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Paul Anka: Live in Switzerland [Blu-ray]
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Tracklist: Concert Picture 16:9, HD + Tracklist: 1. Diana + 2. For Once In My Life / Come Rain + 3. You Are My Destiny + 4. Mack The Knife + 5. My Hometown + 6. Times Of Your Life + 7. Jump + 8. This Is It + 9. Put Your Head On My Shoulder + 10. Puppy Love + 11. Lonely Boy + 12. Eso Beso + 13. She's A Lady + 14. A Steel Guitar And A Glass Of Wine + 15. It Doesn't Matter Anymore + 16. Oh Lonesome Me + 17. Bye Bye Love + 18. Crazy Love + 19. G Minor Vibe + 20. My Way + 21. New York, New York + 22. Twist & Shout + 23. Proud Mary + 24. My Way
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This Bluray contains a fairly recent performance, recorded in Basel Switzerland in 2011 and contains virtually every hit song Anka recorded(among the 24 songs performed during the 85 minute concert. (You also get to hear the songs he wrote for others - "She's A Lady" for Tom Jones and "It Doesn't Matter Any More"). There are a few that he didn't write (but never says he didn't. "New York, New York" is Kander/Ebb, for instance, and was a hit for Frank Sinatra (as was Anka's "My Way"). Speaking of Sinatra, Anka has a lot of the stage presence of Sinatra during his night club years. He loves his audience and encourages them to sing along and he roams into the audience quite often. (The curtain call at end runs nearly 4 minutes before the ending credits roll.
Anka still has the voice and he put together a good band to back him, with a large brass section. Og did I mention he does two songs on acoustic guitar? That's the first time I ever saw him play one.
The image quality and sound are sharp. There are no bonus features. Anka fans (especially those who don't have other DVds of the singer, will enjoy this. I did. For an interesting comparison of Anka now and "then" check out the short 26-minute National Film Board of Canada documentary "Lonely Boy" (1962) (it's on Youtube).
I hope this review was both informative and helpful.
Paul Anka: Live in Switzerland arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. The overall picture is soft. However on close-up, the details are there, like the wrinkles, veins and pores on Paul’s face. Skin tone is accurate, but the colours are more subdued. (4/5)
Paul Anka: Live in Switzerland arrives on blu ray with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track. Paul’s voice is clearly presented. All the instruments are well defined. The band was very tight, and gave a great back-up effort, with some sounding like the original recordings. In the acoustic segment, all the guitars sounded crisp and clean. The G Minor Vibe segment represented a prolonged instrumental presentation, with each instrument taking its turn for spotlight while Paul was the conductor. The brass section is also outstanding. Overall, the band sounded like a great jazz band (during Jump from Rock Swings) and pure pop (like My Home Town and Crazy Love). (4/5)
This concert was recorded at AVO Session Basel, Switzerland, on November 5, 2011. The intimate hall, with its seating capacity limited to 1530, allows for an incomparable ambiance for the performers. The setting involved a stage with the audience sitting with tables with drinks, like our Stage West Theatre (bad news: Stage West is closing its door at the end of June, 2013). The song listing (with chart position and year) is as follows:
01 Diana (1/1957)*comment: during patients singalong, one wise husband cleverly changed the lyrics, singing “Stay With Me Joanna” instead of Diana. Wise decision.
02 For Once In My Life/Come Rain
03 You Are My Destiny (7/1958)*comment: almost sounded like the original pop version; Paul did a duet with Patti Labelle with a jazz version of this song.Read more ›
Plus his own hits like Diana,Put your head on my shoulder,Puppy Love,Adam and Eve. One of the original 1950s new wave singers.
Take that time machine ride back.
If you are a Paul Anka fan you have to get this. You won't be disappointed.
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I am returning this CD for the 2nd time. Neither of the 2 CDs that I received worked!Published 27 days ago by Ronni E Nass
well worth the money as I ordered for my wife and she was very happyPublished 5 months ago by jack thompson
Thought being bluray it would decode at least 5.1 on my Yamaha receiver. But only in 2. stereo. Disappointed Paul spent too much time trying to get audience to sing with him. Read morePublished 13 months ago by michael pellegrino
Not for youngs.
To fully appreciate it you must be in the 60's plus.
Well recorded and good sound.
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