Live at the Greek [CD & DVD]

Live at the Greek [CD & DVD]

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by Josh Groban
     
 

As thrilling as it is to hear the soaring and mellifluous tones of Josh Groban's vocals on his hit recordings, it's even more awe-inspiring to watch him achieve his magical effects live on stage. Recorded on two successive nights in September 2004 at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater, Live at the Greek (a CD/DVD package) captures the 23-year old wonder in stunningSee more details below

Overview

As thrilling as it is to hear the soaring and mellifluous tones of Josh Groban's vocals on his hit recordings, it's even more awe-inspiring to watch him achieve his magical effects live on stage. Recorded on two successive nights in September 2004 at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater, Live at the Greek (a CD/DVD package) captures the 23-year old wonder in stunning form. Concentrating on selections from his hit album Closer, Groban performs passion-filled versions of such favorites as "Per Te" and "Remember when It Rained." Vocal artistry is the name of the game here; Groban lets his voice carry the weight of the performance; stage shenanigans just don't jibe with his focused manner. As if his gorgeous singing weren't enough to hold the adoring audience in the palm of his hand, the multi-talented Groban heads to the piano for Paul Simon's "America" and even takes a spin on the drums! Guests include a gospel choir on "You Raise Me Up," and by the violin prodigy Lucia Micarelli on "Mi Mancherai." This, Groban’s second special for PBS’s Great Performances, will air on December 2, 2004.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Josh Groban's first filmed concert performance for PBS was a great success when aired during the station's pledge drives and the resulting DVD became a best seller. Therefore, it was not surprising that PBS wanted a follow-up, especially after Groban's second disc, Closer, became a number one hit. The final show of Groban's Closer tour at the Greek Amphitheater in Los Angeles was selected for the project, and after airing on PBS, the concert was packaged as a CD/DVD combo. Although Live at the Greek is an enticing product for any Groban fan, it does have one drawback (as did his first DVD) in that the CD version of the concert only features eight of the DVD's 17 performances. This poses a problem for anyone who simply wants to listen to the concert, especially when two of his most popular songs, "To Where You Are" and "You Raise Me Up," are missing from the CD. However, people will most likely be drawn to the DVD to begin with, so the lack of material on the CD is not a huge detriment -- just an annoyance. Unlike his first filmed concert that was more of a formal affair in a music hall, the performance for Live at the Greek is much more casual in the amphitheater's setting, resembling a pop
ock concert with a grand set and intricate lighting. Groban opens with the majestic "Oceano" and immediately the power of his voice is recognized. However, like some classically trained performers Groban is not a natural entertainer. When he performs in a symphonic setting, people are there to listen and appreciate his talent, but when the audience consists of thousands of screaming females, he seems uncomfortable, especially when performing with the vivacious violinist Lucia Micarelli, who wows the crowd with her solo number "Nocturne/Bohemian Rhapsody." Groban basically stands and sings throughout most of the concert, which is not really a bad thing since his voice commands attention on songs like "Caruso" or "Remember," but it doesn't make him the most exciting performer to watch. But as the concert progresses Groban relaxes and he seems most comfortable and more emotional when he is playing an instrument as well as singing. When he plays piano on the saccharine ballad "Remember When It Rained" or on the encore of Paul Simon's "America," he really shines as he performs with a freedom and expression that is engaging, as if the instrument were feeding his emotional core. His vigorous drum solo on "Canto Alla Vita" takes the crowd by surprise and prompts them to a standing ovation. It's moments like these that are the highlights of Live at the Greek and show that Groban is slowly growing as an entertainer. But for most folks it is still his voice that draws them to him and he impeccably performs each song of the concert. That is why it is unfortunate that the CD is skimpy in selection. Nonetheless, anyone who enjoys Josh Groban will be pleased with his performance on Live at the Greek.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624893929
catalogNumber:
48939
Rank:
71980

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Groban   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Don McLean   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Lucio Dalla   Composer
James Horner   Composer
Martin Page   Composer
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Producer,Engineer
Malavasi   Composer
Marco Marinangeli   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Alejandro Rodriguez   Engineer
Paul Schwartz   Composer
Marti Sharron   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
David Horn   Director,Executive Producer
Eric Mouquet   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Greg Ross   Art Direction
Dave Foster   Producer
Brian Avnet   Executive Producer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Mitch Owgnag   Producer
Linda Thompson-Jenner   Composer
Andrea Sandrei   Composer
Antonio Galbiati   Composer
Linkin Park   Composer
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Ian Charbonneau   Engineer
Josh Groban   Composer,Creation
Jorge Vivo   Digital Editing
Juan Pablo Velasco   Digital Editing
John Beug   Executive Producer
Ellen Wakayama   Package Art Direction
Daniel Ezralow   Creation
David Romano   Vocal Coach
Brendan Graham   Composer
Maurizio Fabrizio   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Digital Editing

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