Return to Sin City - A Tribute to Gram Parsons
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Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed! I'll take the good first, though. It is certainly a good looking concert without all the usual annonying audience cutaways that plague concert films. Credit must go to director Mark Lucas and editor Ernie Fritz. (This creates a slight problem though, in that the audience almost seems dead in places with very little crowd reaction in the sound mix - not that I wanted to see the crowd, but hearing a little excitement would have been nice).
The solid performances were Farrar, Earle and Raul Malo. Norah Jones was great on "She" but the "Love Hurts" duo with Keith Richards was cringe inducing at times, although she was fine. Dwight Yoakam was rock solid on "Wheels" which he had covered on one of his albums, but I think "Sin City" was just a mess. The biggest pleasant suprise was Lucinda Williams who performed two solid songs (Sleepless Nights and a Song For You). I'm a middling fan of hers, but she was great.
There wasn't anything horrible in the way of peformances, just some questionable choices, mixing songs with performers which were not exactly well served. John Doe was particuarly out of place, and while I can understand the historical significance of Keith Richards, he's never been known for his great stage work. Susan Marshall was adequate, I suppose, but not my cup of tea.Read more ›
Why no Emmy Lou, Chris Hillman??
We may never know the story behind why Parsons' duet partner Emmy Lou Harris and songwriting partner Chris Hillman were not involved in this tribute. Usually when nothing is mentioned about such notables missing, something went askew during negotiations.
Audio Commentary: Not helpful or insightful, excessive chat.
Mixture of folks:
This is a great concert! Just plain and simple...a great concert! I was introduced to a few people I hadn't known, particularly, John Doe. Alas, John Doe is alive and known! I enjoyed his contributions as well as other unknowns to me, Jay Farrar and Jim James. Known mostly for his songwriting, Jim Lauderdale was excellent doing "Big Mouth Blues." And a superb rendition of Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Susan Marshall.
There are other powerful performances, that include Dwight Yoakam doing "Wheels" and "Sin City." Other wonderful contributions were by Steve Earle "Luxury Liner" and "My Uncle" and Mavericks' Raul Malo "Devil in Disguise".
I am not a fan of Lucinda Williams, but the "Sleepless Nights" and "A Song For You" were excellent, as well as the sweet voice of Norah Jones doing "She." .
Keith Richards/Norah Jones on "Love Hurts"...Ouch it hurts!!
What can anyone say about Keith Richards, other than a lot! A friend of Parsons, he chose to duet with Norah Jones on "Love Hurts", painful rendition.Read more ›
The original concert may have been a worthy tribute to Gram Parsons, but this dvd presentation will likely disappoint.
Notwithstanding that, this is a great DVD. Steve Earle absolutely rips the place up during his two songs, and a great unexpected treat is the John Doe-Kathleen Edwards duet of Sweeping out the Ashes.
And everybody should lighten up about Keith Richards. He did fine on Hickory Wind and the duet with Norah Jones was a lot of fun. She looks kind of afraid at times.. "Oh God he's not gonna touch me is he..." It was hilarious, and the music was not bad at all. And I loved the Wild Horses/Las Vegas finale.
Some complain that the varying stylings here make for an inconsistent show. I disagree. Gram Parsons' disrespect for those phony musical boundaries are what made him great and so memorable and influential all these years later. These performances reflect that nicely.
Chris and Emmylou, you were indeed missed. But I loved it anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
. . . but for the most part this was a collection of talentless hacks and unemployable musicians cashing in on Gram's name. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Old Enough to Know Better
It's easy to forget songwriters, even when you remember the songs. This is a lasting tribute to an influential and talented songwriter and performer. Read morePublished 22 months ago by stewart wauchop
This is essential listening if you want to know anything about where todays GOOD music comes from. Can't have a music library without this.Published 23 months ago by Rich Turner
Tributes like this help us cope with the sadness of losing such a talented singer/songwriter/guitar player at such a young age. What a shame...but this is a terrific tribute dvd. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Claudia Kleppert
This is just a great concert video. Ok, the quality is uneven, and the sound is muddled at times but the highs shouldn't be missed. Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Ralph Cipriano
i am 64 and still enjoy my walk down memory lane.
I discovered Gram and most of my friends thought I had gone country western. Read more
I was at this show. I was disappointed that not all the numbers were included, but there are some really great moments. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by S. Pocock
How someone can proclaim something as a tribute without having the most important musical partners involved is beyond my understanding. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by O. Wrobel
gram parsons and keith richards. gram introduced keith to an entirely new approach of writing music which started with "exile on main street" and progressed from there on. Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by Mat Bernhardt