Anaheim (Live) Review

artist: eric johnson date: 08/04/2009 category: dvd
eric johnson: Anaheim (Live)
Release Date: Nov 11, 2008
This live DVD encompasses all of Eric Johnson's virtuosity in a live and real setting, displaying his technique with up close shots and beautiful camera work that is sure to impress.
 Sound: 8
 Content: 9
 Production Quality: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.3 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.5 
 Users rating:
 10 
 Votes:
 2 
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overall: 8.5
Anaheim (Live) Reviewed by: TheDissident, on august 04, 2009
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Sound: This live DVD encompasses all of Eric Johnson's virtuosity in a live and real setting, displaying his technique with up close shots and beautiful camera work that is sure to impress. The DVD's sound quality comes across as fluid as it must have live, Johnson's unique tone (whether utilizing his delay, reverb, or simple clean tone) is never lost in translation from the live-to-DVD-switch. With the backing of drummer Tommy Taylor and bassist Chris Maresh, Johnson's sound is never "weak" or "tiny". Eric's playing is superb, and his technique varies from slide playing to his jazzy rhythm lines. Unfortunately, Maresh's bass tone can frequently over power Johnson's playing (check out his Cliffs of Dover near the end, Maresh begins to improv over Eric's solo, with less than favorable results). All in all, Johnson's clean and bright tone makes this DVD one of the best sounding around. // 8

Content: As with a good majority of live concert DVD's, the Anaheim Live product keeps most of it's work in its actual filming of the concert. A song selection makes it easier to search for tracks, but other than the usual options and extras, one won't find anything to substantial in this category. However, be sure to check out the interview with Johnson regarding his 2007 album release and some concert footage added in as a bonus. As for song content, Johnson really went the extra mile in making this special. Covering his basics, Johnson includes many of his originals, starting with Summer Jam and moving through with crowd pleasers like Trademark, SRV, and ending with Cliffs of Dover. A cover of Dylan's My Back Pages shows the excellent duality of Johnson's style. A piano cover of Wind Cries Marry can be found near the end, and is certainly one of the DVD's highlights. // 9

Production Quality: As the content would lead one to expect, this is a DVD focusing on a musician, with a target audience of other musicians. Close ups of Johnson's fingers insure that all viewers get a close up look at his technique and style. Much of the camera work focuses on the band, and the shots of Johnson's playing will surely enthuse any of his fans looking to imitate his style. // 8

Overall Impression: Overall, Johnson's playing ability alone is extraordinary enough to warrant the purchase of this DVD. His song selection, both of originals and covers, keeps the DVD flowing and makes sure you're not skipping songs. Aside from a few basic problems with volume control and the brevity of the set list (only 12 song counting bonuses), the DVD is worth it's retail price. Whether you're an inspiring virtuoso wanting to check out Johnson's technique first hand, or simply a fan of the man's work, be sure to check out this DVD. // 9

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