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James Last

Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD

Review by Gary Hill

James Last and Rodney Dangerfield seem to share one thing. They can't seem to get any respect. A lot of people disregard Last as background music or otherwise trash his music. Well, I would hazard to bet those people have never seen Last live. Truth be told, neither have I, but now that I've seen this DVD I won't disregard Last again. He and his massive band work their way through a repertoire that crosses between jazz, soundtrack type music and pop type sounds. This is retro music, but it's also vital and powerful. The group and Last are all top-notch performers and this delivers more entertainment per minute than a lot of music. It's worth picking up if just for the "Hip Hop Polka Medley." Now where else will you ever find that? You also get an interview with James Last from last year - and the concert was also recorded in 2007. If you want an introduction to an artist to whom you might not have given a lot of thought before, you need to pick this up. If you already know James Last's music, then you will be waiting for it to hit your store shelves anyway.

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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