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G3 - Live in Concert
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2003
Format: DVD
I love to listen to any album with good guitar playing,except for classical.It's not that it isn't good,I just don't like it.I checked out the CD and decided that it would be more fun to watch on DVD.Here is my review of each guitarist on here:
Joe Satriani starts off the show.He is the guitarist I was most familiar with before buying the CD and DVD.He plays the songs "Cool No.9","Flying in a Blue Dream,"and "Summer Song".The third one is my favorite.He is my all time favorite guitarist(Vai is second).
Eric Johnson is next.He is the guitarist I was least familiar with.He is the most melodic guitarist here.On here,he plays the songs "Intro Song,Manhattan,and "SRV".On the CD,he plays "Zap","Manhattan",and "Camel's Night Out".Manhattan is my favorite on both.I like it because it sounds jazzy.
Steve Vai closes this show.He is probably my second favorite guitarist on here.He is definitely the most of a showman.Plus he has "The Incredible" Mike Keneally on guitar and keyboards.He plays the songs "Answers","For The Love of God",and "Attitude Song".In "Attitude Song",him and Mike Keneally duel with each other,and Keneally is just as fast.
Last becomes the best moment of all.All 3 "G's" jam together!They play the Freddie King/Jeff Beck classic "Going Down",the Frank Zappa classic "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama",and a nine minute blues workout on the Jimi Hendrix classic "Red House".The second is my favorite.Joe sings the first song,Steve and Keneally sing the second,and Eric sings the last.None of them can really sing.I can't wait to go to G3 '03 with Yngwie Malmsteen instead of Eric Johnson.
P.S.I went there.It was awesome,but this concert was better.I missed Eric Johnson.Yngwie's licks sounded mostly the same,and the three man jams were EXTREMELY loud.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2002
Format: DVD
I got this DVD from the lead guitarist in my band for my birthday. It is simply amazing. It is definitely all about the music, just like G3 was supposed to be. The menus are simple, the DVD loads up to the title screen extremely fast, and then you jump straight into the music. Some people complain about the lack of mixing on this DVD. That's BS... they don't mix it because it isn't needed. You can easily distinguish between the artists different sounds, and still get the live sound that you should. I would highly recommend this DVD to any guitarist, as well as any Satriani, Vai, or Johnson fan. And hearing all three of them jam together at gives this DVD an even more amazing value.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2002
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I'll mention this straightaway: if you're a Satriani fan, you might be disappointed. I am, and I was. Still, this disc should provide enough minutes of cool licks and good rock effects to satisfy most fans of rock/blues guitar virtuosity.
Satriani. My favorite of the three in real life, but not in this show. Don't get me wrong: his stage presence and artistry were still awesome, and the songs did showcase Joe's adeptness in creating some great sound layering effects. But, I saw two big problems. First, there were only three songs (alas, everyone's allotment) that seemed to be spliced together out of a longer set (again, same with the others) that I would have enjoyed listening to. Second, I don't think a "power trio" set-up (no rhythm guitar) does justice to the band's repertoire of songs. As a glaring example, "Summer Song" sounds terribly thin with the guitar "way up here" and the bass "way down there." No middle. Thus, one of the best rock 'n' roll cruising songs is rendered nearly powerless in going from CD to G3. Oh well. Get Joe's "Live in San Francisco" two-disc DVD; it's awesome.
Johnson. The guitarist I was the least familiar with, but most impressed by. Although his fingering appears to be the more labored of the three, I thought the music was the most interesting, with a diverse fusion of rock/jazz/blues. Nothing much in terms of stage presence, yet all three songs were performed well and had me leaning toward the TV to watch the playing. Eric had four members in his band, adding a keyboardist to provide some rhythm and melodic complements. Unfortunately, this three-song clip didn't last much longer than fifteen minutes.
