Neville Brothers

20th Century Masters - The DVD Collection: The Best of the Neville Brothers

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The DVD versions of the 20th Century Masters series are even shorter than the discount-priced CDs, and this one, featuring five videos by the Neville Brothers made during their late-'80s/early-'90s tenure at A&M Records, runs less than 22 minutes. In that time, you get to see a performance of "Yellow Moon," the title song of the Nevilles' first A&M LP, from a television series hosted by Herbie Hancock, with Hancock sitting in on keyboards and John Hiatt playing guitar and singing a duet with Aaron Neville. The other four tracks are music videos. "Sista Rosa" (which is sequenced second, not third, despite what it says in the package) features a dramatization of Rosa Parks' refusal to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, AL, a landmark event in the civil rights movement, directed by Michael Bay. Jonathan Demme contributes an impressionistic visualization of the Nevilles' cover of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire," arranged and produced by David A. Stewart. Equally ethereal is director Paula Walker's black-and-white portrait of "Fearless," while the uncredited clip for "Fly Like an Eagle," with Cyril Neville on lead vocals, is a bit more down to earth. The video directors seem to have been enchanted by the Nevilles' hometown of New Orleans, and there is plenty of imagery in each of the four music videos from the locale. This is only a sampler of the Nevilles' work, not a true video best-of, and one wishes for more, especially more of the kind of band performance seen in "Yellow Moon."