Weekend Concert Series – Alanis Morissette (videos)

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"Alanis Morissette" "Jim W. Dean"
Alanis Morissette - The Grammy Getter

Our Weekend Concert series was conceived to put our Intel assets to work going deep undercover on YouTube and digging out the musical gems of today and years gone by. America has a unique musical heritage, albeit with imported talent sometimes…Canada for example.

I led the series off with Bryan Adams, an old personal favorite. Next came Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Hedges, the famous New Age guitarist who died tragically in a 1999 car crash. So it is now time to get the ladies into the act with Alanis Morissette for our star attraction this week.

YouTube can be a wonderful resource but video and sound quality can vary widely, so sifting through an artist’s material there to find the best work can take some time.

I had started doing this for my private collection and then one day a coconut hit me on the head and I realized, ‘Why not save the folks all that grunt work’?  So we are off and rolling on spreading the good stuff around.

Alanis Morissette began her career in Canada with two albums there as a teenager. But when she later moved to Los Angeles, her 1995  Jagged Little Pill worldwide debut album ended up selling 30 million units and becoming the best selling debut album for a female artist in the U.S.,  And the Grammies started rolling in, four of them in 1996 for Jagged Little Pill.

Alanis Morissette - Walk of Fame Star

Her musical style has evolved as the years went by but remained uniquely hers.  No copy cat lady here. I have three selections for you this week, an early, middle and later career performances. I chose these as good representations of her evolution.

Viewing notes:  Video quality can vary a bit from early career days up to now, so be sure to select the best video resolution for each one. This first one is 360p, a bit soft, but a well done hand held camera shoot which is not easy to do and stay in focus.

The audio is great because it was done in the studio, but levels on YouTube videos can vary with each one so turn your audio up if you need to.

If you have a crummy pair of speakers throw them away. Life is too short. You can get areally good 2.1 system for $50 and enjoy your box seats a lot more…every time.  Email me and I will help 🙂

Do me a favor if you would and pass these Weekend Concerts links out to you music friends. I would love to have their feedback and any suggestions for future featured artists. The past show links are at the end.  Save them in a file. They will be at your fingertips to enjoy when you need a break, or to send along with an email birthday cart…a concert in a card. Thanks.

Jim W. Dean … Heritage TV, Atlanta   &   VT

First up is Hand in My Pocket with a young Alanis doing a low budget shoot sitting on the floor of a modest studio delivery. All of us who have had to pull off productions on a modest budget can enjoy her proving that the right song and talent can carry the day. Although were are watching this with 20/20 hindsight, I think you can see the young fresh talent emerginghere . No video is no hidden gem. It has 3.5 million views.

[youtube hGjaaQAvSTA]  –  Hand in My Pocket

Next up is Thank You, from an old VH1 Storyteller gig she did. Sorry but I did not have the date. This is 240p, a little soft on the clarity and the audio is just a bit out of sync. But this is the best cut of this song that I could find for this period of her career and a three camera shoot.  It  has 1.9 million views.

You are watching fully matured, confident artist with a rock solid stage presence. Her band really backs her up well. Later, as the money slowed down, they got chopped…as it sometimes goes in the entertainment biz, and with sports coaches 🙂

[youtube NL1Nu3qZLdg]  – Thank You

Alanis recorded Uninvited for the movie soundtrack to the 1998  film City of Angels. Despite never being released as a single it got a lot of radio air play and won two 1998 Grammies…Best Rock Song, and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. This is a 720p performance so please enjoy an artist at the top of her game.

The hair is shorter, and her delivery is a bit more subdued from her earlier days. But she still owns this dark rock ballad genre. This HD baby is a sleeper folks, with under 13,000 views…hard to believe.

[youtube bCukHL4L-5Q]  – Univited

Here are the previous Weekend Concerts links folks. Please enjoy them at your leisure…and pass around so folks can start finding some gems for me.   I am getting feedback that people’s kids are having a blast seeing these.   Thanks, Jim Dean

Bryan Adams…

Bruce Springsteen…

Michael Hedges…

 

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