Brian Wilson On Tour
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If Brian is truly "back", then why is almost every chapter of this DVD so heavily edited? Why are we presented with so many snippets of songs instead of fully realized productions? Why is the concert footage only culled from the 1999 and 2000 tours?
As it is, "Brian Wilson On Tour", is simply a sanitized PBS-oriented documentary. There is no Beach Boy pathos here, just fun (and art!) on the road. And while it does sometimes feel contrived, this DVD does provide the fan with occasional spontaneous human moments from Brian. My personal fave scene is where Brian is asked to name his favorite tune from different groups ... very cool. However, be warned that this DVD does not offer much in the way of complete songs.
In fact, that's my biggest gripe with this disc: there is not enough unedited concert footage. Almost everything is offered in piecemeal fashion. Heck, even "Saturday Morning In The City" - a "new" track which is advertised on the outside of the package - is presented as a miniscule 30 second piano snippet! VERY MISLEADING PACKAGING!!!
Much like 1995's "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times", "Brian Wilson On Tour" is yet another fixed perspective look into Brian's world. How much of this documentary is truth and how much is revision is left up to the viewer to decide.
Only the overworked editor knows for sure.
1.) Although it was released in 2003, this documentary was filmed in 1999 and 2000, on the very first leg of Brian Wilson's very first solo tour.
2.) The editing has been done at least partly to cut out Joe Thomas and Steve Dahl, both of whom accompanied and (kind of) played with Brian on the first leg of the tour. They both left after BW's trip to Japan.
3.) The best stuff was yet to come. Brian followed this up with the Pet Sounds tour, a summer series of shows with Paul Simon, more Pet Sounds shows in England, and now the SMiLE tour. This DVD is about him coming into his own as a concert performer.
4.) The man isn't exactly magnetic on stage. Sometimes he's dull to watch, esp. in this first tour when he kept his hands on the keyboard. So some creative editing can be excused. Take a look at the Pet Sounds Live DVD to see much more straightforward footage.
5.) This is obviously not the highest budget production. It's mainly filmed on digital video. It gives us a close look at Brian making his music. That's its charm.
If folks stop wanting this DVD to be something it isn't, and accept it for what it is, they'll find a wonderful portrait of a frazzled, eccentric, but still very alive and musical man.
First up, I was expecting a full - blown concert dvd, like the superior "The Beach Boys : Good Timin' - Live At Knebowrth", which featured a low - profile Brian at his worst, but he and the rest of the band gave a pitch - perfect performance. Instead, this is a documentary featuring less than a handful of complete live performances and even the rehearsal footage of some songs are butchered to mere snippets. I was also looking forward to hear Brian perform "Vegetables" in concert. I thought thsi song was so complex and produced nobody could pull it off in concert, and I really looking forward to hearing how Brian did it. Imagine my frustation when it was just shown as a brief a capella performance in a Vegas hotel lobby. I was also mad that my favorite song that Brian sang with the Beach Boys, "Don't Worry Baby", is performed as a joke in brain's dressing room by Ronnie Spector. And the new song on the dvd, "Saturday Morning In The City" is just Brian at the piano singing a 30 - secodn recognition of the song. How's that for your money ? If they really wanted to make a documentary of an artist on tour with some rehearsals and interviews thrown in, they should have done one in vein of the two Elvis documentaries ( "That's The Way It Is" and "Elvis On Tour" ), both of which featured some intervieews and rehearsal footage but mainly focused on Elvis's stage performances.Read more ›
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I've enjoyed watching and re-watching this DVD for many years now. A great introduction to the man Brian Wilson, as a composer, musician, vocalist, songwriter, and person. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Brandon Matuja
Brian Wilson is the true American Genius of the music world. You must have this if you agree. Please enjoy.Published on February 8, 2013 by Mike Malone
I was greatly disappointed to find that I can't share this video with all company to my house, especially the kiddies, due to the occasional profanity. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by R. Huntington
Not enough concert footage, too many interviews, WAAAAHHHH !!! This film is done with L-O-V-E people !!! Love for B-R-I-A-N. If you don't get that, give your copy to a REAL fan. Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by Mike Z.
This DVD takes what was really a wonderful tour and hatchets it up into so many pieces the viewer is never allowed to sit back and enjoy a concert. Read morePublished on March 31, 2006 by Robert A. Cooley
This particular DVD has a very real magic about it in there is more focus on Brian as a Solo Singer. Read morePublished on February 3, 2004 by Jim Tancock
I had extremely high hopes when I heard about this dvd. I was expecting to be sitting at home on the couch watching Brian Wilson perform almost 30 of his greatest songs live in... Read morePublished on January 26, 2004 by anthony nasti
This time it is true. His singing on "Darlin'" and Surfin' USA" is spot on and emotive. Read morePublished on May 27, 2003
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