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post #1 of 35
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15 Blu-ray Concerts to Rock Your Theater
By Arlen Schweiger
Forget about pristine video quality, give your theater's audio systems a workout with these 15 Blu-ray concerts to crank up.

I respect people who have large DVD and Blu-ray (or HD DVD) collections, but I've found that over the years I've purchased many more concert DVDs than regular movies. Pretty simple for me, really, like music I'm bound to play these discs over and over again while movie discs tend to gather dust.

My Blu-ray collection is very small at this point, but I can see it'll go the same way. I was pretty quick to snap up a few music titles, so it got me thinking, What are some of the best Blu-ray discs out there to get your surround-sound audio cranking?



Perusing the lists of available titles out there, it's nice to see that several famed music releases have been transferred to high-def, with even more drool-worthy audio quality. And several concert tours of the last few years have been captured with sweet Blu-ray release editions to satisfy those who have stepped up to the format.

We saw a flurry of Blu-ray concert activity last fall to really whet our appetites, and it's nice to see the choices have only grown. And we know that other gems, like Neil Young's Archives Vol. 1, are waiting in the wings.

So what have been your favorites to rock out to in your theater? Any standard DVD titles you'd like to see transferred to HD? We've pegged 15 (hey, we had to put a cap at some point) that you should check out, but of course we're bound to have missed some noteworthy titles.

1. David Gilmour 'Remember That Night'

David Gilmour, Remember That Night Live at the Royal Albert Hall'
Sony Music, 120 minutes, 1.78:1
Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

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post #2 of 35
I'd like to add a small review to this excellent list.

Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium [Blu-ray] (2011)



I just picked this up today from Frys, desperate to find a concert experience for my new home theater. Over the past hour, I have been watching it in pure awe! With PCM 5.1 pumping through my system, it sounds FANTASTIC. Amazing separation and the listener is up front and personal with Billy's youthful and rich voice. Stage presence drives home in his performance.

Video is spot on as well. Crisp and detailed....this is a blu ray that allows my humble theater setup shine. My Epson 8530 has been waiting to shine, and this recording fits the bill with flying colors. I'm not able to spot overly done noise reduction. Overall, the image is pretty darn natural.

This concert is truly an intimate concert experience, as the mastering of the audio and video give viewers a seat right next to Billy's piano throughout the performance. This is truly a special blu ray concert, especially considering the special guest appearances...but I'll leave that for you to find out!

-dave
post #3 of 35
Another worth while view on blu-ray is the Shakira Oral Fixation concert. Both eye & ear candy!!!
post #4 of 35
John Mayer - where the light is

He does 3 different sets with acoustic, blues and pop.
post #5 of 35
. Both eye & ear candy!!!
post #6 of 35
I have The Song Remains The Same on DVD and it is wicked. I remember being so impressed the first time I watched (and heard!) it that I saw it again the following night!

But my question is, is it really worth it for me to upgrade to the Blu-ray disc? Is the audio going to be that much better? After all, it is not a recent concert.

Good article!
post #7 of 35
I would have to put this at the top of my list: Michael Buble' - Caught In the Act (live at The Wiltern)



I would also follow that with Joe Bonamassa - Live From the Royal Albert Hall



I had VERY high hopes for Adele's live album at the Royal Albert Hall but the video was mixed by a monkey with ADD. The audio was considerably compressed as well but the video editing made the show almost impossible to watch.
post #8 of 35
Mr. P,

I'm disappointed to hear your comments regarding Adele. I was about to pull the trigger on it. Yours is a rare negative review. Care to explain a little further? Thanks.
post #9 of 35
My recent favorite concert blu-ray is "Water On The Road" (Eddie Vedder).
http://www.amazon.com/Eddie-Vedder-W...9838211&sr=1-1

Another that I like is "Jack Johnson: En Concert"
http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Johnson-E...9838067&sr=1-1

Some titles that need to come to blu:
Storytellers: My Morning Jacket
Jimmy Buffett - Live in Anguilla
The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over
Pearl Jam - Imagine in Cornice

...and this one is not really a concert, but a surf documentary film with a great soundtrack. I wish it was on Bluray.
http://www.amazon.com/Thicker-Than-W...9838249&sr=1-3
post #10 of 35
I love Jack Johnson, but heard the technical quality of this one is very poor.

Mr. P, you're too late....I ordered yesterday.
post #11 of 35
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Originally Posted by tony123 View Post

I love Jack Johnson, but heard the technical quality of this one is very poor.

A lot of his films are shot this way on purpose. It doesn't bother me because I know that they are going for an artistic effect. If nothing else get the soundtrack.
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post #13 of 35
Adele- I very much enjoyed it. For content alone, it's one of my favorites now. She's a delight, making the concert very personal. Technically, it was a mixed bag for me. Particularly the faster tempo songs, were almost ruined by the goofy video editing. Audio did some things very well and others not so much. Her voice was well presented and was the clearest and most direct vocal of any concert I have. On quiet acoustic numbers it was distinct and impressive. However, I did notice compression on the louder numbers. When the full orchestra joined in, it lost separation and simply became muddy. I also would have preferred a more solid low end. It wasn't as tight and potent as some. I boosted the LFE by 4db and it helped bring it out some, but overall it was sloppy LFE I thought.

