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I just updated my speakers and could use a great reference disc. Way back when (dating myself here), it used to be The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over (on CD) that people were using to demo their systems. I'm looking for an amazing blu-ray disc -- ideally in DTS-HD MA -- of a concert or musical performance where you can basically hear the vocalist/instruments as though you were sitting there in the audience. Any ideas?

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Awesome Blues Rock. DTSMA 5.1 audio. Can't go wrong if you want to work out your system. Video is great, too wink.gif

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Sorry for any duplicity -- I somehow missed that other thread about concerts. My focus here though is on quality above all else. I'll look into your suggestion on that band. After scanning other threads and forums (ie blu-ray.com) I decided to first go full circle and try:



...since it apparently has amazing sound. I'm just stumped that there aren't more recent shows/releases utilizing this technology. If Roger Waters knew what was good for him, he'd make a blu ray of his 2+ year "The Wall" tour and create it in the highest quality possible.

Although hmm... A Google search just turned up:

Roger Waters - The Wall Live tour film
With footage shot in July 2011 in Athens, Greece, and more recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina this year, Roger and his team are hard at work preparing a DVD and Blu-ray of this stunning show. As yet, no details are forthcoming on what will be included on the disc(s) and also no indication has been given as to a release date. We would think though that it might be around March/April (2014). More details as we get them.
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If you don't care about video, the Dark Side of the Moon's Immersion box set has a stellar sounding Blu-ray audio-only disc.
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I like the the Legends of Jazz: Showcase. It has multiple sound options, includeing Dolby TrueHD.

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Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds live at Radio City

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Dave Matthews And Tim Reynolds (probably one of the best sounding concerts I've ever heard)
John Mayer Live in LA (And I don't typically like his stuff)
Live from Abbey Road Studios (if you can find it, this is an AMAZING COLLECTION)
The Police (the one from Rio, can't remember the name)

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Return to Forever: Live at Montreaux

Jeff Beck: Live at Ronnie Scott's

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Adele: Live at Royal Albert Hall


A few great ones from different genres.

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David Foster and Friends is a fantastic concert bluray for both audio and video.

The Eagles Hell Freezes over is another favorite of mine. I also agree with Kris Deering that the Dave Mathews disc is great, although i would not say its the best i ever heard.

The Jeff Beck Live at Ronnie Scott's is very good too, if you are into Jeff Beck.

I dont agree with the previous poster about Adele Royal Albert Hall... to my ears, it is very compressed, and the band, especially the drums are recorded at a level too far below Adele's voice. Just my opinion. :-)

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I wasn't that impressed with the Adele disc. I can't watch it due to the constant jump cuts during the performances. Sound was good but Dave Matthews Tim Reynolds is a great disc that is a live recording. Return to Forever has a great performance by the 4 of them but to me the instruments are playing like the old 4 channel discrete discs. Instruments are mixed behind you. David Gilmour live at the Royal Albert hall is another great concert disc. Mixed properly with audience and hall ambiance in the rear channels.
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Picked this up (Tony MacAlpine, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan) a couple weeks ago and couldn't be happier!

http://www.amazon.com/Live-Tokyo-Blu-ray-Portnoy/dp/B00DPH7R56

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I also agree with Kris Deering that the Dave Mathews disc is great, although i would not say its the best i ever heard.

You probably just don't use very good speakers......oh wait. wink.gif

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I like the the Legends of Jazz: Showcase. It has multiple sound options, includeing Dolby TrueHD.

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That disc is almost impossible to buy now.

Another vote for Return to Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux, it will knock your socks off.
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Chris Botti : Live in Boston

Michael Jackson: This is it.

Return to Forever: Live at Montreux

Diana Krall - Live in Rio

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The Police (the one from Rio, can't remember the name)

The one from Buenos Aires? Certifiable

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That's the one.

