Lene Lovich: Live from New York
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This DVD includes a rare performance from the always intriguing Lene Lovich, with Thomas Dolby on synthesizer, at Studio 54 in NYC on December 4, 1981. On this night, Lovich projected her strong soprano with brilliance and explored the limitations of her
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Lene Lovich signed with STIFF RECORDS in 1978, scoring her first hit with the 60s classic I THINK WE'RE ALONG NOW. She also jump started the career of Thomas "She Blinded Me With Science" Dolby, who is one of her Keyboard players for this concert. (Since the band's sound was so dense, incorperating numerous psychedelic sound arabareques, two keyboardists were nessacary.) Her connection to the GOTHIC movement was due to her black nail polish and spooky eye liner. Actually, her lyrics delt either with romance,(Lucky Number, Too Tender) positive self image and the role of the Artist,(Joan, Say When) or spirituality (Angels, Rocky Road). "LENE LOVICH: LIVE FROM NEW YORK" was recorded when Lene was at the very top of her game, with her recent EP "NEW TOY" a smash hit with the artsier end of the New Wave underground. The stage set up was Lene Lovich on Vocals and sax, Lene's musical co-author and "comrade"(ie husband) on guitar, 2 keyboardists, bass and drums. Her sound merged a dense rhythm guitar strum, to layers of keyboards, over her rhythm section's pliable beats, from dance to romantic ballad. Every song on here is a favorite, with material from Stateless, Flex, New Toy and even the as-yet unreleased NO MAN'S LAND. Opening with DETAILS, Lene continues with JOAN, ROCKY ROAD, TOO TENDER TO TOUCH, SAY WHEN, LUCKY NUMBER, NEW TOY,BIRD SONG, ANGELS, HOME, and ONE IN A MILLION.
The sound was well mixed, the camera work captured all the fun of Lene's stage presence. You have the choice of hearing the show in either stereo or 5.1, altho TV broadcasts in 1981 were still in MONO, meaning each channel sounds the same, no matter how many speakers you employ. As a special bonus feature, there's a voiced over narration by Lene about her band, while they rehearse for their upcoming gig at STUDIO 54.
Lene Lovich was always a bigger hit in the UK scene than the States, tho she had a strong, loyal fanbase here. Her original fans will obviously enjoy this singular artifact of her live show. However, curious musicians younger than the NEW AGE community, ought to admire Lene's amazing vocal abilities, the band's strong stage image, along with Lene and Les's cool composistions, and arrangements. IF this music doesnt have you doing the pogo, then your body needs a good jump start. Most of all, Lene Lovich was FUN! The DVD portrays all the energy of a LENE LOVICH concert, and is a worthy purchase for anyone who enjoys Lene Lovich, or the NEW WAVE scene.