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Charles Bradley

Live from the House of Soul DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Let’s get one thing out of the way, when you hear the words “live” in terms of a performance, you are likely to assume that it means the music was recorded while the band was performing for an audience. There was no audience at this show. Yes, it was a performance that was filmed live (as in no overdubs and other studio “re-dos”), but don’t expect audience response and such. This is more like a performance video – except that the audio is live rather than the studio versions.

The music here is performed very well. It has a modern flair in some ways, but overall it feels like something that would have been very much at home in the soul music of the 1960s or 1970s. This stuff is classic. There is no question about that. I will say that one issue I have with this is that the main feature is only about a half an hour long. Several music videos are added as bonuses, but even with those included, this is still less than an hour length. Beyond that, though, the video and audio or both solid, but not necessarily spectacular. The music and performances are the real magic here, though.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2016  Volume 3 at

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