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post #1351 of 8897
AKUS Live and Heart Alive in Seattle by far get the most play time of my 50 concert DVDs... I think both are simply OUTSTANDING concerts in every respect.
post #1352 of 8897
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Originally Posted by JohnR_IN_LA View Post

Like ohhing and ahhing about Alison's horribly caked on makeup?

Her inner beauty shines through - I didn't notice the makeup even in high def.

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Just kidding This disk does bore me to tears though...

I'm sorry you feel that way. I found the performances and musicianship incredible, and I am not of fan of this genre.
post #1353 of 8897
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Originally Posted by tjennings View Post

AKUS Live and Heart Alive in Seattle by far get the most play time of my 50 concert DVDs... I think both are simply OUTSTANDING concerts in every respect.

I have about 50 DVD concerts and I would say that AKUS has gotten the most play of all of them, so I must like it.

Next probably would be Clapton One More Car, One More Rider and then the Boz Scaggs disk that some mentioned a couple pages back.
post #1354 of 8897
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Originally Posted by Charlie_Phogg View Post

I would that I would throw in the garbage before I would put it in my DVD player but I figure to each his own and don't feel the need to run down your (sometimes very questionable) tastes in music.

No need to personally attack me, I actually own Union Station, and a few other country/bluegrass titles, this is one of those titles thats is really well produced, and I think it gets rave reviews here because of its high audio and video quality. What I found was the material seems lacking, and the the theater is garish.

A MUCH better DVD in this Genre IMHO is "The Chieftains: Down the Old Plank Road - The Nashville Sessions (2000)" which has Alison Kraus as well as 20 other majorly excellent players ( Earl Scraggs, Patty Griffen, Emilou Harris, Ricky Scaggs) just playing their heart out in this beautiful theater ... and they have this spectacular show put together that switches between a full 20 piece Oprey style orchestra, to intimite duets, virtuoso picking, and country dancers periodically spicing up the show,but never overpowering the music.
post #1355 of 8897
I was blasting 2 disks last night that sound very good but almost never get mentioned here. They are Pretenders Loose in L.A. and Meatloaf with Melbourne Symphany Orchestra. The Meatloaf one is also one of the best video quality DVDs and his performance and that of his female backup singers is 120%. Highly recommended. The Pretenders really rock for about 2 hours. Also recommended.

These disks should be compared with disks like The Who Royal Albert Hall that so many think are good audio quality. There's a world of difference.

Ed
post #1356 of 8897
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Originally Posted by ekb View Post

The Pretenders really rock for about 2 hours. Also recommended.

What era Pretenders is it?
post #1357 of 8897
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Originally Posted by GilWave View Post

What era Pretenders is it?

It probably covers most of their history because it seems like a greatest hits DVD. Certainly there is a lot of the early stuff. But I can't really give you a better answer than this because I'm not really that big of a Pretenders fan. I mention the DVD because it's good rock music and it's recorded well. Believe it or not, I'd rather listen to well recorded music that I'm not a fan of than lousy recordings of my favourite bands

Ed
post #1358 of 8897
After the controversy raised by my comments that I thoroughly enjoyed The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall, I went out and picked up Alison Kraus + Union Station.

I'll agree that the audio mix on the Alison Kraus DVD is several notches above The Who, I may go so far as to say that the Alison Kraus mix is probably the best I've ever heard.

I still think that The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a pretty good concert DVD. Certainly better than a lot that I've seen, and while I wouldn't call it a reference quality sound mix, it's still enjoyable. When I'm watching a concert DVD, I'm listening to the performances of the artists on stage, and unless the mix is really bad I wouldn't give a second thought to the work of the sound engineer. I'd much rather sit back and enjoy a good show.

For those who would say "well this is a discussion about great concert DVDs, not mediocre ones" I have to point out that the video component of the show is an important part of the experience and I agree with JohnR_IN_LA regarding Alison's makeup. It looked like she was wearing some kind of plaster mask! I don't know how anyone could not notice that, especially if the show was viewed in HD! Additionally, there were many points in the show when I thought that the video quality was several notches below what I would consider reference quality.

Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the Alison Kraus + Union Station DVD and I am happy to have it in my collection. I will continue to watch The Who Live at Royal Albert Hall, and will certainly enjoy it as much as I did the first time I watched it.

I will not lurk on this board, seeking to lash out against anyone who wants to say how much they enjoy a particular concert DVD if I don't think it's the pinnacle of reference software. Instead, I will take their recommendation into consideration, and continue to enjoy concerts from my own personal front row seat.

