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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live
     

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live

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This collection of rare and unreleased video footage from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremonies has been released by Time-Life Video in a well-assembled three DVD package. The material on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live was shot over a period of several years, with some sequences are presented in the full-frame ratio of 1.33:1

Overview

This collection of rare and unreleased video footage from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremonies has been released by Time-Life Video in a well-assembled three DVD package. The material on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live was shot over a period of several years, with some sequences are presented in the full-frame ratio of 1.33:1 as they were shot, while others shot later in high definition are letterboxed in widescreen at 1.85:1; none of the widescreen material has been enhanced for anamorphic playback. The image quality shifts a bit from sequence to sequence, but even the weakest footage looks good and it's a solid, professional presentation throughout. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and the fidelity is good though there are occasional minor flaws, nearly all owing to the nature of documenting a live event. The performances and speeches are in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options included. Along with selected music and conversation from the induction celebrations, as a bonus this set also includes a number of induction and acceptance speeches presented in full (and uncensored), as well as some performance rehearsals and outtakes and a short documentary on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and its work. The accompanying booklet also features essays on the artists featured and behind-the-scenes stories about the events along with archival photos. While the material is sometimes exciting and sometimes disappointing, the presentation is good and rock fans with a sense of history should consider this worth investigating.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
As the old joke goes, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice!" Sometimes you can get a group of talented musicians together and they can spontaneously come up with something amazing, but that doesn't happen as often as some folk like to imagine, and that's one of the unwitting lessons to be learned from this collection of video footage from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's archives. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live is a three DVD set drawn from speeches and performances at the HOF's annual induction ceremonies, and one of the selling points is this package includes previously unreleased footage of the all-star jam sessions that typically conclude the ceremonies. However, after watching a few of these numbers, it becomes obvious that when you bring several dozen people who have never played together on one stage and ask them to dive into a song without rehearsal, no matter who they are the results are often a bit of a mess. While a few of the jams work pretty well -- Neil Young leading the assembled musicians through Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" with a feral intensity is a highlight -- most are sloppy and look like they were a lot more fun for the participants than the audience (you've probably seen teenage garage bands play the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" with greater confidence than George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and a few other legends reveal as they make clear that tune is a bit more complicated than you think). These performances also include a number of one-time-only collaborations, some inspired and some not; Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters look incredibly jazzed to be playing "Tie Your Mother Down" with the surviving members of Queen and they push the band to a grand performance, and it's great to see former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green trading licks with Carlos Santana on "Black Magic Woman" (which Green wrote), but Kid Rock adds nothing to Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and as well meaning as Jackson Browne and Melissa Etheridge may be, when they sing "Wake Up Little Suzie" together it's a long way from what the Everly Brothers did with the tune. Most of the acts fare much better in their induction performances, but they're also running through tunes they've literally played hundreds of times before, and sometimes they have a hard time making the umpteen run through "Highway To Hell," "American Girl" or "Tush" sound all that special. The induction and acceptance speeches run hot and cold, but the best are as entertaining as anything on this set; many of these performers are clearly moved to see their legacy honored, and just about any band would be grateful to have a fan as passionate and articulate about their virtues as Flea as he inducts Metallica. The irony of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live is that the more committed and passionate music fans are the ones most likely to be annoyed with its flaws, while more casual listeners will probably enjoy the parade of stars and be less concerned with its inconsistencies; the best moments are very good indeed, but this is a very mixed bag.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0610583372595
Original Release:
2009
Source:
Time Life Records
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
8:48:00
Sales rank:
12,254

Special Features

Over four hours of bonus features - rare, behind-the-scenes material, rehearsal footage and complete Hall of Fame induction speeches, including: Pete Townshend inducting the Rolling Stones; Mick Jagger inducting the Beatles; Paul McCartney inducting John Lennon

