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Stevie Nicks Album - Stevie Nicks: Live in Chicago

Stevie Nicks Album - Stevie Nicks: Live in Chicago (Front side)
Album Information :
Title: Stevie Nicks: Live in Chicago
Approx. Price:$19.98 (USD)
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Type:DVD
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Label:Reprise Records
UPC:093624986218
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Review - Product Description :
Stevie Nicks, rock's superstar chanteuse, performs her signature songs with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Fleetwood Mac and her acclaimed solo career. Recorded at her October 2007 'Soundstage' performance.
(Louisiana, U.S.A.)
90 of 90 people found the following review helpful:
- The Best Stevie Nicks DVD Ever!!!!!! Simply Enchanted From Beginning to End!!!!!!

This is Stevie Nicks and her band at their best!!!! This is one super outstanding concert dvd. Everything is first class!!! The atmosphere is great and the audience is really into it, making this one special concert!!! You get 17 great songs, plus a bonus track. Stevie does an excellent job of explaining the background or "story" behind the songs she performs. Her lead guitar player (Waddy) is simply awesome, and her band & background singers are fantastic.

The songs are as follows:

Stand Back

Enchanted

If Anyone Falls in Love

Rhiannon

Crash Into Me - the Dave Matthews Song, and Stevie does an excellent job performing it.

Dreams

Sorcerer

The One

Gold Dust Woman

I Need to Know - The Tom Petty Song, Again, an outstanding performance by Stevie.

Circle Dance

Landside - This one she dedicates to her late father. During the Song there are pictures of him on the big screens. Stevie does an excellent tribute to him. You can feel Stevie's sencerity. "This one's for you Daddy" and again, Stevie does an excellcent perfomance.

Sara

Fall From Grace

How Still My Love

Edge of Seventeen (Simply Outstanding!!!!)

Rock & Roll

The total running time is approximately 119 minutes. You get a bonus track of "Landslide" (Orchestra Version), and it is very good also. Overall, this is Stevie Nicks at her best!!! If you like Stevie, you'd better buy this one, because it doesn't get any better than this. You'll love it, I know I do!!!! Thanks!!!!

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
- She's still rockin' and sounds better than ever

Stevie Nicks has amassed such a huge and memorable body of work over the years--- with this trimphant live concert video being just the latest chapter in a uniquely ongoing career--- that she is one of the few artists who genuinely deserves to be called a star, a legend, and an icon. Let's get that out of the way first.

As she has gotten older (age 59 at the time of this 2007 concert), Nicks has somehow managed to age incredibly gracefully, if you can say she has aged at all. Looking easily 20 years younger than her birthdate would have you believe, she just totally sparkles in a warm, appealing, natural way--- not phony. She's not only a stunning beauty in this performance, but she has become a casually elegant and high-class lady as well. How many female rockers could you honestly say that about?! Not only that, but what comes as a happy addition to all this (although it shouldn't come as a surprise) is that she can still rock out too, and rock out hard!

It's just a treat to watch and listen to her. She's a musical and emotional experience, and when you've seen her at work, whether live or "just" on video as here, you know that you've witnessed one of the bona fide highlights in your life.

A special mention to her dramatic abilities, by the way. In the slow, quiet songs especially, she doesn't just sing the words, she seems to inhabit them. Not just a rock star, or even a singer, but a great musical storyteller. Although Nicks herself has said that her greatest influence was Janis Joplin, her particular style of artistry almost channels another era, a Judy Garland or Lena Horne type, maybe Marlene Dietrich--- only using (appropriately) bluesy rock music as her forum instead of show tunes. Nicks is really about the only artist today with this unique approach.

With all this said, then why did I only rate it four stars instead of five? Just a couple of reasons: #1, the audio and video quality is absolutely superb, but it's SO inhumanly perfect that it saps a bit of "liveness" out of this live performance. Everything is crystal clear, the sound and picture both marvels of modern-day high-tech. But rock & roll is *supposed* to be just a bit grungy, you know?! When the drums and guitar really start wailing, you need to get just a little down & dirty. Everything you see here is so brightly-lit, so "clean" that it's almost sterile.

Same with the audio: for instance, Stevie's backup singers. Okay, I know they are awesome vocalists, but could any human being (much less three of them at once) sing this perfectly? At times, one almost *has* to suspect the use of some sort of auto-tuning device. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much perfection. If you take away the applause (which was actually done in in the audio CD version of this concert), it sounds exactly like a well-produced studio recording and not anything like a live session. For the CD, I think this idea works rather well. But for the DVD, a filmed record of a live show, I'd like to see it looking more "live", less "studio perfection".

But my biggest single gripe about this concert--- and this is the main reason I rated it 4 stars instead of 5--- is the constantly "moving target" style of editing. The multiple cameras flat-out refuse to hold a single shot for more than ten seconds before switching to another angle. On some of the slow songs especially, a simple shot of Stevie's own face would be plenty to carry the entire song from start to finish. Or maybe one or two transitions, but come on--- did we really NEED the constant cuts to the guitarist, then a cut to the background singers, then a cut to the audience, then a cut to side view, then a cut to the drummer, and then an overhead view from the apparently endlessly swooping camera? All this movement is distracting, and (unfortunately) it goes on for most of the concert. Only in the slowest songs, thank goodness, does the camera movement also slow down a bit--- and not by much even then. Sheesh.

A hint for all future Stevie Nicks films: Just keep the camera in one spot for a minute or so, for pete's sake, and let the singer and the song carry the moment. Nicks is plenty capable of doing just that. I know we live in an age of extremely short attention spans, and the director was probably worried about the viewing audience getting restless if the camera stayed still for too long. Well, maybe for a lesser artist they would--- but for Stevie Nicks, no. Just let her sing her songs, and keep the camera dances out of the program, please?!

A few highlights to watch for: Stevie's stories introducing the songs, and a few tales about her career. Awesome to listen to. She can talk just about as well as she can sing--- and speaking of singing, by the way, her voice (especially in the lower register) is warm and vibrant and sounding better than ever. Really. This is one lady who keeps getting better as time goes on. Compared to her unfortunately ragged vocal style in the 1980s.... well, there is no comparison. At age 60 or so, she is at her peak.

Although she can (and does) still rock out, it's her slower, quieter songs that really hold your attention: the haunting "Circle Dance" with its sad, resigned, "We did the best we could." The equally haunting "Sara", which (as Stevie notes) is more of a Fleetwood Mac song and rarely makes its appearance in a Nicks solo performance. But at the urging of the producer/director, she did include it here and it's a highlight. The familiar "Landslide" which becomes an incredibly moving tribute to her late father Jess Nicks. A surprising (and stunning) Dave Matthews cover, "Crash", which is certainly as good as the original. An effective, throwaway Tom Petty cover, "I Need to Know", which she's been doing off and on throughout her entire solo career.

Well, there are many more--- but the bottom line is, do buy this disc. Despite its very few flaws (the quick-cutting camera work in particular), it's an amazing document of a rock & roll legend at work.

(Virginia Beach, VA USA)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
- Stevie, Stevie, Stevie!

As you all know, Stevie is INCREDIBLE!! I saw this show on TV and sat on the edge of my seat the whole time. Having adored her since 1976, upon hearing Rhiannon on the radio, and seeing her wild performance on "The Midnight Special" of Rhiannon with FM. ( I've been a die hard FM lover for 33 years!- NON STOP!) I've always been waiting for live Stevie! I was fortunate to order both CD and DVD early from the internet and LOVE it! Stevie's songs and perormance are knock out!!!!! (I do wish "Rhiannon" was "dragged" out longer to the songs potential and her wild performance, like the old days with FM.) But this is still INCREDIBLE and so is she. She looks and sounds amazing and her cover of other songs are HOT! She will remain one of the classiest rockers of all time!

THis recording is a MUST for all Stevie lovers. Anyone who watches it will fall in love.

(Monaca, PA United States)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
- Great concert!

Stevie once again proves her timelessness in this show. An absoloutely spectacular prformance, both in song selection and presentation. I can't wait to see her in concert again!

(Boston , ma)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
- perfect DVD !!!! I watch it 3 times a day

She has come full circle this DVD is the ultimate must have for any Stevie nicks fan . Perfect in every set she shines , and yes the boots are back.

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