Mark
post #1359 of 8897
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Originally Posted by GilWave View Post

What era Pretenders is it?

It was shot after their 2002 album "Loose Screw", which I thought was very good. I would also highly recommend the "Loose In L.A." DVD. I believe it was shot in HD and the PQ, SQ & performance are all top notch IMO.
post #1360 of 8897
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Originally Posted by VanMark View Post

For those who would say "well this is a discussion about great concert DVDs, not mediocre ones" I have to point out that the video component of the show is an important part of the experience and I agree with JohnR_IN_LA regarding Alison's makeup. It looked like she was wearing some kind of plaster mask! I don't know how anyone could not notice that, especially if the show was viewed in HD!


Given a choice between seeing Green Day in really bad eyeliner and Alison Krauss with too much makeup, I'll take the latter.
post #1361 of 8897
You dont like Green Day Bullet In a Bible?
65,000 brits meets a razor sharp rock band with a killer song catalog... Dude!
post #1362 of 8897
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Originally Posted by JohnR_IN_LA View Post

You dont like Green Day Bullet In a Bible?
65,000 brits meets a razor sharp rock band with a killer song catalog... Dude!

I didn't say I didn't like Green Day. I just don't care for thier bad eyeliner.

How can I not like a band that has written the Suite Madame Blue for this generation with American Idiot?
post #1363 of 8897
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Originally Posted by VanMark View Post

I'll agree that the audio mix on the Alison Kraus DVD is several notches above The Who, I may go so far as to say that the Alison Kraus mix is probably the best I've ever heard.
Mark

I agree. Excellent recording.
post #1364 of 8897
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Originally Posted by gerhard911 View Post

It was shot after their 2002 album "Loose Screw", which I thought was very good. I would also highly recommend the "Loose In L.A." DVD. I believe it was shot in HD and the PQ, SQ & performance are all top notch IMO.

Thanks Gerhard, I'll pick it up.
post #1365 of 8897
I caught part of a broadcast of the "50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster Tribute Concert" on HDnet from DirectTV this past weekend. In looking around I see that there is a dvd of the concert available on Amazon. As I was watching it on HD, I cannot say what the dvd looks like, and the sound I was getting was probably not as good as on the disc, but some of the performances were outstanding. I have to preference any assessments of musical quality of performances of the majority of the music on this concert with the admission that I view it mostly as an outsider and an unfamiliarity with the performers. None the less, I was greatly impressed, and if any true fans have seen this concert I would like your opinions. Below is a list of the tracks from the dvd, because one problem with the show was that many of the performers were simply shoved on without any indication of who they were. You may know, but I did not.

I missed the first two hours of the show which was listed on the guide as lasting four hours.

Tracklisting
THE CRICKETS
Peggy Sue Maybe Baby (with Brian May)
I Fought The Law (with Brian May)
Oh Boy (with Brian May)

That'll Be The Day (w/ Brian May & Ron Wood)
HANK MARVIN
The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt
Sleepwalk Apache
THERESA ANDERSON
I'm On My Way Country Boy (with Albert Lee)
MIKE RUTHERFORD
& PAUL CARRACK
How Long All Along The Watchtower
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I Can't Dance
GARY MOORE
Red House
JAMIE CULLUM
Angel
AMY WINEHOUSE
Stronger Than Me
PAUL ROGERS
Muddy Water Blues
Drinking (featuring Jasmine & Steve Rodgers)
Alright Now (with Brian May)
Can't Get Enough (with Joe Walsh)
JOE WALSH
Funk 49 Life's Been Good
Life In the Fast Lane Rocky Mountain Way
PHIL MANZENERA
6pm
DAVE GILMOUR
Marooned Coming Back To Life Sorrow
RONNIE WOOD
Ohh La La
FINALE:
(ALL FEATURED PERFORMERS)
Stay With Me
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130

Incidentally, the artist identified as Gary Moore, damned near burned his axe up in his version of Red House. I was enthralled.

I see that Gary Moore has his own dvd from a 1990 Montreux performance, which I may have to pick up.
post #1366 of 8897
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Originally Posted by Distorted View Post

I caught part of a broadcast of the "50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster Tribute Concert" on HDnet from DirectTV this past weekend.
Incidentally, the artist identified as Gary Moore, damned near burned his axe up in his version of Red House. I was enthralled.

