Sheryl Crow - Live at the Capitol Theater [BR+2CD]
(Sheryl Crow / Blu-ray+2CD / NR / 2018 / MVD Visual)
Overview: On November 10, 2017, at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, Sheryl Crow played the final night of her Be Myself tour. The show features Sheryl with her all new band in top form, performing new songs from her 8th studio album.
Blu-ray Verdict: For those not in the know, Sheryl Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress whose music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, and blues.
She has released ten studio albums, four compilations, a live album, and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. Her songs include "All I Wanna Do", "If It Makes You Happy", "My Favorite Mistake" and the theme song for the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
She has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of 32 nominations) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Simply put, since exploding onto the global stage in 1993 with the multi-platinum Tuesday Night Music Club album, the one-time music teacher and studio vocalist from Kennett, Missouri has forged a career to become the finest female singer/songwriter of her generation.
So, on the aforementioned night of November 10th, 2017, at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, Sheryl Crow played the final night of her Be Myself tour.
Playing a bunch of new tracks from her just-released (at the time) album, alongside all her hits that everyone now knows and loves, the wondrous, complete and colorful set features the tour's namesake, along with cuts such as 'Halfway There' and 'Atom Bomb.'
Also throwing into the mix the radio airplay and crowd favorites, such as 'All I Wanna Do,' 'Leaving Las Vegas,' 'There Goes The Neighborhood,' her delightful, heartbreaking cover of Rod Stewart's 'First Cut Is The Deepest', 'Soak Up The Sun', 'If It Makes You Happy,' this visual and audio treat is truly Crow at her finest.
1. 'Every Day Is A Winding Road'
2. 'A Change Would Do You Good'
3. 'All I Wanna Do'
4. 'My Favorite Mistake'
5. 'Be Myself'
6. 'Long Way Back Home'
7. 'Run Baby Run'
8. 'Can't Cry Anymore'
9. 'The First Cut Is The Deepest'
10. 'Atom Bomb'
11. 'Halfway There'
12. 'There Goes The Neighborhood'
13. 'Leaving Las Vegas'
14. 'Strong Enough'
15. 'Heartbeat Away'
16. 'Roller Skate'
17. 'Best of Times'
18. 'If It Makes You Happy'
19. 'Soak Up The Sun'
20. 'Midnight Rider'
21. 'I Shall Believe'
In truth, listening to the two audio CDs is rather blissful, but the visual entity can get a wee bit bogged down in Crow feeling the need to turn the show into an episode of VH-1 Storytellers.
Don't get me wrong, to hear her stories about how certain songs came to be, what inspired her to write, what kept her writing and recording when her life was falling apart, and other such personal things are, well, just that: personal. So maybe she didn't need to go into so much depth here, for it really is a her history served up cold.
But, sidestepping those free flowing interview spots, and the music is, as expected, first class. Crisp, clean and vibrant, her lives renditions are stunning to behold.
Showcasing music from her then-new album, Be Myself, it's very noticeable that Crow has decided to ditch the guitar playing and incorporate more rap-style moves and lyrics. To me, she looks silly, out of her depth, but to her, I can only assume that it makes her feel younger somehow and like she fits into to today's chart market / radio airplay.
Looking less confident, to me, than in her younger, more gung-ho, ballsy music days, Crow mixes and matches her set-list perfectly for the thrilled audience. Starting off with the sing-along 'Everyday Is A Winding Road,' the pop-stutter of 'A Change Would Do You Good,' the summer fun vibe of 'All A Wanna Do,' and the sexy 'My Favorite Mistake,' she knows which ones will bring her audience closer.
The film production and editing is fantastic here and the sound quality of the stereo and 5.1 mixes are superb. It also comes with the Bonus Feature of a vintage black and white "Flashback" introduction of many legends who have graced the Capitol Theater stage over the years, which was rather lovely to behold.
Overall, and as songs like the highly under-rated 'Run Baby Run,' my personal favorite 'There Goes The Neighborhood,' her version of the Allamn Brothers' 'Midnight Rider' and both the punchy 'If It Makes You Happy' and So-Cal freshness of 'Soak Up The Sun' play out, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this new Sheryl Crow visual/audio experience - and know you will too.