Cowboy Junkies - Open Road (Includes Audio CD)
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The sound and video quality are very good, the production is more than acceptably excellent and the songs, as always, are simply brilliant. Being a CB'holic myself I just love being able to see Margo singing those great CB songs, and the CBs, of course, are a joy to see in action, even if it is just on a big screen. If you are a CBs fan I could not recommend this DVD more highly.
The accompanying CD is grand too, and contains some of the new CB classics, as well as a couple of tracks I hadn't heard until I got this DVD/CD set. Those new tracks (for me) are Witches and Escape is so simple. Another truly wonderful CD.
The first segment of the DVD is the picture slideshow. It is instantly forgettable. If you simply put it in for background music, it's fine (after all, the songs are all live from the tour), but there is really no reason to pay attention to the video. It's like watching someone's vacation pictures set to music. It's not bad, really, but it's not something that needs to be watched again.
The second segment of the DVD is the performace of the full band in Quebec City. One of the best parts of this segment is the inclusion of the complete River Trilogy: the lilting "River Waltz", the sad "Bea's Song" (this is one of my favourite songs, and this version is perfect), and the haunting "Dragging Hooks".
The third segment of the DVD is an acoustic performance, featuring just Michael Timmins and Margo Timmins. This gives us a view into another side of the Cowboy Junkies, and one that is just as essential as with the full band. Here, the music is stripped back to the bare bones: Michael on an acoustic guitar, and Margo singing the always-insightful lyrics. They included "Thousand-Year Prayer" on this segment as well as the previous plugged-in segment, which gives us two different perspectives on that song.
The interview segment with Margo and Michael is interesting enough, although I'm not sure that it is the sort of thing that would stand up to repeating watchings.Read more ›
A perfect DVD/CD set of pure Cowboy Junkies sensitivity.
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Open Road shows Cowboy Junkies at their best whether on CD or DVD. Not their absolute best concerts appearences (Long Journey Home, again a combo CD and DVD of them in concert, is... Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by Janet Chandler
The Cowboy Junkies are an extremely unique band and they're definitely worth commemorating through a DVD like this one. Read morePublished on March 15, 2005 by Bernard Chapin