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post #1201 of 8898
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Originally Posted by ekb View Post

Is the audio quality on Back in the US any better than Red Square?

Ed

Hi Ed,
Personally (IMHO) I think everything including the audio is better on "Back in the US". The prescence, the audience, the band members seem more into it, etc.
If you listen to "Roll with it" on Back in the US" then again on "Red Square" you'll get my meaning.

Though it does have its faults with the annoying documentries between songs, and the video should've been better.

This one, ELO Zoom and Roy Orbison (Black & White) are in my top 5-10
But to each their own.

Jessica
post #1202 of 8898
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Originally Posted by JBaumgart View Post

I fall into the other camp - to me, the audio is more important. The way I look at it, the only reason I watch the video is to hear the audio. If the audio is mediocre, it's not worth watching.

Once I get by the first "viewing" of the concert, you're comment describes me perfectly. In fact, I bought a 5" TV to connect to my system to allow me to navigate the menus and listen w/o having to fire up my projector.
post #1203 of 8898
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Originally Posted by CineFreak View Post

Hi Ed,
Personally (IMHO) I think everything including the audio is better on "Back in the US". The prescence, the audience, the band members seem more into it, etc.
If you listen to "Roll with it" on Back in the US" then again on "Red Square" you'll get my meaning.

Though it does have its faults with the annoying documentries between songs, and the video should've been better.

This one, ELO Zoom and Roy Orbison (Black & White) are in my top 5-10
But to each their own.

Jessica

Thanks for the response Jessica. I too like Zoom and B&W and so this just lent to a whole lot more credibility from you.

Ed
post #1204 of 8898
HTCrazy, thanks for the recommend ... I just saw Green Day - Bullet in a Bible. I think I've seen God.

The greatest surviving grunge-pop-rock band playing their heart out to 65 thousand people. These guys are soooo at the top of their game, I dont know any band stronger right now.

The performance was electrically charged with politics/sex/guitar/bass and drums.
And their song catalog is simply impressive.

These guys can play while running/moshing/mime-ing/talking/joking. Huge stage and video walls, and breathtaking camerawork.

Im not even gonna comment on the video and audio quality, it is more than good enough for rock n roll
post #1205 of 8898
The problem is, the performance is so heavily orchestrated, that these guys never really let their hair down. They have a very good song catalog ( 14 top 40 hits) and so people over 40 will most likely l enjoy this as a rental.

They do perform a rousing version of "Roll Over Beethoven." ... perhaps the performance highlight of the show...[/quote]


JOHNR,
i think that this music is so intricate that when it is there mark theyare heavily into concentrating on doing the best they can so that you hear the music the way they hear it in their heads.
Some people are able to do ten things at once and others need to really "get out there" by themselves.
Assuming the above is a truth and given, what the H is keith richards thinking????
jessssssssss!
kurt

i can chew gum and walk to ROLL OVER MR B. the beatles showed us how, no need to DUCKWALK.
have fun.
post #1206 of 8898
JOHNR The problem is, the performance is so heavily orchestrated, that these guys never really let their hair down. They have a very good song catalog ( 14 top 40 hits) and so people over 40 will most likely l JOHNR The problem is, the performance is so heavily orchestrated, that these guys never really let their hair down. They have a very good song catalog ( 14 top 40 hits) and so people over 40 will most likely l enjoy this as a rental.

They do perform a rousing version of "Roll Over Beethoven." ... perhaps the performance highlight of the show...[/quote]


JOHNR,
i think that this music is so intricate that when it is there mark theyare heavily into concentrating on doing the best they can so that you hear the music the way they hear it in their heads.
Some people are able to do ten things at once and others need to really "get out there" by themselves.
Assuming the above is a truth and given, what the H is keith richards thinking????
jessssssssss!
kurt

i can chew gum and walk to ROLL OVER MR B. the beatles showed us how, no need to DUCKWALK.
have fun.
post #1207 of 8898
Agreed they are obviously focusing on doing the song exactly how we remember it.

