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America

Live in Central Park 1979 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Having seen America live I can tell you that they are an interesting animal in the concert setting. It's amazing how they can take laid back soft rock songs and use them to create an invigorating and powerful concert experience. How they do it, I don't know. But the fact remains that they do. Watching this DVD you can see it, although it doesn't rival the experience of actually being there.

The concert is a great show with all the favorites performed. As always the band is on and the enthusiasm is contagious. The show is great. Filmed by the same guy who brought us Led Zeppelin's Song Remains the Same, this is a good film (and it was a concert film, not some direct to video deal). The sound and video are a bit under par by today's standards, but this was the 1970's. For the time it was solid from a technical standpoint. Seeing America live is a sublime experience. This video cannot rival that, but it's the next best thing to being there.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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