Vai. By far the biggest showman of the three, Steve performed the heaviest rock tunes. "The Attutute Song" especially jammed, but this and the two others had an overabundance of squealing guitar effects and feedback. His bandmate, Mike Keneally, added some much welcomed rhythm guitar, keyboards, and matched Steve lick for lick in some dual lead guitar work (impressive!). This set was the most musically well rounded of the three. Steve shows that he loves the rock 'n' roll stage, and his involved and animated persona is fun to watch.
G3. Three great tunes, although I agree with previous reviewers that there was something lacking in the sound. I listened to this on 3.1 (no speakers in the back) and found that Satriani and Johnson could be heard well enough, center and left, respectively, although the extreme separation was a little weird. Vai's guitar was relegated to the right channel, and seemed distant; you had to strain to hear his licks. Bit of a disappointment.
Overall this is a good, not great, rock guitar DVD which fell short in terms of length and sound quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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For those of you guitar music lovers, (mostly men, I guess), this is a great intro to three of the biggest names in guitar-centric music. More importantly, this is a great opportunity to get a load of Steve Vai's performance antics. He's a hoot! I still can't get over Satriani trading in his hair for a pair of sunglasses. He looks like Billy Corgan. The biggest treasure of this performance is Eric Johnson. I never heard him play before. He writes the most accessible music of the three and I am a new fan. All in all, a great success. Just, please wear a closed shirt next time, Steve. You should be heard more, and seen less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2000
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I have been a Joe Satriani fan for a long time, and finally got this Dvd. Let me start by saying this is a great concert, the songs performed by satriani are amongst his best songs (even though i would've liked to listen to "the crush of love"), Johonson and Vai are equally superb; one inspiring moment is watching Steve Vai perform "for the love of God", you can erally tell that song means something special to him. The audio quality is jsut perfect, and the video quality is pretty good, BUT you can sometimes catch some color-banding artifacts in the abckgounds, but its nothing too serious. I highly recommend you buy this DVD if you are a hardcore fan of Joe Satriani.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2001
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This is absolutely the most incredible combination of guitarists. The only thing that would have made it better is to add Eddie Van Halen and call it G4. The emotions expressed by each musician is so strong, if you can't feel it, you're dead. Eric Johnson's attention to detail is superb. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai can make a guitar do things that are bordering on impossible. If you are a music DVD collector, you must have this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2008
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Though Joe Satriani starts of well the first thing that all this guitaring and shredding makes you do is turn the volume down. By the time Steve Vai goes on stage you've already had enough. I also somehow liked the sound of the Stratocaster more than the Ibanezes. It had a melodic touch to it. Inspite of this the virtuosity of the guitarists can never be undervalued. Great for students of the guitar but for the avid guitar listener it can become very tiresome. Eric Johnson's group where the drummer had a better role to play was also refreshing to watch and listen instead of having to focus all the time on the guitarists as in the performances of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Three stars for Eric's performance and the versatility of Satriani and Vai.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2003
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These guys are the modern wizards of the six string! Their performances will blow your mind. Vituoso performances from each. Satch and Vai's styles are a bit more rockin, I think everyone will agree that Eric Johnson's bluesy/jazzy style, which is more clean and less flashy, is equally amazing. Vai is just incredible!
If you like guitar, you'll get a good sampling of each of these guys' performances, and then they all jam together at the end. I thought the sound was good and the video was good. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2001
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This is the first time I ever saw these three guys playing guitar. Satriani, Johnson and Vai. Each of them play 3 songs, and at the end they all unite and play together 3 more songs. This DVD is killer. The quality of the sound is just so good that you think you're listening to the CD. I sometimes turn on my surround sound and play this DVD and makes me think WOW! This is a must for any serious fan, or for anyone who loves guitar music. If I could give it a 10 stars, I'd give 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2006
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After reading some of the other reviews I really don't have much more to add. However in my opinion it's as good as the other's have said and then some. I own three of these 3G concert versions, and this is my favorite because of the jam at the end with all three. It's too bad they didn't make that a tridition with all three, but the other two are damn good and well worth purchasing on their own merit....A good collection to own if you're in to exteremly hot guitar licks....
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