Thin Lizzy-The Boys Are Back in Town (1978)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||1978|
|Running Time||40:48 (Case: 55)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Rob Guillemott|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
Thin Lizzy Live 78 - The Boys Are Back In Town was filmed on a cloudy, windy Sunday, 29th October 1978 on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in a concert put together by 2SM and filmed by Channel 7. The concert also featured Wha Koo, and Jon English, with Sports was reportedly the hot act of the day. The 40 minute Thin Lizzy set featured 5 songs with extended versions of Are You Ready, Me And The Boys Were Wondering and the audience participated Baby Drives Me Crazy as encores. There were no punches pulled for the performance, and the black leather and stud-bedecked Lynott was in fine form, quickly establishing a friendly rapport with the crowd. Moore and Gorham also put in memorable performances playing alternating, duelling, and dual lead guitar occasionally lining up in a spine-tingling three axe line-up with a brooding Lynott playing bass in centre stage. Stirring stuff! It's been said that Lizzy's lack of recognition was partly based on their falling between the cultures of metal and pop but to me they represent the best of both worlds. Melodies from classics such as Jailbreak or The Boys Are Back In Town are easy to recall yet they could match the best in rock excitement with Are You Ready or Cowboy Song. This recording should have been a classic - sad to say it's just a taste of what could have been.
2. Bad Reputation
3. Cowboy Song
4. The Boys Are Back In Town
|5. Waiting For An Alibi|
6. Are You Ready
7. Me And The Boys Were Wondering
8. Baby Drives Me Crazy
The transfer is presented in its original, shot for TV, 1.33:1 aspect ratio and is not 16 x 9 enhanced.
Clarity of the footage varies, close ups of guitar or faces are sharp but distance or zoom shots are grainy and blurred. Filmed in daylight with stage lighting there is little shadow detail evident and low level noise is confined to occasional shots of the rock wall on stage right, such as at 15:10.
Colours are a bit on the sombre and washed out side, but are probably realistic considering the cloudy day. There's no chroma noise of note.
There's not much by way of MPEG artefacts, apart from mild pixelization on some of the background shots such as the drums at 5:00 or the opera house sails at 16:34. Aliasing and edge enhancement are pretty gross on the black cords and 'the coat-hanger' when silhouetted against the white/grey sky such as 5:11, 8:30 or 24:00. There's the occasional video tape artefact such as at 18:04 or 20:08.
There aren't any subtitles.
The disc is a single layer DVD-5.
There's one audio track of Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo recorded at 224 bps.
Vocals were quite clear but lacking body and started breaking up and distorting at higher levels (see 10:12)
I didn't spot any synch problems.
There is no surround or subwoofer encoding on this disc.
|Surround Channel Use|
8 pages of quite informative biography notes
4:49 video featuring stills of the band.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is mediocre but passable.
The audio quality is awful and spoils the feature
The extras are minimal in quantity and basic in quality.
|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|