Earlier this year, country music superstar Shania Twain announced to the world that she will embark on what she is calling her “Farewell Tour” beginning June 5th. Despite calling it her “Farewell Tour,” Twain has also been quick to say that she is not necessarily calling it a career once the tour wraps. In fact, the Canadian-born singer has said herself that after the tour wraps later this fall, she still plans to keep making new music. So that being the case Twain almost sounds as if she is saying without saying that she will keep making new music but has no plans to hit the road again anytime soon in the near future. If that is indeed the case then Eagle Rock Entertainment’s newly released recording Still The One: Live From Vegas is a good replacement for Twain’s fans that might never get to see her live in person again. The main way that it proves itself so enjoyable is through its extensive set list. The show, recorded live at The Colosseum at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, boasts twenty-three songs and a twenty-fourth set against the show’s closing credits. It includes some of her biggest country and pop-country crossover hits as well as some of her lesser-known material. Of course what’s a show without a show? Twain’s own performance coupled with the show’s massive production make this show just as enjoyable for her fans as the set list itself. And then there are the show’s production values. The show’s presentation on DVD and Blu-ray is just as top-notch as every one of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s previously released live recordings through the years. It is a standard that Eagle Rock has held for years, proving without a doubt once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment is, again, the leader in live recordings. All three elements of Shania Twain’s new concert recording noted here each present their own importance to the recording in whole. All combined they make Still The One: Live From Vegas a live recording that any Shania Twain fan will agree never loses its luster no matter how many times they watch it. And they also make this recording more proof, once more, of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.
Shania Twain’s new live recording Still The One: Live From Vegas may very well be the last time that Twain’s fans get to see her perform live for a long time if reports are to be believed. If it is the last time they see her live for the foreseeable future, then it is a great way for her to go out, even if she isn’t officially “retiring” per se. It proves this first and foremost with its extensive set list. The show’s set list boasts a total of twenty-four songs. The final of those songs is actually used against the show’s credits and was recorded live in Canada rather than during her stint in Vegas. That aside, Twain’s fans will fully appreciate the breadth of the show’s set list. it includes some of her biggest country hits as well as some of her biggest pop-country crossover hits along with a number of her lesser-known songs, too. Those major hits include the likes of: ‘Any Man of Mine,’ ‘Come On Over,’ ‘You’re Still The One, ‘From This Moment On,’ and what is perhaps her biggest hit of all ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman.’ Among her lesser-known songs included in this performance are songs such as ‘I Ain’t No Quitter,’ ‘Carrie Anne,’ ‘No One Needs To Know,’ and ‘Love Gets Me Every Time.’ There are plenty of other songs included in the show that could be noted. These are just some of the pieces included in the show’s extensive set list that make it so enjoyable for Twain’s fans. The mix of those major hits and her lesser-known material is so extensive that it really serves as a clear cross-section of her career. One could almost say it’s like having a greatest hits album wrapped into one giant, extravagant concert that fans will love to watch again and again. Speaking of the show, Twain’s own performance coupled with the show’s production in general is another reason that fans will enjoy this recording so much.
The set list that makes up the body of Still The One: Live From Vegas makes for plenty of reasons for Shania Twain’s fans to pick up this recording. That’s especially the case considering that it could be the last time for a long time that fans get to see her live in any setting. It isn’t the only reason that fans will enjoy this record, either. Twain’s performance coupled with the concert’s overall production makes the set list all the more enthralling for fans. Twain herself keeps the energy flowing from beginning to end even in the show’s few slower moments. There is even plenty of fan interaction throughout the show. She even goes so far as to go out into the crowd in attendance during her performance of ‘Honey, I’m Home,’ and spends time taking selfies with fans, letting fans sing along with her, and give her hugs. All the while there is no security hindering her. It really is an interesting sight to see. And it is one of those moments that shows why she is still such a fan favorite today. In getting out into the audience and even bringing audience members on stage, she doesn’t just perform for the audience. Rather she literally brings the show to the audience. The production of the show itself coupled with her performance makes the concert even more enjoyable for fans. There are large sets used throughout the concert’s various numbers including a wild west town, a camping set, and early on in the show what looks like rocks that one would find out in the desert southwest on which Twain’s backup band performs. The massive video wall behind Twain and company is even incorporated into the production from start to finish. It is used for the songs and for interludes that give Twain time to change her outfits throughout the concert. As if that’s not enough, the standard smoke machines, lasers are there. There are even horses and some horsepower on cables thrown in for good measure, too. And every bit of it feels completely rehearsed with the fullest of precision, too. It shows yet again why the coupling of the show’s production and Twain’s performance (I.E. her stage presence) makes another reason that Still The One: Live From Vegas is a hit for Shania Twain fans of all ages.
The set list featured in Still The One: Live From Vegas partnered with Twain’s stage presence and the show’s overall production make for plenty of reason for Twain’s fans to pick up this newly released live recording. There is still one more aspect of the recording to examine, and it is the same element that deserves examination in any live recording. That element is the concert’s production values (I.E. its audio and video mix). Yet again, Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented in Still The One: Live From Vegas a recording with only the best possible production values. Considering the sheer size of The Colosseum, handling the audio and video–especially the camera angles–had to have presented its own challenges. Because The Colosseum is such a large venue on the inside, the challenge of handling acoustic balance had to have been its own challenge. With a venue of such size, it is so easy for sound to bounce off of everything because of all of the room. This is the case even when the venue is packed with people on and off-stage. Both those charged with handling the live sound and post-production are to be commended for their painstaking efforts. That is because the end product sounds great. Every note is clear from beginning to end. And as massive as The Colosseum is, at no one point do any of the parts–from Twain’s vocals to the instrumental parts–overlap the other. It is all expertly balanced for a sound that is just as great as being there in person if not better than being there.
In regards to the concert’s video mix, having such a large venue is just as challenging as putting cameras in a smaller venue such as perhaps The Ryman Theater in Nashville or the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. The challenge with such a large venue for the camera crew comes in having so many options yet so few. Camera crews still have to navigate the massive stage production that is Twain’s show and the massive number of people in attendance for the show. Those behind the cameras did their own impressive job in placement of the cameras and in the effects used to heighten the concert’s energy or draw it back in the proper moments. The cameras were placed just off stage, in strategic points in the audience and at other points high above the stage and audience. The zooms, pans and other effects are used tastefully throughout the show. And even the pacing and diversity of the shots is worth mentioning, too. Even these aspects are handled with the utmost expertise. The effect of such precision will have fans in awe especially when the concert’s audio levels are added to the mix. The end result of the camera work and that of the concert’s audio operator(s) is a concert that both looks and sounds great. And because it looks and sounds so great, it makes both the set list and the concert’s overall production completely worth the purchase for any Shania Twain fan. It also potentially makes this concert a candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings as well as one more example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leader in live recordings.
Whether for its production values, Twain’s performance coupled with the show’s overall production, or for the set list, audiences that watch Still The One: Live From Vegas on DVD and Blu-ray will find plenty of reason to enjoy this concert. All three elements together make this recording one that Shania’s fans will agree is an excellent replacement for her live shows that may or may not be done for the foreseeable future. All things considered, the noted elements also justifiably make this concert a viable candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings and more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to date the leader in live recordings. It is available now in stores and online on DVD, Blu-ray and CD. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:
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