More a phenomenon than a band, Abba's international stardom is untouchable. Their lush instrumentation and perfect vocal harmonies shine like disco lights reflecting off of lip gloss, patent leather pumps and sequins. Their ubiquitous, exuberant sound symbolized the glamour, hedonism and excesses of the 1970s. Their hits create moments of pure joy for losing yourself in the movement, sights and sounds of the crowded disco. But amidst the ecstasy came overwhelmingly sorrowful songs that brought you sympathy while you buried your lonely tears in a pillow. While their orchestrations are complex, their lyrics are written in the international pop language of English that "anyone" can sing, expressing sentiments everyone feels.
ABBA Concert Films
Rock Case Studies
Runtime: 53 minABBA’s was an extraordinary journey through the pages of music history – it took them from throwaway Eurovision turn to highly respected pop icons. This programme provides a perfect career retrospective; it looks beyond the glitz and the glamour to get to the heart of what made ABBA so special. Also included is superb footage of the band in action performing their greatest hits. Featuring highlights from: Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Dancing Queen, Thank You For The Music, and more...
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Fusions: Live in London
Electric Light Orchestra
Runtime: 50 minFilmed in 1976 whilst on their Face the Music Tour, sees the band live in London for the first time in three years, due to their popularity in the United States.
Aside from Out of the Blue: Live at Wembley, this is the only concert footage of the classic lineup known to exist (with Zoom Tour Live and a VH1 Storytellers appearance from 2001 forming the only other pieces of live footage).
A Moonlight Serenade On The Queen Mary 2
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minSurrounded by a room of ballroom dancers and backed by a 15-piece orchestra, Carly Simon taped two nights of concerts on the Queen Mary 2 in early September of 2005. The six-day voyage (from New York City to Southampton, England) onboard the most famous ocean liner in the world.
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.
Wonderful Crazy Night
Runtime: 1 hr 7 minThirty-three studio albums and Elton John and his trusted copilot, Bernie Taupin, are still making the soundtrack of our lives. Rock ’n’ roll is the key motivator here. “Blue Wonderful” is wrapped in guitars and features a solo from album producer T Bone Burnett. “Guilty Pleasure” is raucous fun. Taupin’s deft lyrical touch shines on “I’ve Got 2 Wings” and “The Open Chord”, both flush with clever turns of phrase. “A Good Heart” is pure Elton balladry—heartfelt feelings framed by his timeless voice. “Looking Up” expresses gratitude with characteristic flair, like a 2016 version of “I’m Still Standing”. Wonderful Crazy Night shows that rock ‘n’ roll remains Elton John’s North Star.
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 28 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
Live in London
Runtime: 2 hr 13 minGeorge Michael winds down his 25 Live tour in his first-ever concert film, which finds the former Wham! leading man revisiting hits familiar and fresh in two sold-out shows at London's Earls Court. Michael's impeccable vocals take center stage, and his pop-song prowess is driven home with such classics as "Faith," "Freedom" and "One More Try." Even "Careless Whisper" gets a nod, as does the Police's "Roxanne."
Live at the Royal Albert Hall (20th Anniversary Concert)
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minLive at the Royal Albert Hall finds Culture Club celebrating its 20th anniversary with an infectious and expansive grandeur, all while basking in the love of adoring fans. The show actually starts with a great joke on the audience: Boy George, looking not a day over 20, glides onstage in his once-trademark derby and beaded hair extensions, delivering a warm and welcome vocal on "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" The startled crowd soon realizes he's an impersonator. The real, fortysomething George O'Dowd, looking a lot less androgynous and a tad thicker than in New Romantics days, smiles self-deprecatingly and launches into a pleasing set of white soul ("Cold Shoulder," "Miss Me Blind"), stark gospel ("That's the Way"), stirring raga-rock ("Bow Down Mister"), and even a classic (a lovely cover of Bowie's "Starman," complete with audience participation and muscular guitar by Roy Hay).
Live in Boston (Part 2)
Runtime: 1 hr 3 minPart 2
Fleetwood Mac: Members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks unite for an evening that revisits the passion that propelled them to the top of the charts in a night of rocking classics
The culmination of wrenching lyrics, harmonious delivery and purposeful melodies maintained by the rhythms of Fleetwood and McVie (the band’s namesakes), have endured several stylistic incarnations over the decades. Other performances include the dramatic “Rhiannon,” the early hit “Say You Love Me” and new releases “Peacekeeper,” “Goodbye Baby,” and Say You Will.”
In Our Own Time
Runtime: 1 hr 57 min“In Our Own Time” is the compelling story of the Bee Gees career. From their roots in the North West of England, through their early career in Australia, their return to England and international breakthrough in the late sixties and then on to global superstardom with “Saturday Night Fever” and beyond. Alongside the success there is the heartache of the tragically early deaths of first their younger brother Andy and then later Maurice. The story is told “in their own words” through in depth new interviews with Barry and Robin Gibb and through extensive interviews with Maurice filmed shortly before his death in January 2003. These are lavishly illustrated by live performances, TV and film clips and home movies of their early days.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minCyndi Lauper, the punky New York princess who just wanted to have fun in the 80's, has matured into a woman who can add an organic honesty to classic standards, as featured on this Soundstage and in her most recent album At Last. From Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose" and "Hymn to Love," to the playful "Makin' Whoopee," to somber serenades like "Unchained Melody," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "Walk on By," Lauper elevates her adoring audience with a revealing candor, an impressive range and a pensive sense for interpretation.
But her performance is also a celebration with Lauper's innate sparkle shining through the fun flashbacks "Time After Time," "True Colors," "Money Changes Everything," "Shine" and, of course, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." With the audience dancing on chairs, and the artist running up the aisles and delivering anecdotal asides, Grammy-winning Lauper reveals that she's a true performer - at ease with her identity as a modern pop powerhouse, but prepared to revel in her most recent reincarnation.
VH1 Presents: Live and More Encore
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minMusic cable channel VH1 presents legendary disco diva Donna Summer, performing live at New York City's famed Hammerstein Ballroom. After years away from the limelight, Donna Summer is back performing the hits that made her a superstar of the 1970's disco club. Here she performs sixteen tunes, including "This Time I Know It's For Real, " "I Feel Love," and "Last Dance". In addition, a lovely duet with Tina Arena called "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" is a highlight.
Runtime: 1 hr 3 minKYLIE "Body Language Live" on film includes a special one-off concert where an invited audience of fans and guests witnessed Kylie’s show that combined stunning staging and breathtaking choreography with a selection of songs spanning her career. It features a spectacular Eiffel Tower sequence illustrating an amazing medley of ‘Je t’aime’ and ‘Breathe’ Costumes for the show include specially designed outfits by Helmut Lang, Chanel and Pucci.
Live In Concert 2006
Runtime: 1 hr 45 minRecorded in Ft. Lauderdale in 2006, this stunning concert sees Barbra Streisand doing what she does best: mesmerizing fans with flawless renditions of the classics. The incomparable songstress offers her best-loved hits, including "The Way We Were" and "People," as well as 14 songs that she's never before sung live, such as "Down With Love" and "Come Rain or Come Shine." Accompanied by the smash-success group Il Divo, Streisand creates a night to remember for fans old and new.
Sticky and Sweet Tour
Runtime: 2 hr 5 minFilmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans. Sticky & Sweet Tour tour includes several hits from the multi-Grammy winner's album "Hard Candy" which debuted at No.1 in 37 countries.