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What are the best concert films that you think have been made in terms of awesome sound quality/ great performance/ and representing the best of band or artist? Doesn't matter what genre, jazz, rock, whatever. With youtube now seems like I can find almost anything but video/sound quality isn't always up to par. Sometimes you just want to crack open a beer relax on the couch and get blown away by an amazing performance on video. Saw Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii recently and although there are some hokey/corny parts the video/sound quality is pretty great for it's time. Any other concert films I should be searching out?

oscar, Sunday, 24 June 2007 00:39 (twelve years ago) link

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scott seward, Sunday, 24 June 2007 01:14 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.heavensguardian.com/images1/capa_dvd.jpg

scott seward, Sunday, 24 June 2007 01:26 (twelve years ago) link

I'll take this seriously.

I musta watched REM's Tourfilm a hundred times. But how are you defining concert film? DOes Gimme Shelter count? If so- winner.

yussel, Sunday, 24 June 2007 02:03 (twelve years ago) link

Led Zeppelin's How the West was Won

ablaeser, Sunday, 24 June 2007 02:04 (twelve years ago) link

I guess I would define concert film where most of the footage is performance as opposed to interview bits, etc. Yeah that Led Zep I've seen and it is definitely hot.

oscar, Sunday, 24 June 2007 02:08 (twelve years ago) link

I have problems with Talking Heads, but Stop Making Sense gives me goosebumps when I watch it, it's so good
Other good ones are the Led Zep, which is various performances, and Sign of the Times by Prince which is really good...enjoy!

iago g., Sunday, 24 June 2007 03:27 (twelve years ago) link

Fugazi's Instrument is incredible. Its one of my favorite films I own. I watch it atleast once a month. it really is inspiring...even though that sounds corny.

Forensicscene1338, Sunday, 24 June 2007 04:37 (twelve years ago) link

Instrument is great, but it's not a concert film by definition. It's more like an anthology of live footage and interviews.

I agree with Sign O the Times, which must have been an AMAZING tour.

I'll offer up The Cure's In Orange as well.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 June 2007 06:37 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, sign O the times is VASTLY underrated. Then again, hardly anyone saw it in the theater (it was only out for a week, if that).

and the kids are alright is almost a winner by default -- performance footage of the greatest-ever live band could only be amazing. (although there's lots of interview footage, so maybe bending the rules here)

if we're counting bootlegs, james brown's april 4, 1968 boston show is beyond explosive.

Lawrence the Looter, Sunday, 24 June 2007 06:44 (twelve years ago) link

look & sound great:
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
The Knife - Silent Shout DVD

willem, Sunday, 24 June 2007 11:43 (twelve years ago) link

I've just rented "Wire On the Box - 1979" and it's very, very good.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 24 June 2007 11:48 (twelve years ago) link

(like hourlong set on some German tv show)

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 24 June 2007 11:49 (twelve years ago) link

I've just rented "Wire On the Box - 1979" and it's very, very good.

seconded! i bought this a couple months ago and it's pretty great, all the people in the tv studio audience politely clapping after each of the songs...

stephen, Sunday, 24 June 2007 15:32 (twelve years ago) link

I'm on the fence about whether or not Depeche Mode 101 counts, but if it does it's definitely one of my favorites.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 June 2007 16:26 (twelve years ago) link

HELP. Movies about music

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 01:21 (twelve years ago) link

The Roland Kirk concert under either the name "at Montreux" or "One Man Twins" is notable not only for his hip chops, but for where he offers cocaine to several audience members.

christoff, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 19:30 (twelve years ago) link

none. cinema is degraded by the "concert film."

Tim Ellison, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 19:38 (twelve years ago) link

The performances in Festival Express are pretty spectacular, especially The Band and The Grateful Dead. But as great as those acts are, it's Buddy Guy who steals the show, imo. The interview bits are boring, wish there was more raw train footage.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 19:47 (twelve years ago) link

No love for The Last Waltz?

Come on, people! That thing is great, and I don't even like The Band that much.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 20:03 (twelve years ago) link

I have to mention GNR- Live at the Ritz.

http://distorciondvd.blogdiario.com/img/GunsRitz88.jpg

Matt Armstrong, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 21:09 (twelve years ago) link

matt is that a boot? where can u get that?

pisces, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 01:57 (twelve years ago) link

stop making sense

101

rem tourfilm

sign o the times

gorillaz demon days

pisces, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 01:58 (twelve years ago) link

four years pass...

