Picks and Pans Review: Music on Video
The first edition of a planned six-times-a-year video magazine, this 100-minute tape would be a lot more attractive if it didn't carry a dozen or so commercials in addition to its hefty price tag. The "inside" part is also a misnomer, since the narration tends to gosh-all-gushy stuff like this transition during clips from a Tammy Wynette concert: "The First Lady of Country Music follows with a crowd-pleasing string of her hits."
There are some pleasant moments, though, such as Randy Travis singing an emotional version of "Dixie" at a concert in Maine, Roy Clark on tour in the Soviet Union (complete with a scene of Soviet musicians playing country music) and master guitarist Les Paul describing heavy metal: "Five guys on the stage sounding like World War III."
Other features include a bland snippet of an Oak Ridge Boys recording session, the Bellamy Brothers at home in Florida and songwriter's night in Nashville's Blue Bird Cafe. (New Media, $19.95; 800-752-5078)