But the whole concert is so lacking in any spontanity, and Jeff Lynn hides behind those glasses, and does his entire show without much interaction with anyone.

He could have gotten some duet action going with Rosie, or showed the audience what he can really do with a guitar, or talked with the audience. On Jewel's concert DVD she forgets the lyrics of a tune, and so has some girl in the audience who remembered the lyrics come up and help her. The Green Day concert I saw last night had so much feedback from the crowd, the band was basically feeding off of them all nite.

In the Interview on Zoom, Jeff Lynn says "I may actually enjoy performing again" . Its obvious that he failed in that area.
post #1208 of 8898
Picked up the Journey Live in Houston 1981 DVD/CD last night after reading about it here.

I must say, for a 24 year old filming it looks fantastic. 4:3 yes, but the clarity and PQ is impressive and the new mixes by Allen Sides from Oceanway sound very good.

Originally recorded by long-time Journey engineer Kevin Elson, the quality of the entire production is first rate and well worth the $17.98 Best Buy is charging for it.

Neal Schon looks and plays great, and it's nice to see Steve Perry in top form.

While I prefer the set list and performances in "Captured" from the previous tour (I find the tempo in "Live in Houston" a little rushed), this is a very nice time capsule presentation for Journey fans with the band at the top of their game.

Surprisingly, there is no mention on the Journey website of this new set, even though their url is on the packaging. Is it because Steve Perry produced it? Anyway, highly recommended.

-gil
post #1209 of 8898
Yep, As I posted earlier, top notch all the way around!
post #1210 of 8898
Janet Jackson- velvet rope tour,etc.
post #1211 of 8898
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Originally Posted by JohnR_IN_LA View Post

Agreed they are obviously focusing on doing the song exactly how we remember it.

But the whole concert is so lacking in any spontanity, and Jeff Lynn hides behind those glasses, and does his entire show without much interaction with anyone.

He could have gotten some duet action going with Rosie, or showed the audience what he can really do with a guitar, or talked with the audience. On Jewel's concert DVD she forgets the lyrics of a tune, and so has some girl in the audience who remembered the lyrics come up and help her. The Green Day concert I saw last night had so much feedback from the crowd, the band was basically feeding off of them all nite.

In the Interview on Zoom, Jeff Lynn says "I may actually enjoy performing again" . Its obvious that he failed in that area.


EL LAY JOHN
AGREE WITH YOUR ASSESSMENT.
SOMETIMES I GET CARRIED AWAY.
ROCKIT,DUDE
post #1212 of 8898
Okay, I bought Tragically Hip- One Night in Toronto and it is a great bargain (got it for $12 CDN at Walmart!).

For those not familiar with the band or music (they sell millions of albums in Canada but are relatively unknown elsewhere), they might be a bit put off by the antics of the lead singer (my wife has to leave the room if she sees him singing). The singer is really a poet with a microphone. Getting the lyrics and reading along with the songs is definitely a plus for the unfamiliar. All of their songs are more from the poetic side of songwriting with heavy, dirty bluesy guitar-based music (not metallish at all).

I found the audio to be a good recording for a concert but a bit forward for my taste (I own over 30 concert DVD's so I have a pretty large basis of comparison). 4 out of 5

The performance is quintissential Hip. Very solid overall but there is nothing in the musicianship that will wow anybody. They didn't do my favorite Hip song (locked in the trunk of a car- I dare you to download this thing and listen to it five times without becoming a fan of this band) but they did Nautical Disater (just amazing lyrics and overall a great song) which is my second favorite. Note, if you are new to the band they wrote "New Orleans's is sinking man and I don't wanna swim" years ago and are not trying to be insensitive about Katrina.

Picture quality is great on this DVD. 4.5 out of 5

For $12 CDN this is a steal.

