Live Aid Reviews

Live Aid  (4 Disc Set)

Billed as “the day music changed history,” the Live Aid concerts of July 13, 1985, were held to raise money to fight the horrifying famines sweeping Africa. The brainchild of Bob Geldof and representing the efforts of countless musicians and technicians, Live Aid was a genuine and inspiring effort to help the victims of an overwhelming calamity. Twenty years after the twin concerts (one in London, one in Philadelphia) were broadcast worldwide, the 4-DVD treatment furthers the cause (more…)

13 responses to “Live Aid Reviews”

  1. Lindsey says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    A Cultural Funeral
    The combined Band Aid / We Are The World / Live Aid onslaught felt like not only the death of popular music but a brutal lynching of it.

  2. Ryder says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Music purchase
    product received was as advertised, and in great condition. Would buy from this vendor again.

  3. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What’s not to like?
    Live Aid has always been a sentimental favorite of mine, in part because I grew up in the Philadelphia area, when concerts at the now-demolished JFK stadium were legend.

  4. Nuala says:

    Today Charity concerts are very common in the music industry. But when looking at a charity concert – the world of the 13th July 1985 Live Aid concert is the Grand Daddy of them all. It boasted the largest ever lineup of musicians for an expense. Before Live Aid, Woodstock was the greatest lineup ever for a concert. Live Aid would far surpass Woodstock. Live Aid would take place primarily in two locations – Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. There were also other feeds from several other countries. The RSS feeds for all of these shows would be synchronized to a big concert on the TV audience as well as the fans in attendance at the venues. I remember the Saturday in July, when it took place. In the United States, the coverage would be between the cable and network TV. I think many of us have for this course – because that would, in fact, the only day they ever sent – and we did not see eveything. Unless you had your VCR running, this would be it .- to 19 1 / 2 years later, when the “Live Aid 4 DVD set would be released.
      According to the liner notes, Band Aid organizer Bob Geldof – for legal reasons, do not want the Live Aid show or re-recorded. But the fact remains that the shots were and, therefore, with this DVD set was. The 4-DVD set consists of over 10 hours concert and the associated extras. Important to note is that this is not the whole show Live Aid. There are many parts of the Live Aid Show that are not included. The official reason for the things that non-absorption is the assertion that the material does not exist. Therefore things are missing – especially the Led Zeppelin reunion, but there are still many good things about this concert and it is enough to give you a good feel for the atmosphere and the flow of the concert from the venues.
      Here are 10 great moments from Live Aid, on the DVD:
      1.U2, “Bad”: This was U2 as an incredible live act. Look closely at the end as two young girls literally climb over the amount of Bono's invite to join him on stage.
      2.Beach Boys, “Would it be beautiful?”: You can buy great past, but I thought that was an incredible performance.
      3.Dire Straits & Sting, “Money for Nothing”. Live Aid was the place that this song on the map. It is probably the only place where you can listen to Dire Straits and Sting this live – amazing stuff.
      4.Queen: All six songs. This was probably one of the last great hurray for this band. Freddie Mercury and co delivered a very passionate performance. See how Mercury has complete command of the set with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Radio Gaga” and “We are the champions”
      5.Paul McCartney, “Let It Be”. Large penultimate song on the London set. McCartney, along with Pete Townshend, David Bowie, Bob Geldof, and Alison Moyet. You can see the audience is exhausted at this point. McCartney and repeals Townshend Geldof over their shoulders.
      6.Band Help Finale: The benefit can be out of sync, but its true improvise, as you can see, the London artists perform “Do they know It's Christmas.” Why was not a Freddie Mercury solo bit in this song?
      7.Thompson Twins / Madonna / Nile Rodgers / Steve Stevens, “Revolution”. Live Aid has a lot of artists a chance to work with others they had not before. This was one of the most interesting combinations of artists, the Thompson Twins remake of the Beatles classic.
      8.Teddy Pendergrass / Ashford and Simpson: “Reach Out”: One of the most emotional moments of the show was Teddy Pendergrass “for the implementation of the first time after what was in near-fatal car accident. Very few dry eyes for this song. This is known as “Extra” on the DVD set, because the material was taken from the MTV in the last minute.
      9.Mick Jagger: “Just Another Night”: The Philadelphia crowd was exhausted, but managed fire Jagger everything with this solo hit.
      10.Bob Dylan / Keith Richards / Ron Wood 'Blowing in the Wind “: Even if I do not care for this song – especially for the penultimate song in the U.S., I thought it was one of the great moments, in which Bob Dylan's string breaks Ron Wood and give him his guitar to the performance near seamless.
      There are so many other moments and performances in this show to enjoy, as well – too many to. There are a lot of extras. There are BBC documentaries about the famine and the Band Aid Project. Both documentaries are very interesting. It is an area that shows some of the International feeds. This includes the performance Pendergrass, INXS from Australia, and the RSS feeds from Austria, Germany, Japan, Russia and Norway. The Austria is very passionate. You also get the “Do they know It's Christmas” video, the “We are the World” video, and Mick Jagger and David Bowie's “Dancing in the Streets” video (the debut of Live Aid). They also chronicle Phil Collins transcontiential trip from the London show of the Philadelphia show – although I think that material could have been better.
      Another thing that is really good, some of the camera. You get a good sense of some of the things and people behind the scenes – that is really seen at the Philadelphia venue.
      In most cases, the quality of audio and video on this DVD is very good. . On the negative side, the missing material is a lot to overcome. I would have preferred that the International feeds and Pendergrass performance, the actual sequence of the show a real sense of achievement. Overall, this is still something for all music fans – highly recommended.

