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
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.
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minCaptured in front of a euphoric crowd during the height of her 1980's revival, Tina Turner takes Rio by storm. Featuring a number of Turner hits, including "Private Dancer", "We Don't Need Another Hero" and "What's Love Got To Do With It", "Rio `88" captures Tina at her best supporting her "Break Every Rule" album.
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.
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.
Christmas: A Soundstage Special Event
Runtime: 56 minTaped at the Soundstage studio in Chicago, Chris and his long-time band perform some of his childhood favorites such as "Mele Kalikimaka" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in addition to classic holiday standards ranging from "White Christmas" to "The Christmas Song." Isaak also includes some holiday originals such as "Washington Square" and "Hey Santa." Other songs performed are "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Blue Christmas," and "Let it Snow" to name a few. Joining Chris on a number of duets are Michael Buble, Brian McKnight, and Stevie Nicks.
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.”
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
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.
Classic Albums: 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.
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.