The sequel to a fine first DVD Video collection culled from the invaluable PBS series Sessions at West 54th, this Volume 2 documents another superb selection of intimate, often inspired live performan

The sequel to a fine first DVD Video collection culled from the invaluable PBS series Sessions at West 54th, this Volume 2 documents another superb selection of intimate, often inspired live performances. Among the highlights here are a definitive acoustic presentation of John Hiatt's great "Cry of Love," a patient, deeply moving version of Lyle Lovett's "Step Inside This House," and a rare, rousing take on Astor Piazzolla's miniature Four, For Tango by the Kronos Quartet. The Mavericks seem oddly rote on "Dance the Night Away," but Elvis Costello goes over the top successfully—tuxedo, strings, and all—on his number with Burt Bacharach, "Painted From Memory." The DVD extras include an alternate version of the latter track as well as artist interview segments. Other artists featured: Randy Newman, Lou Reed, Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Neil Finn, Natalie Merchant, Imani Coppola, and Ozomatli.—BB

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