Gorka, guitar and vocals
Amilia K. Spicer, background vocals
Susan Werner, guitar, piano and background voc
Russ Rentler, mandolin
Michael Manring, electric bass
of the John Gorka Band was made by Mona Waldrep (copyright AIX Records.).
to go to the the John Gorka-The Gypsy Life-DVD
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(mp3, WMA or DTS) from this DVD
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no3 (dec 2007)
here if you want to read a DVD review
here if you want to read the article:
Excellence Award for John
'The Gypsy Life'.(Stereophile
The main creative project at the moment is a DVD
which should be out this summer. "The
final format is still being worked out but I can tell you it will be
very high quality video and audio. The main part of the DVD is a performance
of 19 songs recorded live without an audience at a theatre in Los Angeles.
The players and singers include: Michael Manring on bass, Russ Rentler
on mandolin, Amilia Spicer on vocals, and Susan Werner on guitar, piano
and vocals. I’m in there as well playing and singing as you might expect.
I will post the set list when that is finalized. The DVD is entitled
“The Gypsy Life” and the band’s working name is “The Godfrey Daniels
Spasm Band”. ..
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. John Gorka.
This is another in our series of Collectors Editions..comprised
of two discs, deluxe packaging and hours of great music and video. There
is a Dualdisc [CD and DVD-Audio] and 2-sided DVD-Video disc. Featuring
footage of John performing in concert at McCabes in Santa Monica, rehearsing
with his band here at the studio, music videos, John discussing the
songs and his life and much, much more. There is no bigger fan of John
than myself and this project delivers it all. One listening session
and I'm very confident that you'll be a fan too...if you're not already.
review made by Mike Smith from Wisconsin:
had a chance to watch my copy of The Gypsy Life a few times now, and
not surprisingly, I think it's great. When it arrived, I put it in my
DVD player thinking I might watch the first song or two because I was
planning on doing something else that night, but I ended up watching
the entire 2 hours! At first, I wasn't sure what to make of it. A little
intro, then into the first song. I'm glad that later on in the DVD they
started mixing rehearsals, old videos, performances and general banter,
it gave it a little more personal, behind-the-scenes feel. I wish I
could say that John knocked every song out of the park, most I think
are great live versions, a couple maybe not his best efforts, but hey,
he's a human being and even his worst moments are about a 1000x better
than I could manage. One added benefit to this video that I hadn't thought
about is how it could help me learn some parts of his songs on guitar.
I've learned most of Italian Girls by watching his fingers, and I can
do a pretty good copy of it now. I'm glad he added Russ Rentler to the
mix, besides making it feel even more personal with their friendship,
I happen to really like the sound of the mandolin. Overall, this part
of the DVD is impressive. Great sounding on my surround sound system!
I have the CD of the performance in my truck, so I can sing to my hearts
content and not bother my family, it sounds good as well. I wish I had
a DVD Audio player, I'd like to hear what that side of the DVD/CD sounds
like. The bonus material is good with pictures and notes, but the best
part of it is the extra videos. The show at McCabes is very good, you
can see how much more at ease he is in front of an audience, than he
is for the studio video. Overall an impressive addition to my Gorka
collection. Sounds great, nicely packaged, I’m glad that AIX went out
of their way to honor a guy who is a great musician, and as far as I
can tell, a great person.
the summer of 2009 AIX Media Group hope to release "The Gypsy Life"
to the Blu-Ray format.
Waldrep from the AIX Records wrote to me in an e-mail that AIX Media
Group sold already
somewhere near 2000 "The Gypsy Life" DVD's!!
One day after the e-mail 'Big Picture Big Sound' published this article:
AIX Records Coming to
Blu-ray: An Interview with Founder Mark Waldrep (click
here for the link)
here for the blu-ray-review "Gypsy
life" in Audiophile Audition (september 2010)