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Concert Experience


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A 2 DVD set and 24 page hardcover book featuring Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Mike Gordon (Phish), Steve Kimock, Sikiru and Jen Durkin... the ultimate jam band! With original material from Robert Hunter and the band, this experience is unlike any other concert. Sit back, relax and take a 72 minute magic ride through time and space.

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The Rhythm Devils are a band led by founding Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. The Rhythm Devils had their origins as an informal but frequent fixture in the Grateful Dead concert ritual. Starting in the mid-to-late 1970s, and continuing until the Grateful Dead's last concert in 1995, most Grateful Dead concerts featured an extended segment during the 2nd set of improvisational drumming and percussion by Hart and Kreutzmann who took over the stage as a duo (with occasional guests). This segment was variously known to fans as "Rhythm Devils", "Drums", or conversationally as "the drums", and was usually followed in post-1979 concerts by another extended improvisation by the rest of the band, usually without the drummers, which known as "Space". The "Rhythm Devils" segment of a Grateful Dead concert almost always segued out of a full-band song, and the "Space" segment almost invariably would segue into the beginnings of another full-band song as the drummers resumed their thrones with the rest of the band. The Grateful Dead album Dead Set has a characteristic example of a 1980 "Rhythm Devils" segment which is titled as such, and which is followed by a "Space" segment.

Formally, the Rhythm Devils duo were recruited by director Francis Ford Coppola to record the soundtrack to the film Apocalypse Now. During 1979 and 1980, Hart and Kreutzmann, along with other percussionists, recorded sessions at the Grateful Dead's Marin County studios and Hart's barn in Novato. The process included improvising jungle sounds as they watched the film at the same time. An LP record was issued from the sessions, and the sounds were edited into the movie. In October 1990, Rykodisc re-released the original 1983 LP, The Apocalypse Now Sessions.

The current lineup of the Rhythm Devils is comprised of drummers Kreutzmann, Hart, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, and guitarist Steve Kimock, with percussionist Sikiru Adepoju and vocalist Jen Durkin (formerly of Deep Banana Blackout.) The band formed in the summer of 2006 and toured throughout the US shortly thereafter. Former Dead lyricist Robert Hunter provides lyrics for a number of original songs.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rhythm Devils
  • Directors: Jeff Glixman & Jim Gentile
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RED Distribution DVD
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CIOCGM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on August 2, 2009
The Rhythm Devils: Bill Kreutzman and Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead had a shortlived highly potent band going in '06. With psychedelic guitar maestro Steve Kimock (Zero and countless other projects, quite a legend, at least in jamband circles), Mike Gordon of Phish handling the bass, and actually I've never heard him sound better than in these surrondings. African drummaster Sikiru Adepoju and last but not least the formidable Jen Durkin (Deep banana Blackout) handling the vocals with power and Janis Joplin like sensuality.

A mixture of rockclassics like "Piece Of My Heart", Dead-songs like "Fire On The Mountain" and "Loose Lucy" and a slew of newly composed Mickey Hart songs set to lyrics - poignant as always - by Robert Hunter.

A world music feast for the ears and eyes, reminiscent of Santana or Zawinul Syndicate.

This show filmed in Chicago (10-24) is certainly essential - not only for dead heads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ross P. on March 11, 2013
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This DVD is so awesome that I just keep watching it over and over. I love it so much I ordered a 2nd one and gave it to a friend. Every song is enjoyable and the music really moves you. If the song "YOUR HOUSE" doesn't make you want to get up and dance then you're already DEAD! Pun intended! I recommend this DVD to anyone that enjoys music. It truly is an enjoyable experience with some nice animation and great music from top notch musicians. Mickey Hart (percussion) & Bill Kreutzmann (drums) from the Grateful Dead, Mike Gordon (bass) from Phish, Steve Kimock (one of my favorite jam guitarists) Sikiru Adepoju (talking drum) and Jen Durkin (vocals) from Deep Banana Blackout. Check it out for yourself.
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By Iceman Fred on April 12, 2015
This is a very strange a concert dvd. Barely a minute goes by without any sort of trippy animation or cartoon dancing across the screen. And yes I literally mean cartoon. I have no idea what drugs the director of this Rhythm Devils dvd are on, but I guess they want to make it mandatory for the viewer to partake in his trip!!!

The music here is interesting, and it's nice to see Mike Gordon playing during the Phish hiatus. These concerts were taped in 2006. I wish I could rate this higher, but the stupid animations just kill this movie. It's 1,000 times worse than the Grateful Dead View from the Vault animation sequences.

If you buy this just know that it is basically trippy music videos and not a concert video. The packaging is the best part. Hard book style with about 10 pages of photos and the complete song lyrics.
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New music by Billy and Mickey- the drumming duo known as the Rhythmn Devils. I wish they would have included one of their shows in its entirity (including their killer Grateful Dead covers & other cover songs) Their new music is groovy but I'm rating it '4' cos I can't rank it higher than my beloved Dead DVDs (Downhill From Here, Truckin In Buffalo, Grateful Dead Movie)
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Whoever made this DVD must've been doing it for their 8th grade computer art class. Very juvenile production with horrible, I mean HORRIBLE visual effects. Great, you inverted the colors and put some stupid graphic over the band members so we can't see them play.

Nice packaging though.
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