Agreed- Gary Moore was fantastic!
post #1367 of 8897
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I see that Gary Moore has his own dvd from a 1990 Montreux performance, which I may have to pick up.

Change "may have to" to "must". It is excellent.

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Ron Party
post #1368 of 8897
The DVD title is: The Stratpack live in Concert
It was a 2004 concert celebrating 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster at London's Wembley arena featuring some of the worlds great guitarists.

I have the DVD and IMO it's a great concert with outstanding musicians. Pic quality is good for a live concert and sound is great in DTS. My favorite track is that of Gary Moore. I play it all the time. It's one of the best performances of red house IMO. Seeing him coming to the stage and cranking up the volume on the guitar amp up to the point of distortion, warns us of what is coming.
Paul Rogers is also very good as vocalist. Last but not the least David Gilmour is up to his usual standards.

For those of you who enjoyed Gary Moore and like the blues I can recommend his DVD live at Montreux. Pic quality is not so good (old concert from 1990/1997) but the musical content is great. His guitar duets with Albert Collins are a joy to hear. He plays all the classics like Still got the blues, Parisienne Walkways, King of the blues, Too tired, Cold cold feeling.
post #1369 of 8897
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Originally Posted by squonk View Post

How can I not like a band that has written the Suite Madame Blue for this generation with American Idiot?

LOL yep, and Green Day performs that album with the energy of AC/DC in their prime. What powerful players...

The only other concert DVD that was this addictive to me, was "In The Flesh", and for a simple punk-radio band to challenge Waters is almost blasphemy
post #1370 of 8897
The Pretenders concert on the Loose in LA dvd has been shown on INHD in the past btw.
post #1371 of 8897
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Originally Posted by PedroV View Post

The DVD title is: The Stratpack live in Concert
It was a 2004 concert celebrating 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster at London's Wembley arena featuring some of the worlds great guitarists.

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Looks like a great DVD but I have never seen it before. Is it only available on internets sites like Amazon?
post #1372 of 8897
Even though over twenty years old, I still have been waiting for a release of the 1982 "Speak of the Devil" concert (Ozzy doing Sabbath tunes). The live album was absolutely great and I am thinking that it must have been filmed as well as audio recorded. Has anyone ever run across such a release (not the 1982 "Diary of a madman" tour that was released under the speak of the devil title in Japan.
post #1373 of 8897
It is on film somewhere. I can recall MTV aired way back when they played music, but when they used to have the Saturday Night Concert at like 11 or 12 at night. I have been longing for that aswell.
post #1374 of 8897
Has anyone seen the new DVD Concert for U2 that was filmed in Chicago? I am curious as to the PQ and SQ of this new release.
post #1375 of 8897
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Has anyone seen the new DVD Concert for U2 that was filmed in Chicago? I am curious as to the PQ and SQ of this new release.

If you search this thread, I believe that it was thumbs up on all counts. I got it from Santa but have not had a chance to see it yet.
post #1376 of 8897
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Has anyone seen the new DVD Concert for U2 that was filmed in Chicago? I am curious as to the PQ and SQ of this new release.


Okay, I have 2 other U2 concert DVD's (Elevation tour and Slane Castle) and this is the best technical reproduction but not the best DVD in my opinion. Frankly, the limitation is Bono. His voice is shot for the concert and this dramatically affects the overall performance. You first notice his voice problems on Beautiful Day and it just goes downhill from there. At one point, in mid song, he talks about the 'frog' in his throat. You can hear him clipping the long notes to avoid more damage.

That being said, the Chicago concert is easiy the best PQ and SQ. The musicianship is tight and the edge's guitar tone is the best of the three concerts. Performance wise though, Slane Castle is a spiritual performance with tens of thousands of Irish connecting in a way that is tangible even from a DVD disk. The band is clearly into this performance. On the Elevation disk, you get a 4:3 video but good production qualities overall. I think a better mix of songs than the Vertigo-heavy Chicago performance and a more intimate peformance overall.

So my rankings:

Sound: 1. Chicago, 2. Elevation, 3. Slane Castle (All are above average)
Performance: 1 Slane Castle, 2. Elevation, 3. Chicago
Video: 1. Chicago, 2 Slane Castle 3. Elevation
Audience: 1. Slane Castle, 2. Elevation, 3 Chicago
Song selection: 1. Slane Castle, 2. Elevation, 3. Chicago
Direction: 1. Chicago 2. Elevation, 3. Slane Castle
post #1377 of 8897
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Originally Posted by VanMark View Post

I still think that The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a pretty good concert DVD. Certainly better than a lot that I've seen, and while I wouldn't call it a reference quality sound mix, it's still enjoyable. When I'm watching a concert DVD, I'm listening to the performances of the artists on stage, and unless the mix is really bad I wouldn't give a second thought to the work of the sound engineer. I'd much rather sit back and enjoy a good show.

