The DVD format has afforded music enthusiasts a vast library of rare or previously unseen concert performances, usually with a high-resolution, surround sound audio track.

The DVD format has afforded music enthusiasts a vast library of rare or previously unseen concert performances, usually with a high-resolution, surround sound audio track. The format continues that tradition with this September 1997 concert, held at London's historic, visually stunning Royal Albert Hall. Sir George Martin, ever the perfect gentleman, introduces one legend after another in this fundraising event to assist the people of Montserrat, threatened by a long-dormant volcano. This DVD includes a veritable British supergroup, many members of which had recorded at Martin's revered AIR Studios Montserrat. Where else can one see and hear "Golden Slumbers" performed by a band featuring Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Phil Collins? Or "Hey Jude" with the same players plus Elton John, Sting, Carl Perkins and Jools Holland? Among the other highlights are John's solo performance of "Your Song," Clapton's overlooked "Same Old Blues" and Sting's "Message in a Bottle." The show also features Jimmy Buffett and Alphonsus "Arrow" Cassell.—CW

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