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post #301 of 8898
Norah Jones, Live In New Orleans. - though no orchestra
An Evening With the Dixie Chicks - Orchestra and sweet country instruments..
You may also want to look at David Gilmore Live ... hes got the sweetest male voice hahah, plus a celloist, stand up bass, and some other classical instrumentation backing him up
post #302 of 8898
Here are my reviews of some concert DVD's from my Christmas loot:

1) No Doubt Rock Steady-good picture, great sound and performance. High energy show packed with hit after hit. Gwen throws out too many F-bombs for my taste. As far as musicianship, they won't be confused with Rush anytime soon but they are better than most of the new bands. I think, in particular, the bass player is very good.

2) Pearl Jam Live at MSG - very good picture, good sound, and great performance. Eddie and the boys are in good spirits and absolutely rock the place, particularly, on Disc 2. Finally, a band that remembers what guitar solos mean to a song. I particular enjoyed Eddie's rip on Good Charlotte and their brief salute to Iron Maiden.

3) U2 Slane Castle - good picture, sound, and performance. Song list very similar to the Live from Boston DVD although I think this is a better performance mainly because the band feeds off the energy of home country crowd. If you already have Live from Boston, you can probably pass on this one. If not, I would choose this one over the Boston Concert DVD.

4) Red Hot Chili Peppers Slane Castle - Fantastic Picture, good sound and performance. It was interesting to watch this one and U2 back to back since they were shot at the same venue. I thought the picture quality was one of the best I've seen. They shot it at sunset so you get wonderful color. Sound could use more bass, but I think that has more to do with Flea's bass playing than anything (he plays bass more like a lead guitar than a rhythm section). The new guitar player really adds alot to their sound with both his guitar playing and singing. I am not really a big Chili Peppers fan, but I enjoyed this disk.
post #303 of 8898
Some more reviews:

5) A Tribute to George - Great Picture, Sound, and Performance. A very moving all-star tribute to George Harrison from some of his best friends (Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney). The Indian Music at beginning is not my cup of tea but you understand why its there. You get a couple of Monty Python skits in the middle and the all-star concert at the end. It was a treat to see Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne perform Traveling Wilbury's songs and everything with Eric Clapton is great. In particular, his duet with Paul McCartney on "Something" is fantastic. One selfish complaint-with Paul and Ringo playing with George's son Dhani, if we only could have had Sean and/or Julian Lennon to make the dream complete. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic concert and DVD.

6) Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve - Great Picture, Sound, and Performance. I believe this was shown on HDNET so you know the picture is good. Even after thirty years the band still sounds great. (Only 2 original members remain but the replacement players read like a who's who of Southern Rock with members of Blackfoot and The Outlaws now in the band). They play almost all of their hits (Saturday Nite Special and You got That Right are missing) and are backed by both a horn section and string section when needed. Only complaint is the lifeless crowd brings down the energy a bit.

Blues Traveler Live in Thin Air- purchased after seeing a clip on HD-NET. I was disappointed with this one. Good Picture and Sound but I found the performance only so-so. There is no denying the musicianship in this band, but almost all these songs were mid-tempo and only a couple times do they really let loose and just play balls out. One final note: If Paul McCartneys DVD annoyed you with the breaks in the music this ones gonna annoy you even more with its lame behind the scene looks.

Rolling Stones Four Flicks - good picture and sound, uneven performance. Great Value (3 concert DVD's for 30 bucks, plus an extra DVD of behind the scenes stuff). You get a concert DVD from a Theatre venue, an Arena Venue, and a Stadium venue. Interestingly, I found the Stadium show to be most enjoyable and the Theatre show the least. I think they've been doing Stadium tours for so long now that it's where they feel most comfortable. Among the 3 shows you get a great variety of songs from thoughout their career with very little overlap. I would recommend for its value.

I really enjoy this thread and and refer to it all the time for new DVD's to buy. I purchased both the Randy Bachman and Dixie Chicks DVD's because of this thread and enjoyed both immensely. Thanks to whoever recommended those two DVD's.
post #304 of 8898
Excellent reviews! Thanks Griz92867. After yours and the other positive review of No Doubt's "Rock Steady", I'm really glad I ordered it.

