Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm
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Horn is a bassist and was a recording star in the 1980s. Though his name didn't appear as a the "artist" on the label, he was the co-writer and lead vocalist on the song that "launched" MTV: "Video Killed The Radio Star". He and his partner were known as The Buggles. Shortly thereafter he began producing hits for others and many - if not all - of them were at this concert to aid The Prince's Trust (Prince Charles' annual benefit concert). It was filmed in what looks like high-def and was produced by Clear Channel (now known as Live Nation). The camera work is some of the best I've seen and the sound is near perfect. Horn either sings or plays on nearly every one of the songs and, recruited the original back up singers (and many of the original studio musicians) to appear on the stage. While he could have used synthesizers to replicate the string and horn sections, he chose to have a large live string section and a top-notch horn section filling the huge stage. There's even a harpist who doubles on backing vocals!
The guest artists appear mostly in chronological order by the year the hits were released and most perform one song. There is Grace Jones, and Lisa Stansfield (performing a new song, not one of her hits) - well known in the US - along with lesser known acts like the German group Propoganda and the duo Dollar. Throughout the first 90 minutes the large crowd moves to the music in their seats, unlike many US concerts where everyone stands through the whole concert.Read more ›
This is not to say that it's perfect. I was somewhat disappointed, for instance, by the appearances of Yes and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, not because they weren't good (they were) but because they represented missed opportunities. I don't understand why Horn didn't sing with Yes at least one of the songs he recorded with them back during his brief stint as the band's lead singer. Perhaps it was because he reportedly found singing so high a strain. (Note: That's why God invented key changes.) And, if Horn wasn't going to sing with them, then why wasn't Jon Anderson there? Trevor Rabin had to sing lead instead. Two strikes with one act. As for Frankie, the young dude who filled in for the absent Holly Johnson did an marvelous job, but it was incongruous, to say the least, and ultimately disappointing. I mean, a Frankie reunion without Johnson is like a Beatles reunion without John or Paul. Most of the other acts are enjoyable enough, but they didn't really stand out in any way for me. (Sorry, Grace.)
To summarize, if you're a fan of the Pet Shop Boys and/or of Horn himself, this is ESSENTIAL and worth every penny. I am, so it is.
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I bought this for my spouse who is VERY happy with the present.Published 6 days ago by Michelle Wexelblat
Great songs of the Brits from the 80s. Was thrilled to find it!Published 18 months ago by Laurie Ann Cawse
Simply brilliant :) a musical extravaganza that should be a part of everyone's library. A must watch and listen. Well worth every pennyPublished 19 months ago by PTC
Trevor Horn is an icon and an enigma for the music pop and rock industry. I have been waiting almost 25 years for a video concert on Mr. Horn of this quality and catalog. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by K. Steves
Bought this just because of the FGTH reunion and it did not disappoint! The rest of the singers were a bonus. Great GREAT DVD!!! Just wish it was in Blue Ray!!Published on September 12, 2013 by Taiser