IF you love your music live, and you want to get a taste of that summer festival or concert you attended way back, then the ‘Music Is GREAT Britain’ DVD is just the fodder for you.
There are 14 performances on here ranging from Bowie’s grainy ‘Ziggy Stardust’ at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973 and right up to date with three 2011 performances.
The Who are in great guitar smashing form with ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, a superb over the top performance especially from Pete Townshend, while everyone will remember Queen’s Wembley Stadium performance of ‘Radio Gaga’.
But there are some unlikely candidates thrown in here, too, like the mindbending kaleidoscope that is ‘Chime’ by Orbital at Glastonbury Festival in 1994 – one of no less than five performances from Glasto, a great tribute to the venue that so many memorable live performances have materialised there over the years.
Then there is a surprise inclusion for the very young Spice Girls with ‘Wannabe / Who do you think you are?’ at the 1977 Brits.
Two more Glasto performances include Pulp’s ‘Common People’ (1995) and Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’ (1997), while Robbie Williams makes the first of two appearances with his performance of ‘Let me entertain you’ at Knebworth in 2003. Muse rock it up with ‘Knights of Cydonia’ in an amazing performance at Wembley in 2007 and George Michael, one of the two best male UK singers of our time, tells us to have ‘Faith’ at Earls Court in 2008.
Damon Albarn is in great form with Blur to produce ‘Tender’ at Glasto in 2009, with a cameo acoustic finale, and where would we be without everyone’s girl of the moment Adele with ‘Someone Like You’ at Brits 2011 and Coldplay give a colourful ‘Every Tear is a Waterfall’ at Glasto in 2011.
But for me the best and most spectacular effort of all is the last track – ‘The Flood’ by Take That at the City of Manchester Stadium last year – featuring a mammoth waterfall, climbers dangling from the watery wall and Gary Barlow (the other top male singer alongside George Michael) leading the way with Robbie on his return to the band.
The DVD is a part of the GREAT campaign celebrating the most iconic British live music acts, with something for everyone for all areas of popular music and eras. All profits go to Save The Children.
Four decades of unforgettable live moments will provide you with plenty of fodder to become fans or critics of each performance – there is no doubting the fact that people ‘love it live’ as can be seen from the Muse and Orbital tracks, but each and every one of these performances is a classic which those who attended will remember to this day!
Jude Bridge, of Save The Children, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Music is GREAT. For each copy sold Save the Children will receive all net profits. That money will go towards funding our vital work both in the UK and internationally. I would encourage all music fans to buy this fantastic album which will help save children’s lives and give them a chance to fulfil their potential.”
I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want is for you all to buy a copy – on sale digitally from iTunes and Amazon and on release at HMV Stores.