Regarding the Stones... I have the Bridges To Babylon DVD and have to say it's one of the best, most thrilling concert DVDs I've got and I'm only a casual Stones fan. It's got everything from a huge stadium set with fireworks and a giant video screen, down to an intimate, stripped down set done out in the middle of the crowd. Four Licks is probably a real doozy too.
post #305 of 8898
In the stone four flicks did anyone notice how the HBO concert is not as sharp a picture as the other two European performances.I can see this on my plasma very plainly.Maybe it has something to do with European video equipment?I also noticed this on the new Rod Stewart DVD coming from the ARTS broadcast as compared to the european live ROXY music dvd from the Appollo
post #306 of 8898
George Benson: Absolutely Live
Anamorphic Widescreen
1509 kbps DTS
post #307 of 8898
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Originally posted by Griz92867
The new guitar player really adds alot to their sound with both his guitar playing and singing. I am not really a big Chili Peppers fan, but I enjoyed this disk.

That's John Frusciante, he was the second guitarist after Hillel Slovik died of an overdose back in the late 80's.

John has played on Mothers Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Californication and By The Way.
post #308 of 8898
The Chili Peppers ... I thought this band was pretty fantastic, until I got the "Off The Map" DVD. They seemed strangley one dimensional, I want to like this band ... they seem to have good players and their own style.... but is there something contrived about their whole image and look? Or maybe i just dont like to watch sweaty naked skinny men playing for 2 hours straight, haha i donno.

Have you compared this DVD to "Off The Map"? How do they compare? "Under The Bridge" may well be my favorite pop song of the 90s...
post #309 of 8898
I saw the chili peppers live during one of the lalapolaza festivals and they were the highlight! I might have to check out their concert dvd...

I can't believe not many people have Neil Young's "Silver and Gold" Dvd...SQ and PQ are top notch and the performance is unbelievable.
"slow poke I want to run with you" just one great line from an excellent dvd! Eric
post #310 of 8898
It seems the majority of concert DVDs I come across are 4:3. The only anamorphic concert DVD I own is Stop Making Sense and it really is a far superior experience than 4:3. Is there someplace that has concert DVDs catagorized so you can easily browse only titles that are anamorphic?
post #311 of 8898
I started a thread on this a few weeks ago on this forum.Do a search to find it-lots of good recommendations
post #312 of 8898
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Originally posted by himey


I can't believe not many people have Neil Young's "Silver and Gold" Dvd...SQ and PQ are top notch and the performance is unbelievable.
"slow poke I want to run with you" just one great line from an excellent dvd! Eric

I have Neil's concert movie ... "Rust Never Sleeps". Quality is fairly good for its time period ( 1980?).

But ... he's up there for this loonngg theatrical show ... trying to play every instrument plus singing... hes got elaborate frames hooked up to his head so he can play the harmonica, while singing while playing the guitar .. and he basically is doing this type of thing the whole show. He looks like some guy on the stage struggling to prove that he is this fantastic musical genius.

The results are comical and sad. My impression of him was that he is some egomaniac ...

Is "Silver and Gold" anything like "Rust Never Sleeps"?
I actually like the guys music, its pretty good. His voice is a bit annoying and nasal, he could use some backup singers, or heaven forbid, let someone else sing once in a while, just to give it a rest!
post #313 of 8898
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Originally posted by JohnR_IN_LA
Ihes got elaborate frames hooked up to his head so he can play the harmonica, while singing while playing the guitar .. and he basically is doing this type of thing the whole show. He looks like some guy on the stage struggling to prove that he is this fantastic musical genius.

The results are comical and sad. My impression of him was that he is some egomaniac ...

Yeah, a guy wanting to perform his own compositions- what an a**hole!!

Heck, it's just a harmonica holder that-- allows you to play harmonica while your hands are full with the guitar. It's a useful device if-- one wants to play a harmonica while one's hands are full with the guitar. DUH. Dylan and all kinds of people have used them. If you think he should have hired a guy to play the harmonica for him I guess that's your opinion but Neil must not have seen it that way. I don't think it makes him an egomaniac, nor does playing the pump organ. Heck, let's face it, Neil's musical and vocal skills are mediocre at best (IMO) but it's his style and it's what people who like him are paying to hear.
post #314 of 8898
Hah, your right, i was hard on the guy. It just wasnt the best material for a movie, watching a guy concentrate on doing 18 things at once
post #315 of 8898
Quote:


Originally posted by JohnR_IN_LA
Hah, your right, i was hard on the guy. It just wasnt the best material for a movie, watching a guy concentrate on doing 18 things at once

I dunno, probably any musician is boring/stupid if you're not a fan
post #316 of 8898
Now look whose sounding snobbish! What are we taking turns being music snobs?