  5. Paco says:

    than 24 years old I've only heard about the “Legend of Live Aid” and this DVD certanlly showed me the case was greater than the legend. i havn't a complete tracklist, so here:
      Disk 1
      BBC TV News Report
      Video Band Aid Do they know it's Christmas?
      USA for Africa Video We Are The World
      Coldstream Guards Royal Salute
      Status Quo Rockin all over the world, Caroline
      The Style Council internationalists, Walls Come Tumbling Down
      The Boomtown Rats I Do not Like Monday, Drag Me Down
      Adam Ant Vive Le Rock
      Ultravox Dancing with tears in my eyes, Vienna
      Spandau Ballet only when you leave, True
      Elvis Costello Everything you need is love
      Nik Kershaw Would not it be good
      Sade Your Love Is King
      Sting Roxanne
      Phil Collins Against all chances
      Sting & Phil Collins every breath you take
      Howard Jones Hide & Seek
      Bryan Ferry Slave to love, Jealous Guy
      Paul Young Do they know it's Christmas?, Come & Stay, Every time you go away
      Paul Young & Alison Moyet That's the way love is
      Bryan Adams Kids Want to Rock, Summer of `69
      U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bad
      Disk 2
      The Beach Boys Would not it be nice, Good Vibrations, Surfin 'USA
      Dire Straits & Sting Money for nothing
      Dire Straits Sultans of Swing
      George Thorogood & the destroyers Madison Blues
      Queen Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Gaga, Hammer fall Crazy little thing called love, We Will Rock You, We are the champions
      Simple Minds Ghost Dancing, (not you) forget about me
      TVC15 David Bowie, Rebel Rebel, Modern Love, Heroes
      CBC Ethiopian film
      Joan Baez Amazing Grace
      Pretenders Stop your sobbing, Chain Gang, the middle of the road
      The Who Love Reign O'er me, will not be fooled again
      Kenny Loggins Footloose
      Elton John Bennie and the jets, Rocket Man
      Elton John and Kiki Dee Do not violate my heart
      Elton John and George Michael Do not let the sun go at me
      Disk 3
      Madonna Holiday, in the furrow
      Freddie Mercury and Brian May Is this the world we created?
      Paul McCartney Let It Be
      Band Aid Finale Do they know it's Christmas?
      Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers American girl, Refugee
      Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne Paranoid
      Reo Speedwagon Can not fight this feeling, roll with the changes
      Crosby, Stills & Nash Teach your children
      Judas Priest Living After Midnight, Green Manalishi
      The cars just what I needed, Heartbreak City
      Neil Young The Needle and the damage done, nothing is perfect (in gods perfect plan)
      Thompson Twins, Steve Stevens, Nile Rodgers & Madonna Revolution
      Eric Clapton White Room, She's waiting, Layla
      Phil Collins (in Philly) In the Air Tonight
      Duran Duran Union of the Snake, Save A Prayer, The Reflex
      Patti Labelle Imagine, Forever Young
      CD 4
      Hall & Oates Maneater
      Hall & Oates with Eddie Kendricks Ready (cos here I come)
      Hall & Oates with Eddie Kendricks & David Ruffin is not too proud to beg, My Girl
      Mick Jagger Just Another Night, Miss You
      Mick Jagger & Tina Turner State of Shock, It's Only Rock N Roll
      Bob Dlyan with Keith Richards and Ron Wood Blowing in the wind
      USA for Africa Finale We are the world
      CD 4 Extras
      INXS What you need, do not change
      B.B. King Why I sing the blues, do not answer the door, Rock Me Baby
      Ashford and Simpson with Teddy Pendergrass access
      Run DMC King of Rock
      Cliff Richard A World of Difference
      Overseas Package
      David Bowie & Mick Jagger Dancing in the Street
      Documentary Food & Truck & Rock `n 'Roll

