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Do not buy this DVD if you are looking for a visually impressive concert dvd, making full use of this medium - you will be disappointed! However, in my opinion it is the music that counts, and Tower of Power deliver what you expect from them, which already makes this DVD wortwhile to me.
Come on, get real.........Great band, but either their management needs to be fired or whomever is responsible for this mess. They played well and I love them, but its like a Picasso hanging in the mens' room of McDonalds!
but if you like peter green ....
There are two sets, an acoustic set made up of blues standards, including the Robert Johnson covers for which the band is noted. Then there's an electric set in which the Splinter Group performs original compositions, concluding with two of Peter Green's old songs. This has been the formula since the band's inception: new arrangements of the Green classics; blues covers, and new material by the other members of the band.
Those other members play well, and this is an enjoyable concert. Sadly, however, Peter Green does not do very much. His voice, never strong since his return from retirement, is very shaky. (Significantly, Nigel now sings "Need Your Love So Bad", since Peter is no longer able to hit the higher notes at all.) And while Green plays some harp, and some guitar, it's really Nigel who's doing the work here. There are one or two spots where Green seriously gets to work, but for the most part he picks indifferently at his guitar, backing Nigel's fiery solos with a few notes here and there.
The disc also includes an interview segment, and here Peter looks and sounds even worse. I could barely understand a word he said. Tragically, he comes across almost as a caricature of a fallen rock star, although those familiar with his life story are aware that serious health problems are responsible for his deterioration, and that he's still in much better shape now than he was before Nigel dragged him back into the spotlight.
Another DVD feature is an MTV-style video of "Real World", a Splinter Group original from their latest CD, "Reaching the Cold 100". Amazingly, in this video Peter smiles, seems awake, actually PLAYS his guitar and seems fully engaged. Did the concert just catch him on a bad night, has his health gone downhill, or does he just feel more comfortable without a live audience?
I'd recommend this disc for die-hard Green fans like myself, but anyone who hasn't heard his seminal work with John Mayall and the original Fleetwood Mac will probably be shaking their heads, asking "What's the big deal about this guy, anyway?" It's a shame, because those of us who love Peter's work know that, after Jimi Hendrix, he was the greatest rock or blues guitar player of his generation. While I'm glad he's enjoying himself (finally), I can't help wishing he still had his songwriting ability. Watching him do other people's songs and warmed-over versions of 35-year-old hits is, finally, getting a bit old.
The disc is in anamorphic widescreen with a fine Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.
Message to Grace: Have somebody collect film and tape from a much, much better time in your band's history. Somewhere around the release of "Volunteers" would be a good place to start. Have them work backwards from there, to the beginning. Then, have a talented director make a documentary out of it, with a small emphasis on interviews and history, and a big, big, big emphasis on the MUSIC. (That means LOTS of concert and studio footage...) Put it on DVD, promote it a little, and sit back and watch it sell, sell, sell. I'll buy one for me, and one for everybody I care about; because you did something really special, really important, really profound and quite beautiful during that time, something you should be proud of. Ditch this 80's BS, and give us something real. Please.
Her greatest fans will only cringe on seeing such an embarrassingly poor performance. Sadly too, it transpires that the arranger and conductor was the late and very great Peter Matz which adds to the disappointment!
save your money, please
Don't let the other reviews scare you. It's an honest performance typical of the band's 80's concerts. Sure we'd all love to see unedited 1968 shows but I haven't too many of those around on video or DVD, have you?
This DVD is very enjoyable, I didn't really notice the sound enhancements described by the other reviewers. Perhaps there are some but I'm only in it for the music.
At this price it's a bargain and I hope it warms your heart too to see this now deceased band.
Where is the concert? Although the DVD gives you the option of "playing just the music" , you just don't get much. The producers should have just recorded the show in its entirety and the DVD would have been close to a masterpiece!
Instead, they make it a documentary instead of a concert.
I was very disappointed!
First, the songs are not all in their complete performance. The beggining of most of them is overlapped with the interviews, some solos (which are the best expression of any blues performer's excellence) are cutted!!, and the final jam is chopped in three parts by the interviews, reducing the instrumental part to a minimum. Maybe is a really great jam but I just can't tell. This is unacceptable for any blues lover. So, if you really want to see what BB King is on a stage and admire him as a great blues performer, do not buy this DVD.
Second, the compression quality does not seem to be the best. Maybe this is a minor concern, but in some scenes the lossyness of MPEG compression can be really noticed. I am not an expert in video compression, but in other movies I have not seen such a thing. So, if you really want to feel that you are getting the best out of your DVD player, you should also consider not to buy this one.
It is full frame, mastering is decent, some bleeding and fuzziness - no big deal unless you have some monster 61" screen.
What annoyed me the most is that the master is sped up by about 7-8% Ugghh! and the DVD is short to boot.
I wind up playing the JAZZ DVD over this one. But, this has it's moments (except for the songs are way too short, and the sped up master doesn't help).
Recommend for fans of BB! I am a huge fan of BB and still must give this a 3.
Sound is not bad. There is no menu. A total [disappointment]. ...Wait for the official release from either Numan himself or IRS Records...