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Sheryl Crow Live

Sheryl Crow LiveMuch-loved singer Sheryl Crow
  performs before a live audience,
  leaving her admirers spellbound
  with her gutsy lyrics and magic
  guitar work on the evocative DVD
  Sheryl Crow Live

PREPARE FOR A FRONT ROW SEAT at the enigmatic Sheryl Crow's brilliant performance now on DVD. Sheryl Crow Live has the remarkable effect of almost being there as the star charms the birds out of the trees and interacts with her band members and the audience who support her with fervour.

Wow! This DVD is really pleasing to play as you can't help feeling part of the action. Sheryl is totally professional and is blessed with the Midas touch — she is superbly visual, with a terrific stage presence. The golden girl sings and the watcher is spellbound. Exuding energy and enthusiasm, she delivers each song with a powerful aura — this girl isn't going to hide her light under a bushel.

Soul Food and Essential Music are, justifiably, extremely proud to announce the UK launch of Soundstage, the top quality television show featuring live performances by world-class artistes. Sheryl Crow is accompanied by her long-time backing band — Shawn Pelton, Mike Rowe, Tim Smith and Peter Stroud — and she introduces them proudly to the audience. She seems to have a great rapport with "her boys".

Sheryl Crow Live captures the nine-time Grammy winner's uncut Soundstage performance. Sheryl and her band take us through some of her biggest hits, including All I Wanna Do, If It Makes You Happy, the upbeat and flowing Every Day Is A Winding Road and My Favorite Mistake.

Sheryl Crow Live is available for the first time on DVD and it's beautifully filmed in High Definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. This package also includes a rare cover version of the Nick Lowe classic (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding: "Those who know me," says Sheryl, "will know of my anti-war stance." She also wrote Let's Get Free at around the same time and, disillusioned with the plethora of misinformation around, Sheryl says it is about getting to the truth.

With her passionate voice and hearty riffs, Sheryl's Soundstage performance is a look back at the classics that catapulted her career into the limelight, from the snappy All I Wanna Do to the whispery swansong Strong Enough, and to one of her earliest releases — Leavin' Las Vegas. All three hits helped comprise her debut Tuesday Night Music Club that garnered Grammy honours for Best New Artist, Best Female Rock Vocal and Record of the Year in 1994. Later favourites featured in the set include Safe And Sound, Steve McQueen and I Shall Believe.

The DVD is very watchable, very enjoyable and the passionate, energetic performance from Sheryl Crow never lets up. After she gives a creditable rendition of The First Cut Is The Deepest, she admits: "I wish I would've written it but alas, Cat Stevens wrote it."

"We're going to travel all the way back now to when I was a wild child," says Sheryl, belting out Leavin' Las Vegas before turning to Strong Enough, pushing out all the words with gritty determination as she issues the challenge: Are you strong enough to be my man?

Only Sheryl could use the word "pontificate" in a song — as she has in Redemption Day — and make it sound as if it belongs. Every move appears planned and yet she seems such a natural performer. "I'd just like to counter-balance my political diatribe with a song about a stripper," she says of Sweet Rosalyn, a track that is very country and very compelling.

But it is If It Makes You Happy that really does it for us — it is so full of life and Sheryl seems to be so comfortable with it, loving every moment. The incredible Steve McQueen is not only a fitting tribute to the fantastic, late actor, but it is a great note to end on. And you have just heard pure Sheryl.

Available now for the first time on DVD, Soundstage presents Sheryl Crow Live (UK release 8 September, 2008) in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD Running Time: 92 Minutes | Picture: 16:9 | Catalogue Number: SOUND 001 | Barcode Number: 4046661122596.

DVD Tracklisting

1 My Favorite Mistake | 2 You're An Original | 3 The First Cut Is The Deepest | 4 Leavin' Las Vegas | 5 Strong Enough | 6 Redemption Day | 7 Sweet Rosalyn | 8 If It Makes You Happy | 9 Home | 10 All I Wanna Do | 11 Soak Up The Sun | 12 Everyday Is A Winding Road | 13 I Shall Believe | 14 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding |
15 Let's Get Free | 16 Safe And Sound | 17 Steve McQueen

"Sheryl is totally professional and is blessed with the Midas touch — she is superbly visual, with a terrific stage presence. The golden girl sings and the watcher is spellbound" — MotorBar

Sheryl Crow: Official Biography

Bolder and more free-spirited than ever, Sheryl Crow's latest album — Detours — is both deeply personal and grandly global. Filled with songs about having and holding, changing and letting go, about beginnings, endings and the roads between them, Detours was inspired by "how I feel things are going in the world and what's happened to me the last couple of years," says the nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter.