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It comes in the new box set, but it is also available by itself.
post #1213 of 8898
Speaking of "It comes in a box set" DVDs...
The new Billy Joel "My Lives" box has a concert DVD
Recorded in Frankfurt, Germany during the 'River Of Dreams' tour.
IMHO, much better than the 'Yankee Stadium' DVD.
Anyone else?

Also, what other "Comes In A Box Set" DVDs has anyone found to be good?
post #1214 of 8898
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Originally Posted by JohnR_IN_LA View Post

Stew,

Well then your gonna miss out on many excellent historical performances from the musicians involved in the creative explosion that occurred on this planet in the 60s thru the early 80s ...

In fact, virtually all performances NOT in a controlled light environment will have faults on a 100 inch screen


That's what CD's are for.
post #1215 of 8898
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Originally Posted by Stew4msu View Post

That's what CD's are for.

Yep, or smaller TV screens

I watched a 1979 Grateful Dead performance last nite, was fairly interesting watching the original jam band in their prime.
post #1216 of 8898
Any reviews of " Eric Johnson Austin City Limits"? For some reason this things going for $19.00 at Wally Word! Kinda high if you ask me....
post #1217 of 8898
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Originally Posted by ThomC View Post

Also, what other "Comes In A Box Set" DVDs has anyone found to be good?

Bruce Springsteen "Live Hammersmith Odeon" included in 30th Anniversary Box of Born To Run
post #1218 of 8898
A little off topic, but probably the best concert I've seen in terms of the video (camera work, lighting, etc.) is not a DVD but rather an HD concert recently aired on INHD2, the Dido concert. Anyone else see it when they had it on a couple of weeks ago? I happened to record it and have watched it about a half-dozen times since. I had no idea what she looked like, but maybe that's one of the reasons why I've given it repeated viewings.
post #1219 of 8898
Dido is HOT!

Would love to see (and hear) that concert.

Deron.
post #1220 of 8898
I've been spoiled.

After watching the Eagles, The Last Waltz, Diana Krall, Talking Heads, Boz Scaggs, Dobbie Brothers, Santana, Roger Walters... on my 161" screen I can not go back to out of focus, soft image, bleeding image, blown out image, not to mention lackluster sound, concert DVD's.

The good part is they are getting better all the time and more are on the horizon.

Deron.
post #1221 of 8898
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Originally Posted by JBaumgart View Post

A little off topic, but probably the best concert I've seen in terms of the video (camera work, lighting, etc.) is not a DVD but rather an HD concert recently aired on INHD2, the Dido concert. Anyone else see it when they had it on a couple of weeks ago? I happened to record it and have watched it about a half-dozen times since. I had no idea what she looked like, but maybe that's one of the reasons why I've given it repeated viewings.

I saw it on DVD before INHD2 and the PQ is just a little better on INHD2. Not the HD I expected. But like you, maybe it wasn't the music that I watched it a few times . Some of the things Dido said surpried me. Like writing her first song (or one of the first) to get boys into her bed....and it worked!!
post #1222 of 8898
The wife loves the Dido concert (we have the DVD). I find it tolerable content wise. There are some lighting choices that simply did not work. You can barely see her for the first song or two as she is backlit too strongly for cameras. Overall it has decent but not reference sound and passable picture quality.
post #1223 of 8898
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Originally Posted by karlw2000 View Post

I saw it on DVD before INHD2 and the PQ is just a little better on INHD2. Not the HD I expected. But like you, maybe it wasn't the music that I watched it a few times . Some of the things Dido said surpried me. Like writing her first song (or one of the first) to get boys into her bed....and it worked!!

I wasn't aware that it was on DVD, and with the concert running just an hour long, I'm a little surprised that it is. But at least on my set, the HD picture looks fantastic - much better than any DVD concert that I own. Even though I have a very excellent DVD player (Denon 3910) that's ISF calibrated, its video output really doesn't compare favorably with the better HD broadcasts (as you would expect with the lower resolution of the DVD format). The audio of course is a different story.

