Later...with Jools Holland-10 Years of LATER...30 Great Live Performances (2002)
Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (80:37)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Janet Fraser-Crook|
Mary J Blige
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Some of the bands and songs I was familiar with, many I hadn't heard of, but I appreciated every single one. There were no half-hearted efforts or parodies found here. The acoustically favourable studio, live performances free from miming or pantomime and an appreciative audience certainly helped bring out the best. It's hard to single out highlights from such a musical smorgasbord of excellence but I guess Mary J. Blige's impassioned rendition of No More Drama, Country Feedback from R.E.M. or the outlandish vocals and mannerisms of a green satin bedecked Bjork hovering on the boundaries of sanity stood out for me. Jarvis Cocker's menacing, Flamenco-like performance of the risqué I Spy or the clear vocal traditional folk harmonies of Norma Waterson and her accompaniment were also memorable. Jools Holland also turned in no mean performance on piano accompaniment to many of the acts or as lead musician in his own big band Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
|The Verve||Bitter Sweet Symphony||01/11/97||6:36|
|Mary J. Blige||No More Drama||03/05/02||5:26|
|Lady Smith Black Mambazo||The Star and the Wiseman||13/11/98||3:56|
|Norma Waterson||There Ain't No Sweet Man||08/06/96||2:53|
|Paul Weller||Woodcutter's Son||03/06/95||4:12|
|The Hives||Hate To Say I Told You So||16/11/01||4:18|
|Jools Holland + Rhythm & Blues Orchestra||Bloodsucker Blues||18/11/00||3:50|
|Ibrahim Ferrer & Cachaito||Wahira||27/04/01||4:16|
|Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds||God Is In The House||11/05/95||5:14|
|PJ Harvey||Down By The Water||20/05/95||3:16|
|Mariza||O Gente Minha Terra||23/11/01||4:23|
|Baaba Maal||Jamma Jengii||01/05/01||4:12|
|Diana Krall||Peel Me A Grape||04/12/99||4:43|
|Blind Boys of Alabama||Run On||20/04/01||3:47|
|Primal Scream||Swastika Eyes||02/05/00||4:15|
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.
Sharpness varies throughout the disc. Footage shot for the production of the DVD has exemplary sharpness whereas earlier footage is distinctly soft. Shadow detail is limited, especially in the low level blue lighting used in many of the sets. There was no discernible low level noise.
Generally speaking, colours were nicely rendered but there was mild chroma noise in some of the earlier footage such as in the Portishead set.
MPEG artefacts were limited to occasional pixelization, again predominantly in earlier footage such as D'Angelo's Brown Sugar. Aliasing was also notable in Brown Sugar and reared its ugly jaggies in some of the more recent footage such as David Gray's Babylon. Being shot on video, there were no film/tape artefacts of note.
Subtitles were available in English, French and German but only on Jools' between track commentaries (i.e. no song lyrics) and were a casual depiction of the spoken word.
This is an RSDL disc, with the layer change placed between songs at 80:37. It is not disruptive to the flow of the presentation.
On offer is just the one English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track which reveals limitations of imaging, soundstage and depth particularly apparent on the orchestrations such as The Verve's Bitter Sweet Symphony or REM's Country Feedback. Female vocals such as Mary J. Blige, Diana Krall or PJ Harvey also sounded somewhat lacking in the resolution and timbre we encounter on LPCM or DVD-A recordings. Dynamic range also sounds somewhat constricted by the limited resolution recording. Bass reproduction sounds surprisingly good.
Dialogue is rendered very clearly and the calibre of vocalists meant that most lyrics were quite discernible. Audio synch was spot-on.
There was no surround or subwoofer encoding.
|Surround Channel Use|
A very brief (1:20) walk around the studio with Jools espousing the show's philosophy.
7 interviews which were quite interesting if you wanted to hear Bjork's curious rrrrrrrrrolling of rrrrs or else Robbie Weller's tongue in cheek jousting with Jools. It would have been nice to have heard a bit more from Pulp's Jarvis Cocker as the most outspoken and controversial interviewee (he was involved in a stoush with one Michael Jackson at an awards ceremony leading to some entertaining acrimony and legal posturing). Incidentally, you can enable a microphone icon from the extras menu which pops up at the end of a track if there is an interview available.
Artists interviewed: Bjork (3:32), Mary J. Blige (3:20), Moby (2:01), Morrissey (2:09), Jarvis Cocker (1:38), Michael Stipe (3:08), and Robbie Williams (4:39).
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is mostly OK and sometimes good - it lacks a little on large screen viewing but is great for the average TV.
The audio quality is pretty ordinary but satisfactory as long as you don't push the playback envelope.
The extras, particularly the interviews, are of interest but limited in quantity.
|DVD||Harmon & Kardon DVD10, using RGB output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T50W1 (127cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Yamaha RX-V995. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||B&W 602 front/rear. B&W LRC6 Centre / Solid (AKA B&W) 500 SW|