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Nina Simone - Live at Montreux 1976 (2006)

Nina Simone  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nina Simone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: 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: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BC8SVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Nina Simone was one of the great female vocalists of the 20th Century. She was equally at home singing jazz, blues, soul, gospel or pure pop. Hugely prolific throughout the fifties, sixties and seventies, she recorded only rarely in her later career, but remained a major live performer until well into the nineties when, becoming increasingly frail, she retired to France where she died in 2003 at the age of 70.

Nina Simone made four appearances at the Montreux Festival between 1968 and 1990. This DVD features the whole performance from 1976 as the main feature and is supplemented by bonus features of two tracks from her concert in 1987 and four from her final show in 1990.

This is the definitive Nina Simone Live At Montreux DVD.

Tracklisting:
1976
1. Little Girl Blue
2. Backlash Blues
3. Be My Husband
4. I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to be Free)
5. Stars / Feelings
6. African Mailman

Bonus Tracks
1987
7. Someone to Watch Over Me
8. My Baby Just Cares For Me
1990
9. I Loves You Porgy
10. Liberian Calypso
11. Four Women / Mississippi Goddam
12. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don't Leave Me)


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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelation Time April 21, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For many of us Weather Report fanatics this is the Holy Grail of WP live videos. If you're like me, you already own a bootleg of this show. I have two, the second being slightly better in quality to the first, with even a hand held audience camera (horrible quality) filling in Dr Honora ex Causa/Directions tune which was missing from the television broadcast from whence the bootleg was born.

But this is a whole other level of quality. The good folks at Eagle Vision should be commended for taking the original filmed concert and lovingly restoring it to its full length. Even more impressive than the crystal clear video and continuity is the superior sound. We are given no less than three formats to choose from, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS(!) and PCM stereo. The DTS sounds great on my system, putting this outstanding performance under an aural magnifying glass. One can hear so many details that the first viewing/listening was startling, even though I have viewed the bootleg countless times. The PCM stereo version is also superb-encoded as it is @48k and 16 bit, it surpasses CD specs and sounds it too, considering the 1976 concert quality source. I should note that the balance of the band is a little off at the beginning, but quickly adjusts to a satisfactory mix for most of the show. Overall , the bass is a bit weak and the percussion a little too forward for my tastes, but its close enough to not get in the way of really enjoying the music.

As for the performance, well, if you don't know why WP was considered such a big deal ,this document should convince you of their importance in modern jazz history. This was before they played the big concert venues and added all the lights and smoke.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Incredible Concert Film Ever September 20, 2006
Format:DVD
The main feature film from 1976 is overwhelming. The performance itself is incredible, but the filming is especially unique. The camera is focused for nearly the entire performance in a close-up on Nina's face, with great clarity and detail. The shots of her piano playing are also very well done. Nina's interaction with the audience is riveting. This is an absolute must.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever - buy please September 23, 2006
Format:DVD
I experienced the great Dr Simone in 1978 and 1979 in London and she was well - just Nina - totally eccentric and yet riveting.

The 1976 Montreux concert is a great experience - yes the diva is so great it defies description. She lives life (I got life) OK. I Wish I Knew and Feelings are so stellar in emotion that it is difficult to convey how great the interpretations are. Lets just say that they take your breath away.

The 1987 and 1990 bonus tracks are OK but they are too edited - Nina is best experienced in totality which the 1976 concert is. I thoroughly recommend that you buy this concert DVD and trust that Dr Simone's estate release many more of her concerts on DVD - once you see her live you can never forget how great she was.

A Diva supreme
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Upgrade to a Magnificent Show!! April 23, 2007
Format:DVD
Simply an amazing show!!! Many WR fans have had this one from their bootleg collection and it ranks up there with one of their favorites. The Montreux Jazz Fest and Mr. Claude have done a wonderful job in restoring these historical concerts. Why have I seen this show over hundreds of times and still left shaking my head in disbelief. I hear that they are going to release the Mahavishnu 1974 show as well as the 84 band. I say bring them on all of them (even Stanley Clarke 1980), because Sony (baloney) aint doin a thing. In this particular show Shorter is the star, his solo on Black Market is mesmerizing as well as on Pastorius's Barbary Coast. Shorter is one of the best improvisers of all time, and here he is given so much space to play. Jaco actually was playing in the band for 3 or 4 months and he is killer all the way through. I wish this remastered version would have shown more camera angles with him playing, because he is spectacular. Nobody sounded like him at that time and no one sounded like the wizard Joe Zawinul on synths. Joe Zawinul is Weather Report!!! One of my favorite moments is when Jaco gets into the River People rift on Gilbraltar and you can see Zawinul start to hold in his drool from his mouth because it sounds so good. Then they take it to another level when Wayne comes in and they freak the music into another dimension. It's also great to see Joe and Jaco stare each other down, because it's a beautiful competitive collaborative effort. With this concert I can see why Jaco choose Alex Acuna on drums instead of Chester Thomas because they fit so well. This 76 show is better than the 78 Germany on Forecast Tomorrow in so many ways. I agree with fellow fans to release more Weather Report shows live because it was an event like no other. Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feelings, nothing more than feelings March 5, 2007
By jae
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this dvd. The filming is great and Nina has some funny and touching moments as she performs. I also learned a little more about her as she would talk before some of her songs. This is truly a treasure. The song that touched me the most was "Stars/Feelings" The other songs are great too, but that stood out. It almost actually made me emotional. She took feelings a song that most people heard another version of and changed it into this beautiful and touching song, just by the way she sung it and the way she changed the words. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT!

BUY IT!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Service-Thanks!
Published 1 day ago by Rodger Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good video, the audio, and picture quality, is excellent.
Published 2 months ago by Raymond Brokenbrough
4.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Weather Report - Live!
There are some awesome moments on this DVD and it is very, very good!
Published 2 months ago by jzactor
5.0 out of 5 stars Live at Montreux 1976
I was able to see this artist when I waas in the Air Force @ Wright Patterson AFB in Daton Ohio, and I had the LP this item is for my MUSIC LIBARY
Published 6 months ago by Oliver G. Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Great - Must Have
I first saw Joe Zawinul in Ronnie Scotts a few years ago - not long before he died. I worshipped his music at that stage. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A J M HOGG
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Nina at the top of her game (and high as a kite). The rendition of "Feelings" is worth the price of the DVD.
Published 7 months ago by bts
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing sounds, irritating visuals
I have been a huge Weather Report fan since discovering them in the late `70's, but this DVD just didn't do it for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JJ in PH
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Essential for any Nina Simone fan. Highly recommended. Twelve more words required, so here I sit typing superfluous verbiage. End.
Published 12 months ago by Kunga Jigme
5.0 out of 5 stars i forgot how much i used to enjoy her singing.
I had never "seen" Nina Simone, did not know what to expect, and was a bit disappointed. The songs were indeed fabulous, her voice was mesmerizing, her singing and the songs she... Read more
Published 12 months ago by bp911
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time great concerts
Stuff was a group of extremely talented New York studio musicians. They came together to form this spectacular band. Unfortunately, they did not remain together very long. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Scott Rutan
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