Indeed, this is the same Dave Stewart who turned European pop music on its head in the early '80s with Annie Lennox as the Eurythmics. They created slow motion grooves, closer to a smoky bar lounge than a disco, until their breakup at decadeÂs end. Through the '90s, Dave Stewart produced many artists, as well as worked on film soundtracks. Now, he directs himself towards elaborate orchestrations of contemporary down-tempo dance music. And, as you might expect, the production is immaculate.
Dave Stewart Concert Films
The Ringmaster General
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minDave Stewart is best known as the other half of Annie Lennox's Eurythmics. At the onset of MTV and the video age, Stewart wasn't as photogenic as his artistic foil. He still knows this, so he enlists the help of Diane Birch, Alison Krauss and Joss Stone to give his music a recognizable voice. Stewart himself sings in a low rumble that's powerful but too dark for commercial outlets and this solo album is clearly meant to reach a wide audience. The production is top notch and played and arranged so tightly that you can hear why others have required his services for decades. Like its predecessor, 2011's The Blackbird Diaries, The Ringmaster General was written and recorded in five days at his Blackbird Studios in Nashville, with a solid band of pros backing his every step. Joss Stone tears up "I Got Love." Diane Birch toys with Stewart on "Just Another Fall" and Alison Krauss adds her solemn harmonies to "Drowning In the Blues." Stewart handles himself well alone on "A Different Man Now" and with a group of backing vocalists on his celebration of his new home, "A New Song For Nashville."
Dave Stewart Top Tracks
Across From Midnight Tour: Live in Berlin
Runtime: 1 hrFilmed at the vast Waldbuhne outdoor arena in Berlin this program captures Joe Cocker at his very best in front of huge crowd. This spectacular show includes all his hits and best loved tracks including: Delta Lady, Up Where We Belong, With A Little Help From My Friends, The Letter, Unchain My Heart, Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood and many more.
Live at Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minLive at the Albert is Robbie Williams' tribute to the swingers. Backed with a full swing band and dancing girls, Robbie smartens up his act with a suit and a smart haircut and croons his way through a wealth of classics.
Runtime: 45 minSeal’s one-of-a-kind soaring, husky baritone is perfect for any genre. He’s delighted fans and earned critical acclaim while staying true to classic, honest songwriting in his remarkable two-decade career. And now, he’s done it again with the release of his exceptional sixth studio album Soul. Together with legendary music producer David Foster, Seal adds his signature touch to some of the best soul songs ever created.
In a stunning performance, Seal evokes an era when music vividly captured emotion and romance. Joined by Foster, as well as a choir and string section, Seal takes on Ann Pebbles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.”
One Night in Dublin
Runtime: 1 hrOn August 20th 2005, on what would have been his 56th birthday, a statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled in Dublins Grafton Street by his mother. There to witness the event were members of Thin Lizzy from throughout the bands career. Later that evening they joined forces under the leadership of Gary Moore for a concert that paid tribute to Phil Lynotts memory. The core band of Moore, Jethro Tull bass player Jonathan Noyce and Thin Lizzys one and only drummer Brian Downey were joined by the stellar guitar talents of Brian Robertson, Scott Gorham and Eric Bell for a set of Lizzy and Gary Moore classics.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minSmooth delivery, high-spirited melodies, that velvet voice and a soul-stirring rhythmic foundation. All are the elements that Steve Winwood brings to Soundstage featuring his recent work from the album About Time along with his classic hits including "Why Can't We Live Together" and "Back in the High Life." Winwood also performs "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" - hits from his days with Traffic (recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
Live at Wembley Stadium
Runtime: 2 hr 23 minIt was July 27th 1996 and a sell-out crowd in excess of 70,000 welcomed Bryan Adams to Wembley Stadium on his “18 ‘Til I Die Tour” in support of the multi-platinum album of the same name. “18 ‘Til I Die” had been released a few weeks earlier and hit the No.1 spot on the UK Albums Chart and gone Top 5 right around Europe. The show opened with the album’s first hit single “The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You” and straight away the stage was set for an energetic, hit packed performance which was received with wild enthusiasm by the huge crowd. This is a legendary show for Bryan Adams fans and is now finally being released for the first time.
