David Clayton-Thomas: You're the One - Live at Le Festival International De Jazz De Montreal
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"Former Blood, Sweat & Tears frontman David Clayton-Thomas goes solo for this powerhouse performance captured live at Le Spectrum during the 2006 Montreal Jazz Festival. Backed by an eleven-piece orchestra that truly brings the music to life for an enthusiastic audience, Clayton-Thomas and the band belt out such classics as `Spinning Wheel' and `You've Made Me So Very Happy' with all of the power and passion that took those tunes to the top of the charts." -- All Movie Guide
On this amazing DVD, former Blood, Sweat & Tears frontman David Clayton-Thomas plays all of the band's greatest hits in a powerful performance at the 2006 Montreal Jazz Festival! David Clayton-Thomas' life is a remarkable story in which he transformed himself from a Canadian barroom rocker into one of the most recognized performers in the world, selling over 30 million albums worldwide. As well, he's one of the most inventive songwriters in contemporary music. David has survived more than four decades on the road and countless career triumphs and tragedies. He has played everything from one-room beer joints to amphitheaters, and performed with everyone from John Lee Hooker to Aretha Franklin.
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But, unmentioned so far is the "bonus" interview with David Clayton-Thomas. In it he talks about his musical background before BS&T. Then he discusses the creation of BS&T and how he came to be the lead singer as Al Kooper left the group. This is probably not new info for a BS&T fan, but it is great to hear it directly from him. Then he goes on to talk about his exit from BS&T and his recent career. All was told in a very personal way. I loved the concert video, but I would have bought this for the interview alone (if I had even known it was on the disk).
As a slight oddity, when you choose the menu choice labeled discography it only has two listings. "Aurora" and "DCT in Concert a Musical Biography". Obviously he has done more than two Albums in his career. These are both put out by Justin-Time records, but he did another record "Blue Plate Special" for them several years ago that wasn't listed. Doesn't detract from the concert or interview, but it is a little strange.
Yes, I've been a BS&T fan since I first saw them in concert in 1969 (38 years ago!). I'd quickly recommend this to anyone else that is a fan of DCT or BS&T. It was a very enjoyable view and listen.
I find that this is a nice video and live recording. I wasn't expecting studio quality but this is very good.
But does he still got it?
Yep! He's still got it folks, and he's still the one! I was thrilled to find this DVD, and I was even more thrilled to watch it. I think I watched it through at least four times the first week.
If you liked the old Blood, Sweat, and Tears, you must have this DVD! I'd rank it among my top concerts of all time.
Sidenote: One of the musicians plays a most amazing instrument on 40,000 Headmen (my favorite song on the disc). It seems to be a horn synthesizer, and it is amazing - the range of sound that comes from this device. I was a little frustrated though, because there is no information about it that is given - and I want one! Wow!
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We do enjoy the music on this DVD! :)