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'Melanie - Live at Meltdown Festival 2007'
(Melanie / DVD / NR / 2018 / MVD Visual)

Overview: This is Melanie's first concert in Britain for over 15 years at Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival on July 16th 2007.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, Melanie (Anne Safka-Schekeryk) is an American singer-songwriter, better known professionally as simply Melanie.

Indeed, she is best known for her hits "Brand New Key", "Ruby Tuesday", "What Have They Done to My Song Ma", and her song about performing at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)".

'Melanie - Live at Meltdown Festival 2007,' out now on DVD via MVD Visual, is a wondrous two hours of footage that showcase the brilliant, and evergreen singer songwriter to perfection.

With guitar in hand, Melanie conquered Woodstock and Glastonbury with her poetic songwriting and unique voice and here at Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival in 2007, she brought her long lasting style of music to the masses - and they loved her back, trust me.

A lot of fans have loved her from day one and they are still around today. Indeed, and fantastically, a new generation has come to the fore and they are the ones shown here in this audience in 2007.

Invited to play by Jarvis Cocker himself she took him up on his offer and lit the stage up tremendously. Of course, Melanie's vocals aren't quite what they used to be here, sure, for she's a lot older, but the core of her beloved lyrics are still very much front and center.

Doing what she can with her voice, her stage presence is stillness personified, of course - I mean, when was it ever anything else - and here we discover Melanie's son, Beau.

Without doubt, Beau is a competent, and quality guitarist, but his style of play, little fills in a faux Spanish style on an electric guitar, just didn't fit Melanie's songs. In truth, he simply gets in the way, for my money, and that extends to (sadly) detracting from Melanie's older music.

That said, when they leave things alone and concentrate on her new music, well, now we're talking as her new music from 2007 sounds wonderful here on this DVD. Rarely does a person hear so much new material (from that time, of course) from an artist having had that twenty year gap (at that time) and find every track a joy. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.