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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:04 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #4 in C Minor op.43
Continuing the same set of concerts, now from Dec 1, 2013, same cast & setting as before.

Nigel Kennedy at the BBC
As with the Domingo one, this was more than a mere best of. His early piano work aged 7, his change to the violin, playing jazz with Stephane Grappelli, time spent at the prestigious Julliard school, a guest on Wogan at 27, the spiked hair, the career-defining turn with Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", duetting with Harpo Marx, a guest with Jools Holland in 1996, at Womad in 2004 and the Proms in 2013. He's had a fuller career than many would admit, but the hair perhaps always counts against him, and the lisp.

Congo Calling - An African Orchestra in Britain
The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra on a week-long tour of places like Manchester and London, meeting and performing with British acts. The highlight was probably when the tuba player was gifted his own proper tuba, rather than the makeshift one he had to make do with.

The South Bank Show Originals: Daniel Barenboim
From 2003 in Seville, a town synonymous with mavericks, the home for the controversial West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Both Daniel and his friend Edward Said, who put the Orchestra together, spoke mightily of its importance to the people it was drawn from, and how momentous it was to audition for Palestinians to play, and getting such a big response to guarantee the composition of it. Hopefully, their future will flourish and prevail.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:53 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #5 in D Minor op.47
The usual suspects once more with their 1937 work, performed on Dec 2, 2013. Clocked in under an hour.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #6 in B Minor op.54
And again, a 1939 work, performed the night after the above, and rather shorter, but still lovely.

Stevie Wonder - Broadcasting Live!
Another of these compilations of performance, which did at least provide a wide range to cover, from Fingertips to his 80s peaks. Finished with a bash at That's What Friends Are For alongside Gloria Gaynor and Dionne Warwick (and possibly others). He's another one who doesn't seem likely to be releasing another album any time soon.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:17 am

Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall
A huge number of rock people, guitarists particularly, told the story of how Jim Marshall was moved to create a new British amp which has resulted in a louder sound ever since. Though he died in 2012, his legacy will last for as long as bands want to play it loud.

Arctic Monkeys: Behind The Music
As with the Snow Patrol doc, Christian Stevenson presented, as the impact of their first 2 albums was assessed, and how the Sheffield band were able to remain true to themselves and use hype to their own benefit.

Dimitri Shostakovich - Symphony #7 in C Major op.60
The usual suspects came back for this piece, dubbed "Leningrad".


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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:12 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #8 in C Minor op.65
Written in 1943, performed in recent years by the same mob as in the previous editions of this series.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #9 in E Flat Major, op.70
As above, only written in 1945, performed on Feb 1, 2013.

Thin Lizzy - Up Close And Personal
Phil's mother Philomena was a lively and valuable contributor here, raising the bar. Eric Bell and Brian Robertson are always a joy, it's odd that they both leave because of a big hit that doesn't fit their image of the band. Snowy White and manager Terry O'Neill also helped relate the story of the Irish desperadoes who are often overlooked by a business that would rather fawn over U2.

Gershwin's Summertime - The Song That Conquered The World
The opening to his opera 'Porgy & Bess', turned into a jazz standard by Billie Holiday, and subsequently adopted wholesale by the civil rights movement as a black power anthem (of sorts). Its continuing appeal, and frequent cover versions, attest to its malleability in all sorts of musical genres, and enduring success. Personally, I think Gershwin wrote better works, but hey.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:08 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #10 in E Minor op.93
As ever, very well done.

Robbie Williams - Phenomenon
A few different faces in this one, covering his albums up to "Intensive Care". The pivotal moment was of course the song "Angels", and enabled him to play up his party animal side whilst making plain he was sensitive underneath (honest). His frequency of releases, and inevitable success seemed to put him in a rut, and his time in rehab and separating from Guy Chambers as a song-writing collaborator suggested he wasn't infallible after all. Since his return to Take That! was short-lived, it'll be interesting to see what worlds he has left to try and conquer.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #11 in G Minor op.103
"The Year 1905", written in 1957, here performed on Feb 18, 2014. Lovely.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:32 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #12 in D Minor op.112
"The Year 1917" - written in 1961, performed here by the same gang as the previous ones, on Feb 17, 2014. Good stuff.

