This site is dedicated to music documentary and concert film review. My intent is to make a comprehensive site with reviews of what I feel are the best music DVDs, music documentaries and concert films. I will also occasionally review some films that just need commenting on for historical, or other, purposes.
In addition to reviewing commercially available films, I will also be focusing on what I consider lost films. Films that once had a theatrical release, but now only exist in rumor and myth. Many of these films serve as a great time capsule to lesser known events/eras in music history. I believe that I have some very unique films to share with you that have dropped out of the public eye. I will not sell any copies of these films, but I will offer what information I can on where to find them. Many exist under a law know as, “fair use”. This means that in some cases you may trade them, but never sell them. There is a small but vocal community out there who will hunt you down if you try to sell them on Ebay. Some of these films may see the light of day again, some may not. My goal is to share at least a review of these gems in the hopes that you too may get to enjoy them someday.
The commercial releases I will be reviewing will focus on what I think are the best music films out there. Personally, I am not interested in films like, “The Eagles – Hell Freezes Over”, as I think it has become a curse to the industry. I don’t care if every other release can’t compare with the sound quality of the latest iteration of this film. Crystal clear, studio-esq sound quality really means very little to me, as nothing could be more tedious than watching someone dutifully re-create what they did in the studio, note for note, on stage. I have heard the Eagles’ records and I don’t need to re-experience them live in Dolby (or whatever) surround sound if there is no attempt to add to the original recording. I’d rather see a video of lesser quality by a band making music in their heyday, for love, and not on cynical reunion tours purely dictated by money. That said, in the Eagles case, it was probably always about money. More on that subject in a later review. To me, it is as much about the film as it is the music. I want to see bands captured at their peak. If the sound is not the greatest, I can always turn it up.
I hope you enjoy this site and I can introduce you to some new music. I will try everyday to post a new music video for your enjoyment – hopefully some that you have never seen before or have forgotten about. I like a lot of different music, so my song of the day video will most likely vary stylistically from the previous day’s. I may even throw in the odd Eagles song to show that I am a good sport.
Oh yes, and if you’re wondering, the title of my site is not a spelling mistake. Sonarous is the words “sonar” and “sonorous” combined. To me it represents a search for that deep and resonant sound.