Case Number 03606: Small Claims Court

THE PAUL BRADY SONGBOOK

Koch Vision // 2003 // 151 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Chief Justice Michael Stailey // November 21st, 2003

The Charge

His Life, His Music, His Passion

The Case

Encapsulating a remarkable 30 year career, legendary singer/songwriter Paul Brady brings a lifetime of music and memories to the masses with this series of six programs, filmed over two weeks in late summer 2002. For those like myself who are unfamiliar with the Irish-born Brady, his mix of folk, blues, pop, and rock conjure images of the lyrical Randy Newman, the soulful Van Morrison, and the passionate Elton John. This collection of 37 songs traverses his entire career to date, from 1960s blues through '70s Irish folk to his more recent work as a solo artist and songwriter for some of the biggest names in the recording industry.

While the music may be the meat of the collection, you will learn a great deal more from the interviews and retrospectives put together by Irish Public Television. It's fascinating to me how one can accomplish so much and still remain in relative obscurity within mainstream pop culture. For true music lovers and those fascinated by Irish cultural heritage, I highly recommend getting hold of this disc. It is one of those rare collections you can pop in and leave on as beautiful, relaxing background music. This is underscored by the fact that much of it was recorded without an audience, thus lacking the more compelling and engaging elements of other similar public television music anthologies.

Presented in 1.81:1 anamorphic widescreen -- to be honest it looks more like cropped 4:3 full frame -- the digital video imagery is crisp and clear. Warm and inviting, the colors are in synch with the music. A true feel-good experience. The Dolby 2.0 audio track does an adequate job, although I would recommend filtering it through all five channels for a more robust sound. In terms of bonus features, there are five additional songs not aired in the broadcast television series.

Those interested in learning more about Paul Brady can find a great deal of info from the links provided. In addition, Paul will be touring the US through the remainder of 2003. If you're lucky, you may be able to experience the beauty of his artistry first hand. If not this collection provides a virtual substitute. Case dismissed.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 85

Perp Profile
Studio: Koch Vision
Video Formats:
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 151 Minutes
Release Year: 2003
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Five Additional Songs

Accomplices
* Paul Brady Site
http://www.paulbrady.com/

* Compass Records Bio
http://www.compassrecords.com/artists_brady.html

* Rolling Stone Magazine Bio
http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/default.asp?oid=8629