Jack Johnson - En Concert (DVD)

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Whether you love Jack Johnson, or find his amiable island charm a little too mild for your post-modern comfort, props must be given for his confidently re-creating a niche for acoustic singer/songwriter fare that had its heyday in the '70s. Not since then has a young artist seemed so comfortable projecting a sunny, angst-free persona, in service of a folk-derived, heart-centered musical agenda. His legions of multi-generational fans suggest that the genre, which thrives on gentle charisma, prolific live appearances, and native comfort in concert settings both intimate and grand, was probably due for a revival. This live album captures Johnson performing for an adoring mob in his home state of Hawaii, as well as in San Francisco, Paris, Barcelona, New Hampshire, and other locales. Although the renditions here are mostly identical to the versions on his solo albums and numerous soundtracks, he gently breathes new life into them by retooling some of his best-loved numbers into crowd-pleasing medleys. This works to good effect on the album opener "Belle/Banana Pancakes," which pairs a featherweight bossa nova with a bluesy shuffle about domestic bliss, accompanied by roars of approval and recognition from a Parisian audience. Another skilled segue matches Johnson's lightly funky "Bubble Toes" with Charles Wright's '70s soul hit "Express Yourself" -- most likely the only shared reference in the respective repertoires of Jack Johnson and N.W.A -- and displays the singing surfer's earthy ease with an R&B groove. Considering the abundance of live Johnson recordings and the existence of the concurrent concert film, does it makes sense to buy this album? Fans and completists will want to own it anyway, but the additional pull for even casual listeners is that all proceeds from the CD's sales will benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. [A DVD version was also released.] ~ Paula Carino 7593 Al Garner recorded in the 1950s in Nashville, performing a swing R&B brand of blues that left a small discofgraphy of raw sides for labels like Excello and Champion. This 1998 outing for Black Magic brings him right up to date, finding him still in fine form. Produced by Fred James and featuring top notch vocal cameos from Roscoe Shelton, Earl Gaines, Jimmy Birdsong, Little Charles Walker, and Sonny Tyler, this brings light to a little known musical sidebar to the history of Music City that's very soulful, indeed. ~ Cub Koda 144174 Recorded at the historic Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, this live set finds legendary Crescent City pianist James Booker playing for his fans on his home turf. He's in excellent form. Like his musical ancestors Jelly Roll Morton, Tuts Washington, and Professor Longhair, Booker is steeped in both classical and blues-based traditions, drawing on ragtime and boogie-woogie styles with a rhythmically inventive and wildly improvisatory spirit.
The opening piece, a stomping medley of "Slow Down/Bony Maronie/Knock on Wood/I Heard it Through the Grapevine/Classified", showcases Booker's exuberant concert persona and his keening, soulful vocals, while the album's highlight is the medley "Tico Tico/Papa Was a Rascal", with its closing motif of ornamental classically influenced embellishments. Elsewhere, Booker performs New Orleans classics such as "St. James Infirmary", "Junco Partner", and the Fats Domino hit "All By Myself" with his own inimitable keyboard transformations. Booker's wide-ranging influences and styles, his astonishing piano skill, and his passion as a performer are all combined on RESURRECTION OF THE BAYOU MAHARAJAH. 442642 With a renegade, exploratory feel that recalls European bands like A Certain Ratio, Delta 5, and the Ex, Seattle's Shoplifting drape tightly arranged, atonal guitars and half-heard, chanted vocals over a muscular framework of percolating bass and extrovert drums. Tracks like "Syncope Riders" conjure The Pop Group, while "Male Gynecology"'s punky drive sounds like a more polished, glamorous Au Pairs. 836316 For all the inspiring, important, and enduring music that was spawned during the 1990s, that decade will quite likely be remembered as the most humorless, self-doubting, no-fun decade in the entire history of rock & roll. Be that as it may, Generation X'ers who feel disturbed by their downbeat legacy can still wipe their grungy brows with relief thanks to that rare, fun-loving band like the Toilet Boys. The Early Years is a collection unearthing some of the New Yorkers' earliest studio and live recordings circa 1996 and 1997; a time when their lineup was still relatively in flux (save for ever-present and ubiquitous androgynous leader, Miss Guy), but the group was already shocking audiences across the five boroughs with their combustible s shows and some memorable glam rock nuggets. Their music was still very much in flux, too, though: with live numbers running the gamut from the campy cabaret of the "Toilet Boys Theme," to the furious, Bad Brains-like hardcore of "Pist"; while studio offerings included the likes of "Paul Stanley (Was a Lady)" (pure punk rock madness culminating in the riff from Kiss' "Strutter"), the innuendo-fest of "Mail Itch," and even borderline serious, biographical venting on "Be a Man." Elsewhere, less fully realized creations like "Phly," "Stalker," and "Good Girl" reveal a band evenly torn between the Ramones' punk austerity and Poison's glam rock decadence (there's the requisite cover of "Talk Dirty to Me" here), yet still unpredictable enough to knock out Motörhead obscurity "Vibrator" -- if only for the sexual connotations. But even though it all seems hopelessly accidental, at times, one can actually see how the Toilet Boys might have come to inherit the New York Dolls' glam queen tiara under only slightly more favorable circumstances. After all, the Dolls were hardly any more successful in their own time, and Miss Guy's natural, sculpted beauty sort of represents the natural, '90s progression of David Johansson's caricatured, almost grotesque '70s drag, if you think about it. In any case, and deeper philosophies aside, this highly entertaining set truly begs the eternal question: "whatever happened to all the fun in the world?" No wonder the Toilet Boys felt the need to set things on fire! [The disc's CD-R portion contains several archival goodies, including he promo clip for "Mail Itch" and a bootleg-quality video of the band's punked up cover of Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon," performed at their first ever gig!] ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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Produksjonsår 2009 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 Sjanger Musikk
Antall disker 1 Spilletid 2 timer 44 minutter
Skuespillere Jack Johnson Artist Jack Johnson
Bestillingsnummer 2706196 Leverandør Universal Music

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