Well, after all the pro comments on this disc I put it on this morning, kids and wife out of the house. Set it to DTS 5.1, set the levels comfortably loud (-9dB) and went though it song-by-song.

Folks, this is not a good recording nor a good performance. Roger's voice is shot, John's bass sounds at times clipped and overly loud, at times soft and almost non-existent in the mix. Peter's electric guitar tone is just awful, the acoustic guitar tracks marginally better. The keyboards are a mess and the drums definition sounds somewhere between tin cans and cardboard tubes. Almost every track is distorted. Listen to how the cymbal crashes come in and out on 5:15, or just listen to John's bass solo on that tune - the recording quality is just terrible - I suspect due to the way John had his amp set up, but that shouldn't matter as the engineer would have had both a direct track and mic'd track to work with.

The Who's performance overall is uninspired, and there is an overabundance of Townshend solo material. The mix is muddy and at times incoherent. This may have more to do with the less than stellar recording than any fault of the mix engineer. You cannot polish a turd.

Look at The Who's (what's left of them) performance on the Live 8 set - everyone is in top form and eager to perform. Pete Townshend hasn't been so animated or sounded so good in years. The recording and mix quality are very good, especially Townshend's guitar tone.

Compare The Who at Albert Hall with Cream at Albert Hall - you can't blame the acoustics of the hall.

Now, if you enjoy The Who Live at Royal Albert Hall, than I am happy for you and you've gotten your money's worth. But to catergorize its AQ as great or excellent is a disservice to AVS Forum members who haven't bought it yet.

I wish I could say that the recently-released Who Tommy and Quadrophenia Live set is much better - but it is not. It is a different quality recording all together - not as bad (the guitars and vocals sound much better, and the horn section is well-represented) but the bass is muddy and the overall mix lacks instrumental definition. The band is 11 years younger and their enthusiasm level is greater - amazing since they're playing Tommy for the umpteenth time. I find this set more enjoyable, even thought the PQ is not as good as Albert Hall and it's in 4:3. IMHO it is better investment of Who concert DVD dollars than Albert Hall.

To each his own. I am a Who fan since the '60s, have seen them live many times and expect great things from them, their management, sound crew and recording personnel. For me to be disappointed is not sour grapes, defective DVDs or improper audio set up. I may be more critical than some, but that is only because my expectations are high as there is no reason, with audio and video technology where they have been for the last 20 years for there to be mediocre live concert presentations.

I hope Dweezil Zappa does his father justice when he releases Roxy and Elsewhere in 5.1 this year. Frank was an anal retentive lunatic when it came to capturing his live performances, typically recording each and every show of a tour. Then we should have a proper example of "capturing the moment" while retaining exceptional AQ.

-gil
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Originally Posted by Andy-Man View Post

Even though over twenty years old, I still have been waiting for a release of the 1982 "Speak of the Devil" concert (Ozzy doing Sabbath tunes). The live album was absolutely great and I am thinking that it must have been filmed as well as audio recorded. Has anyone ever run across such a release (not the 1982 "Diary of a madman" tour that was released under the speak of the devil title in Japan.

I would rather see Randy Rhodes footage

I saw Ozzy twice back then, but Randy had died, and Brad was guitarist

... but watching young "lightning hands" metal guitarists showoff to Ozzy and Sabbath tunes was just awesome....
post #1379 of 8897
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Originally Posted by GilWave View Post

Folks, this is not a good recording nor a good performance. Roger's voice is shot, John's bass sounds at times clipped and overly loud, at times soft and almost non-existent in the mix. Peter's electric guitar tone is just awful, the acoustic guitar tracks marginally better. The keyboards are a mess and the drums definition sounds somewhere between tin cans and cardboard tubes. Almost every track is distorted. Listen to how the cymbal crashes come in and out on 5:15, or just listen to John's bass solo on that tune --gil

Yea I remember not being impressed by the performance either ....
post #1380 of 8897
The best performance by the WHO I have seen on video is Live at the Isle of Wight 1970...My favorite live audio performance is Live at Leeds remastered CD. That CD sounds great! I wonder if any video from Leeds is around?
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