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Gillian Welch - The Revelator Collection
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- Live songs: April the 14th, Wichita (previously unreleased), Red Clay Halo, Billy (previously unreleased), Pocahontas (previously unreleased), Revelator, I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home (previously unreleased), White Freightliner Blues (previously unreleased)
- Videos: Elvis Presley Blues, My First Lover, Revelator
- Bonus track: I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll
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Not that there's anything wrong with these performances (from Cat's Cradle in NC and The Bijou Theater in Knoxville, TN), but I think the clips don't quite capture the excitement of being in a packed theatre with them and a crowd of a couple thousand hanging on their every note and word for 2 hours. The footage here is shot mostly with a steady, single camera, maybe 20-30 feet from stage in the middle of the floor. You don't see anybody in the audience, and only occasionally hear them.
As somebody has pointed out, the cuts between clips take out much of the applause, audience interaction and banter between songs. One notable exception being the point where someone asks, "What's in the box?" That leads to a discovery of a harmonica, which leads to some fooling around and what seems like a spontaneous decision by Gillian to play "Pocahontas."
I love the moment after David's messed around with the harp and then put it away, thinking that "playtime's over" (he's admitted he doesn't really know how to play it), and then she tells him to get it back out. The way she says it, and the way he responds, is amusing and sweet, and feels like a genuine glimpse into their relationship. I love concert moments like that. It's too bad the director didn't just let the tape roll for two hours to let us see more of those moments.
This is coming out like a bad review, isn't it? I don't mean to make it sound like the DVD isn't worthwhile.Read more ›
This could have been a really awesome DVD but unfortunately there are enough bothersome things about it to make it only rank 3 stars in my opinion.
The DVD features all 3 videos from Welch's album "Time (The Revelator)" and live performances of five previously-unreleased songs: Welch's "Wichita" and covers of songs by Bob Dylan ("Billy"), Neil Young ("Pocahontas"), Bill Monroe ("I'm On My Way Back to the Old Home"-- sung by David Rawlings), and Townes van Zandt ("White Freightliner Blues").
Overall, highly recommended, even though it may just end up being one of those DVDs you play in the background (rather than something you watch from start to finish without budging), it captures the Welch/Rawlings concert experience beautifully.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After seeing Gillian in the making of the sound track for Oh Brother Where Art Though in the DVD Down From The Mountain I decide I wanted to hear more of her music. Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Ruth
This video is bla. I think they are great performers but nothing exciting here. I skipped many of the songs and only ended up watch 2 that i knew well. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Dan Glass
The special style, songwriting and wondrous guitar work by Gillian and her partner, Dave Rawlings, have been a most special attraction to myself and many over the past decades, but... Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by lostchord
Even though I live in Northern KY, I have never been a Bluegrass or Country music fan. I do own some Kim Richey, Country rock I guess. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by G. Peterson
Gillian's sincerity and virtuosity are particularly appropriate to black and white filming..some kind of grainy earnestness is expressed. Read morePublished on November 12, 2008 by R. J MOSS
I first became aware of Gillian and David on the DVD'DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN'. The REVELATOR COLLECTION is a must have if you like these two great musicians. Read morePublished on November 17, 2007 by R. Hauck
This is a fantastic DVD, the songs are all wonderful, and although I've heard most of these songs on CD, it is quite a different experience to watch this wonderful duo perform... Read morePublished on September 9, 2007 by Athina
trying to increase my GW collection and this one's pretty good. They have such a mournful sound, but its kind of soothing at the same time. Love the close harmonies.Published on May 8, 2007 by Amazon Customer