Actors: Amos Lee
Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Artist Den
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
Run Time: 118 minutes
Maybe you can find out when you see Amos Lee: Live from the Artists Den, a live video recording of his concert at the Fox Theatre in Arizona. The DVD and CD is coming out this March 12th .…
I've actually never seen a "Live from the Artists Den" (which is now in its fifth season), so it was a real treat for me to see this really professionally produced hour plus long program for the first time. I'm not going to lie; I was blown away at how crisp and detailed the video was. Every pore and hair can be seen... and this is on DVD-quality. I can only imagine how amazing it would look on Blu-Ray. Technology-wise, they should be proud that they are using the best high-definition cameras.
In addition to the live performance, there are some uncut/extended interviews with Lee and Joey Burns from Calexico. Some of the interviews were edited into the live show, so it gave viewers a taste of the history and importance of the Fox Theatre. In every way, the stage, the hand-painted southwest colors were just as important as the music performance.
The live program starts off with "El Camino" to help welcome us to the show. The song works well as an introduction because it's not a loud/aggressive song, forcing the audience to really listen to what is being sung. This is really evident when the song is heard again, but miscredited as "Mission Bell", in the special feature with Burns and Amos on acoustics.
Speaking of which, the majority of the 16-song set is taken from his last album, Mission Bell, including the "El Camino", "Flower", "Out Of The Cold", "Violin", "Jesus", "Behind Me Now", and "Windows Are Rolled Down".
With over three albums of music to choose from, it was somewhat of a surprise to see that Amos decided to end his show with a cover of Ray Charles and Willie Nelson's "Seven Spanish Angels" (with the Willie Nelson part sung by Joey Burns). Amos explained on the show that he wanted to sing a song with Joey, "it's not as easy to find duets with two men, so I thought this is the perfect song to sing."
This is one of the better live DVDs that I've had for review. Audio is fantastic, video is amazing (multiple angles), and a bonus of special features/interviews, this is a great package for any Amos Lee fan.
Amos Lee: Live from the Artists Den is out this Tuesday, March 12th. Live CDs, DVDs, and digital downloads of Artists Den performances can be purchased online via iTunes and artistsden.com.
Amos Lee at the Fox Theater, Tucson (03/02/12)