I buy all types do music DVDs, often from bands I dont even know, most of them are dang good
post #317 of 8898
My picks:

Peter Gabriel UP (recently released)
Genesis: The Way We Walk
Peter Frampton: Live in Detroit

All of these have excellent video quality, technical execution and musicianship.
post #318 of 8898
Quote:


Originally posted by JohnR_IN_LA
Now look whose sounding snobbish! What are we taking turns being music snobs?

I buy all types do music DVDs, often from bands I dont even know, most of them are dang good

He he, sorry, I was just trying to stick up for you!! All I meant was people don't like what they don't like, which is an unnecessary thing to point out I guess!

Now if you want to see me turn into a music snob let's talk about new country! [flamesuit on]
post #319 of 8898
Hey you hear that awesome guitarist on "Evening With The Dixie Chicks" DVD? That guy can do some serious picking, would put Stevie Ray Vaughn to shame!

And what about that INCREDIBLE orchestra of country musicians that "The Chieftans" put on stage, I will put that DVD in and just listen to that one song where they take turns ripping up the fretboard
post #320 of 8898
Folks:
I watched The Last Waltz last night - WOW! It is not exactly a concert DVD but Scorsese directed it, its 1.85:1 anamorphic with a 5.1 DD sound track with a stream of amazing musicians who come to help The Band bid farewell to its public. There are some short interviews with Scorsese talking to various members of The Band in between songs. Highly recommended especially for geezer rockers!
post #321 of 8898
JohnR_IN_LA
I also have Rust Never Sleeps and I don't like it as much as Silver and Gold...but they are very different! Silver and Gold is just him with no band.
When I first got the DVD I was surprised that their wasn't one song I knew...but now that I've listened to it (and watched) many times I like every track (chapter)!
oh yea Its widescreen too! Eric
post #322 of 8898
You know what is an incredible one wo-man show? Jewel. I saw here a month ago, just her and an acoustic guitar, that girl knows how to play!

YOu know how folk players do that thing where they play while somehow using the guitar body for percussion? Well she did that technique expertly, so basically Rhythm, drums, and a little lead was coming out of her one guitar.

You know that song that goes

"You say that jesus loves you
well what about me?"

And then the song "The Wild West", which is like a dance song.

Both of these songs are relatively complex arrangements, with a bass-line, a rhythm, and a percussion line...

Well thats just her and a wood guitar..


Then her angelic voice .. it could well be the finest voice on earth, at least IMHO . It sounds better live than it does on her many hits ...


If she ever comes out with a Concert DVD, run, dont walk, to get it
post #323 of 8898
Quote:


Originally posted by JohnR_IN_LA
Hey you hear that awesome guitarist on "Evening With The Dixie Chicks" DVD? That guy can do some serious picking, would put Stevie Ray Vaughn to shame!

And what about that INCREDIBLE orchestra of country musicians that "The Chieftans" put on stage, I will put that DVD in and just listen to that one song where they take turns ripping up the fretboard

It's more the awful Shaina Twain/Mutt Lang "country trying to sound like 80's hair metal" stuff that I'm complaining about!!

I'm no fan of the Chicks but they (and their band) can definitely play, and The Chieftains" totally kick *ss...
post #324 of 8898
i highly recommend Blue Man Group's The Complex Rock Tour Live. I saw it at CC, saw that it had a 3 track DTS sampler, and for thirteen bucks i had to have it. I got it home and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the DD5.1 tracks (the actual concert) , but then i flipped it over to the other side to listen to the DTS tracks(audio only, some pics from the show) and was surprised again. I have seen their live performance, and this concert gives only a glimpse as to what they are capable of. If you buy it: fast forward to chapter 5, and just wait till the lights go out- they have 2 guys on opposite sides of the stage with fencing swords...I cant explain it too well, just check it out. Also, one of the blue men usesa 3 foot diameter bass drum with what looks like a jousting stick that gives some deep, deep bass (watch out, the china in my hutch was rattling)...cant comment on PQ as i watch on a dinosaur (34" XBR from 1991)...
post #325 of 8898
I'm also a big fan of AK/US; an excellent reference piece. Try also The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Live in Japan. AWESOME big band, fine guitar work and many familiar songs. Anamorphic and DD/DTS 5.1!
post #326 of 8898
What about "YES"? Which would you suggest?

