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Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to New Releases on November 26, 2013

It’s Beyonce-mania, no question, once you’ve seen the shots of the fans, screaming and crying in anticipation of Beyonce and Sasha Fierce hitting the stage. This film documents her 2008 world tour, which hit 78 cities in 32 countries. The photography is outstanding, capturing the star’s sassiness, sexiness and sensuality. And, of course, there’s a Jay-Z cameo. Beauty—and Bootylicious!

Glamberts—and you know who you are—will love this hour-long concert, filmed in Indianapolis, Indiana—Adam’s home town. As he showed on American Idol, he may be most comfortable in glam and glitter, but he can handle any kind of music, even working some Johnny Cash (“Ring of Fire”) into the set. The film is directed by Lambert himself, and includes behind the scenes moments in Singapore, Finland and other glam nations. 

Put your hands (and your “MARRY ME!”) signs up for 1D, the living, jumping definitions of clean-cut teen idols. What’s not to like about these five guys from London (and The X  Factor)? There are some real vocal skills, beautiful harmonies, and hook-filled songs. The film includes the by-now-required behind-the-scenes segments, plus three videos, of “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Gotta Be You,” and “One Thing.

Jimi Hendrix died in September, 1970, but he is still considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Four months before his death in London, he performed two concerts in Berkeley, and they were filmed. It was Memorial Day, so, of course, Hendrix includes his incendiary rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, a revelatory “Johnny B. Goode,” and most of his classics. There are interviews with students and street people, but Hendrix’s stellar performances drown out all the talk. 

Formed 40 years ago in England, Judas Priest are as hard rocking as ever on their Epitaph World Tour of 2012. This film chronicles the end of the road, on  May 26 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. They’re calling it their last world tour ever.  If so, they went out with a vengeance, with songs from each of their 14 albums, including headbanging classics like “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law.” 

There’s something about Sara. Within a year of her iTunes launch in 2007, via a free single (“Love Song”), Bareilles was playing her first headlining tour, including a stop at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. A native of Northern California, Bareilles was absolutely at ease, both on stage, exhibiting her beautiful voice, and around the Bay Area, hanging out with band members and other pals, showing off her Fillmore poster, and talking about her musical inspirations.  Bonus: She does a lovely version of a certain Otis Redding classic.

Sade Adu works when she wants to. After becoming a superstar in the mid-‘80s, she went eight years without an album, from ’92 to 2000. Then another decade before issuing Soldier of Love in 2010. But when she appears, she’s magical, as she is on this set from May, 2011 in Ontario, California. “Smooth Operator,” “Your Love Is King” (which she  introduces with a beautiful speech), “No Ordinary Love,” “The Sweetest Taboo,” and equally splendid newer songs are presented  in her regal, yet friendly style.  Cool cinematography, too. Check out  the segment in silhouettes. 

In his too-short time on this earth, Jeff Buckley made an impact that will prove timeless. His first hit, the agonizingly gorgeous “Hallelujah,” came eleven  years after his accidental death in 1997, when he was 30. But he packed a lot into his half-dozen years of singing, writing songs, and recording. Here, he’s at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago in May, 1995, mesmerizing with his quirky, free-ranging voice and wide-ranging covers, from Nina Simone to Big Star and MC5, as well as songs from his one and only studio album, Grace.

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