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."
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The Last Ship Live at the Public Theater
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minIn an intimate evening of music and storytelling filmed on Sting’s birthday during a run of benefit concerts at The Public Theater in New York City, “The Last Ship” features Sting joined by 14 musicians performing original songs from his critically acclaimed album and Broadway musical of the same name. Inspired by his childhood experiences, “The Last Ship,” is set in the seafaring community of Wallsend in the North East of England where Sting was born and raised and marks his Broadway debut as a composer. Against a backdrop of evocative visual projections, this captivating live performance takes us on a journey of love, loss, redemption, and self-discovery, offering an inside look at the story behind “The Last Ship.”
Live from Paris
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minThe first-ever live concert album from multiplatinum-selling, Grammy®-winning, critically acclaimed Seal, 'Live in Paris' features his spectacular performance at the Olympia Bruno Coquatrix on July 6, 2004. 'Live in Paris' is the ultimate in-concert experience of the pop, dance, urban, and adult contemporary superstar featuring classics "Kiss From A Rose," "Crazy" and "Love's Divine."
Classic Album: Stars
Runtime: 49 minSIMPLY RED, with their soulful pop songs, will go down in history as one of the UK's biggest and most successful pop bands of the late eighties and early nineties. Formed in 1984, Mick Hucknall and co. released their debut album "Picture Book" in 1985, which went platinum, making SIMPLY RED one of that year's major success stories. Their following albums, "Men And Women" and "A New Flame" respectively, continued this success but it was the arrival of SIMPLY RED's fourth album "Stars", released in September 1991 that would change history forever.
It Had to Be You
Runtime: 1 hr 50 minRod Stewart found a new audience singing the great popular songs of the early 20th century. It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook features live renditions of songs from his first album of classic standards plus nine of Stewart’s own classics.
Cry Me a River: Live in Berlin, 1980
Runtime: 58 minFrom the archives of the German WDR TV series Rockpalast comes this classic concert from Joe Cocker. The show was filmed at the Metropol in Berlin on October 31st 1980 with Cocker in fine voice on a strong set with many of his most famous tracks including Delta Lady, Cry Me A River, The Letter, You Are So Beautiful and his definitive take on the Lennon & McCartney classic With A Little Help From My Friends. Also included are some rarer tracks including his versions of A Whiter Shade Of Pale and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 56 minFronting his eighth All-Starr Band, the cheerful singer and drummer brought new direction to a concept that's served him well since 1989. Filmed live at Casino Rama in Toronto, Canada - All Starr 2003 members are John Waite (The Babys, Bad English), Colin Hay (Men at Work), Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike & The Mechanics), Sheila E. (Prince), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel.) During this summer 2003 tour, Ringo Starr allowed a cameraman to follow him and the All-Starrs throughout the course of their travels for the first time ever! This program is an unscripted, uncensored and unprecedented look at a Rock Legend at work -and at play, behind-the-scenes footage brings you up close and personal with the boys - and girl - in the band. Join in with Ringo as he gets a little help from his friends on classics like Honey Don't, Boys and Yellow Submarine! Plus, experience an All-Starr take on 80s Hits like Mike & The Mechanics, Graceful Living Years, Sheila E.'s funk-pop Glamorous Life and Men At Work's cult favorite Down Under.
Live At Montreux, 2004
Runtime: 2 hr 17 minPhil Collins has made a number of appearances at Montreux over the years as a solo artist, with his big band or as a guest performer with the likes of Eric Clapton and Quincy Jones. This concert was filmed at the 2004 festival and captures Phil performing all of his best known hits from his solo career. This was the first time any of Phil’s big band material has been made available.
Live at the Tempodrom in Berlin
Runtime: 2 hr 16 minKnown for his solo hits in the 1980s as well as his hits with the band Smokie in the '70s, Chris Norman is a British soft rock singer with an international following whose career spans several decades. Born on October 25, 1950, in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England, he began his musical career in the band Smokie. Originally founded in 1965, the band changed its name several times before ultimately deciding upon Smokie in the mid-'70s. Comprised of Alan Silson (lead guitar, vocals), Terry Uttley (bass, vocals), and Pete Spencer (drums), in addition to Norman (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Smokie made their album debut in 1975 with Pass It Around. Their second album, Changing All the Time (1975), broke them into the pop mainstream not only in the United Kingdom but also in parts of Western Europe, where the album's single, "If You Think You Know How to Love Me," was a Top Ten hit. Subsequent albums Midnight Cafe (1976), Bright Lights and Back Alleys (1977), and The Montreux Album (1978) were also international hits. Moreover, Norman scored an international Top Ten hit single in 1978 with "Stumblin' In," a duet with Suzi Quatro. As Smokie's popularity trailed off around the turn of the decade, Norman split from the band and made his solo album debut in 1982 with Rock Away Your Teardrops. While his debut album was fairly unsuccessful, his second full-length effort, Some Hearts Are Diamonds (1986), was another story, spawning the international Top Ten smash hit single "Midnight Lady." Norman's popularity was greatest in Germany, where he racked up several additional hits during the late '80s, among them "No Arms Can Ever Hold You," "Sarah (You Take My Breath Away)," and "Broken Heroes." While Norman released a new album every couple years from the mid-'80s onward, his popularity waned in the '90s, and not until after the turn of the century did he start hitting the charts again.
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.