Also, Pink Floyd?

Rush in Rio was great!
post #327 of 8898
ELO - Zoom DVD concert is brilliant. Sound, image and material is all extraordinary. Do not miss this one. It is a great system demo too.

I have about 50 concert DVD's and this one is top 5.
post #328 of 8898
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Originally posted by AnthonyB

Also, Pink Floyd?


Pulse should be seeing an official release on DVD some time this year. Remastered with 5.1 sound mix it should be quite something... although it was mastered on 4:3 SD video so there will be limits to how great the picture can be.

Live at Pompeii is frankly disappointing: the "Directors Cut" butchers the original with gratuitous stock NASA footage and rather lame computer animations recreating the eruption. The sound is 2.0. Picture is poorly cropped/zoomed to make it 16:9. Pink Floyd had no input or control over the remastering and David Gilmour has commented in at least one interview that he thought it was not good.

Classic Albums DSOTM DVD is interesting - a must have for all Floyd fans.

David Gilmour In Concert is a superb record (16:9, 5.1) of a rather understated event featuring some interesting arrangements of a few Floyd classics.

Roger Waters Live in Berlin has a nicely remastered 5.1 soundtrack and a few interesting extras compared to the VHS. Video is OAR 4:3.

Roger Waters In the Flesh is to my mind one of the best produced concert DVDs ever. A full >2hr show from his 2000 North American tour featuring a wide selection of Floyd songs and his solo stuff. Superb 16:9 video (mastered in HD), a really good 5:1 mix, and some nice extras.
post #329 of 8898
Quote:


Originally posted by kjroddy
Pulse should be seeing an official release on DVD some time this year. Remastered with 5.1 sound mix it should be quite something... although it was mastered on 4:3 SD video so there will be limits to how great the picture can be.

Live at Pompeii is frankly disappointing: the "Directors Cut" butchers the original with gratuitous stock NASA footage and rather lame computer animations recreating the eruption. The sound is 2.0. Picture is poorly cropped/zoomed to make it 16:9. Pink Floyd had no input or control over the remastering and David Gilmour has commented in at least one interview that he thought it was not good.

Classic Albums DSOTM DVD is interesting - a must have for all Floyd fans.

David Gilmour In Concert is a superb record (16:9, 5.1) of a rather understated event featuring some interesting arrangements of a few Floyd classics.

Roger Waters Live in Berlin has a nicely remastered 5.1 soundtrack and a few interesting extras compared to the VHS. Video is OAR 4:3.

Roger Waters In the Flesh is to my mind one of the best produced concert DVDs ever. A full >2hr show from his 2000 North American tour featuring a wide selection of Floyd songs and his solo stuff. Superb 16:9 video (mastered in HD), a really good 5:1 mix, and some nice extras.

Yep thats a nice summary. Its amazing how many active Floyd fans are on this forum.

"In The Flesh" is my all-time favorite DVD, so dont take my criticism wrong, but I find the 5.1 DD mix very peculiar. The center channel is merely another "surround" channel, the Left and Right fronts do all the work.

The sound is very good, but I have heard better. The Video is very good, but I've seen better.

Its the PERFORMANCE that is just stunning, the musicians:and backup singers are all world class. My god, Andrew Fairweather low with that red blues guitar is a wonder to behold. Then that drummer ... and that other guitarist (named Snowy). The 3rd guitarist, the younger flash guitarist, i was not that impressed with though. That black backup singer named PJ is completely over the top, wow what a voice she has. The other 2 were also excellent, especially the one that sung lead on "Mother", wow what a gorgeous voice.


Also the DIRECTING is is superb, it really puts you there. THe way the cameras pan around the arena ... and captures the players playing their instruments at JUST the RIGHT TIME.... and near the end where the cameras capture the lighting tricks they pull to make the stage look like a moon in front of the sun ....wow

And the material is excellent of course, what other super-group musician can upstage his old band's material with incredible solo work? I usually skip the Floyd material, and go right to song 17 ... where his solo set starts
post #330 of 8898
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Originally posted by AnthonyB
What about "YES"? Which would you suggest?


Absolutly no contest here. YesSymphonic wins hands down, for PQ, sound and performance.
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