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Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm (2009)

Grace Jones , ABC , Janet Fraser Crook  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Grace Jones, ABC, Pet Shop Boys, Paul Robinson, Seal
  • Directors: Janet Fraser Crook
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Wienerworld UK
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TIQUM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 2004, Trevor Horn celebrated 25 years as one of the world's most successful pop music producers. This unique Wembley concert) shows Trevor Horn's best selling acts, guest musicians and a full backing orchestra in over two hours of electrifying music, in one place, at one time, for one man. His friends include Yes, Pet Shop Boys, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Grace Jones!

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The name Trevor Horn didn't mean much to me - and it's probably not at the top of your pop music "names" list but , after watching this fabulous two-hour-plus concert, recorded in 2005 at Wembly Stadium in London, I now know that I've been listening to his productions for over 25 years!

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surpassed my expectations November 4, 2009
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Anything Trevor touches turns to gold! I wasn't familiar with Dollar but enjoyed the sweet musical confection the duo sang before the show got down to the nitty gritty. Grace Jones, ABC, Seal and FGTH were all outstanding. Lisa Stansfield is an aging cougar who cheapened the show with here cheesy stripper moves that I was expecting from TATU who in turn, kept there performance pg rated. Trevor Horn is a talented yet modest, humble man. Throughout the show he gave credit to the backup singers and musicians he's worked with throughout his career. The show starts on a high note with 2 songs by Trevor's group, The Buggles and ends with the bombastic Welcome To The Pleasure Dome by FGTH. A must have for any fan of '80's-'90's British Pop.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PBS Trevor Horn Special April 17, 2010
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This is the same DVD that you had to subscibe to your local PBS station to get. Music and video is great. Highly recommend if your into 80's new wave /prog and rock. Check out all of the artists that performed at this Prince's trust concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 80's are all right. October 14, 2009
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This is a wonderful DVD, with some amazing performances. No one can dismiss that Trevor Horn is the best producer around and knows his stuff. Some of the better performances are from Seal, Yes and other less known bands/artists from the other side of the pond. Most comical moment for me? The the 2nd lead from Frankie Goes to Hollywood (Paul Rutherford) exposing a gut that had maybe one too many pints from the 80's. But, the "new" lead singer of FGTH was interesting, though screechy unlike Holly Johnson's smoother delivery. Ahhh. It's all good. Just hearing all the music that Trevor's touched is distinctly there and a joy to watch as it's performed live. You're not going to get the crazy rawk n' roll frenzy of say, a Stones or Springsteen concert (Let's face it, the Prince of Wales is watching - so no stage diving), but performances from ABC and the Pet Shop Boys did manage to rile up some English boogie-ing. Rawk on, Trevor Horn. Rawk on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible June 27, 2014
Simply brilliant :) a musical extravaganza that should be a part of everyone's library. A must watch and listen. Well worth every penny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! October 18, 2013
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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. This is a must have for Trevor fans; they will not be disappointed! I only wish I was there for the event!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD September 12, 2013
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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!!
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Okay - I am an 80's junkie. I had the greatest time of my life. It was a time of discovery, a time of freedom, a time of fantasy and escape. We got the breakdancers and beat street movement, we have the emergence of music television and music videos, we had the era of big hair, keyboards, wild sounds, and a spirit of freedom and partying that was a joy. and we had this figure the individual this legend all in the mix giving us some of the most memorable music ever. From Yes to Art of Noise to ABC to Grace - talk about an eclectic mastery of music and innovation that few can rival. This is all packaged here. To see it is a treat to live and relive it is pure joy. sit back, relax, turn up the speakers and take a journey back in time. Ladies and Gentlemen - the legendary; the great, Trevor Horn
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll Worth It!
Great songs of the Brits from the 80s. Was thrilled to find it!
Published 1 month ago by Laurie Ann Cawse
4.0 out of 5 stars Trevor Horn Princes Trust
Good performances, I saw so many of them on you tube, it inspired me to buy it off of Amazon. I think there may be another version of this somewhere, but this one captures some... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lover of old movies
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of artists!
If you are a fan of Eighties New Wave music, you will really enjoy this DVD. There is a lot of great music on here.
Published 21 months ago by Mark Easterling
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic Concert
Quite a few years ago, I took a closer look at the albums that I considered to be my "favorite" music. It turns out that many of them were produced by Trevor Horn. Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by Christopher Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The show exceeded by far the expectations I had, highly recommended for nostalgic, thank you very much and sorry for my English.Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm
Published on May 23, 2012 by Landa
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect concert
This concert gave me good memories and also to learn behind those classics as well as the team. Setting the whole studio and the crew on the stadium. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
The FGTH performance kind of ruined the whole show for me; who the heck was that guy? C'mon.......the music was outstanding, but without Holly isn't not FGTH. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Michael Graff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories!!
Saw this show on television and enjoyed it so much that I saved it on my DVR. I just had to purchase the DVD in case it got deleted and to share with my friends!! Read more
Published on January 30, 2011 by The Bully Boys
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Event Captured Well For Posterity
`Slaves To The Rhythm' is something not to be dismissed. Legendary producer/musician Trevor Horn organized the event and played the part of bandleader throughout the evening,... Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by Timothy K. Schwader
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