CONCERT FILM SPECIAL

JONI MITCHELL:  REFUGE OF THE ROADS
MADONNA: THE VIRGIN TOUR
SARAH VAUGHN:  SASS & BRASS
AEROSMITH:  VIDEO SCRAPBOOK
THE BEATLES:  THE COMPLEAT BEATLES
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES:  NOCTURNE
TALKING HEADS:  STOP MAKING SENSE
KATE BUSH:  LIVE AT THE HAMMERSMITH ODEON
ROY ORBISON:  A BLACK AND WHITE NIGHT
THE CURE:  STARING AT THE SEA/PICTURE SHOW COMPILATION
THE CURE IN ORANGE


LauraLAURA:
Hi, I'm Laura Clifford and this is a special edition of Reeling.  We won't be concentrating on videos, but rather on concert films, although I will be doing a small special segment on The Cure at the end of this show.








RobinROBIN:
I'm sure you will, man. Hello again, I'm Robin Clifford. We hope you enjoy it and, as always, all of these movies are available for rental or purchase from reel.com by clicking on the movie you'd likes name on our 'Video' page.

JONI MITCHELL:  REFUGE OF THE ROADS

I happen to be a big Joni Mitchell fan, so Laura, in trying to find a Joni concert piece, came across Refuge of the Roads. While not an outstanding work, it has some good Joni Mitchell tunes and may be worth the rental cost if you like her music.

This is obviously a bit more staged than an outright concert film, but give it a try.


MADONNA: THE VIRGIN TOUR

LauraLAURA:
It's difficult to judge concert films without musical preference getting in the way, but I've tried to include a couple of films that I think are visually entertaining, although I'm not particularly a fan of the performer. A case in point is my next selection, Madonna's first tour.

It's interesting to contrast that with her later, slicker efforts, but she has always been at the very least a hard-working performer.




SARAH VAUGHN:  SASS & BRASS

RobinROBIN:
Our next concert video is a real treat for me. Sarah Vaughn and a few of her friends, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Herbi Hancock and Al Hirt, put together a tres cool concert that is a must for Sarah fans.

I have always considered Sarah one of my favorite jazz singers. This concert reinforces that feeling.





AEROSMITH:  VIDEO SCRAPBOOK

LauraLAURA:
Here's a guilty pleasure, a hometown band that I've had a fondness for ever since seeing them in concert at Suffolk Downs when I was 14.

Although this called a video scrapbook, it's actually live concert footage from several different concerts with behind the scenes footage scattered throughout.  A good compilation if you like Aerosmith.





THE BEATLES:  THE COMPLEAT BEATLES

RobinROBIN:
Sorry. I don't like Aerosmith.

Laura has always been the Beatles fan in the family, so it is only fair to include the loveable mop tops in tonight's lineup. The Compleat Beatles is a documentary, rather than a concert film, but a must for you one or two Beatle fans out there.

Besides the plethora of good music in this film, it is also one of the better music documentaries that I've seen.


SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES:  NOCTURNE

LauraLAURA:
The best piece I've ever seen on the Beatles.

Here's a band that used to be one of my very favorites - here's Siouxsie and the Banshees at their peak performing live at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

This is a terrific concert film and the audience footage at the beginning is a historical and amusing document of the end of the London punk scene.


TALKING HEADS:  STOP MAKING SENSE

RobinROBIN:
I once had the dubious honor of Souixsie sweating on me at a concert. That's my claim to fame!

Years ago, Laura and I attended the screening of our next film with the band that made it - the Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense. We saw it at the Toronto film fest at the end of a five film day, and I still enjoyed it! Sore butt and all!

Julie Closson says 'A transcendent mystical experience - and a great dance movie, too.  Makes you want to run right out and join the Church of the Talking Heads.'

That used to be my favorite concert film and we had the unusual experience of seeing it sitting in the row behind the Talking Heads at the Toronto Film Festival.


KATE BUSH:  LIVE AT THE HAMMERSMITH ODEON

LauraLAURA:
Next up is one of my two favorite performers, Kate Bush, performing her only concert tour at the ripe old age of 20 in 1979.

This concert is more like performance art than strictly a concert film. I'd also like to note that it was Kate who came up with the idea for that head mike that so many people use today.

Over the years with Laura, I've gotten used to Kate Bush music.



ROY ORBISON:  A BLACK AND WHITE NIGHT

RobinROBIN:
Now, let's talk about some real music. This concert piece by Roy Orbison has a band that's a who's who list in rock music - Bruce Springstein, Bonnie Rait, Elvis Costello, KD Lang and more joined Roy for this performance.

If you rent this, see who you can spot as Roy Orbison's backup. Plus, it's a damn fine concert.




THE CURE:  STARING AT THE SEA/PICTURE SHOW COMPILATION

LauraLAURA:
Quite the impressive list of performers in that one!

Well, here's the only video compilations we'll be mentioning on this show. Our next clip is cut together from The Cure's two video collections.  The first is Staring at the Sea which contains footage of the original trio under the name Easy Cure in 1977 and captures their singles up through The Head on the Door Album in 1985.  The second is Picture Show which picks
up where the first leaves off and goes through their 1990 album Mixed Up with lots of behind the scenes footage in between.  These aren't my favorite pieces from either but were chosen to show the difference 11 years makes with a band that keeps changing.


THE CURE IN ORANGE

LauraLAURA:
And now here's what I consider to be the best concert film out there, 1987's Cure in Orange.

OK, so I'm a bit fanatical on this band, but I STILL think I'm being mostly objective in saying that that is just one visually terrific
concert film.





RobinROBIN:
A "bit fanatical" is like calling Jeffrey Dalmer a "bit crazy", don't you think?

Well, I'm all Cured out! We hope you try our recommendations and let us know what you think of them and the show by emailing either myself or Laura. And remember, all of these movies are available to rent or but from this site from reel.com by clicking on the movies title on our Video page.



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