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live
2. Mick Jagger Inducts the Beatles (1988) / Mick Jagger, Bruce Springstein and the Rock Hall Jam Band, I Saw Her Standing There (1988)
4. Cream Acceptance Speech / Cream, Sunshine of Your Love (1993)
6. Bruce Springstein Inducts Roy Orbison / Roy Orbison with Bruce Springstein and the Rock Hall Jam Band, Oh, Pretty Woman (1987)
8. Creedance Clearwater Revival Acceptance Speech / John Fogerty & Friends, Green River (1993)
10. Eddie Vedder Inducts the Doors / The Doors with Eddie Vedder, Light My Fire (1993)
12. Tom Petty Inducts Buffalo Springfield / Crosby, Stills & Nash with Tom Petty, For What It's Worth (1997)
14. Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart Induct Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Airplane, Volunteers (1996)
16. Santana Acceptance Speech / Santana with Peter Green, Black Magic Woman (1998)
18. Crosby, Stills & Nash Acceptance Speech / Crosby, Stills & Nash with James Taylor and Emmylou Harris, Teach Your Children (1997)
20. Jackson Browne Acceptance Speech / Jackson Browne, Running on Empty (2004)
22. Eric Clapton Inducts the Band / The Band with Eric Clapton, The Weight (1994)
24. Bruce Springstein Acceptance Speech / Bruce Springstein & the E Street Band, The Promised Land (1999)
26. Olivia and Dhani Harrison Accept for George Harrison / Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and Dhani Harrison, Handle with Care (2004)
28. Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison and Prince, While My guitar Gently Weeps (2004)
29. Paul McCartney Acceptance Speech / Paul McCartney and the Rock Hall Jam Band, Let It Be (1999)
Disc #2 -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live
2. Jackson Browne and Melissa Etheridge, Wake Up Little Susie, the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995)
3. The Rolling Stones Acceptance Speech / Mick Jagger, Bruce Springstein and the Rock Hall Jam Band, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1988)
5. Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and the Rock Hall Jam Band Honky Tonk Women (1989)
6. James Taylor, Woodstock, a Tribute to Joni Mitchell (1997)
7. James Taylor Inducts Crosby, Stills & Nash / Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wodden Ships (1997)
9. R.E.M. Acceptance Speech / R.E.M. with Eddie Vedder, Man on the Moon (2007)
11. Kid Rock Inducts Aerosmith / Aerosmith with Kid Rock, Sweet Emotion (2001)
13. Keith Richards Inducts ZZ Top / ZZ Top, La Grange (2004)
15. ZZ Top, Tush (2004)
16. AC/DC Acceptance Speech / AC/DC, Highway to Hell (2003)
18. Flea Inducts Metallica / Metallica, Master of Puppets (2009)
20. Bono Inducts Bruce Springstein / Bruce Springstein & the E Street Band, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (1999)
22. Bruce Springstein Inducts U2 / U2, Pride (In the Name of Love) (2005)
24. Neil Young Inducts the Jimi Hendrix Experience
25. The Rock Hall Jam Band, All Along the Watchtower, a Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1992)
Disc #3 -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live
2. The Who and the Rock Hall Jam Band, Won't Get Fooled Again (1990)
3. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Acceptance Speech / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, American Girl (2002)
5. Kid Rock Inducts Lynyrd Skynyrd (2006) / Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama (2006)
7. The Righteous Brothers Acceptance Speech / The Righteous Brothers, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (2003)
9. The Byrds Acceptance Speech / The Byrds with Don Henley and Jackson Browne, Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (1991)
11. The Mamas & the Papas Acceptance Speech / The Mamas & the Papas, California Dreamin' (1998)
13. Cream, Born Under a Bad Sign (1993)
14. Traffic Acceptance Speech / Traffic, Dear Mr. Fantasy (2004)
16. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, Landslide (1998)
17. Fleetwood Mac Acceptance Speech / Fleetwood Mac, Say You Love Me (1998)
19. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins Induct Queen / Queen with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Tie Your Mother Down (2001)
21. Ray Charles Inducts Billy Joel / Billy Joel, Only the Good Die Young (1999)
23. The Rolling Stones Acceptance Speech / Mick Jagger and the ROck Hall Jam Band, Start Me Up (1989)
25. Billy Joel Inducts John Mellencamp / John Mellencamp, Pink Houses (2008)
27. U2 Acceptance Speech / U2 with Bruce Springstein, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (2005)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Richard-S More than 1 year ago
I picked up this collection last week and have really enjoyed it. Its great to see again some of the performances, introductions and acceptance speeches. I wish this were a longer set, but what is presented here is first rate. For the most part, the sound and picture are very clear and clean. What's odd, as has been noted elsewhere, is that the material is not presented in chronological order, even to the point where an acceptance speech is on one disk and the performance by that same artist is on another. But that wasn't really a detraction for me. Some of the highlights include: The Doors performing "Light My Fire" with vocals by Eddie Vedder; Jefferson Airplane performing "Volunteers" (though in the absence of Grace Slick, the then-current Jefferson Starship vocalist Diana Mangano is relegated to the role of back-up singer); Santana's amazing performance of "Black Magic Woman" accompanied by original Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green; George Harrison's son Dhani joining a version of the Traveling Wilburys performaing "Handle With Care" as a tribute to George (the band is then joined by Prince playing a monstrous guitar solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"); REM performing "Man on the Moon" with Eddie Vedder; Aerosmith playing "Sweet Emotion" with Kid Rock (the choruses sound pretty awful, but the rest of the song is killer); the Mamas and the Papas doing "California Dreaming" (Michelle looks genuinely thrilled to be there); and Queen doing "Tie Your Mother Down" accompanied by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. But probably the best moment is Metallica's performance of "Master of Puppets", which is just on fire. They also have both Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo on bass, which is cool. They show that they still have their legendary stage prowess. So to music fans who love all aspects of rock -- who get as big a thrill out of seeing the Mamas and the Papas as they do Metallica -- this set is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Preasant was well received.My son loved the DVD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago