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DVD: The Making of Mr. Buechner's Dream
Artist: Daniel Amos
Time: 4 Titles / 87 minutes
The title of the DVD is The Making of Mr. Buechner's Dream. Note the word 'Making' in the title. This would imply that the DVD would give some details about the making of the excellent 33 song double CD by Daniel Amos. (see review of the CD)
There is plenty of grainy home-video camera footage giving the viewer a fairly intimate glimpse into the antics of the recording sessions, practices, interviews of the guys describing their feelings about the recording, etc., but very little of that footage details “the making." A better title would have been: Scenes of the Band at the Time Mr. Buechner's Dream was Being Made. OK, that would be a silly title, but it would be more descriptive of what the DVD actually contains.
TMOMBD consists of four main titles:
The second title is 26 minutes of concert footage from the Creation 2001 festival. This feature has a terrible mix; Greg's electric guitar is considerably out of tune with Terry's acoustic guitar, the bass is non-existent on most of the footage, the only drum that is audible is the kick drum, etc. Unfortunately, it's quite an unhappy sound.
The third feature is the 1 minute 47 seconds promotional trailer for the album.
The last feature is the audio of the web-only release of “Nowhere is Someplace” with various photos from the concert tour shown during the audio playback. This is one of the only places on the entire DVD where one gets a flavor for the sonic delights that are part of Mr. Buechner's Dream.
Because of the poor sound quality, the haphazard way in which the video is pieced together, and the out-of tune/poor mix concert footage, it's most likely that only devoted DA fans will want to pick up this DVD.
Scott Lake October 8, 2005