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Product Details

  • Actors: Arrow, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Jools Holland
  • Directors: Julia Knowles
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CTSXG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Music for Montserrat" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Tracks: Take Me Home (Phil Collins), Hot Hot Hot (Arrow), Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins), Volcano (Jimmy Buffett), Brothers in Arms, Money for Nothing (Mark Knopfler), Message in a Bottle, Magic (Sting), Your Song, Live Like Horses, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Elton John), Broken Hearted, Layla, Same Old Blues (Eric Clapton), Yesterday, Golden Slumbers, Hey Jude, Kansas City (Paul McCartney)

Editorial Reviews

ERIC CLAPTON, PAUL McCARTNEY, PHIL COLLINS, MARK KNOPFLER, and STING all on one Royal stage for one night!!

On September 15, 1997 at Royal Albert Hall, Sir George Martin assembled an all-star cast to perform a benefit for the island of Montserrat, an island in the Caribbean that ws devastated by a volcanic explosion. The artists that appeared at this show had all recorded some of their biggest hits at Martin's recording studio on the island. Included in this group are PAUL McCARTNEY, STING, ELTON JOHN, JIMMY BUFFET, AND ONE OF THE FINAL APPEARANCES FROM CARL PERKINS.

Track Listing:
Phil Collins - Take Me Home
Arrow & His Band - Hot, Hot, Hot
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede shoes
Jimmy buffet - Volcano
Mark Knopfler - Brother In Arms
Mark Knopfler - Money For Nothing (w/Sting, Eric Clapton)
Sting - Message In a Bottle
Sting - Magic
Elton John - Your Song
Elton John - Live Like Horses
Elton John - Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me
Eric Clapton - Layla (w/Mark Knopfler)
Eric Clapton - Same Old blues (w/Mark Knopfler, Phil Collins, Jools Holland, Ray Cooper)
Paul McCartney - Yesterday
Paul McCartney - Golden Slumbers (w/Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton)
Paul McCartney - Hey Jude (w/all the artists who appeared at the concert)
Paul McCartney - Kansas City (w/all the artists who appeared at the concert)

Customer Reviews

Sting, Collins, Clapton, Knopfler, Elton and McCartney are great together.
Dallas Buyer
Outstanding digital sound and video quality combined with a great performance make this one of the more enjoyable DVD concerts I've seen.
mark chance
If you like these artists and their music this DVD will not disappoint you.
Jeffrey Tveraas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By CRCat on January 14, 2000
Format: DVD
I've owned the laserdisc version of this concert since it was first released. While the sound quality is occasionally disappointing (especially Sting), it's generally quite good. And most of the performances are excellent, particularly Knopfler, Elton, Clapton and McCartney.
I'd buy it again, if only for the McCartney/Elton exchange on "Hey Jude." I've watched this concert many times, and it still sends chills everytime Elton's voice appears in the second verse of this song.
As for the complaints about the "tambourine bloke" -- that's Ray Cooper, the legendary (with good reason) percussionist who has backed most of these performers in studio sessions, and who is a mainstay of almost every all star concert. If you want a video concert that will absolutely knock you over, try to find "An Evening with Elton John and Ray Cooper" -- it used to appear occasionally on the Disney Channel (oh, well, so did Annie Lennox's Central Park concert), and if I ever found it on a commercially released video, I'd pay almost anything for it. Listen to Cooper's incredible performance on this concert (or better yet, see one of the live Elton John/Ray Cooper, sans band, shows) and you'll never again complain about Cooper being a "distraction." Ray rocks!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2001
Format: DVD
The concert performances are par excellent... but when I bought this video, I truly thought it was defective. Phil Collins faded in and out on "take me home" and the sound was extremely uneven on many other tracks. I immediately logged in to check this and other reviewer websites and found that many complained about audio quality, but there were a FEW who DID NOT. After closer inspection, I found that there were two versions of this DVD-- one with Dolby 5.1 only (released 02/02/99) and one with Dolby and DTS (released 10/26/00). Well, I searched around until I found the DTS copy and low and behold-- audio is MUCH better on DTS format-- like night and day for me and my sound system is definitely NO great shakes.... I highly recommend this DVD, even though ths sound still won't quite rate a 5 star, but the performances and collection of musicians definitely come close. BUT buy the DTS version!!!!!!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
Format: DVD
I love my DVD music performances. I have a large collection. This is one of the very best. In some ways, for me, a child of the 60's it is the best. When Paul McCartney sings "Yesterday" I got a tear in my eye. It means even more than ever from a 50+ year old. The video and music recording are excellent in every way. Seeing Clapton, McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Carl Perkins, Sting, Elton John, Phil Collins and Jimmy Buffet on stage together for the final songs was UNBELIEVEABLE!!!! They looked like they were having as much fun playing as I was watching. It is a mistake to not have this in your collection.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tony Chandler on January 1, 2000
Format: DVD
I was afraid to buy this after some of the reviews here, but I went ahead anyway. With such a LEGENDARY lineup, I couldn't resist. And I was VERY pleasantly surprised. Elton John's solo set was great, and so was the sound. Clapton's set also was FIVE stars, both performers received well deserved standing ovations. Yes, Phil Collin's song and on Sting's two the sound was uneven, but not enough to ruin their performances! Paul's voice, yes like Elton and Clapton, has matured, but was very good. I thought his voice was actually strong, nowhere did I hear him struggle. AND! to see Phil Collins on drums, Eric Clapton on guitar, and then Paul sing a verse of HEY JUDE, then Elton John sing a verse, and then Sting. AND all of them NaNaNANA. WOW WOW WOW. I think some of the reviewers must be perfectionists who reviewed this earlier. IT WAS FANTASTIC. I sat down today for my first go to just listen a tiny bit, and couldn't drag myself away! I played the entire concert. It is that good. Maybe the recording is not top notch, but the performances ARE. Yes, the tamborine bloke was a distraction, but only on a handful of songs, I'll grant that. But the sound is 4 stars. I gave this 5 to offset the perfectionists! It is at least 4.5 stars, overall. Honestly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2003
Format: DVD
Was fortunate enough to have great seats at RAH for this amazing concert in 1997. The DVD captures the magic of that evening and I've played it many times for friends who were getting tired of me telling them about this once in a lifetime concert.
In addition to the great performances, the DVD captures much of the fun and comradery between these legends -- it was like watching a bunch of old friends playing for kicks.
While most of the magic was captured, there were some great songs and British wit that didn't make the final edit -- Midge Ure doing an acoustic "Vienna" and Mark Knopfler opening with "The Theme to Local Hero" are two they should have found room for.
One of the more amazing moments was hearing McCartney say that he hadn't performed at RAH in "34 years to the day." Beatles fans will recall the clip of that performance when Lennon asked "the people in the cheap seats to clap their hands...and the rich folks to rattle their jewels" (a sly reference to those in the Royal box).
Highly recommend it.
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