Later...with Jools Holland-Later...Legends (2003)

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Released 4-Dec-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Custom Play
Interviews-Cast-10, With Subtitles
Credits
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 122:02 (Case: 121)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (71:52) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Matthew Amos
Janet Fraser Crook
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Jools Holland
Various
Case Six-Sided Star Clamp
RPI $34.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Interview Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/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
Spanish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    There are 3 sorts of rock legend - those that are great, those that have been great and those that have passed into the rock hall of Valhalla and will always stay great in memory - Later with Jools Holland - Legends includes examples of all 3. One of the benefits of a magazine music show that runs for over 10 years is that you amass a huge amount of material that can be published Later! We have had 10 Years of Later published already - this review concerns the Legends and the 3rd in the series, Louder, has also been recently released. The format remains the same for Legends - only we have a variable calibre of performance and we have a better soundtrack - good 'on yer Beeb!  The criteria for selection for 10 Years of Later was outstanding performance and IMHO there wasn't a dud track on the collection. Legends collects together 32 performers and bands whose criterion for inclusion was "greatness". Unfortunately, some of the greats have lost the plot, such as Paul McCartney whose music seems to lack any form of substance or meaning over the last few years (since Lennon's death I'd venture) and he's left covering an old Chuck Berry song on this disc. Others have lost their voice, such as the ever lovely Debbie Harry and some are older and physically ailing such as Ian Dury.

    Some of the greats have died and their contribution here is testament to their musical legacy. I'm thinking here particularly of Johnny Nash and Joe Strummer (formerly of The Clash) - both these artists deliver classics of their genre. Joe Strummer's urgency and passion seemed even greater in 2000 than 20 years before when New Wave was breaking the mould of Transatlantic discoid muzak, and as for Johnny Nash - well he's just Johnny Nash and that great voice just gets better. In the same league as Nash but thankfully still alive is Willie Nelson, who shows you still get a great sound picking a nylon string classic guitar with 2 holes in the soundboard! Leonard Cohen's voice just gets more gravelly and better and he delivers a great Yiddish ethnic rendition of Dance Me To The End Of Love. Jeff Beck looks absolutely ageless and delivers that overdriven guitar in unchanging 70's fashion. Elvis Costello, like Joe Strummer, makes up for the passing years with an urgency and freshness to the guitar delivery whilst still retaining vocal talent and Bryan Ferry puts such passion into his unplugged rendition of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow that I though he was going to have an apoplectic fit and cark it. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend, and Lou Reed all age gracefully, but still command a substantial stage presence as a true sign of greatness. And the girls - well Chrissie Hynde is as sexy and sultry as ever and delivers her second hit, Kid, with a vitality and freshness that defies her hard years in the biz'.

    What about the duds? Well, there's thankfully few of these. Paul McCartney - sorry to his fans, but I really don't know why he bothers anymore. Ronnie Spector likewise, and poor old Ian Dury, although he's never really had much of a singing voice, he really should have stayed at home that day - but the Blockheads remnants were worth hearing again! And the in-betweenies ? Well, I'm not sure if Robbie Williams has really earned a spot in the Legends Hall of Fame just yet but he certainly delivered an entertaining and spirited rendition of Suspicious Minds. Steve Winwood, Georgie Fame, The Kinks and Paul Weller all offer credible  performances but they didn't really set me alight - that distinction would have to go to Al Green's rendition of The Bee Gees' How Can You Mend A Broken Heart or REM's The One I Love or even Patti Smith's Because The Night, all of which made the hairs on the back of my neck tingle (must be a sign of old age!).

    Well for the record - here are the tracks included - phenomenal value for money compared to many music DVDs - you can't fail but to find something you like here (surely?):

