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Music in High Places - Ryan Adams (Live in Jamaica)

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Music in High Places, the ultimate international music and travel adventure series, takes top recording artists to the most ancient sites on Earth. Take an intimate journey with Ryan Adams as he discovers the culture, history and spirituality of Jamaica for a musical adventure that's anything but ordinary! Songs: Firecracker, You Will Always Be the Same, The Rescue Blues, Touch, Feel & Lose, New York, New York, Hard Time Situation, Answering Bell, To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High).

Special Features

  • Two featurettes: "Jamaica - The Real Story" and "Ryan & Toots"
  • Artist biography
  • Play just the music

Product Details

  • Actors: Ed Roland, Dean Roland, Ross Childress, Will Turpin, Shane Evans
  • Writers: Parvene Michaels
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008H2HS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Music in High Places - Ryan Adams (Live in Jamaica)" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
If you are a Ryan Adams fan, there is no doubt you will enjoy this video. Here we see Ryan not only playing his music, but traveling and mingling with the Jamaican folk. Throughout the "movie", Ryan does an excellent job putting a Jamaican feel into his popular and not-so popular songs. The most notable performance is clearly "To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)", which if you've heard on his overlooked debut Heartbreaker, had that type of feel anyways. I won't go too in-depth with the details. And when he's not playing his music, you'll see him buying intriguing hats, talking with inhabitants, learning about their cultures, etc. Without those neat tidbits of film, this would've been nothing special.
In total, I believe he plays eight songs unplugged/acoustic; some solo and some with the help of Jamaican drums and other instruments that you wouldn`t normally expect to show up on an Adams track. I particularly enjoyed when he got a group of 20 or so children together to help with the background vocals to one of his songs. Again, I won't spoil the fun. And that's just the kind of thing you'd expect from a guy like Ryan Adams. Along with "To Be Young" you'll hear (and see) presentations of "Answering Bell", "New York, New York", "The Rescue Blues", "Touch, Feel & Lose", "Firecracker", "You Will Always Be The Same", and the rarely heard "Hard Time Situation". This is the only Music In High Places episode I've seen, but would say it was certainly worth my time. Do not expect these eight songs and Ryan's trek into the musical world of Jamaica and its fascinating people to move you in the same way either Gold, Demolition or even Heartbreaker did. But rest assured, they will move you one way or another. This is an illustrious video that portrays unkempt sounds beautifully; somehow, someway. The bottom line: (again) if you enjoy Ryan Adams' music, check this out.
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Format: DVD
Having never seen a Music In High Places episode, this DVD threw me for a loop. It ends up being a weird mix of travelogue and music footage which I found to be a strange mix. The footage of Ryan clowning around Jamaica and the random shots of Jamaican life and scenary are interesting and fun to watch once, but I'd gladly trade in this footage for a few extra musical tracks.
Speaking of the music, the musical scenes are superb. The sound for most of the songs is excellent and getting to see this music performed outdoors in such a beautiful setting is awesome.
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Format: DVD
I first saw this show on MTV, and hoped that it would eventually be released on DVD. The performances here seem so effortless, and convey both simplicity and depth. The footage is beautiful and shot on high-quality film (i.e. it doesn't look like a [shoddy] video job). My only complaint is that the commercial buffers ("Music In High Places" outros and intros) haven't been edited out, which is very unprofessional, but that small complaint doesn't keep me from giving this 5 stars. The interview portions are mildly interesting (though they seem to prove that Ryan isn't as big of a star as he could be because he's a dorky stoner). Fortunately, there is a "Play Just The Music" option that skips past the extraneous stuff. Highly recommended for your collection.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Remember MTV Unplugged, where artists did their stuff with acoustic instruments? Well, this film reminds me of that crossed with a travelogue. It is absolutely wonderful to see Ryan just jammin' and having fun... and his little side trips through Jamaica are a trip.

A definate must-have for any true Ryan Adams fan... And I think this DVD would be a great introduction to Ryan's music for some of my friends as well!
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As a fan of Ryan Adams most people are also fans of raw acoustic and stripped down music. This DVD provides an insight into both. As he travels he plays great tunes that he is able to adapt to the musical style of each location and the people he meets. The music is great and the sound quality is even better. It is also a nice look at the more relaxed and creative side of Ryan Adams. I recommend it to any fan.
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Full disclosure: Huge Ryan Adams fan. He can't do much wrong in my eyes so this review may be somewhat jaded (but then, what reviews aren't?). There are a few annoyances to it as it's not really fun watching stoned people stumble around Jamaica and the commercial bumpers should have been removed for the DVD. He does act a little goofy but not malevolent as some of his detractors would have you believe. The saving grace is that you can select "just the music" from the extras menu. This is definitely the way to go. It was a whole different experience when I chose this option on the second viewing. The tunes, mostly culled from Heartbreaker and Gold, sound great purely acoustic and it's fun watching him enlist the help of local children to sing back up on "Touch, Feel and Lose". For the price, if you're an Adams fan, you can't go wrong with this DVD.
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If you are interested in both the music and persona of Ryan Adams you will appreciate this dvd. Anyone who has ever visited Jamaica will find it all the more entertaining. Several of the past reviewers have already commented on the musical highlights (which were masterfully captured) but for me the most enjoyable aspect of the production was being able to "walk with" the artist along this adventure. Great added features make this a must have for Ryan Adams fans. Amazing-Amazon's quick delivery had this at my door just in time for the weeekend.
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