Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2010 // 134 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // June 25th, 2011
Sheryl Crow soaks up the sun everyday on her winding road.
Recorded live in November of 2010 at the beautiful Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Sheryl Crow: Miles from Memphis captures the singer on tour to support her album 100 Miles From Memphis. Sheryl Crow has never been about flashy production values or dance numbers; she's content to showcase her songs in a simple fashion with a band that, for this tour, includes a horn section to Memphis things up a bit. Crow claims she has to work a little harder now because she is an "elder statesmen" in her world of music, but it's amazing how earthy and relaxed she seems during the concert.
The set list includes:
* "Our Love is Fading"
* "A Change Would Do You Good"
* "100 Miles From Memphis"
* "Can't Cry Anymore"
* "Strong Enough"
* "Summer Day"
* "My Favorite Mistake"
* "Redemption Day"
* "Long Road Home"
* "Everyday is a Winding Road"
* "Roses and Moonlight"
* "If It Makes You Happy"
* "Soak Up the Sun"
* "Peaceful Feeling"
* "All I Wanna Do / Got to Give Up"
* "I Want You Back"
* "I Shall Believe"
It's a strong mix of new material combined with the predictable "here are those hits you want to hear." Her backing band is extremely talented and a bit more blues oriented than she has ever had. It seems to work for Sheryl, who doesn't pull out her guitar quite as often, and even does a stint on piano this time. She looks great for her age, and her voice is in fine form. Some of the more familiar tracks are reworked a bit, but they sound familiar enough to satisfy fans as well as integrate them into this new tour. Sheryl simply moves through each song with a little patter now and then, but the focus is always on the music.
About the only criticism I can give you of the presentation is that some of the camera angles are strange, often showing you a very high view from over the drum kit out into the audience. That does little other than show you Crow's backside, and you can't make out much of the audience. The shots are edited together quickly too, rarely lingering long enough to give us a good sense of the space or what is happening in each moment. It's that old school MTV style editing that makes things seem less fluid than the mood evokes.
The transfer looks and sounds great though even with the whiplash editing. It's nice to see a concert in high definition so that we can watch the detailed work as fingers roll up and down guitar necks or manipulate the horns. Black levels are as good as they can be as the stage lighting creates extreme contrasts. The Dolby mastered surround sound is great, and we get the music in an authentic way, concentrating most of it in the front speakers. The sole extra is a behind-the-scenes look at the show, and it includes "Eye to Eye" and "Stop," performed during the sound check.
This is a great package for Sheryl Crow fans. You get the singer/songwriter playing in her adopted home town in front of a very appreciative audience. The theater is an amazing historical landmark, and the band is a unique blend of blues musicians and horn players. She seems at ease and comfortable in her own skin after two decades of tours and gigs. She's a pro, and her delivery is pure and simple. There are no Lady Gaga high fashion moments, no back-up dancers, not even a costume change. But Crow also never lip synchs and actually plays with her band quite a bit, which makes her the rare breed of true singer and songwriters working today. She still has it where it counts.
Guilty of being a very solid show from Sheryl.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080i)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 134 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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