The Leningrad Cowboys' Total Balalika Show is the most surreally bananas concert film I've ever seen. Especially now that I've heard the Red Army Chorus belt out "Happy Together" and "Sweet Home Ala-BAH-ma."

http://www.slantmagazine.com/dvd/review/eclipse-series-29-aki-kaurismakis-leningrad-cowboys/2142

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 November 2011 17:11 (seven years ago) link

King Crimson: Neal and Jack and Me dvd is definitely worth checking out. Really good concert footage from Three of a Perfect Pair and Beat tours.

Moodles, Monday, 14 November 2011 17:18 (seven years ago) link

The concert footage on Soulwax's Part of the Weekend Never Dies is also great.

Moodles, Monday, 14 November 2011 17:19 (seven years ago) link

re leningrad cowboys concert :

agreed. it is absolutely fantastic.
the tractor/drummer set makes me laugh and the sheer OTT-ness of the show makes the whole thing just one long 'whoaaaaa' session.

mark e, Monday, 14 November 2011 17:21 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

seen any good ones lately?

piscesx, Thursday, 9 May 2013 20:30 (six years ago) link

mostly enjoyed the LCD Soundsystem one, but it is very long. Had a lot of "oh this song now, wait, didn't they already play this one?"

Moodles, Thursday, 9 May 2013 21:33 (six years ago) link

I really liked Patti Smith's Rockpalast one too, but I don't know if that's out as a DVD or film or what, beyond that it gets shown on Sky Arts every so often

Mark G, Thursday, 9 May 2013 21:38 (six years ago) link

agree w/Moodles about the LCD Soundsystem one. only thing I would add is that James Murphy's live singing voice isn't a patch on the studio recordings

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 9 May 2013 21:39 (six years ago) link

TAMI show seriously mindblowingly amazing. Every single kid who witnessed this in person transformed into beings of pure light and merged instantly with the clear light that is the unshielded face of God immediately following this concert:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tami_Show

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:15 (six years ago) link

MC5 A True Testimonial was pretty great, think it's finally going to get an official release if something somebody said recently is true.

THe Upsetter on Lee Perry is great
Autoluminescent the Rowland S Howard biofilm is pretty essential

Krautrocknacht which I think was one German Channel showing a lot of the great material recorded at the time, and has got some great footage, but has me wondering further if there were any festival films from Germany early 70s.

Sunshine Daydream the great Dead gig from Veneta in '72 on film. Really one of their best. Thought it was going to get an official release a few years back but didn't appear in th erecent Dead video archive set.

a compi of San Francisco based rock over the late 60s, & a couple of early 70s I think that somebody sent me.

Midsummer Rock the Cincinatti Pop Festival from 1970. Has the great Stooges footage with Iggy crowdwalking plus Alice Cooper smashing a birthday cake into his face repeatedly. Plus a few others. Do wish there was more to it.
There is a clip of the Stooges at Goose Lake which I think was Dave Alexander's last gig, not sure what else there is from that festival.

Sun Ra Brother From Another Planet

Miles Davis footage from '73, think all I've seen has been great. There are another coupe of years around then when he was great and captured on film. Plus the late 50s TV show where he has Coltrane in the band plus half of the show has the band augmented doing Sketches of Spain stuff I think.

Several of the LOst Broadcasts series where footage not actually broadcast on Beat Club at the time gets circulated. Just been reminded that I've been hoping that the Lifetime footage from the Mclaughlin/Bruce era might eventually turn up. Hope it still exists.

Monterey Pop and its extended footage dvd release.

Pentangle on tv in '70 and '71

Cabaret Voltaire viodeo on Doublevision

compis of Who, Pretty Things, Yardbirds, Birds, kinks that people were circulating when I first started torrenting.

loads of material from Pop 2 -East of Eden, Mott the Hoople, Deep Purple, James Gang etc etc
plus a french tv show of the Mwandishi band from I think '71

Tricky live at Shepherd's Bush Empire in '98 and loking possessed for large parts of it.

The Inner Tube from NYC in the late 70s/early 80s.

will probably think of others as soon as I post this.

Stevolende, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:24 (six years ago) link

Is it the Tami Show that has a glimpse of a pre-fame Sky Saxon in the audience, possibly while the Stones are playing?

Stevolende, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:25 (six years ago) link

Soul Power is tremendous.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:26 (six years ago) link

Sky Saxon is in the TAMI followup, The Big TNT Show.

Ron & Russell Mael do appear in the TAMI audience.

Sheela-Tubb-Mann, You Real Know-It-All (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:38 (six years ago) link

Did not know about Sky in TAMI!

