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4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Uncompromising...audacious...frantic...transformative. These are only words, and words alone can t do justice to the
phenomenon that is Ghostland Observatory. Experience the inferno of this band s live shows and you ll start to get it. As one pundit quipped, It s tough to believe just two dudes create this monstrosity of sound! Two small-town Texas dudes with very distinct personalities: producer/drummer Thomas Turner, heavily influenced by electronic artists from Daft Punk to Green Velvet and rockers like The Clash, and front man Aaron Behrens, who was singing Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire when he was 9 and whose charisma inspires comparisons to Freddie Mercury and Prince.

The two met through an Austin Chronicle ad, and as their MySpace page describes it, Ghostland Observatory is not a band, but an agreement between two friends to create something that not only heals their beat-driven hearts, but pleases their rock n roll souls.

That certain something also drives audiences wild as Behrens sings and struts to frantic garage riffs and thumping dance-punk beats. We want the crowd to lose it, he says, we want them to feel what we feel...lose their own egos.

This army of two reached the top of the underground scene through sheer hard work, spending countless hours in their south Austin studios, releasing two albums in less than a year, promoting their own shows and moving audiences coast to coast, including performances at Lollapalooza and the ACL Festival.

This is their national television debut, recorded July 10, 2007. Ghostland Observatory has created a sound that blends buoyant electronics, drums, hyper driven guitar and ecstatic vocals - dance music that rocks, and rock music with soul. Maybe the best word to describe that sound is BALLSY.

Track Listing:
1. Piano Man
2. Ghetto Magnet
3. Stranger Lover
4. Vibrate
5. Sad Sad City
6. All You Rock & Rollers
7. Shoot 'em Down
8. Midnight Voyage
9. -------------
10. Move With Your Lover
11. Heavy Heart
12. Robotique Majestique
13. Silver City
14. Rich Man

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ghostland Observatory
  • Directors: Gary Menotti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: New West Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WGNE9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By M. Huber on March 6, 2010
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This is a very fun and entertaining DVD recorded for TV. Austin City Limits is one of my favorite PBS programs. They always had really top notch performers of the time on stage and this is one of them. It's an old recording, but Gatemouth and band were really on that night. The Audio is clean and well mixed, the Video is VERY good, focused and well produced as most all ACL brodcasts were. The performance was outstanding as he showes his personality and love for the blues in his playing style. It's only down side is it's only about an hour long, I could have watched at least another hours worth or more. Gatemouth was one of the original modern Blues Men, now there's only a hand full. He's already sorely missed in my book. This is a piece of musical history and is highly recomended.

I wish Amazon had a 3 criteria rating that would make for a quicker, more accurate and fair rating of Cd's, DVD's and Blu-ray's.

1. Performance
2. Quality of Audio
3. Quality of Video (for DVD's and Blu-ray's)

1.*****
2.*****
3.*****

Artists that wish to have there performances recorded and recognized should be held to a standard. Poor Audio or Video, no matter how good the performance, is still a bad product. Those who would still purchase sub-standard Audio or Video quality recordings and rank that product highly just because of performance are not doing the industry or the band justice. Demand better and we will get it, settle for less and that's what you'll get.
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This DVD showcases a stellar Ghostland Observatory performace. The DVD includes two non-album songs, Heavy Heart and Robotique Majestique, which are amazing. Purchase this DVD and you won't be disappointed.
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My love for the massive talent and the music of Gatemouth Brown goes back nearly 35 years when I first chanced to hear him on a Mississippi radio station. Since that time, I have bought many of his recordings on vinyl, cassette, then on CD and have seen him perform at least half a dozen times. But I had not seen this DVD until I watched a portion of it at a friend's place several weeks ago. I liked the part I saw a lot, so I ordered it as soon as I got home so that I could enjoy it at my leisure.
Clarence Gatemouth Brown Live From Austin Texas features songs taken from his performance on the popular show Austin City Limits. In the course of the show, Brown and his band often dazzle with virtuoso performances of tunes that run the gamut from big band to Cajun and from rock to country. But what detracts from a potential five-star performance is how the show peters out on the last few cuts into a lackluster melange of medleys and just plain aimless noodling.
One can always argue what could have been included or omitted to make a DVD better. Brown's career spans so many decades that he had lots of choices. In this case, he was likely constrained by the format and may have used the venue as an opportunity to show the wider world the breadth of his talent not only as a musician, but as a raconteur. In my opinion, the best cuts by far are Born In Louisiana, Honky-Tonk, and Bits and Pieces.
The DVD comes typically housed in a plastic case of the type most often used for movie DVDs and contains a little commentary on Gatemouth Brown's career and barely adequate information about both the film and the music. I would not use this DVD as a vehicle of introduction to Brown's music, but I can certainly recommend it as a worthy addition to the music video collection of anyone who is already a fan.
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These guys are incredible. I was introduced to them by watching them perform on my local PBS station. I was knocked out by their energy and stage presence. I love to watch Aaron dance. Their impact on me was the same as the first time I saw Elvis on TV when I was a kid. I can't describe how musically orginal, talented, and fearless they are. I'm an older guy and I love these two. I hope they gain wide acceptance.
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Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner make for one helluva sound that becomes the ritual performance of Ghostland Observatory. I say ritual, as there is something about their music that feels sacred. The first time I watched this show on PBS I was mesmerized (being a big fan of The Doors). Fans are comparing Ghostland Observatory to "Freddie Mercury meets David Bowie and Velvet Underground". Yet Ghostland Observatory has their OWN, a unique feel with Behrens on vocals and guitar, and Turner on the keyboards and drums. Beats are a combination of electric glam-rock and hip-hop; sometimes reminding me of The Cure, but not depressing in ANY way! Once you start to get into their music, it feels as if the earth is turning beneath your feet! Behrens is especially charismatic as a front man and performer, one who raises energy and spirit. Turner is grounded, at the same time ethereal. Visually they are both fun to watch. And you don't ever want to stop the dance... Lyrics are erotic, romantic; performance is powerful and humble at the same time. I love the self-effacing humility of these two guys; they are going to need it! Crowds will soon start throwing themselves in one direction - at their stage! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM IN CONCERT IN SEATTLE!!
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