Jamie Cullum - Live at Blenhiem Palace Review

Jamie Cullum is, if you've not met him before, a rather twee pop/jazz singer. There's nothing he does that's remotely original and jazz purists would surely balk at him but what he does he does very well indeed. He has a raw, throaty expressive voice and is a fairly talented musician and that’s about it. Be warned, he can be fairly irritating, like a sort of jazz Jamie Oliver. Like the awful moment where he shows the crowd his gran's carpet, but, hey, at least he doesn't wheel her on as Mr Oliver probably would. He also has an annoying habit of stomping on his piano. Why he does this is unclear but it adds little to the performance.

As a concert, it's a fairly nice one. The gentile settings of Blenheim Palace more than compliment the lads' twinkling and the crowd is as sedate as you like. Annoyingly, it's broken up with interview sequences, as though someone doubted his fans ability to sit through an entire concert. No comment there, but it interrupts any flow that might have occurred and is unfortunate. Luckily, there is the option to watch the entire concert au natural, so make sure you find it.

That aside, if you're a fan of Jamie Cullum, you'll enjoy this, it goes without saying. The direction is superb and really captures the hugeness of the event - it's a nice document capturing what looks like a nice day.

(NOTE - The Concert itself runs for 138 minutes while the documentary footage runs for 11 minutes.)

Picture
Excellent. Crystal clear and no trace of damage. It looks like it's been digitally filmed and, as a result, colours are clear and there's no trace of bleed or any other digital nasties.

Sound
Also of an extremely high standard. The 5.1 soundtrack really fills the room and the every bass note is fat and full while every piano note is clear as cut glass.

Extras

There's a fair amount of oddities on here, starting with Busking in San Francisco which, surprisingly, features our hero busking in San Francisco. What the point of this is, is hard to say. It's the sort of wheeze that probably looked good on paper in some PR drone's office but translates to reality less than well. It runs for less than five minutes and isn't very exciting. There's also about thirteen minutes or so from his Glastonbury performance, presented in 5.1 and is very good. Watch him call the field 'a room' and try and decide if his stage routine isn't scripted to the last detail. There's also something else called I Wanna Be A Popstar which runs for about four minutes. It's a song and it's presented in 5.1. Picture quality for these varies, it's never dreadful, but often less impressive than the transfer awarded to the main feature.

Musical Extras

The lucky Jamie Cullum fan is also offered a selection of promos for the songs All At Sea, These Are The Days and The Wind Cries Mary. These are presented in 2:35/1 Anamorphic Widescreen and DD5.1 sound. The picture quality is slightly off with these; the image is sometimes a little fuzzy around the edges as though there might be some sort of compression issue. A rather patchy Making Of...The Wind Cries Mary music video which is as dull to watch as it looked to make. You know the drill - the usual b-roll footage and some little soundbytes add up to a fairly unimpressive two and a half minutes with appalling picture quality.

Tracklisting

I Get A Kick Out Of You

Frontin'

A Love Supreme [Portland, Oregon, USA]

Twentysomething

Planes, Trains and Automobiles [On Tour, USA]

All At Sea

Old Devil Moon

God Only Knows

What A Difference A Day Made

Beat Surrender [San Francisco, USA]

Why Do Today What You Can Do Tomorrow

Singin' In The Rain [Live UK festival Footage]

Next Year Baby

Wind Cries Mary

Roxy Music [Los Angeles, USA]

Love You Should Have Come Over

High & Dry/Singin' In The Rain

These Are The Days

I Could Have Danced All Night

But For Now


Film
7 out of 10
Video
9 out of 10
Audio
9 out of 10
Extras
6 out of 10
Overall

7

out of 10

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