Motorhead - Overkill - The Bronze Years Part 1
Entertaining & long look at the 20-odd years that the rock legends spent on Bronze Records (run by Gerry Bron). Krusher turns out to have been an art employee of theirs, glad to finally find out (a DJ & stuff these days). Mick Wall, Malcolm Dome and fan clubber Alan Burridge all spoke well, with Brian Robertson and Wurzel contributing about their times spent in the madness of the band. Not sure why it needed to be called Part 1, it seemed to cover all their albums pretty thoroughly.

Kraftwerk: Pop Art
Coinciding with a 2013 exhibition of artwork at the Tate, this new doc tried to put their place in music history into a wider context. Regrettably, this meant plenty of time for Francois Kevorkian and Derrick May, but no sign of Karl Bartos. Archive footage of Ralf Hutter was at least worthwhile, but overall it felt like a good attempt to make a bad documentary.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #13 in B Flat Major, op.113

"Babi Yar", done on Jan 8, 2013, by the usual etc. Not many left to go now.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:36 pm

Barry White at the Royal Albert Hall, London
A gig from 1975, notable for starting with a long orchestral/instrumental bit, then a good ten minutes of the Love Unlimited Orchestra, before Big Bad Bazza waddles on to enthuse the crowd and press the flesh. Oh, and rattle through many numbers. Sure, he could sing, but critical adulation will never come.

Imagine: Dame Shirley Bassey - The Girl From Tiger Bay
A 2009 tribute coinciding with the recording of an album composed by assorted modern composers like Gary Barlow, KT Tunstall and Richard Hawley, each tasked with creating a new song that reflects Ms Bassey's career. As the youngest of 7, her own life turned out to be that bit more interesting than most of the tribute songs (the racy "Burn My Candle" out-did Madonna by about 30 years). Producer David Arnold did his best, and there were at least some "old guard" contributors like Don Black & John Barry (cf. Bond themes).

The South Bank Show: Alfie Boe
From 2013, how a tenor from Fleetwood, the youngest of 9 (!) was one day talent spotted whilst working at the TVR factory, and went on to storm London and New York, in La Boheme and Les Miserables. His sensibility to combine pop with opera suggests he might have a more enduring (and/or a more challenging) longevity.

The Pixies: Live at Eurockeennes 2004
An odd band, critically loved but I can't see why. I daresay Frank Black, Kim Deal & the others are sincere, and talented, but oh dear. One great strength is their brevity. I recall reading a review of another band which went "while you've been reading this review, the band have played another 13 songs". And that's what came to mind as they belted through 30 numbers in under an hour and a half. Still, the crowd loved them.

Alvin and the Million Pound Guitar
How the late rocker Alvin Stardust took his guitar along to very early gigs, and got it signed by luminaries like Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent, Bill Haley and Eddie Cochran. Also signed by the Beatles and the Stones, it was insured for £1 million, and in 2011, he intended it to be given to his daughter, though I suspect it will end up in the Hard Rock Café or somewhere, as he feared it would.
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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:28 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #14 in G Minor op. 135
Yeah, yeah. From Dec 2, 2012, I begin to wonder about the arrangements of these gigs, but anyway, a formidable effort of work.

Dame Shirley Bassey at the BBC
A mixture from across the ages, whether duetting with Neil Diamond, or propping up her career with help from Yello or Propellerheads. Her appearance with Morecambe & Wise and at Glastonbury also featured, happily.

John Shuttleworth: One Foot in the Gravy
From May 2001, the musical comedian intersperses his songs with stand-up, or vice-versa. Also with an interlude with musicologist Brian Appleton. His songs cover topics rarely touched on by anyone else, but that's comedy for you. A joyful experience, the crowd became warmer as the night accelerated.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:58 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony #15 in A Major op.141
The last in this series, from Jan 7, 2013. Next come the Concertos.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Cello Concerto #1 in E Flat Major op.107
The same set-up as before, with Gautier Capucon the star soloist on cello. From Dec 3, 2013.

