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'Sheryl Crow: Miles from Memphis Live' [Blu ray]
(Sheryl Crow / Blu ray / NR / 2011 / Eagle Records)

Overview: Filmed in November 2010 in the palatial surroundings of the wonderful art deco Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this Blu-ray captures Sheryl Crow on tour in support of her recent hit album 100 Miles From Memphis.

Blu ray Verdict: In 1992, the lovely, demure Sheryl Crow recorded her first attempt at her debut album with Phil Collins' producer Hugh Padgham. The self-titled debut album was due to be released later that year, but was ultimately rejected by her label.

The rest, as they say, is history!

That said, in truth her latest album, 100 Miles From Memphis isn't one of my favorites. And so, this concert performance represents a show that we've seen many times over, from a women that can do such much more, be so much more.

I give her credit for trying something new vocally though, but I think it should have been test-driven first - or maybe these shows were just that?! Here on stage Crow fairly reinterprets her own songs with a new urban vocal phrasing. A little bit pose, a little bit unsettling, it just doesn't come off as authentic to me, sorry.

The songs themselves sound great though, her band solid, as together as ever. Also, I loved the addition of the horns. The set list is very good, would say it was great if Sign Your Name was in the show, but sadly it wasn't. (That is my favorite song on the new CD). Regardless, this is still a show to witness (ie: the best reworking being, in my mind, the different version of 'I Shall Believe.'

The video and sound are all excellent, but you have to be a true, devoted fan of the Crow to understand and appreciate (and accept) what she has done here re: the album, her vocal tone and her (sometimes) stoic stage persona. Filmed in November of 2010, this two-hour concert features 18 tracks along with some brief behind the scenes footage. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.