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Reggae on the River (2004)

Toots & the Maytals , Third World  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Toots & the Maytals, Third World, Ben Harper
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I83X6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This 2 DVD set includes one on the story of Reggae on the River, "which is a musical journey that began more than 20 years ago as a fundraising concert to rebuild the Mateel Community Center after it was burned by an arsonist in 1984. The unfolding story is a celebration of love, unity and community. It shows how powerful grassroots economic development can be when forward thinking people come together to form a collective consciousness. Each year, thousands of people from all corners of the globe make the pilgrimage to the Eel River to connect spiritually with old friends and make new ones. It is a 'tribal' gathering, a place where human interests and the natural spirit take precedence; a place where hip-hoppers, dreadlockers, and Woodstockers join in dance and share good vibrations while uniting through the universal language of music. 'Reggae on the River' is more than a cultural idea. It IS a destination." Disc 2 entitled "The Music" contains 18 songs from world-class performers who have sung at 'Reggae on the River' "since the festival began its conscious musical legacy. They are icons, keepers of traditional knowledge, poets, ambassadors, and national treasures. Their music has - and continues to- influence an eclectic mix of some of the biggest names in mainstream music. 'The Music' is an unparalleled showcase featuring non-stop, over-the-top performances. The live energy is so electric it is tangible. The beat infectious, captivating. The message, one of love and unity and it is this message that unites both performer and listener. This is the unbroken thread that has continued to bring together artist and audience year after year.This bond is what sets 'Reggae on the River' apart from other festivals and makes it the preeminent music festival."

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Are you kidding me? This dvd is one of my favorite reggae concert dvds of all time, and I have a collection of nearly 100 now. The opening Third World "96 Degrees in the Shade" will amaze you; Michael Franti blows everyone away with "We Don't Stop", David Lindley is superb with "Quarter of a Man", and Anthony B gives one of his best performances ever recorded on film. If "Raid the Barn" or Toots and the Maytals don't get you skankin', then nothing on this planet will. I was at Reggae on the River 06, and this dvd was the reason we decided to make that trip from San Diego. A MUST HAVE! I would give this one 6 stars if humanly possible. A few of the songs are a little disappointing (I'm not a big fan of Baby Cham, and Marcia Griffiths butchers Bob Marley's classic "Redemption Song"), but the rest are absolutely phenomenal. If all reggae concert dvds had this level of production quality, then it would make our lives a lot eaiser. BUY THIS DVD!!! You'll thank me later.
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"Reggae on the River" offers a surprisingly thorough look at America's largest reggae festival. Entitled "the story," the first disc looks at the festival experience. Reggae on the River happens at one of the most beautiful sites imaginable. The event is not held at a concert venue but on an actual section of California's Eel River. Campers must actually navigate river rocks to pitch their tents. The charitable motivation of the event is explained. Entitled "the music," the second DVD features live nuggets. The first few songs are epic. Available on an accompanying CD, Third World's '96 Degrees In The Shade,' Culture's 'International Herb' and Toots & The Maytals' '54-46 Was My Number' comprise the highlights. Reading the other reviews, it becomes clear that some fans don't yet know the difference between dancehall and hip-hop. If Bob Marley and roots reggae is the listener's definition of reggae, the live disc will be uneven given the attention to dancehall and pop reggae. In this respect, the disc covers a broad scope of popular Jamaican music, only excluding dub. While the audio and video for both discs is excellent, the second disc is beautifully mixed for surround sound. "Reggae on the River" portrays an epic event that makes the viewer want to pack up the VW and drive straight to Humboldt County!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AAAAAAAAWESOME September 7, 2007
By i-7
WOW!!! What can I say more about this DVD than it's probably the best reggae DVD on the market. Good Music and extraordinary quality in sound and picture. Anyone who owns reggae DVDs knows: Sometimes the quality really sucks or is just OK. But this one is at least fantastic in sound & picture quality. I've never been at this festival but visited some others. And I can really say: There are hardly other music DVDs that give you such a live feeling as "Reggae at the River" does. For those who love reggae music: THIS DVD IS A MUST!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories, wonderful music October 8, 2011
I was at this concert this year - the 20th anniversary. It was such a great experience, and it is so fun to relive it. The music is fabulous. What talented artists. A great purchaser for any true lover of reggae music. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ? b4 I purchace... December 8, 2010
im assuming that the dvd is a compilation of various years of reggae on the river...
does anyone know what year toots performance is?
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