Later...with Jools Holland-10 Years of LATER...30 Great Live Performances (2002)

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Released 5-Feb-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Custom Play
Interviews-Cast-7
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Credits
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 137:06
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (80:37) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Janet Fraser-Crook
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Jools Holland
The Verve
Mary J Blige
Bjork
Moby
R.E.M.
Diana Krall
Pulp
David Gray
Robbie Williams
Radiohead
Oasis
Portishead
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
German
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     'Top Of The Pops with pubes' is how Robbie Williams aptly described the BBC music show 'Later ...', hosted for the past 10 years by ex-Squeeze jazz pianist Jools Holland, and having played host to over 400 guest musicians. The DVD 10 years of LATER.... celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the show by compiling no less than 30 superb performances by a wide variety of artists with introductions and reminiscences from the affable Jools. The range of music covered is phenomenal and certainly provides an excellent snapshot of 90's music from some of its foremost talents. I can safely say that you are guaranteed to like something, probably a lot, on this collection, whether it is Indie Rock from Pulp, sophisticated jazz vocals from Diana Krall, the bizarre machinations and vocals from Bjork or traditional homeland music from Lady Smith Black Mambazo or Ibrahim Ferrer and Cachaito.

    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.

Artist Song Date Recorded Duration
The Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony 01/11/97 6:36
Mary J. Blige No More Drama 03/05/02 5:26
Portishead Glory Box 12/11/94 4:16
Lady Smith Black Mambazo The Star and the Wiseman 13/11/98 3:56
Bjork The Hunter 29/11/97 4:05
David Gray Babylon 22/04/00 3:40
Pulp I Spy 11/10/95 5:52
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
Massive Attack Karmacoma 13/05/95 4:38
Blur Parklife 31/12/94 2:57
Ibrahim Ferrer & Cachaito Wahira 27/04/01 4:16
Oasis Whatever 10/12/94 5:06
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
Robbie Williams Angels 13/11/98 4:22
Mariza O Gente Minha Terra 23/11/01 4:23
Coldplay Yellow 02/05/00 4:28
Baaba Maal Jamma Jengii 01/05/01 4:12
Orbital Satan 09/11/96 6:15
D'Angelo Brown Sugar 04/11/95 3:14
Diana Krall Peel Me A Grape 04/12/99 4:43
Morrissey Suedehead 10/12/92 3:47
Moby Porcelain 28/06/00 3:28
Blind Boys of Alabama Run On 20/04/01 3:47
Primal Scream Swastika Eyes 02/05/00 4:15
R.E.M. Country Feedback 06/11/98 6:47
Radiohead Paranoid Android 31/05/97 6:18

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video recordings cover a span of 10 years since 1992 and obviously technology has progressed since then, especially in the field of digital video recording and processing. Certainly video footage of the last 3 years is very sharp and clear and suggestive of digital recording whereas earlier footage looks distinctly analogue. Overall the quality is good and would be very acceptable on the small screen. Large screen projection does tend to reveal rather more noise and lack of clarity.

    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.

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Audio

     The audio is somewhat limited by its intended usage, namely stereo television transmission. As such, it sounds good on TV speakers or domestic hi-fi but soon thins and flattens out when played on a good, wide spectrum HT sound system. Generally the audio production was of the high standard we would expect of the BBC but some mixes sounded off, particularly Paul Weller's Woodcutter's Son where harsh sounding lead guitar just about drowned out everything else.

    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.

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Extras

     were really superfluous considering the jam-packed presentation but were of interest.

Menu

    Animated stills in 1.78:1.

Behind The Scenes

    A very brief (1:20) walk around the studio with Jools espousing the show's philosophy.

Interviews

    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).

Program selector

    A novel feature whereby you can preselect 6 tracks to play from the programme - of interest for those who haven't worked out what the Program button on their remotes is for.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The R1 and R4 versions of this DVD appear identical.

Summary

     Overall, this represents a fabulous and fascinating selection of 90's music - you certainly can't argue with the variety or value for money of the content. BTW - why the hell didn't we get this series over here ABC / SBS ?

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© John Lancaster (read my bio)
Saturday, March 29, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDHarmon & Kardon DVD10, using RGB output
DisplayPioneer SD-T50W1 (127cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderYamaha RX-V995. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationYamaha RX-V995
SpeakersB&W 602 front/rear. B&W LRC6 Centre / Solid (AKA B&W) 500 SW

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