Karajan's Magic and Myth
A lengthy examination of the legendary conductor, from members of his orchestras, and other relevant musicians or singers. The stature of Placido Domingo, James Galway and Nik Harnoncourt certainly showed the breadth of his effect, and told many tales of Herbert's world. His conviction and interest in recordings perhaps gave him a commercial edge over others.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:07 am

Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour '74
A pretty enjoyable effort, mixing concert footage with bts stuff of him & his band, places he'd go to (eg guitar shops) and so on. Not someone I've had much time for, though I'm aware he's madly popular with some folk. Worth giving another try to.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Cello Concerto #2 op.126
This time it was Mario Brunello on cello, but otherwise the usual components. He managed to fit in 2 encores, as well. From Jan 8, 2013

One Nation Under A Groove - The Story of Funk
James Brown, Sly Stone, George Clinton and Earth, Wind & Fire were the main strands taken by this story, and how they each in differing ways advanced the cause of funk. The narrative kinda ran out with the arrival of the 1980's, but funk is apparently still alive & well.

The Genius of Funk
An hour compilation of many funk acts & their songs, from the already covered above, to Herbie Hancock, the Average White Band, Stevie Wonder and even Jamiroquai. So a pretty good effort. An unsung hero was Larry Graham, not least for his own Graham Central Station act.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:28 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano, Trumpet & Strings Concerto #1 in C Minor op.35
Danil Trifonov on piano and Timur Martynov on Trumpet. Gergiev conducting and the other usuals also present & correct.

Whitesnake: Ultimate Review
What David Coverdale did after Deep Purple made him famous. Using Jon Lord was intriguing, Neil Murray was reliable, but Steve Vai was a bad mistake. They went off the boil, and failed upwards to mega-selling American success. There's a parable in there.

Rewind: The Christmas Hits
Somewhat muddled reflection on the Christmas pop market, starting in 1972, thus pretending Bing Crosby never happened. Sounds daft, but matched by re-telling the 1980 story without mentioning the shock death of John Lennon. Maybe this is the shape of history shows to come? They might just as well have spent the hour and a half droning on about how much they love the execrable "Fairytale of New York".


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Post  misery guts on Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:46 am

Dmitri Shostakovich - Violin Concerto #1 in A Minor op.77
Vadim Repin did the violin playing, everything else being much as usual, from Feb 18, 2014.

Metallica: Up Close & Personal
Intriguingly told solely from archive of the band, rather than helpful fans. So this mainly boiled down to Hetfield and Ulrich. Oddly, the story went from the 90s, back to the 80s, then on to the 00s. Their occasional experimentation, whether in the name of publicity or not, has put them in a different level to most of their peers.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Violin Concerto #2 in C Sharp Minor op. 129
This time it was Elena Baeva on the violin, from Feb 16, 2014, but otherwise the same set-up as the others.

Len Goodman's Big Band Bonanza
Still mining the same material, dance supremo Goodman pays tribute to the war-time sounds of the big band, Glenn Miller and Ted Heath, but also vocal contributors like Dennis Lotis. Is Pete Conway really Robbie Williams' dad? A bizarre bit of referencing if so. Rebellious band-leader Ivy Benson had to fight sexism as well. I sense this was done to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the disappearance of Glenn Miller.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:03 am

Dmitri Shostakovich- Piano Concerto #2 in F Major op.102
Denis Matseuv did the piano-playing honours on this 1957 composition, done here on Jan 7, 2013.

Simon Rattle: The Making of a Maestro
Decent hour long look at the famous conductor who rose from acclaim at Birmingham, to global respect in Berlin. It reflected the tributes for his 60th birthday (Jan 19th), and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Tim Rice: A Life in Song
One of those gala nights where Michael Grade talks to a subject whilst various performers demonstrate the songs (Don Black had one I saw a while back). Here the singers ranged from Roger Daltrey, Seth Lakeman and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, through to Gemma Arterton, Alexander Armstrong and Julian Ovenden. Andrew Lloyd-Webber obligingly appeared to accompany Rob Brydon. The mixture of Rice's lyric subjects further emphasise the quality of his achievements.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:45 pm

Sammy Davis Jnr - The Kid in the Middle
People keep going back to this story. Here, Paul Anka and Jesse Jackson made for curious new contributors, though friends Arthur Silber and Burt Boyar were crucial. Peggy King and May Britt even got in on it. The angle seemed to be the rediscovery of rare footage from some shows he did, which is fair enough. He was a bold soldier in the US civil rights war, but suffered some collateral damage along the way.