The Story of Rod Stewart
Runtime: 54 minRod Stewart's incredible career spans 5 decades and encompasses a string of number one albums and hit singles. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, Stewart ranks among the best selling artists of all time and with good reason. From rock to pop and heartfelt soul, Stewart is a rare genre-spanning artist, appealing to a massive global audience, with more fans today than ever before. His trademark gravely voice, instantly recognizable the world over has helped define and propel him from truly humble beginnings to worldwide superstardom. From his early days with the band Faces to the launch of his solo career and beyond Rod Stewart has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and has become a pop legend in his own right. This is his remarkable story. Featuring music performance (both live and from pop video footage) from some of his best known songs, this inspiring tale is a must have for any Rod Stewart fan.
Live in London
Runtime: 1 hr"Live In London" is a live performance masterpiece that captures The Pretenders at the top of their game. If you saw them live on their 2009 tour, you'll know what I'm talking about. You owe it to yourself to get this program as a reminder of just how amazing this band is on the road.
"Live In London" succeeds where The Pretenders' studio albums fail. They are one of those rare bands that truly does sound better when they're playing in front of an audience -- an intimate small theater crowd here.
With all due respect to original guitarist James Honeyman Scott and bassist Pete Farndon, The Pretenders latest lineup is the best Chrissie Hynde has ever staged. With the steady pounding of original drummer Martin Chambers, newcomers James Walbourne on guitar, Nick Wilkinson on bass and Eric Heywood on pedal steel rock from start to finish, revitalizing Pretenders' classics like "Message of Love" and "Kid," while adding new ones like "Boots of Chinese Plastic" to the playlist.
You'll be blown away by Walbourne's electrifying guitar work. It starts with the first licks of the opener "Chinese Plastic," scorches through "Rosalee," and climaxes with the show-stopper "Precious." Walbourne delivers pure, unadulterated, raw, rip-snorting rock 'n' roll. His on-stage chemistry with Hynde is self-evident.
As per usual, Hynde's vocals are impeccable, showing great range, dynamics and emotion, equally adept at punk rockers like "The Wait" and ballads like "I'll Stand By You." This woman has earned the right to work the stage with the swagger of a rock star. She is it.
The direction and camera work throughout "Live In London" give the viewer the perspective of being on stage with The Pretenders. Tight crops interspersed with effective wide angles make one feel like he can count the streaks of mascara multiplying on Hynde's face and see the beads of sweat building on Chambers' brow as the night rocks on.
Classic Albums: Face Value
Runtime: 50 minFace Value was immediately a worldwide hit, entering the British charts at Number 1, spending almost six years in the Top 75 and selling in excess of 12 million copies. This documentary includes several previously unseen performances as well as rare home movies, archive of the studio sessions where Phil Collins worked closely with engineer Hugh Padgham and the Earth Wind & Fire horn section; unique photographs and documents from Phil's own private archive, and insights into the music from an eclectic range of musicians on the album.
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 Montreux, 2003
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minSimply Red are one of the most successful British acts of all time with global album sales in excess of 50 million. Both the band and Mick Hucknall as a solo artist have been frequent visitors to Montreux across their 25 year career. This concert, filmed in the summer of 2003, was part of the tour in support of their multi-platinum album “Home”. It features several tracks from that album, including many of their biggest hits and best loved album tracks. It’s a typically polished and sparkling Simply Red performance with Mick Hucknall in excellent voice and the band in fine form.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 2 hr 30 minOn July 14th 2012, Herbert Grönemeyer and his band were chosen to headline the closing night of the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was also the final show of the Schiffsverkehr Tour, of his latest no. 1 album released in 2011, with a total audience of 750,000 people. The show, lasting nearly three hours at the sold out Auditorium Stravinski, included all his major hits such as "Mensch“, "Männer“ and "Schiffsverkehr. This film captures the magic of the concert perfectly and is another wonderful edition to the Montreux catalogue.