Roy Orbison's "Monument Concert" from 1965 is really really great though almost every time it shows the audience they look bored out of their minds. It is 1965 and Roy Orbison is singing "Dream Baby" 20 feet in front of you, GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DANCE!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GePCrb8W13o

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:54 (six years ago) link

Adam, Sky's in Big TnT not TAMI. TAMI SHOW is great.

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 May 2013 14:18 (six years ago) link

Cool thanks for the tip. Haven't heard of the Big TNT show yet, the lineup looks pretty great!

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 10 May 2013 14:34 (six years ago) link

It is 1965 and Roy Orbison is singing "Dream Baby" 20 feet in front of you, GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DANCE!!

Is that the one shot in Sweden?

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Friday, 10 May 2013 14:42 (six years ago) link

.. no, Holland!

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Friday, 10 May 2013 14:43 (six years ago) link

I think I got to see both TAMI and the TNT Show in one sitting in the Scala in London around New Year's '83. Other than that Sky thing which I may have had pointed out later I think what stuck in my head was I think the Lovin Spoonful with somebody chording their guitar from the top of the neck.
THe Barbarians appear in one of the 2 films as well.
Oh & so does Petula Clark who I remember being in fine form. Always did love Downtown, which I don't think her track is but this was about as good.

Stevolende, Friday, 10 May 2013 20:11 (six years ago) link

Other than that Sky thing which I may have had pointed out later I think what stuck in my head was I think the Lovin Spoonful with somebody chording their guitar from the top of the neck.

Are you thinking of John Sebastian playing the autoharp?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVYPR9FfNh0

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Friday, 10 May 2013 20:38 (six years ago) link

i know ilm hates em with a passion, but the live concert dvd of brmc is f*ckin' ace.

shot in black and white of course, it totally captures the bands groove brilliantly.

a few beers, headphones on max, big screen tv, and the thing totally makes for a great audio visual experience.

(the sound is immense and suits max volume on headphones).

let the naysayers rip.

i care not.

mark e, Friday, 10 May 2013 20:51 (six years ago) link

Well, I'm watching the TAMI show right now, so ner.

Mark G, Friday, 10 May 2013 20:53 (six years ago) link

Other than that Sky thing which I may have had pointed out later I think what stuck in my head was I think the Lovin Spoonful with somebody chording their guitar from the top of the neck.

Are you thinking of John Sebastian playing the autoharp?
― Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Friday, May 10, 2013 9:38 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

No, I know the difference between an autoharp and a guitar even in really distant memory. Was it The Byrds doing something weird along those lines, got that image of somebody chording or doing something similar from the top of the neck pretty clear in my head for something I last saw 30 years ago. But definitely a stringed guitar shaped instrument and hand from the top of the neck.

Stevolende, Friday, 10 May 2013 22:59 (six years ago) link

Well, I'm watching the TAMI show right now, so ner.

During James Brown's set you may need to occasionally look out the window to make sure your house has not left the planet.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 13 May 2013 02:15 (six years ago) link

You'd think so, wouldn't you?

However, the DVD had a monstrous glitch during the Beach Boys set, so it's going back to the supplier!

Mark G, Monday, 13 May 2013 08:34 (six years ago) link

Monstrous glitch? You sure that wasn't just Mike Love dancing?

http://25.media.tumblr.com/0af25393dd4747cf676edb07e6691846/tumblr_mh7h4pHKxB1qlkv60o1_500.gif

Sheela-Tubb-Mann, You Real Know-It-All (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 13 May 2013 10:18 (six years ago) link

That's much like what it looks like, at the mo.

Amber enjoyed the Gerry/Pacemakers footage, and oh poor old Smokey, he was by turns awesome and voice-shot-to-pieces (presumably from too much road-work)

Lesley Gore was the "mm, this is the past" moment.. Also, Amber was totally amazed at the backing dancers and their (lack of) clothing..

Mark G, Monday, 13 May 2013 10:22 (six years ago) link

Berry's back-and-forth with Gerry and the Pacemakers is kind of charming, but man, I bet the Stones were pissed. That prize was rightfully theirs.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Monday, 13 May 2013 15:52 (six years ago) link

Backing dancers pretty amazing.

The Beach Boys really rock during that performance. "I Get Around" is so awesome! Dennis Wilson really tears those drums a new one.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 13 May 2013 16:01 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Just saw Soul Power. James Brown, Spinners, Fania Allstars, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeeba , Bill Withers are all great

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 October 2019 03:17 (two weeks ago) link


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