Music in Review: Asia
A supergroup who made one great album, and then had later changed line-ups and less worthy albums. But this one moment gave us songs like "Heat of the Moment", and radio immortality.

Aerosmith: Videobiography
A pretty bold career look that claimed they were the only challengers to the Rolling Stones, something I must say I consider laughable. But the stuff on their 70s work was of interest to me, and their slow renaissance in the 80s and 90s suggest they were stronger for the knocks they took. Take them seriously, though? Nah.

An Evening With Sammy Davis Jnr
An hour culled from a couple of shows, I think, with musical numbers (of course) and some comedy along the way (mainly from impressions, which were impressive), and later chat with the studio audience. Like many American performers, he got a strong reception in the UK, and had gentle fun with his producer, the legendary Dennis Main Wilson.

Three Tenors: The Impossible Dream
A 1992 reflection on the memorable night in Caracalla, Rome, during the World Cup 1990, when Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti were brought together under the conducting of Mehta, for a concert which changed the world of classical music. All 4 men contributed, as did the unsung hero, organiser Mario Dradi, who had to overcome the logistical struggles as well as the negative views of the Italian authorities. That just made the triumph all the greater.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:38 am

Total Rock Review: Rainbow
An album-by-album consideration of Richie Blackmore's post-Deep Purple project which managed to also include Jon Lord among many line-up changes. The music received much adoration, though not as much as Blackmore did. Some called him the greatest ever, though his childish attitudes to team work were less covered. A brief flirtation with chart-friendly music seemed against the grain, which perhaps sums things up.

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Rock Case Studies
A pretty steady run-through of the Southern rockers who hit timeless gold with "Freebird". Their bad luck plane crash brought their journey to an untimely halt. Unlike some of these shows which drown in numbers of contributors, this story was usefully recounted with just 3.

Vivaldi Recomposed
Max Richter here responsible for a new version of the Four Seasons, with Daniel Hope on the violin, performed live from Berlin. Was it very different? Nope. Still a classic bit of music, though.


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Total Rock Review: Van Der Graaf Generator
An album-by-album look at an "influential cult band" who made a couple of notable singles, but generally impressed with their albums. Three band members were present amidst the usual faces, and a refreshing tale was told as a result.

Inside Uriah Heep 1970-1976
Again, an album-by-album format, and their story was of progression and greater success up to peaking with their 4th LP "Demons and Wizards", and the classic single "Easy Livin'". Somehow they seemed to be scorned by the music press and robbed of commercial acclaim. But the band members still seemed pretty contented with their work.

The Magics of Music
Another Chris Nupen effort, this time centred on piano whizz Daniil Trofonov. He started performing and composing at the age of 7, and has made his way with increasing fame amidst the classical music world.

Levon Helm: Ain't In It For My Health
From 2008, the story of the ageing drummer in The Band, as his latest album was Grammy-nominated and he sought to avoid Hall of Fame-type status without full respect for the other band members. All this whilst battling health issues. Helm certainly was a character, and he seemed sanguine about the no-win situation he found himself in. His album did win its Grammy, but he was nowhere near the ceremony.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind The Music
Rather like the Aerosmith story, they toiled away manfully for years, and had line-up problems because of drugs, but they turned it around to increasing fame and sales. Rick Rubin (who else?) proved instrumental when he persuaded Kiedis that "Under the Bridge" deserved inclusion, and the rest was history.
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The South Bank Show: Female Singer-Songwriters
Perhaps feeling unable to get a whole hour out of Joan Armatrading or Suzanne Vega, a loosely-stitched effort talking to both, and new face Lucy Rose, together with clips from previous shows with Bjork, Annie Lennox and Dolly Parton. So, no lack of variety anyway.

Inside The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
From the ashes of Teargas, Alex Harvey moulded a hit package that slowly evolved some great material, such as Faith Healer and Give My Compliments to the Chef. An album named after a cover of Tomorrow Belongs To Me raised hackles, but led to their cover of Delilah and hit single status. Boston Tea Party was their other monster success. Sadly they tipped over into decline, and Alex died in 1982. One of the unfairly forgotten forces of Scottish rock.

Ne-Yo's #HangOut
Another of this series, as he has a new album out. He talked of his breakthrough writing for Mario, co-writing with Sia, meeting Jay Z, touring with Chris Brown, struck by Cheryl Cole's beauty, friendship with Rihanna, and working with Beyoncé. Seems like a good character, so I hope his career sustains.

