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Paul Anka: Live in Switzerland [Blu-ray]

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1957, at the tender age of 16, Paul Anka's debut hit single Diana immediately catapulted him into Hall of Fame status. For decades now, Anka has been one of the most successful composers around: Tom Jones' She's a Lady was written by him, as well as the lyrics for Frank Sinatra's legendary signature song My Way. He has released over 120 albums and sold over 100 million records. Anka has also been named the 21st most successful artist in Billboard's history (Billboard statistic). Today, Paul Anka is known as the last great crooner. When he translates his own as well as cover songs into elegant swing and gives his charm free reign on the stage, Anka glorifies the purest form of entertainment. Joined by his Big Band, he presents his programme 'Rock Swings' including famous rock classics in Swing versions at AVO SESSION Basel. This DVD includes the big hits Diana, My Way, New York New York, Put Your Head On My Shoulder and more.

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Anka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5UBDA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Just saw this on our public telivesion station and it was wonderful. Love Paul Anka always have my teen years in the backseat of a car listening to his wonderful songs.
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For over 50 years Canadian Pauil Anka has been writing pop hits (for both himself and others) and performing. In the late 1960s (I saw him perform in a night club and remember what a tight and professional show he performed. He then became a Las Vegas staple.). Over the years he's honed his craft and, though, the hits aren't there for him anymore, he still puts on a great show and even had co-writer credit on Michael Jackson's last recording, "This is it!".

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.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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While he is a great performer on stage, the video of this concert was not one of his overall best. We love his music and his personality on stage. If you love Paul Anka, you'll overlook that this wasn't his best performance.
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VIDEO:

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)

AUDIO:

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)

CONTENT:

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.
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The human side on this performance by this great artist goes well beyond his artistic side and this is a lot if the artist is Paul Anka. His mini stories behind the songs introduce part of this human side the rest is himself.
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Paul Anka,a singer/songwriter for the ages.I love his songs he wrote for Sinatra.,and others like Sammy,Buddy Holly,Bobby Darin,etc.
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.
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This is an excellent concert. He is one of the best entertainers I have ever seen. Another one that keeps getting better with age.
If you are a Paul Anka fan you have to get this. You won't be disappointed.
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As a new fan, I thought I'd add this Blu-ray to my collection after liking Rock Swing(Montréal Jazz DVD) so much. As It turns out, I prefer the Rock Swing much more as it has the amazing "duet" with Sammy Davis and Live in Switzerland doesn't. I also don't care for the sing-along stuff so much. I can't say he has a great voice these days but he is a great entertainer and does a fun show.
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