Anyway, I really was impressed with the production, especially the lighting, and camera work where they did a fantastic job. And having the star of the show look so damn attractive didn't hurt either.
post #1224 of 8898
Ok folks!! here's my new gem I got, Michael Buble' "Caught In The Act (LIVE)". It's a cd/dvd combo (can't beat that for value) that is outstanding. The dvd was taken from a special michael did for PBS. It looked like it was shot in hi-def, if not it looks like it could be. The lighting was made for video and the camera shots and editing were nice and smooth like I like, not too distracting. Sound is incredible, (No DTS Though). This band is tight and swingin' thanks to the musical production of David Foster and Humberto Gatica who are audio perfectionists. For those who aren't familar with Buble' he is a modern day Sinatra, A crooner who can take a pop tune and give it a new interpretation and style, check out his version of "Can't Buy Me Love" WOW!!!
warning, some people may not like his humor, he can appear to be slightly cocky and even alittle naughty but his charm overlooks it. Watch the pimp that Buble' does on Josh Grobin and then Grobin shows up on stage (Obviously planned since the two are friends), it's a good moment. But this concert is all about the music, turn it up and prepared to be wonderfully entertained.

Greg
post #1225 of 8898
I agree with whoever has said Roger Waters "In the Flesh", a great concert.
post #1226 of 8898
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Originally Posted by tylerc View Post

I agree with whoever has said Roger Waters "In the Flesh", a great concert.

Hands down, my favorite concert dvd of the roughly 2 dozen I own. In fact, it has taken up permanent residence in one my DVD players.
post #1227 of 8898
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I agree with whoever has said Roger Waters "In the Flesh", a great concert.

Agreed with both thumbs way up. Top 5 in my collection.

I saw the tour this was shot during - was so glad they released a DVD of it, was not prepared for how great the audio would be - thanks be to James Guthrie!
post #1228 of 8898
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Originally Posted by tylerc View Post

I agree with whoever has said Roger Waters "In the Flesh", a great concert.

I also own the "David Gilmour in Concert" as that is very good but comes nowhere near the Audio, Picture and especially Content quality that "In the Flesh" delivers.

Truly a stunning (and I rarely use that adjective) concert DVD.

A must have, if you don't run don't walk to get this puppy.

Jessica
post #1229 of 8898
Wow I consider the David Gilmour concert to be a grade better in audio quality, over "In the Flesh", which has a few audio flaws.

Roger put crowd noise on the center channel (a cheap move), and music really only comes out the 2 speakers (out of 5). Its basically a 2 channel disk, with crowd added on the other 3.

The David Gilmour disk also sounds better on Audiophile speakers, its an excellent acoustic recording, and the 2 channel track is outstanding IMHO. Ive played the Waters disc on some revealing high-end $12000 speakers, and was disappointed. It does sound fine on my $2500 dollar speakers though.

Waters makes up for it with an outstanding rock show ( yes, the best) that really puts you there.

Gilmour takes a different tact, he freshens up the Floyd sound with generous use of acoustic instruments like cellos and standup basses. He also really shows off his outstanding voice, which is a beautiful acoustic instrument unto itself. That one french language song he does, where his high (but masculine) voice is transposed against that cello is one of my favorite single performances.

Where Gilmour falls down is in preparation. Its obvious they dont have enough material ready for a full concert DVD, I think he plays Comfortably Numb 3 times, and some of the performers are reading the lyrics.
post #1230 of 8898
Forget English beat live at fesival hall.awful sound mix has band sounding thin with little presence in the 5.1 mix.Dolby 2.0 is not much better with an upfront mono sound.A special features hour long band interview is at least 3 minutes out of sync and not watchable.the audio portion ends and the video keeps on running silently.This whole thing is a disgrace since this was a great eighties band and deserved much more than this.I fear this is the only dvd concert we will see by this band.Oh yes the video is poorly lit and dark with unimaginative camera shots.
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