Suede: Live at La Cigale, Paris
From 2013, a lengthy show with material mixing their big early hits, with later works. At least Brett Anderson seems happy these days.

The Other Side of Bruno Mars
A shorter-than-expected effort from June 2012, covering his failure as a Motown star, but subsequent success anyway. Apparently, being the first male Latino on the cover of Playboy is his legacy. Future shows on the guy will probably be more thoughtful.


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Nas: Time Is Illmatic
A reflection on his classic breakthrough album from 1994, re-telling his story, his friendship with the late Ill Will, and how he now funds a Harvard fellowship, to put his money where his mouth is, in terms of encouraging the next generation. More impressive than I might have expected.

James Rhodes: Piano Man - Uppers & Downers
Finally got to the rest of this series, here the maverick pianist played & discussed pieces by Moszkowski, Bach, Blumenfeld and a frenetic version of Grieg's wonderful "In the Hall of the Mountain King".

Focus: Rare Broadcasts
I hadn't heard "Sylvia" in years, then I watched this & heard it on the radio a few days later. Hocus Pocus is their other classic, with its yodel blast. Those Dutch, they're something else.

Inside Creedence Clearwater Revival
That their singer bore startling resemblance to Steve Martin passed unremarked here, but more importantly they churned out standards like Proud Mary, and radio faves like Bad Moon Rising. This show took the "album-by-album" approach, again, and it's a story of a band that builds and builds until they burst.


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Ice Cube: The Making of a Don
From a respectable scholarly background, Cube went on to music notoriety in NWA, before getting ripped off. He had more success as a solo star, and a half-decent movie career. But accusations of musical copying/stealing affect his work with Westside Connection. Hey, even I liked "It Was a Good Day".

2Cellos: Live at Arena Pula
A sort of homecoming for the duo, on Jul 3, 2013, in their Croatian homeland, as they covered U2, Coldplay, Michael Jackson, AC/DC, Sting, and assorted others. A fun show, some captions would have made it that bit more fun.

James Rhodes: Piano Man
This time working on several works by Chopin, and talking about his friendship with the writer George Sand, and his untimely death at just 39.

Il Divo: A Musical Affair - Live in Japan
From Mar 11, 2014, at the legendary Budokan, the multi-lingual marvels welcome Lea Salonga to share the stage and the singing with them, as they moved between classical or light opera numbers, to more recognisable pop efforts. A more engaging show than I expected.

Rock Milestones: Wishbone Ash - Argus
Their 3rd album, with some of the band telling their tale, and Bob Harris an irregular-but-welcome inclusion of support. Not a band I'd much notice of before, but clearly worth checking out.
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Live With... Andy Fairweather-Low & The Low Riders
Did his own stuff in the first half, and a few covers in the second. A likeable guy and still a fine musician. Short, but sweet.

Alicia Keys - Keys To Keys
A few generalised historic comments, but mostly derived from 3 different interviews done to promote her 'Girl on Fire' album. So there was some overlap, and also a chance to see how different interviewers tried to elicit the same answers. She was a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor at one stage, and prefers having short hair. Supportive of Barack Obama and busy with charity work. Claimed "Empire State of Mind" was not necessarily about New York. Hmmm...

Mind in the Wilderness
Khatia Buniatishvili gave a long open-air concert at the Sacrower Forest, nr Berlin. Her sister Gvantsa helped her on piano on a few tunes, too. Both were from Georgia. The concert seemed somewhat random to me, but still a pleasant listen.

James Rhodes: Piano Man
Three pieces by Bach, delivered with typical frenetic brilliance.

The South Bank Show: Angel Blue
She paid her way through college via beauty pageants, and was a good friend of Placido Domingo. Her youth suggests she has a long career still ahead of her. The girl from Apple Valley done good.