Still, I would put this near the top of the pile as a great night of musical enjoyment that will get repeated viewing in our theater!
post #14 of 35
I don't know if this one is available on bluray. Sexual orientated concert. Interesting watch!




A few live dvd's i'd like to see transferred to bluray:

~the majestic Glenn Gould playing the goldberg variations.

~the dvd that immortalized Stevie Ray Vaughan.

~ and the spiritual Antonella Rugierro.
post #15 of 35
Based on some of the recommendations here I ordered 4 Blu-rays today: Jeff Beck, Performing Live this Week at Ronnie Scott's; Rush, Snakes and Arrows Live; David Gilmour, Remember That Night; Queen, Rock Montreal and Live Aid. It feels like Christmas is coming smile.gif
post #16 of 35
scirica,Jeff Beck(Live at Ronnie Scott's) is SUPERB for sound and video.I hope your low end can handle the bottom end to sound like your there.
The reason I say that is I had two f-113's that I auditioned Jeff Beck with and no matter what I did it sounded terrible.................Reason is..
I got to hear this bluray thru a mac system,but with a 1812 sub,I was in heaven as to how realistic and open everything sounded.
Truly ear candy if the system is up for it(still it's a superb music dvd).The dealer brought an 1812 sub over to my house so I could audition it,
Showtime,the exact same sound as if your in the room with world class musicians and of course the soundman.
I bought the 1812,have had her for about 5 months now and the bottom end I've never heard anything like it whether DD-15's,JL's ect.
I find it amazing with the right gear you can pull alot more out of a cd,lp,dvd ect,anyway sorry for gettin carried away.

Here's another for superb sound and camera work:Eagles(Farewell Tour 1(Live in Melbourne),she a double disc:).
These two show off your screen and your system,truly both are excellent.
post #17 of 35
This old threat neglects the best concert bluray of all time- Scorpions "Sting of the Tale" captures the last tour before they retire. They sound excellent,
the sound quality is great and best of all- it is in 3d! The combo of 5.1 sound and 3d makes you think you are not watching it, that you are AT the concert!
post #18 of 35
Prince - Sign 'O' the Times
Region free import - AUS
First time available on bluray. This release has never looked or sounded better.
Well worth the import price.

http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/pre-order/sign-o-the-times-blu-ray/665815
post #19 of 35
They missed the best one, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City!!!!!!!!!
post #20 of 35
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden, Cream Royal Albert Hall, Talking Heads Stop Making Sense
post #21 of 35
Steve Vai "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Live at the Astoria"
post #22 of 35
I am disappointed that the jazz format has been ignored. I like Pat Metheny "The Way Up" live in Seoul



...and Chick Corea "Return to Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux"

post #23 of 35
How is that Return to forever sound&camera work.
Reason I ask is I have bought a few bluray discs just because of the artist I liked and was quite disappointed,............
Sade for one(sound mediocre and camera work).
Have probably a dozen or more wher I like the songs but sound and camera don't come close to the two I mentioned.
I did take a chance on Lee Ritenours(Overtime)bluray as I have the cd and I like it alot same with the Police(Certifiable),Gypsy Kings(live at Kenwood House(London)..
My amps are in for a LED change so probably won't be watching these and a few others for a week.
Wish most bluray concerts were as what I mentioned as then I would have a lot more.
Can't go by what some reviewers say as sound wise might as well listen in AM,not impressed.
post #24 of 35
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Originally Posted by drummermitchell View Post

How is that Return to forever sound&camera work.
Reason I ask is I have bought a few bluray discs just because of the artist I liked and was quite disappointed,............
Sade for one(sound mediocre and camera work).
Have probably a dozen or more wher I like the songs but sound and camera don't come close to the two I mentioned.
I did take a chance on Lee Ritenours(Overtime)bluray as I have the cd and I like it alot same with the Police(Certifiable),Gypsy Kings(live at Kenwood House(London)..
My amps are in for a LED change so probably won't be watching these and a few others for a week.
Wish most bluray concerts were as what I mentioned as then I would have a lot more.
Can't go by what some reviewers say as sound wise might as well listen in AM,not impressed.
Almost forgot, what about Pat Methany,how is it.
post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by drummermitchell View Post

How is that Return to forever sound&camera work.

I was a little disappointed in the video quality, but not too much. The audio was spot-on, however. Both the audio and video were superb on the Metheny disc, however. A little scattered in the direction category early on, IMO, but he soon settled down.
post #26 of 35
THX,Methany I'll check out.
post #27 of 35
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Originally Posted by DL86 View Post

One of my favorites.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Metall...Blu-ray/16600/

Great choice, one of the few listed that actually does "Rock Your Theater".

Also:
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post #28 of 35
You missed U2 360 at the Rose Bowl. It's excellent.
post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by 8mile13 View Post

I don't know if this one is available on bluray. Sexual orientated concert. Interesting watch!






I would never support this pedophile!
post #30 of 35
Porcupine tree "Arriving Somewhere" --Needed on Blu

Hendrix "Live at Woodstock"

"Woodstock"

Radiohead "live at the Astoria" Needed on Blu

The Grateful Dead Movie

Concert for George

The Cure "Trilogy, Live in Berlin"

The Moody Blues "Lovely to See You"

Kansas "There's No Place Like Home"

Lou Reed "Berlin"
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