Ain’t The One », « Working For MCA » , their iconic hit « Sweet Home Alabama" and a «Free Bird" as a breathtaking finale  The stage was ablaze with the three-guitar attack of Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Steve Gaines and the earthyvocals of Ronnie Van Zant, and the rhythmic mastery of drummer Artimus Pyle and bassist Leon Wilkeson. The fact that almost everyone on that stage is now dead unfortunately adds a layer of tragedy to the blistering performance. Some questionable editing and mixing choices shouldn’t deter you from checking out this fantastic footage which we first caught a glimpse of in the Freebird… The Movie documentary from 1996.

Watch on Apple TV

The Up In Smoke Tour

"The Up In Smoke Tour" is a 2000  concert movie that's basically the stoner Olympics of hip-hop. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eminem, and crew turning the stage into a musical hotbox. It's like they decided to spice up their performance with an extra dose of herbal inspiration. Think of it as a rap carnival where the main event is making the speakers sweat. The beats hit harder than a munchie craving at midnight, the rhymes flow smoother than a joint passed at a California beach bonfire, and the stage is smokier than a teenager's room trying to cover up their "homework" scent. Filled with killer rhymes, funky hooks and killer grooves lifted directly from the P-Funk connekshun, "The Up In Smoke Tour" will appeal to everyone with even a passing interest in the nineties rap scene.

Watch on Apple TV

The Who Live At The Isle of Wight Festival 1970

The Who Live At The Isle of Wight 1970 is an electrifying masterpiece that encapsulates the sheer brilliance and raw energy of one of rock music's greatest bands at the peak of their powers. Filmed during their legendary performance at the iconic Isle of Wight Festival, this concert movie is a sonic and visual extravaganza showcasing the band at their very best: the charisma of Roger Daltrey, the intensity of Pete Townshend, the thunderous basslines of John Entwistle, and the frantic drumming of Keith Moon converge to create a musical spectacle that transcends time. The film captures the essence of The Who's rebellious spirit, with Townshend's iconic windmill guitar strokes and Daltrey's commanding stage presence. The crowd's palpable energy adds to the immersive experience, making it a cinematic journey through a momentous era in rock history. The cinematography beautifully captures the intensity of the performance, making "The Who Live At The Isle of Wight 1970" a timeless ode to the band's enduring legacy and a must-watch for any music aficionado. This isn't just the best Who concert movie, it's one of the all-time greatest concert movies period.

Watch on Apple TV

No comments:

Post a Comment

Feel free to comment on this post: