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Bruce Dickinson - Anthology
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2006
Here's what this bad-boy has on it:

DVD disc 1 is a live performance extravaganza boasting 30 show-stopping tracks, recorded during the 90's as Bruce forged ahead with his solo career. Dive Dive Live was recorded at the Town and Country Club, Los Angeles on the Tattooed Millionaire Tour, August 14th 1990. This was Bruce's first outing as a solo artist with a new band made up of Janick Gers (Guitar), Andy Carr (Bass) and Dickie Fliszar (Drums).

"Dive Dive Live" track listing:

01. Riding With The Angels

02. Born In '58

03. Lickin' The Gun

04. Gypsy Road

05. Dive Dive Dive

06. Drum Solo

07. Zulu Zulu

08. The Ballad Of Mutt

09. Son Of A Gun

10. Hell On Wheels

11. All The Young Dudes

12. Tattooed Millionaire

13. No Lies

14. Fog On The Tyne

15. Winds Of Change

16. Sin City

17. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter

18. Black Night

The second live-in-concert performance offered up on Disc 1 was filmed over two sweaty back-to-back dates during the Skunkworks Tour in Pamplona and Gerona, Spain on May 31st and June 1st 1996. Bruce was fronting a new young band, with a new name, and was joined on stage by Alex Dickson (Guitars), Chris Dale (Bass) and a certain infamous Italian drummer, Alessandro Elena. Originally created for a four track video EP release in Japan, this is the hour long Skunkworks concert in full, for the very first time.

"Skunkworks Live" track listing:

01. Space Race

02. Back From The Edge

03. Tattooed Millionaire

04. Inertia

05. Faith

06. Meltdown

07. I Will Not Accept The Truth

08. Laughing In The Hiding Bush

09. Tears Of The Dragon

10. God's Not Coming Back

11. Dreamstate

12. The Prisoner

DVD Disc 2 keeps the live-in-concert experience alive with rare footage of Bruce performing in Sao Paulo, 1999 during the Chemical Wedding World Tour. Almost two hours in length, 'Scream For Me Brazil' represents Bruce's last outing as a true solo artist before rejoining the ranks of Maiden shortly afterwards. No official film recording was permitted although this film taken from the crowd screen feeds features highlights of the show which later become a live album of the same name. With a new heavier line-up made up of long time song writing partner Roy Z (Guitar), old Maiden partner Adrian Smith and rhythm section of Dave Ingraham (Drums) and Eddie Casillas (Bass), this 'bootleg' documents Bruce at his most intense.

"Scream For Me Brazil" track listing:

01. King In Crimson

02. Gates Of Urizen

03. Killing Floor

04. Book Of Thel

05. Tears Of The Dragon

06. Laughing In The Hiding Bush

07. Accident Of Birth

08. The Tower

09. Darkside Of Aquarius

10. The Road To Hell

DVD Disc 3 Is an extensive collection of promotional videos made during Bruce's solo career. From his days at EMI through to his own self produced videos of recent times, each video is accompanied by a short introduction by Bruce himself, discussing the ideas, concepts and eventual filming behind each of the videos. Each intro provides an interesting insight into Bruce's solo career as it progressed and the highlights and pitfalls of producing your own promotional videos.

Promotional Videos:

01. Tattooed Millionaire

02. All The Young Dudes

03. Dive Dive Dive

04. Born In '58

05. Tears Of The Dragon

06. Shoot All The Clowns

07. Back From The Edge

08. Inertia

09. Accident Of Birth

10. Road To Hell

11. Man Of Sorrows

12. Killing Floor

13. The Tower

14. Abduction

Alongside the 14 promotional videos, Disc 3 also includes over an hours worth of extras!

The Tyranny Of Souls interview was originally filmed as a general interview for press purposes. This is a track by track breakdown of the concept behind the songs on the Tyranny Of Souls album, providing more of an in-depth look at the writing methods that Bruce has formed with long time wiring partner Roy Z.

Samson "Biceps Of Steel" -- (Previously available as a DVD-single):

Bruce made his video debut fronting Samson in this rather curious adaptation of the story of Samson and Delilah, filmed at the Rainbow Theatre, London. Filmed and directed by Julien Temple who perhaps was more famous for the Sex Pistols movie - 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle', this 15 minute featurette was distributed through-out cinemas as a support feature to Hazel O' Connors 'Breaking Glass' in 1980.

I hope Amazon lists a PRICE for this sometime soon, so you can...

BUY IT !!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2006
This is kind of a hard set to review, since you can look at it in a couple of ways. Only one comment applies to all three discs( No Producer).
Disc 3 has the prime content, and is pretty much the main item.One thing to note is that Bruce always has something to say in his lyrics.The last three albums have been the most overtly occult items, with heavy links to Aleister Crowley very evident in his work.
My opinion is that this is kind of a Diary, or "journal" entry of Bruce's solo career right with a snippet from SAMSON( pre-Maiden) to the Solo together with Maiden efforts.
You could also view the 3rd disc as what you buy with discs 1 and 2 as the bonus discs, but overall this set REALLY needs a producer since the content is great ( Janick is very good despite what people say, even if he might not rank as highly as Roy Z or Adrian Smith ).

DVD1: First concert has clean audio in PCM Dolby, and the duration is 90 minutes, not 70 as listed. Janick is very flashy, and he has more in the way of Jimi Hendrix techniques than anything else. However, as dodgy as the video is on this concert, you can see on disc 3 that an edit has an ultra clear show of the concert.
The Second Concert on disc 1 has Good Audio, and is more of a concept video since it was shot for a Japanese 4 cut EP. Due to the credits referring to a "Digitizer", I do suspect that the raw footage is clean, and some idiot thought that the strung out and stoned look would work. The "Digitizer" seems to have made the footage look dirty, and I hope that is the case since this is supposed to be a pro-shot show, as is the first concert.Time for this show is 55 minutes, not 60 as stated on the pack.

DVD 2; Scream for me Sao Paolo; I like Bruce's Sacred Cowboys short, quite a good concept. Bruce actually acknowledged that this is recorded. It shows evidence of line production with dissolves and cross fades. It is exactly 60 minutes.
ROY Z and Adrian can be seen in all their brilliance on this disc.

DVD 3; The promo Videos fall into two classes, some done by the first director and Bruce, and the ones done by Julian Doyle.
The first lot are very clear evidence how a lack of clear video vision can destroy an otherwise good video clip. Doyle's work is clear and masterful.
BICEPS OF STEEL: the SAMSON masterpiece. A Great interview with Bruce about the SAMSON film.
TYRANNY OF SOULS: A very Good Interview with Bruce, probably the best I have ever seen.

DVD PACK OVERALL: Great Cover Design. The Insert booklet is just as good.The Insert slots for the additional two discs are the best and most secure I have seen, very good idea. The BIG almost colossal failing is that the PCM audio is just okay, and the Video needs cleaning up. I put the discs on 5.1 audio, and only one channel. Switch to 2 channel Dolby, and front left, middle and back right work. As you can learn from the interviews on disc 3, Bruces Failure to pick a Good Producer ( or a Producer at all, since this pack has NO producer credit at all) will come close to killing a project.
I did, that being said, enjoy the discs, and if they hire a producer to clean up video, remix the sound, then this set would be WAY more than what it currently is now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2006
The Anthology is a very good collection of 3 live shows from Bruce Dickinson's, pulled from many sources. DVD ONE has Tattoo Millionaire tour live footage (DIVE DIVE DIVE), and Skunkworks Live. The DIVE video is poor quality shots, and the sound is not the greatest. My favorite is the Skunkworks footage. That album was probably the best of his first three solo albums in terms of musicianship and variation from maiden. It's good to the footage done when it was still fresh, and laugh at Bruce trying to be "alternative".
Disc two is just Scream for Me Brazil in yet another package. Good song set, playing Bruce's best solo work ever (Chemical Wedding Material), but it's too bad that the sound is poor and video is cut from video feeds from the crowd screens. Pretty disapointing disc, could have been left out, made the package cost less, and no one would have missed it. This keeps this DVD from getting 5 Stars
Disc three is the cool best part of this package. The promo videos are just nice to have in one spot. The Tyranny of Souls promo video is interesting, and where else are you going to find the Samson footage. All of the videos also have an intro option with bruce dickinson describing the story of each video (like knowing the "Tatooed Millionaire" video was directed by the pink floyd "Learning to Fly" directory...now the connection is made). Nice job with the last disc.
Overall, I feel the skunkworks video and the Promo material are the best parts of this collection, and make it worth the 10 dollars I paid for this. I would suggest to all to try an pay under 20 dollars for this collection, because the bulk of these DVD's is filler on disc two, and I would feel ripped off by it.
If you have been a long time maiden/dickinson fan, get this anyway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2006
Bruce Dickinson is one of the greatest performers of our time. Not only is he fronting one of the greatest metal bands (Iron Maiden, in case anybody didn't know), but he is also an accomplished solo artist, as well as a master fencer and airline pilot. Bruce can do it all and he is'nt slowing down! Anthology is a must have for Bruce completists. As far as I can tell, everything is here. 3 concerts, videos and interviews all on 3 DVDs. Most of this stuff I've not seen before or it has been a long time since I have seen it. Such as the shows. Most of the videos I have not seen. MTV does not play the good stuff and niether does anyone else, so if you have'nt seen the videos, this set is for you. Bruce conveys an intelligence that a lot of metal performers don't exhibit. He stands above the rest and is certainly an individual muscian that is'nt afraid to try new things. If you're into Maiden and Bruce's solo stuff, you will like this set. Also, Roy Z., Dickinson's producer and guitarist is phenominal. Adrian Smith is always a joy to watch and all of Bruce's different solo bands spout great musicians. Bruce is a god.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2006
I love everything Bruce put out on album.He has so much talent that every style he chooses to aproach, he nails it everytime.Having said that, i like this DVD realease, but i not love it.
The three concerts presented here are fine if you wanna hear raw, unadultered concert footage.But everyone of them has several problems.The Tatooed Millionaire one is a mess that is dissmissed even from Bruce perspective.The image is cool and clear, but there are numerous technical problems throughout, like a microphone that suddenly fails, Janick solos that plain suck, a good drum solo, but totally out of place and uncalled for, lackluster audience participation and a dude that clims up the stage and interrupts Bruce from singing Black Night.Skunworks Live is good in sound and performance, without technical flaws, but is WAY too much manipulated in the visual department, a jerky slow motion editing with constant changes between cameras ruin the whole experience and is best advised to watch it without looking at the screen.Scream For Me Brazil contains fierce performances and intensity, but suffers from bad image quality and poor sound, just like a bootleg.In fact, it is a hand held filmed concert.To give you an idea, is like a well filmed bootleg, but still a bootleg.
The best part of this package, is Disc number three.All of his promo videos, with informative and amusing intros from the man himself (that you can turn off and watch only the videos) is great.Great images, and great sound.Plus, you will not hear/see those videos in MTV anytime soon.
The interview segment is amusing, long and Bruce is thankfully in a very relaxed, talkative mood throughout.And the infamous videos from his first band, Samson are ridiculous and Spinal Tap-esque and all of that, but the songs aren't half bad, mind you.
So, this is worth buying for Disc three alone.As for the concerts, just don't expect much, especially if you are not a devote Bruce fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2006
I will not go into as much detail as the previous reviews. I will however let any potential buyers know that this DVD is well worth it. Over 6 houors of footage for such a low price is excellent. My favorite parts include Bruce's interviews before each video and his 45 min interview about working and writing with Roy Z. Great stuff. I have not nor have I ever been a fan of Janick Gers so the first concert filmed in L.A. in 1990 I kind of skipped. I am also not the worlds biggest Skunkworks fan but it is cool to watch the videos. The videos themselves are worth the price of the DVD. Very pleased with this DVD. BUY IT!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2007
The first DVD features Bruce playing a club gig in 1990 on the Tattooed Millionaire tour. It has a fun feel to it, and the songs are done properly. Bruce and Janick Gers seem to have a good deal of fun at this show, and that is good to see!