Crow's lyrical signposts range from the demise of a relationship, the adoption of a child (baby Wyatt, who guests on Lullaby For Wyatt) and a public bout with breast cancer, to the war in Iraq (Peace Be Upon Us, featuring Arabic lyrics sung by Ahmed Al Hirmi), environmental disaster (Gasoline, featuring Ben Harper) and the ravaged New Orleans Of Hurricane Katrina (Love Is Free).

Marking her reunion with Bill Bottrell, who produced her sensational 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, Detours wends its way across the pop musical landscape from the rockin' Shine Over Babylon and acoustic folk God Bless This Mess to the plaintive Diamond Ring. An out-of-the-blue telephone call from Crow brought Bottrell to the studio at her farm near Nashville to produce her sixth studio album.

Each of her previous studio albums has charted Top 10 and earned at least platinum certification. The seven-times platinum Tuesday Night Music Cub, featuring Strong Enough, Can't Cry Anymore and Leavin' Las Vegas, hit number 3 and earned three Grammys: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the classic All I Wanna Do.

1996's triple-platinum Sheryl Crow (No 6) earned the Grammy for Best Rock Album and, for If It Makes You Happy, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. 1998's platinum The Globe Sessions (Number 5) also garnered the best Rock Album Grammy, as its Everyday Is A Winding Road and My Favourite Mistake both reached the Pop Top 20.

The new millennium brought 2002's platinum C'mon, C'mon (Number 2) whose gold Soak Up The Sun peaked in the Top 20 and Steve McQueen again got her a Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy. The 2003 greatest hits compilation, the four-times platinum The Very Best Of Sheryl Crow, was also a Number 2 charted, featuring a new recording, a cover of Cat Stevens' The First Cut Is The Deepest. 2005's platinum Wildflower (Number 2) featured the duet with Sting, Always On Your Side.

On Detours, the fearlessly outspoken Sheryl Crow continues a journey of self-discovery that has increasingly appealed to both the head and the heart.

Background to Soundstage

Long before music television filled the airwaves, the PBS series Soundstage sparked the nation. In an impressive run from 1974 to 1985, this innovative and prestigious programme achieved widespread critical acclaim and featured the artistes that defined the era, including such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, The Doobie Brothers, Harry Chapin, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Loggins and also The Temptations.

Soundstage was reborn in 2001 thanks to Joe Thomas, director and founder of HD Ready. HD Ready specialises in combining high definition television and cutting edge surround sound. Thomas' vision was to combine the one-hour musical performances of the original show with state-of-the-art high-definition video equipment and innovative Dolby 5.1 audio.

Whether it is an American treasure like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers or newer superstar like Dashboard Confessional, Soundstage provides every viewer with the best seat in the house. "What I envisioned was bringing the entire audience to the 10th row and building a stage commensurate with what you would see at an arena show instead of asking the artists to alter their performance for a smaller venue," states Thomas. "We are so fortunate to have attracted such a diverse group of artists for Soundstage. I think more and more musicians are realising that coming on our show gives them the rare opportunity to solely perform their best work in an intimate setting, for TV."

The majority of the concerts are filmed before studio audiences at WTTW's Grainger Studio in Chicago, which is equipped with twelve cameras including a jib and Steadicam. Soundstage also occasionally hits the road, taping at venues like Red Rocks, Meyerson Symphony Center, Rialto Square Theatre, Genessee Theater, Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rosemont Theatre, Tsongas Arena, Fleet Center, Germain Amphitheater and Madison Square Garden.

Since Soundstage has been reintroduced, performers have included the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Joss Stone, Robert Plant, Wilco, Sonic Youth, the All-American Rejects, KT Tunstall, Train, Alison Krauss, Alanis Morissette, Daughtry, John Fogerty and countless more of today's premiere artistes.

Check out the official PBS Soundstage website at

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