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Besides that Police recording, I'd recommend also altho maybe not the OP's taste,
Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing
Steven Wilson - Get All You Deserve
Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

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First off, _thank you_ for all of these recommendations! I'm really interested to check out:

Dave Matthews at Radio City <-- just ordered -- seems to be especially well reviewed on the web -- 96/24!
Diana Krall in Rio <-- had another old reference audio disc from way back when. Great voice!
SF Symphony at 100

Believe it or not, I'm also curious to check out the new "Def Leppard Viva Hysteria" blu ray as well -- AXS TV had aired the concert and it was really well mixed even though it was only DD (apparently it's only 48/24 DTS HD on the blu ray).

As for the Eagles Farewell Tour (shot in 2004), I'm actually a little disappointed. The highs are a little hissy and running it in DTS 5.1 sounds as though someone simply clicked on "5 channel stereo." Everything seems to come out of everywhere with no centralized sense of the stage or instruments. However, the picture quality is amazing and some of the women in that audience -- my god. Some good old songs on there too.

Keep the recommendations coming! Thx again --
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I'll second the motion for Zep's Celebration Day - it's phenomenal.

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David Gilmour - Remember That Night blu ray

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Besides that Police recording, I'd recommend also altho maybe not the OP's taste,
Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing
Steven Wilson - Get All You Deserve
Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

Porcupine Tree rocks!
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Steven Wilson doesn't? wink.gif

"I realize that somebody playing free music isn't as commercial as a hamburger stand. But is it because you can eat a hamburger and hold it in your hand and you can't do that with music? Is it too free to control?" - Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) discussing commercial success in the music biz


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Steven Wilson doesn't? wink.gif

I was surprised to see Porcupine Tree even mentioned.
Here in the states almost none of my peers have ever heard this amazing band/Steven Wilson.

I have not had a chance to hear the The Raven That Refused to Sing.
I'm waiting until I get the BD.
Thanks for reminding me. Ordered from Amazon.

And yes Steven Wilson is amazing.
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Awesome Blues Rock. DTSMA 5.1 audio. Can't go wrong if you want to work out your system. Video is great, too wink.gif

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There's also this thread:

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I am a huge Joe Bonamassa fan and have the blu ray and CD of this. The audio and video are first rate.
Favorite tracks so far are Sinner's Prayer, Can't Let Go and especially For My Friends.
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Just saw him in Reno in December. Great concert. He did the 1/2 acoustic and half plugged in. Unfortunately, Beth almost never makes it to this part of the world. Still keep an eye out for her schedule.

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I got this when it was first available at Sears as a promo.

Interesting mix. Though it certainly doesn't cover "everything," the audio and video are very good.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sound-Stage-Blu-ray-Disc/dp/B001P6DPDW

 


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As for the Eagles Farewell Tour (shot in 2004), I'm actually a little disappointed. The highs are a little hissy and running it in DTS 5.1 sounds as though someone simply clicked on "5 channel stereo." Everything seems to come out of everywhere with no centralized sense of the stage or instruments. However, the picture quality is amazing and some of the women in that audience -- my god. Some good old songs on there too.

Keep the recommendations coming! Thx again --

I don't like the Eagles BD either, and for similar reasons, so maybe you'd like one I like.

The Pretenders - Live in London. Unlike many technically proficient music BDs, which I call audiophile dreck, this one sounds like real musicians. Sound quality and mix are excellent. If you can see it, you can hear it, but not with that weird every instrument at the same level thing (sin of the Eagles BD for me.)

Outstanding cymbal sound. Clearly distinctive tones from Walbourne's (James) many guitars, and beautifully blended with Heywood's (Eric) pedal steel in opposing channels.

Great, work hardened band.

Accessible music.

Audience into it.

Very clever editing and camera work that takes many viewings to appreciate if you're slow like me, but very straight-forward, no tricks.

Eve: I thought I was through getting involved with men who were trouble. Falling in love on a look. I can't look at you.

Mickey: You have perfection about you. Your eyes have music. Your heart's the best part of your body. And when you move, every man, woman and child is forced to watch.
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