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Reginald D Hunter - Songs of the South
A 3x1 hour series with the Georgian comedian going home to consider the musical heritage of 6 US States (Tennessee & Kentucky; Alabama & Georgia; Mississippi & Louisiana). I'm not mad on Hunter as a stand-up, but he did a great job here, covering a multitude of styles and stories, and meeting a galaxy of stars, from Dolly Parton and Del McCoury, to Clarence Carter and Cindy Wilson and Ludacris, to Dr John & Allen Toussaint. The number of records name-checking these States in their title was impressive (Blue Moon of Kentucky, Georgia on my Mind, Mississippi Goddam). One other point that amused me - he pronounced Appalachia as "Apple atch ia" rather than "apple a shia". But hey, maybe it doesn't matter.


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Live With... Eddi Reader
Helpfully, she did no recognisable Fairground Attraction stuff, but what she and her cohorts did do was pleasant enough.

Boy George & Culture Club : Karma To Calamity
The entertaining story of how the 80s icons reconvened to make their 1st album in 15 years, and plan a new stadium tour to coincide, even though George clearly doesn't gel with the others. A jaunt abroad to write the album goes very well, but then George appoints himself a new manager, and there's a fateful live performance on telly which earns mucho slagging on Twitter. Cut to George cancelling the tour because of vocal polyps, and falling out with the rest of the band. Oh well...

James Rhodes: Piano Man - Mad, Bad & Sad
Rachmaninov, Ravel and Debussy providing the material for Rhodes to showcase them and him. Definitely talented.

Rock Milestones: Legend - Bob Marley and the Wailers
A 1984 compilation which redirected Marley's legacy, and became one of the biggest-selling albums ever for the "Sly Stone of reggae". This show took a track-by-track approach. The only down notes were suggestions that his political material was omitted to offer a watered down version of the man, but a project like this wasn't intended to be definitive. So that's why it isn't.
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Benicassim 2013
A short burst of greatness from a band easy to overlook.

Riverdance - Live from Beijing
From 2009/10 at the Beijing Exhibition Centre, running through the usual type of stuff, notably the title track, if that's not a nonsensical thing to say. Melodic, if soporific.

Busta Rhymes - Unauthorized
He began modestly as part of a group, but became big news when he went solo and released several albums with themes predicting national catastrophe. Something which would have been bland if not for the 9/11 attacks. His so-called prophecy did not deserve much serious discussion.


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Being James Galway
The Irish flautist legend, from his early days in orchestras, working for the great conductor Herbert von Karajan, until the maestro pulled his chain once too often, and Galway went his own way. Dubbed "the man with the golden flute", he recovered from a motor accident to record a version of John Denver's "Annie's Song", and never looked back. He now lives in Switzerland, and encourages the next generation of musicians.

...Sings Motown
Another compilation of all kinds of artists performing songs made by Motown, from the sincere (Paul Young, Robert Palmer), to the random (Manhattan Transfer, The Beat). An amiable hour.

Written By Mrs Bach
Did Johann Sebastian's wife Anna Magdalena, compose some of his works, uncredited? An Aussie Professor thinks she did, and has some plausible evidence to back up his case. But there's not really any way of proving it, and the Bach Archive wouldn't play ball, as it wasn't in their interest.

Inside T-Rex
Another album-by-album effort. After adjusting their name and going Glam, they scored 4 #1 singles in the UK, but then the magic went (or the public went). Bolan soldiered on, and was thought to have turned the corner when he sadly died in a car crash in 1977. Hard to imagine how different things might have been with him around in later decades, though.


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An Evening With Matt Monro
From the New 20s Club, Melbourne, 1967. Matt matched the evening cabaret atmosphere with a variety of numbers, interspersed with banter with the audience. He included his big numbers, and kept the crowd entertained.

Kings of Soul at the BBC
Another compilation of clips, from the expected to the less so. Bill Withers, Billy Ocean, Bobby Womack and more, until R Kelly closed things. Fun stuff, in the main.

Frankie Vaughn: The Heart of a Man
Another portrait of a cabaret star, a much-loved singer & entertainer, best remembered for his theme song, "Give Me The Moonlight". Nobody had a bad word to say about him, and his love for life and his family shone through. The only down time was an attempt by Hollywood to make him a star, which he neither wanted nor needed. His rock was his wife, Stella, whom he met when young-ish and to whom he remained faithfully married for decades.

Alicia Keys: From Start To Stardom
Mildly better than the previous effort I saw, though again limited in scope. For all the talk of her integrity and ability, it all still turns on the kudos of Clive bloody Davis, and the patronage of Oprah bloody Winfrey.
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