The second DVD is the real gem here, though. Bruce in San Paolo with Adrian Smith and Roy Z. on guitars, this is one awesome show. The song selection is close to perfect, playing mostly numbers from The Chemical Wedding and Accident of Birth. Songs like "Killing Floor" and "Book of Thel" are given a shot of adrenaline live. This is Bruce solo in his finest hour. And the best song from Accident of Birth, "Darkside of Aquarius" is another highlight from this show.

The thing that holds this collection back from a 5 star rating is that the audio could have been cleaned up from the live shows.

Disc Three contains all of Bruce's solo videos, some are absolutely awesome, i.e. "Tears of A Dragon" while others are a bit cheesy like "Tattooed Millionaire."

The interview with Bruce is very cool. He talks about how he met Roy Z. Also contains an in-depth look at the songwriting process and the songs from "Tyranny of Souls."

If you are a die-hard Bruce fan I recommend this collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2006
I was a bit surprised that I bought this, and even more surprised at how good it is. I only had 2 of Bruce's solo albums and never really listen to them as they didn't "grab" me when I first listened to them. I also have not been a fan of any Iron Maiden album since the 80s. Fear of the Dark was ok, but every one since Bruce left and even after he has rejoined have not been that good to me. Let me just say however, that I put these DVDs on in the background while I was playing an online RPG, and found my head constantly turned to the TV so that I finally had log out and give the concerts my full attention. I was very impressed. The first concert is the weakest of the bunch, but it is still good. Then it just keeps getting better. Definately worth it if you've ever liked Bruce as a singer. I also picked up his last solo cd Tyranny of Souls and it is infinitely better than anything Iron Maiden has put out since Somewhere in Time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2006
I feel lucky to finally have some of Bruce's material I've seen him with Maiden since he replaced Paul D'anno but I really like his solo stuff mostly with Adrian Smith and Roy Z I think that's the best line up, at least for me so on this package I got to see them performed,I think this is the only material from Bruce that's available for now so this is a must to have for your collection,I truly recommend this DVD package!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2007
With technology as progressed as it is in this age, why does a production company release sub standard recordings? The video quality is that of old VCR technology, even saying that is offering more credit than the video is entitled to. The sound is mono. This would be a good video to play on your cell phone screen but play it on a home theatre setup and you will be disappointed. The only redemeaming quality of this three DVD set is the 3rd DVD. Save your money and invest in high quality. After all, that is what a DVD is suppose to be. I enjoy Iron Maiden and very much enjoy Bruce's work but this video project is a let down. I would have loved this video 25 years ago but not in 2007
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