Sunday, October 08, 2006

DVD reviews: The Cars & R.E.M.

Spent my Sunday afternoon screening a couple of excellent new DVD packages by bands who meant a lot to me growing up...

The Cars Unlocked is a beautifully packaged two-disc set that includes a DVD featuring 22 songs from small clubs, arenas, sound checks, and a plethora of backstage and candid footage. The set also includes a CD of 14 fantastic sounding digitally remastered live tracks, making it the first "live album" The Cars have ever released.

The whole shebang is produced by the group’s lead singer/songwriter Ric Ocasek, and also includes a 28 page booklet loaded with a slew of interesting shots and angles of the band throughout their career.

This set is a great primer for kids only now learning about The Cars sound from homage-payers/thieves like The Killers, The Strokes, and Weezer, and will make old-school fans flip their wigs. I was particularly stoked to see footage from a Meadowlands show I went to during my college years.

View the trailer here.

The Cars -"Nightspots (Live)" mp3
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I also immensely enjoyed the treasure trove of video goodness called R.E.M.-When The Light Is Mine - The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987.

Documenting the early years of the Athens band, these songs and videos literally changed the course of modern rock music and visuals. This collection includes all of their original broadcast videos, the 20 minute film "Left Of Reckoning", the footage of "Swan Swan H" from the film Athens, GA Inside-Out, and appearances from The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Tube, and the always entertaining The Cutting Edge from the days that MTV took chances with their programming.

My personal favorite R.E.M. video moment is in "Radio Free Europe" when the band appears in Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens in Summerville, GA...a place that I've always wanted to visit., but never seem to be able to get to.

R.E.M. on YouTube
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