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Natalie Merchant - VH1 Storytellers (1998)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • 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: Warner Strat. Mkt.
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XT8CG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

Natalie Merchant got her start at age 17 as the lead singer of the folk-pop outfit 10,000 Maniacs. Her silken voice and outspoken social awareness wooed music fans and cemented her status as one of the day's most astute and captivating artists. Though 10,000 Maniacs achieved a level of critical success as a major-label act in the mid-80's, Merchant decided to go it alone in 1994. Since then her popularity has bloomed in the wake of Tigerlily, Ophelia, Motherland, Live in Concert: Natalie Merchant and The House Carpenter's Daughter. Featured here are the hits in an intimate, one-of-a-kind setting.

These Are the Days
What's the Matter Here?
Kind and Generous
Break Your Heart
Verdi Cries
These Are the Days (Bonus Track)
Life is Sweet (Bonus Track)

Customer Reviews

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Merchant Storytellers is Cool, Good Set List April 25, 2005
This priced just right release is the perfect gift for the 10,000 Maniacs or Natalie Merchant fan. I have this DVD and think it's great. Natalie opens the set with a short version of These Are Days (the full length performance is also included on the set). Her Storytellers segment is more musical than stories as she alternates between performances with high lighting to other performances with low lighting to set the mood. Remember, Storytellers is a one hour show, so don't expect outfit changes and real extended versions of the song. The bonus tracks on the DVD are the full performance of "These Are Days," and "Life is Sweet." Another bonus is that you can choose your audio setting and choose the music only setting. It's a great intimate setting and the set list is okay. Personally, I would have loved to see Natalie sing "Like The Weather," or "Trouble Me," since a few songs from her 10,000 Maniacs days made the set list, but oh well. It's great though and one thing I thought was cool is on the back of the booklet included inside of the set is a Natalie Merchant discography as well as a VH-1 Storytellers Timeline.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocence lost, strength, Short and Sweet! May 24, 2005
If you have had the privilege of witnessing a Natalie Merchant show live, you understand the energy that the woman conveys in her performances. It is difficult to capture Natalie perfect in any recording capacity. There are many bootleg video performances of Ms Merchant floating around with appalling quality that are being gobbled up by her loyal followers. Storytellers is filmed in an intimate setting with top notch quality. Her voice is at the best of it's game here and her warmth and caring are conveyed. She somehow breaks the third wall and transcends the screen when she starts to inform how/why "What's The Matter Here" was written. Next, the audience glimpses a lighter side as Natalie explains "Kind and Generous". N'Dea Davenport appears as a special guest and joins Natalie and her band to sing "Break Your Heart".

For the longer fans of Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs, the "whirling dervish" is not apparent, she has grown and takes us on this odyssey with her. Some might fault her for not playing a particular 10KM song, but lets face it, this was just a one hour show and it is NATALIE MERCHANT STORYTELLERS, aka VH1's version of UnPlugged. There is no fault that she excluded some of the better known 10KM songs, the three she DOES perform are the ones she often does so when she is live in concert. If you would like to see a more "energetic" Natalie flying around the stage, I recommend the dvd "Natalie Merchant Live in Concert". In that one she kicks off her shoes and just tears into the stage, classic Natalie style. In Storytellers, unlike her live in concert video, you get to SEE her perform "Life Is Sweet". This in itself is a treat.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to see this!! May 31, 2005
Natalie's albums are masterpieces. You can really get into her music by listening to them. BUT, to get the FULL experience, you MUST see her perform live!!

I have seen her in concert a dozen or so times, and she has made me laugh, cry, and wisked me away to a place of pure peace and contentment with the beauty of her voice, and the emotion she conveys. When she sings live, her stage presence is POWERFUL. She mesmorizes me. This DVD is another opportunity to see the BEST----Mrs. Natalie Merchant. Don't miss it. You get to hear her tell the story behind each song. Her performance of "Verdi Cries" is particularly beautiful.

No one can sing like her, and no one can move me the way she does.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie At Her Best February 25, 2008
By JWyn
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
These Are The Days
What's The Matter Here?
Kind And Generous
Break Your Heart
Verdi Cries
Life Is Sweet

Video and sound are clear and crisp. This is pure Natalie: sweet, soulful, melodious. There are two viewing options. In one she "Tells a Story" then sings, tells another story, sings. In option two you can bypass the stories. I can not improve on the other reviews. If you enjoy Natalie this is truly a must have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans of Ringo !!! July 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
In this video you will learn the secrets of Ringo's biggest songs told in Ringo's own humourous style. This video is a must for fans of Ringo, The Beatles and good rock music in general. It doesn't get much better than this this video.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Hamsa
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Natalie has to be the most divine voice of our times. It never ceases to amaze me how effortlessly she sings. She has subtly re-interpreted her classics and honestly for the first time, I understood why she wrote these songs. Natalie's fans will definitely enjoy the subtle variations. The cello and violin ensemble definitely stirs the soul. The sound recording is decent (I listen to only 2 channels), although the imaging (soundstage) was constant even though the picture moved. I guess there is only so much you can do when the stage is small and intimate. All in all - highly recommended whether you are new to Natalie Merchant or an ardent fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Merchant: The 20th Century Van Gogh August 2, 2009
The only difference I see between Natalie and Van Gogh is that one paints and the other writes and sings. Both are able to see the world for what it is and express it in their own special way. Sensitive, caring and lovely Natalie has the ability to express the beauty she sees in the world like Van Gogh paints a sunflower. In this DVD she tells us the genesis of each of the songs she performs. I love her style and I love her way, she's someone VERY special. I can't recommend this DVD enough. Natalie, may you continue to "paint" your beauty for many years to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
truly one of the greatest singers of our time. Here, she's intimate. She explains the meanings behind these songs and her writing them.
Published 5 months ago by Francis Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
Great album.. Some of the 'stories' between songs are pretty boring, but others are pretty insightful.

Acoustic/Live versions of songs are pretty nice.
Published 7 months ago by Scott DV
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Performer
I've never seen her perform live, so I liked seeing this. Wasn't able to rent it any place. Love her music.
Published 18 months ago by Rita Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought, but still good nonetheless...
After owning one of her 10,000 Maniacs albums and one of her solo albums, I expected a better performance from this DVD. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Audio Reviewer X
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thoughtful and entertaining
She gives a very nice story and background to each song and she doesn't ramble on more than needed. the songs were a great selection and also well played live. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Duc Pham
4.0 out of 5 stars Natalie is poetic, sensitive, unique and hot.
Natalie Merchant is one of those artists that stirs up emotion and captures the quadaries of life with ease while her voice rips through your mind. Read more
Published on September 23, 2012 by ajsteele
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance
This is a great performance by a very talented artist. Definitely worth a watch if you've ever enjoyed her music or 10,000 Maniacs music.
Published on May 21, 2011 by C. Verrilli
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but Short
I really like the performance, Natalie sounds great, the stories behind the songs are very nice, the band sounds great. Read more
Published on March 3, 2011 by snow47
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This video is a perfect rendition of how Natalie fans perceive their favorite Natalie concert to be. It's intimate, relaxing, and a look into Natalie's soul. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by natalie fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is Sweet
Any fan of Natalie Merchant need to own this dvd. The dvd showcases her silken voice and her tenderness that goes into writing a song. I only wish that the video was longer.
Published on October 24, 2010 by Jeff Sartain
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