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Transatlantic Sessions 5 (2012)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Dubbed: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Allegro Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081NAT8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I just discovered this just released DVD of a fabulous Scottish television series that is only now coming to home video! It certainly ranks as one of the best music-related DVDs I've watched this year and is a true must-see for folk music fans (both American and Celtic) and anyone who enjoys good music, played by experts in the field.

It took a bit of research to understand why the first DVD release in the US was Season FIVE of the program. I'll try to share the info in order to avoid confusion as you check out this DVD and the series.

In 1995 Scottish fiddle player Aly Bain (best know as a founding member of the seminal Celtic band The Boys of The Lough), had a great idea for a TV series for BBC Scotland. He invited Nashville-based dobro player Jerry Douglas to invite some of his fellow musicians to come to a hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands for a week and perform with some of the best Scottish and Irish singers and musicians, blending the acoustic sounds of both cultures as the played together and accompanied one another. The series - consisting of six 29-minute episodes was a success and, in 1998, a second season was recorded. It was another nine years until Series 3 and then two more years till Series 4 and, finally, in 2011, Series 5. The shows were released in the UK on DVD by Bain's record company, Whirlie Records, but only in the PAL format, which cannot be played on US TVs. Because they need to go back to the master tapes for NTSC, they decided to release the series in the US in non-chronological order. Series 5 is the first, to be followed by Series 2 and 4 and finally Series 1 and 3. (Plans are to record Series 6 in 2013.)

During the five seasons 245 performances captured by 179 different artists!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning August 16, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
All of the performers for these sessions were hand picked by Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas and that alone should be enough to get you interested.

I'll admit that I didn't recognize a lot of the names at first but rest assured that I'll be watching for them in the future. Every word of vocals and every note from the instruments was a joy to hear. Simply amazing stuff. You seldom get to see this many A-list musicians brought together to record even one song together and with this DVD set you get almost 50 songs. The video production and sound quality are up to the task and taken as a whole this is simply an awesome collection. It probably won't leave my DVD player for months to come.

A previous reviewer seemed slightly underwhelmed with Sarah Jarosz but I disagree. She makes up for in talent what she may lack in experience (due simply to her youth). Her vocals were a highlight for me. Considering that she was invited to participate tells me that Aly and Jerry also like what they hear. Two of her songs (she composed them) "Annabel Lee" and "Run Away" are among my favorites. From what I've seen there are no weak links in this series.

Why are you still reading this? You should be clicking on the "add to cart" button. Now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I just discovered this just released DVD of a fabulous Scottish television series that is only now coming to home video! It certainly ranks as one of the best music-related DVDs I've watched this year and is a true must-see for folk music fans (both American and Celtic) and anyone who enjoys good music, played by experts in the field.

It took a bit of research to understand why the first DVD release in the US was Season FIVE of the program. I'll try to share the info in order to avoid confusion as you check out this DVD and the series.

In 1995 Scottish fiddle player Aly Bain (best known as a founding member of the seminal Celtic band The Boys of The Lough), had a great idea for a TV series for BBC Scotland. He asked Nashville-based dobro player Jerry Douglas to invite some of his fellow musicians to come to a hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands for a week and perform with some of the best Scottish and Irish singers and musicians, blending the acoustic sounds of both cultures as the played together and accompanied one another. The series - consisting of six 29-minute episodes was a success and, in 1998, a second season was recorded. It was another nine years until Series 3 and then two more years till Series 4 and, finally, in 2011, Series 5. The shows were released in the UK on DVD by Bain's record company, Whirlie Records, but only in the PAL format, which cannot be played on US TVs. Because they need to go back to the master tapes for NTSC, they decided to release the series in the US in non-chronological order. Series 5 is the first, to be followed by Series 2 and Series 4 and finally Series 1 and 3. (Plans are to record Series 6 in 2013.)

During the five seasons 245 performances were captured by 179 different artists!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best music DVDs that I bought September 20, 2012
By mlerota
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was looking for Alison Krauss on Youtube and came across some videos from Transatlantic sessions. The quality of music blew me away. Mix of Country/Bluegrass with Celtic folk music, Insane! I ordered this DVD with TS4 DVD. Today I still don't know which DVD is better! You will get ~3h of great music (47 songs) recorded in good quality. Although the quality of sound is very good, I would like to have lossless sound format in next releases like DTS-HD or Dolby-TrueHD.

For those of you who bought this DVD with wrong format PAL/NTSC, I suggest that you copy DVD to your PC and view it with some of today popular media players.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful music. "Run Away" by Sarah Jarosz is the best ...
Absolutely wonderful music. "Runaway" by Sarah Jarosz is the best video ever.
Published 16 days ago by Gerry Goodman
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Customer
I was happy with Transatlantic sessions dvd but unhappy that it cost me an extra £12. Apparently it came from Germany with insufficient postage paid and I had a charge of £12 to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alex Corina
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it
So much talent on Double DVD will be watched many times. The variety of instruments used is great Flutes, Whistles and Banjos, all living in harmony!
Published 5 months ago by Michael Boynton
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent series.
I have all six of the "Transatlantic Sessions" and love every one of them. I watch them often and I have purchased some to give as gifts to some of my musician friends. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allan MacLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Was turned on to this by my best friend in England who saw this on BBC. I love this type of music, and the setting is so inspirational. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Goettig
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Douglas does it again!
Incredible performances by Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, and Amos Lee! Another fine production by Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain. Read more
Published 9 months ago by B. Joba
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice videos - intimate setting
You can see some videos from this DVD on YouTube to get an idea of what it is about. Very nicely filmed, and a nice intimate setting. Read more
Published 12 months ago by PatrickHenryPDX
4.0 out of 5 stars cross pollination
i stumbled on a youtube clip of the transatlantic sessions while searching on sam bush and was intrigued by it. i bought the dvd of series 5 and have really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by timothy e. garvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world music.
Transatlantic Sessions Five is the best yet. The music from these musicians keeps getting better and it was great to start with.
Published 17 months ago by montane_perro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing artists, songs, & production. Highly recommended for music enthusiasts of all kinds! 47 songs, or so... well worth it!
Published 19 months ago by Julie
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