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I have long been a fan of first the Judds in the 80s, then Wynonna as she went solo in the early 90s. This DVD was released in 2005 as a celebration of her 20 years in the music business. It includes are variety of Judds songs, solo Wynonna music, and some other songs that haven't appeared on her albums.
Overall, the production and quality of the DVD is excellent. Her voice comes through flawlessly and is as pure as it ever was. The concert footage is, to me, always a treat. It's fun to see the excitement on the fans' faces as they sing her songs out in the audience.
Maybe it's me; maybe Wy's appeal to me isn't as strong as it used to be. I found myself a bit bored by the DVD and I can't exactly say why. Perhaps it's because I enjoy listening to music (in the car or while doing something else) vs. watching it on tv.
The DVD begins with a Judds' tune, Dreamchaser. This is one of my favorites, and while her voice sounds great, I miss the innocent-sounding (and a bit quiet) tone of the original Judds album.
Several other Judds songs follow: Girl's Night Out, Love is Alive, Maybe Your Baby's Got the Blues, Young Love, Let Me Tell You About Love, Love Can Build a Bridge, His Only Need, and Tell Me Why. I'm unsure why, since this is a 20-year history/chronology of her music, why the songs weren't in chronological order. It would make more sense to me to have Love Can Buld a Bridge "joining" the Judds music with Wynonna's solo work.
No One Else on Earth kicks off the solo part of the concert. There's something special about hearing/seeing this song in concert. It has a more upbeat, kicking sound and the accompanying singers' voices are more prominent compared to her album.
A variety of her solos follow, including That Was Yesterday, Is it Over YET?, What the World Needs, and more. She also sings a few songs that aren't on her albums, such as Simply the Best and Shining Star. I had hoped that she would perform Freedom, like the Judds did on their 1999 reunion concert, but alas, she did not. Again, the songs are not in chronological order, if that is important to you.
The closing song is When I Reach the Place I'm Going, a song that still gives me chills. She does an excellent job and nails the vocalsl, despite singing for a couple of hours.
This DVD is 158 minutes, and includes 25 songs. Compared to other Judd concerts I have seen, this one is more sedate in nature. Perhaps Wynonna has matured or mellowed over the years. I would have liked to see a bit more of her wacky sense of humor show through.
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