You can be honest with us: the reason you pay for Amazon Prime is for that sweet, sweet free two-day shipping (and the occasional free one-day shipping really get our hearts racing when offered). If you order online regularly, it pays for itself within weeks. Now, if only the Unites States Postal Service could get they s*** together, we’d be feeling great.
When you take a moment and get past all that online spending, Amazon Prime offers a ton of free content that will make music fans of any genre jump with joy directly onto the most comfortable spot on the couch. Most, if not all, of them lack trailers, meaning they didn’t make the usual rounds to gain fanfare and slipped way below your radar. The search can be a bit daunting as well; the shear number of results lead to hundreds of results and numerous pages to scroll through. You could spend and entire night filling up your watchlist and not watch anything at all.
Here are some of the most well-reviewed videos for music lovers you can find on Amazon Prime, along with a brief description. Some live music from the comfort of your own home is a great way to keep warm and entertained during these Winter months.
ABBA: The Golden Years
Runtime: 50 minutes
Description: “From the very beginning, pop music was dominated throughout the world by America and Britain – but all that changed when ABBA burst onto the scene. This documentary contains various video and television performances of some of their most successful hits and chronicles their meteoric rise to fame.”
Top review: “I picked this movie because it looked lonely and under-reviewed on Amazon Instant Watch and because I love some Abba. I’m glad I did.
So the first 8 minutes are devoted to the history before the group came together. It has some really horrifying music from the Hootenanny singers and the Hep Stars, the band mates previous bands. It’s good history but the music is… unfortunate.
After that initial 8 minutes of torment, the movie settles down to talk a bit about the tangled manner in which the band finally came together. After that the movie becomes VERY music-centered. It has at least snippets of all the band’s hits interspersed with period interviews with the members of the band.
The highlights for me were two complete performances: Abba’s Eurovision Song Contest submission Waterloo and their performance for the Swedish Royal Family of Dancing Queen.
All in all an exceptionally entertaining 50 minutes. Just note that it is in standard def.”
Jimmy Buffett – Welcome To Fin City
Runtime: 1 hour and 4 minutes
Description: “After breaking the Guiness Book of World Record for the largest Margarita and opening the new Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo Hotel, Jimmy Buffett performed two incredible shows at the MGM Las Vegas in October of 2011. The best of both shows have been compiled into Welcome To Fin City!”
Top review: “I’ve been a Buffett fan for years, and he just seems to get better as time goes by. No one knows how to put on a show like Jimmy Buffett, and there are no more loyal or colorful fans than the Parrotheads. I downloaded this on my Kindle Fire to take on a recent camping trip, and it did not disappoint! At first I wondered about a Buffett concert in the middle of the desert, but why not? After all, Vegas is “Fin City!” If you are a Buffett fan you will love this!”
Johnny Winter & Dr. John – Live In Sweden 1987
Runtime: 59 minutes
Description: “Blues legend Johnny Winter is joined by the equally legendary Dr. John on Swedish TV, recorded in 1987. From the opening notes of Sound the Bell to the finale of a positively incendiary Jumpin Jack Flash, Winter is in great form. The blues and rock take a side trip to New Orleans when the masterful Dr. John joins the band on piano. Bonus song: Prodigal Son from 1972!”
Top review: “Classic Johnny with the addition of Dr. John. At this point Johnny could still rip and roar on the guitar and his singing was fantastic. Johnny never got his due as an artist and that my have had something to do with him. But he was on of the best guitar players that ever drew breath and THE BEST slide player ever. This video proves that and more. Do yourself a favor and check it out! Dr. John’s barrelhouse piano is off the charts as well.”
Shine A Light
Runtime: 2 hours and 1 minute
Description: “Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band, The Rolling Stones, unite to bring audiences the year’s most extraordinary film event, “Shine A Light.” With special appearances by Christina Aguilera, Jack White and Buddy Guy, and four Rolling Stones performances not seen in theaters, Shine A Light is a must-own for rock ‘n’ roll fans across generations.”
Top review: “I typically avoid concerts on tape (or disc), but the Stones have been my favorites since sixty-four, and they pull through this one with flying colors. Their energy has always amazed me and they’re on the top of their game with Scorcese. There’s not a glitch in the production. The songs flow (as always), and the guys are amazing. The shots are great, with no choppiness. Of course it’s not like being there, but it’s the next best thing.”
Lou Reed – Live at Archa Theatre, Prague 2012
Runtime: 2 hours and 2 minutes
Description: “For Lou Reed the significance of Prague was the Archa Theater, which is were Vaclav Havel the deceased president of Czech Republic and a dear friend of Lou did all of his plays. Few would deny Reed’s immense importance and considerable achievements. He produced 22 studio albums, 12 live albums and 44 singles.”
Top review: “Tenzing Norgay once said “when I die, I want to be all used up”. In Lou Reed – Live at Archa, you are looking at the end of a career of a man who was all used up when he died. While the man could still rock, he obviously had some troubles hitting the notes of his younger years. That being said, you can’t hold it against him. He still puts on a great show for being 70. I also have to give credit to his band, they were awesome.
“there is a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.”- Lou Reed”
Rick Springfield – Live and Kickin’
Runtime: 1 hour and 8 minutes
Description: “Live ‘n’ Kickin’ was filmed in 1982 for the television series Showtime.”
Top review: “High energy, great sound, lots of passion and his biggest hits. Rick has a passion for his fans and music and it shows. Good camera work and audio. Well filmed, recorded and performed concert. Recommended.”
O’Jays – Live In Concert
Runtime: 1 hour and 8 minutes.
Description: “The legends of R&B perform at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, celebrating their 50th year in music.”
Top review: “I love the O’Jays. Finding that concert was just great. Their showmanship has lasted over the years as well as the songs they sing. The concert was from ’09 and their voices were still strong. It made for an enjoyable evening full of memories. They don’t make groups like this anymore.”