 Artist Song Date performed: Duration:  DVD chapter
Paul McCartney Brown Eyed Handsome Man    6-Nov-99  2:27  2
Joe Strummer  London Calling    9-May-00  3:29  3
Johnny Cash  Folsom Prison Blues  11-Jul-94  2:57  4
Pretenders  Kid  21-May-99  3:33  5
Dr John  Creole Moon    9-Oct-01  5:21  6
Bryan Ferry  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?  14-Jun-93  4:13  7
Georgie Fame  Yeh Yeh  24-Nov-00  3:52  8
Patti Smith  Because The Night  26-Apr-02  3:35  9
Leonard Cohen  Dance Me To The End of Love  14-May-93  6:21 10
Paul Weller  A Town Called Malice  25-Oct-02  3:16 11
Al Green  How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?  16-Jul-93  3:09 12
Ronnie Spector & Divine Comedy  Don't Worry Baby  11-Dec-98  3:35 13
Willie Nelson  She Is Gone  11-Apr-96  4:30 14
Elvis Costello  (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea    3-May-02  3:12 15
Dusty Springfield  Where Is A Woman To Go?  10-Jun-95  4:15 16
Robbie Williams  Suspicious Minds  28-Dec-00  3:31 17
Solomon Burke  Cry To Me  31-Dec-02  2:45 18
Tom Jones  Crazy Arms  27-Nov-01  2:30 19
Jeff Beck  Brush With The Blues  23-Oct-99  4:47 20
Page & Plant  Gallows Pole  19-Nov-94  4:10 21
Pete Townsend  Magic Bus  18-May-96  3:04 22
Bo Diddley  Bo Diddley Is Crazy  15-Jun-96  4:42 23
Blondie  Heart Of Glass  11-Dec-98  4:02 24
George Benson  On Broadway  24-Apr-98  5:05 25
Bobby Whitlock & Eric Clapton  Bell Bottom Blues  25-Apr-00  5:02 26
R.E.M.  The One I Love    1-May-01  3:00 27
Steve Winwood  Gimme Some Loving  13-Jun-03  4:42 28
Lou Reed  Sweet Jane  16-May-00  4:03 29
Roger McGuinn  Eight Miles High  14-Jun-97  4:18 30
Tony Bennett  All Of Me  24-May-97  1:41 31
The Kinks Til The End Of The Day  14-Jun-96  2:47 32
Ian Dury  Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll  16-Oct-98  3:10 33

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is pretty reasonable. The standard of camerawork and editing, as we'd expect from the BBC, is superb.

    The presentation is in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is about as sharp as you'd expect from non-digital video and I have no complaints here. Shadow detail was adequately rendered without significant low level noise. The annoying habit of shining spots into the camera frequently produced oversaturation, notably on the REM track, and there's significant grain in the poorly lit George Benson track.

   Colours were richly rendered but we suffered a bit with too much of the blue and red floods loved by music set lighting directors. This led to a little colour bleeding. The coloured backdrops were also prone to posterization such as in the blue backdrop at 11:47 or the red stagedrop at 12:22.

    The only transfer artefacts of note were minor aliasing in the usual spots of guitar strings, microphone shields and stage edging. Otherwise, the transfer was clean without obvious defects and other MPEG defects.

    Subtitles are only available for the interviews, not the songs, and are available in English, German, Spanish and French. They were an accurate portrayal of the spoken word.

    The disc is RSDL with a transition point at 71:52 during one of Jool's intro's - it leaves him looking a bit surprised for a split second but it's not intrusive.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio transfer is very good - on 10 Years of Later we had a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track whereas on this DVD we have a sonically superior LPCM 48/16 recording. Yes, I know it's 8 bits less quantisation, but it's not compressed and I thought it offered a fuller sound than on the previous release.

    There is just the one audio track on this DVD; English LPCM 48/16 2.0 stereo.

    Dialogue was well rendered and I had no problem making out any of the lyrics that I cared to listen out for.

   The only notable audio out of sync that I noticed was on the acoustic guitar strumming on Patti Smith's Because The Night at 29:11 where the rhythmic accompaniment didn't quite coincide with the onset of up or down strokes.

    There was no surround or subwoofer activity - just for fun I wired up the subwoofer via the high level inputs from a 2 channel speaker setup, crossed over at 40 Hz and the sound was very good, with plenty of bass rendition from the recording. Worth a try if you play much 2 channel music!

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    1.78:1 widescreen selection with a rolling slide strip of all the performers featured on the DVD.

Programmable Selection

    As with the previous DVD you can programme a selection of tracks to be played - the trouble is you need to know the chapter numbers of the track which aren't shown on the programmer, or even on the case, so I have included them in the above table!

Interviews

    Short (averaging about 2 minutes) interviews with 10 of the performers - selectable from the Extras menu or during DVD playback when the bass clef symbol  becomes visible. This latter feature has to be turned on from the Extras menu prior to playback. Not overwhelmingly spectacular.

Music Credits

    As the heading suggests, songwriters for the performance. It is interesting that there were two Chuck Berry songs - Paul McCartney's was one - who was the other?

R4 vs R1

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

    The R1 version appears identical to ours. The R2 version has 'Giants' substituted for 'Legends' but the content is otherwise identical. The R2 version mentions a booklet with 'comprehensive liner notes on each performance' - this wasn't in my review copy or mentioned on the back cover so if this is important to you then I guess the R2 version may have a whisker of an advantage. Some info is available, however, in the Music Credits section of the Extras.

Summary

    Later With Jools Holland-Legends was a very interesting compilation and a worthwhile addition to any music collection.

    The video was very satisfactory and only really suffered loss of detail on large scale projection.

    The 2 channel audio was of excellent quality.

    The extras were pretty supernumerary and not of great interest.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© John Lancaster (read my bio)
Monday, January 05, 2004
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Audio DecoderYamaha RX-V995. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationYamaha RX-V995
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