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Songs From the Small Machine - Live in L.A. (DVD + CD)
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Filmed in high definition at an exclusive show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills in April this year, Songs From The Small Machine
captures Lindsey Buckingham showcasing tracks from his new studio album Seeds We Sow , songs from across his solo career
and Fleetwood Mac classics. His distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognizable voice are joined to his dynamic on stage
presence to deliver a show that brings the audience to their feet and leaves them calling for more. Starting with five solo acoustic
performances, Lindsey is then joined by his band to rock their way through the rest of the set before a final acoustic encore of Seeds
We Sow brings a perfect evening to an end. TRACK LISTING
1) Shut Us Down* 2) Go Insane 3) Trouble* 4) Never Going Back Again*
5) Big Love* 6) Under The Skin* 7) All My Sorrows* 8) In Our Own Time*
9) Illumination* 10) Second Hand News* 11) Tusk* 12) Stars Are Crazy*
13) End Of Time* 14) That s The Way Love Goes* 15) I m So Afraid* 16) Go Your
Own Way* 17) Turn It On 18) Treason 19) Seeds We Sow* * = tracks on CD
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Recorded at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA, this is a wonderfully intimate theater of 1900 seats offers the perfect venue for what is a solo performance by Lindsey for 1/3 of the set (6 songs out of the 19 total) running 1 hour 47 minutes. Sonically, it is Lindsey and his variety of guitars at their peak both in performance and recording. 5.1 DTS HD Master lossless audio without compression is on full display during his solo performances with a sample of the available dynamic range on "Never Going Back Again." Lindsey's vocals and his guitar plucks & twangs are solidly spread across the front soundstage with the surrounds limited to immersing the listener among the concert attendees who's every comment can be heard loud and very clear. As the 3 members of his band contributes their talents starting with the 6th track of "Under the Skin", the surround channels fill with the added vocals and instrumentals expanding the already spectacular sound stage to totally encompass the listener.
Visually, the dynamic range here is every bit as broad as the sound going from the Blackest Black backgrounds during each of Lindsey's solo performances to the absolute peak Whites when the high intensity stage lights are aimed directly into the camera's lens. The latter causes some slight banding that is understandable due to the lighting conditions involved but certainly doesn't take away from the overall quality of the high definition recording. Again due to the artistic choices made for the stage lighting, wide shots from the balcony are more limited in detail than what many might be accustomed to on other recordings. Go in tight and the available video resolution is all on display best evidenced on the song "I'm So Afraid" where you cannot only see the beads of sweat back lit, dripping off Lindsey's forehead but individual specks of dust floating in the air on stage as well. Close ups on his fingers at work (Lindsey's guitar skills fully on display in tight close ups also on "I'm So Afraid") on the strings clearly reveal the many years of wear and tear on the necks of his guitars with swirl marks and microscopic scratches catching the spot lights clearly visible on a number of his many different guitar bodies.
As familiar as I am with Lindsey's performances of many of his past songs, the new interpretations here are very nicely done and different enough to sound fresh again. Add in some of the new songs from his latest "Seeds We Sow" CD that I found remarkably commercial (End of Time, In Our Own Time) along with views from the best seats in the house that allowed me to watch Lindsey's skill with a guitar up close and personal, this Blu-ray concert is a must own for any of his (or Fleetwood Mac) fans. For others who are simply looking for that great sounding demo disc to show off their home theater system, this audio mix by Lindsey Buckingham & Neal Heywood will impress with its clarity, dynamic range and ability to reveal what a single gifted singer backed only by his guitar is able to produce.
This Blu-ray is a must own for anyone who is a Lindsey Buckingham fan (or a fan of Fleetwood Mac). The sound quality is just remarkable, and the fact that the set list is identical to what I saw in concert really allowed me to experience that night all over again. There is ample punch with the bass guitars / drums, but also extremely crisp highs showcasing Lindsey's picking skills. You will see several close-ups of the guitar throughout the performance, and his skill is no more evident than on the track 'Never Going Back Again.' The highlight of the performance does come from some of the older songs such as 'Go Your Own Way', but I definitely have new favorites in some of the new songs 'In Our Own Time' and 'End of Time.'
As a music fan, I also purchased his new CD 'Seeds We Sow', and while it is still very enjoyable, I must say that I prefer the new songs from this Blu-ray. Lindsey tends to use some sort of audio filter / manipulation on his audio CDs that allow his voice to come off differently than it does in concert and I have yet to figure out why. The audio from the concert tops the album CD without question. If you end up purchasing this, you will not be disappointed, it's one of the best concert experiences I own.
I expected an amazing show, but even so, had no idea it would be THAT GOOD!!! Lindsey just gets better and better, and this performance far exceeded my already high expectations. It was simply jaw-dropping good!!
Lindsey did NOT disappoint! His voice was in top form - so strong and emotional. His playing...phenomenal as always! A once in a lifetime show I will never forget. Lindsey puts on a concert like no other, and it's a shame more people don't know it. This concert will blow you away! If you like his new album, you will love those songs played live. Lindsey is a whole other beast in his live shows.
Besides the stunning versions of his new songs, he of course plays some of his hits from Fleetwood Mac, as well as gems from all of his previous albums. He's a master of both electric and acoustic, with a mesmerizing style all his own - and he showcase it all in this beautiful concert. He begins the concert all alone, with just his guitar for the first six songs. Then he brings on his tight band of three Brett Tuggle - keyboards, guitars, backing vocals; Neal Heywood - guitars, backing vocals; Walfreo Reyes - drums/percussion ). They're a really great band, and it's hard to believe so much sound and energy comes from just the 4 musicians! The guys are pros, and they definitely know how to play!!
If you love great guitar, great songwriting, or just love a fantastic show put on by a tremendously talented man...you'll want to get this DVD!! Lindsey holds nothing back. A true artist who gives you his heart and soul every time he performs.
Here's the set list:
"Shut Us Down"
"Never Going Back Again"
"Under the Skin"
"All My Sorrows"
"In Our Own Time"
"Second Hand News"
"Stars Are Crazy"
"End of Time"
"That's the Way Love Goes"
"I'm So Afraid"
"Go Your Own Way"
"Turn It On"
"Seeds We Sow"
This concert is available on DVD, or Blu-ray, and also a DVD/CD combo. All of the songs are also on the CD, except for "Go Insane", "Turn It On", and "Treason".
*** Additionally, as it's been brought up in comments to another review, I just want to stress that this concert was professionally filmed, and is a legit release. The Lindsey Buckingham/ Little Big Town DVD is a boot - and a crappy one at that. Too bad, 'cause it was a great show, and I don't know why CMT or the artists don't make an official release. However, this isn't a boot. Lindsey is releasing this. Obviously, I can't guarantee the quality because it hasn't been released yet, BUT, there is no reason to expect it to be any less than his other two legit release - Soundstage and Bass Hall. Actually it should be better, especially if you get the Blu-ray