  6. Osma says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Truly was an Event to Never Forget
    Live Aid shows the physically terrible and yet the internally passionate people of the ’80s. Other people b**** because somey artists are missing from the package, failing to…

  7. Wowashi says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Live Aid 4 disc set
    I bought the one disc version of this. I was not happy with it because the songs were not in their entirety. I waited until the price came down and I was ready. I am so glad.

  8. Rusty says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    No denying the quality, but if only…
    Those of us who didn’t have MTV in 1985 really did get the Royal Shaft (…plus those of us working that afternoon received an additional shaft of a lesser degree).

  9. Murphy says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Underated! Worth every penny and then some! Too bad about the missing bits!
    This video set brings back a flood of memories of the 1980s upbeat times. Its a piece of nostalgia you would’nt want to miss. This was one exciting time.

  10. Syesha says:

    A couple of reviewers here in the trash with this DVD set because Led Zeppelin and Rick Springfield are not on it. The reason Led Zeppelin were not included in this series, because they do not want to be involved. From a BBC report dated 4 August: An explanation of the members, said: “Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are in absolute full support of the fundraising project for the people of Sudan. However, Jimmy, Robert and John Paul found that both the sound and general reproduction of their performance at Live Aid Philadelphia was substandard. “What Rick Springfield, one of his songs is in the extras. Virtually every act had some songs on the DVD cut, except I think the queen, thanks to its entirety included (if memory serves, there were six songs in their set). I would have liked every song presented that day by each band, live or via video, on this, but I think an extra disc or two might have it more expensive, thus inaccessible to less affluent people. But can you at the track listings and extras on and they will see that there is still a lot of good stuff in this compilation! Really, most of the bands and songs are on the DVD! And come on people, the proceeds from this series are set for a good cause. Spread a little Christmas cheer this year for you and for others and in the spirit of this unforgettable event!

  11. Philander says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A lot of music
    Very quickly…
    You get a TON of music for the price when the singers were in their prime!!
    The quality of the dvd is ok.

  12. Orea says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Songs Missing
    I bought this DVD mostly for a few select performances. When I received the DVD and played it, I noticed several performances were missing.

  13. Naava says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Well Worth The Money
    I own this set and watched the concert live in 1985. I’ve been reading some of these reviews and would like to clear up some myths and misstatements I’ve read.

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