The Greatest Concert Movies Ever Made – Part 2

If you are a true admirer and avid watcher of concert movies, you would certainly have realized the fact that compiling a list of the greatest concert movies ever made, or even voting to try and find the top 3 or one best concert movie ever made that has surpassed all others, it is almost impossible to confine the list in a single article. There have been so many such great rockumentaries, and this article was totally inevitable as a continuation of the previous article themed in the same category. So far we have spoken about ‘The Last Waltz’ and ‘Stop Making Sense’. Now let us take a look at more of such musical-visual gems!

Live at the Hollywood Bowl

This was basically a concert live-performed and simultaneously recorded by the Rock Band ‘The Doors’, all the way back in 1987. Unlike other rock bands of their times, they dabbled in various musical genres such as Psychedelic Rock, Blues and even Acid Rock. This is what made them stand apart from the rest, and made this concert movie a humungous success. Incidentally, there is also a contemporary 2012 version of this concert, which features greater diversity of super-hit tracks such as ‘A Little Game’, ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Five to One’, ‘Spanish Caravan’, ‘The End’, ‘Moonlight Drive’ and ‘When the Music’s over’ to name a few.

Festival Express

This was an iconic rockumentary film that was released in 2003, and as a first-timer of sorts, the ‘Festival Express’ charted out the story of not one, but several of North America’s popular bands that were making their mark during the 1970s. Here’s a look at them.

  • Flying Burrito Bros
  • The Band
  • Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
  • Janis Joplin
  • Grateful Dead
  • Buddy Guy

What basically happened in 1970 was that all of these American bands were touring Canada for various concerts, and these moments were essentially captured, with the collective train journey in particular. In terms of possessing that creative vision to compile and present a live story that happened several decades earlier, you need to hand over a major chunk of the credit to the film’s director Bob Smeaton. The fact that this was a corporate studio production as opposed to an individual effort, made this an even bigger success that UK-based Apollo Films and Peachtree Films roped in collectively.

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