The first ever DVD release from the six-time Grammy Award-winning guitar great, José Feliciano: The Paris Concert spotlights the versatility of the Latin crossover sensation’s instrument of truth, and his skill at evoking new feeling from familiar old tunes.
Filmed in high definition at the New Morning club on August 5 of last year, José Feliciano: The Paris Concert has the ability to woo fans both old and new — those familiar with Feliciano, and those who perhaps don’t yet know him but still appreciate honest musical craftsmanship. Backed by his solid five-piece band, Feliciano kicks things off with “Chico and the Man,” followed by “Crazy Heart” and a smooth version of “Billie Jean.” The rest of the set list is comprised of: “Como Fue,” “I Got a Woman,” “Rain,” “Bamboleo,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Higher Ground,” “Oye Guitarra Mia,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Affirmation,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “Porque Te Tengo Que Olvidar,” “Money,” “Oye Como Va,” “Purple Haze,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Que Sera” and “Light my Fire.” As one can surmise from that track listing, Feliciano dabbles effortlessly
in different genres, mixing flamenco, pop, blues and bossa nova with hearty fistfuls of jazzy undertones. The most interesting thing is that none of these inclusions feels particularly far afield, like a naked stab at relevance. Almost all the songs are engaging interpretations, with “Higher Ground” and “Oye Como Va” serving as particular standouts.
Housed in a clear Amaray case that helps spotlight a two-sided, full-color sleeve, and presented on a region-free disc in 16×9 aspect ratio, José Feliciano: The Paris Concert comes with English language stereo PCM, Dolby digital 5.1 and DTS audio tracks. The video transfer is superb, and crisp throughout, but there are unfortunately no supplemental bonus features. To purchase the DVD via Amazon, click here. A (Concert) C- (Disc)