MORCHEEBA – ‘From Brixton To Beijing’ DVD (Warner Music Vision)
What this package is, is essentially two really good Morcheeba mini documentaries – one of their gig in Brixton Academy last November, while the other focuses on their trip, in March 2003, to China. Surprisingly however, the DVD carries no real special features or extras. This is a straight watch from beginning to end, apart from a limited camera pan facility.
The Brixton footage gives the sense that the filmmakers have attempted to recreate the experience of ‘being there’. You get to follow fans as they enter the venue and to meander around backstage. You get to see the pre-concert tension, the booze, the group hugs and all that malarkey. The gig itself looks like one every Morcheeba fan should have been at – the end of tour celebration gig. Indeed, halfway through turntablist, Paul describes it as the best gig he has ever been to.
The footage from Beijing is more revealing. You get to see a bit of what it’s like to visit China as part of Morcheeba – two wide boys and a soulstress. You see Paul’s fake Rolex fetish, Rossi’s revelation that in Chinese Morcheeba means ‘touch the dick’ and Skye’s reaction to getting the red carpet treatment.
Only really for the many Morcheeba fans. Just like the crowd, you’re left asking for more. 7.5/10
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