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Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm


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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TIQUM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,464 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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It's a lot of fun and highly recommended.
Steve Ramm
My only beef is that Propaganda (my favorite album of all time - no hyperbole here) only gets one song.
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This one I have watched over and over again.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 10, 2009
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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 By C. Williams on 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 By Watch This on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NeuronPetkowski on 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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I bought this DVD for only one of its acts: the Pet Shop Boys, who deliver on it perhaps their single best-ever live performance with "Left to My Own Devices" -- the "long version" complete with full orchestra. Simply stunning! The other song they perform, "It's Alright," is superb, too. But I found myself enjoying more than PSB. The opening Buggles songs by Trevor Horn and company -- the classic "Video Killed the Radio Star" and "Living in the Plastic Age" -- are absolutely terrific. The performances by Seal and ABC were also standouts.

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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