Little Feat-Highwire Act Live in St. Louis (2003)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Little Feat Close Up In St Louis
|Year Of Production||2003|
|Running Time||133:16 (Case: 144)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (71:24)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.75:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.75:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
I count myself amongst the fans of Little Feat's rockin' mix of southern rock, boogie, blues and Cajun. I own quite a few of their albums spread across their career from their very early stuff through to more recent recordings. They have a relaxed laid-back style which appeals to me, whilst maintaining the beat and rhythm of the best rock. This was my first opportunity to get a look at them in concert.
Little Feat first formed in 1969 in California and are still a going concern today, and unlike some other groups still going around from that era have maintained a significant proportion of the line-up from their glory days in the 1970s. The only main member missing is Lowell George, one of the founders of the group and certainly the main creative force in the early years. The group still performs many of his songs. The albums recorded from 1971 to 1977 contain most of the well known numbers and certainly make up a fair proportion of the tunes performed here. Having said that there are also some newer tunes, some of which are pretty darn good. Unfortunately, Lowell died of a heart attack in 1979, but had already left the group at that point. The group had a hiatus after that until 1988 when they recorded a new studio album, Let it Roll, which was quite successful.
The members of the group playing in this show are:
This concert was recorded in 2003 at a theatre called The Pageant in St Louis in front of a very appreciative crowd using digital video and audio recording. This is a very enjoyable show, performed by a group of musicians who have been playing together for a very long time and who know their material very well.
In detail the tracks included are:
All-in-all this is a very enjoyable concert film which includes an entire concert of one of my favourite American bands. Fans should definitely get this unless they think the band died with Lowell George.
|1. Time Loves A Hero|
2. Day Or Night
3. Cadillac Hotel
4. Spanish Moon
5. Skin It Back
6. Cajun Girl
7. Night On The Town
8. I'd Be Lyin'
9. The Blues Don't Tell It All
|10. Old Folks Boogie|
11. Oh Atlanta
12. Dixie Chicken
13. Tripe Face Boogie
14. Fat Man In The Bathtub
15. Let It Roll
17. Feats Don't Fail Me Now
The video quality is excellent and I can find no fault with it.
The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was clear and sharp throughout with excellent detail levels and no evidence of low level noise.
The colour was excellent.
There were no noticeable artefacts.
There are no subtitles.
The layer change occurs at 71:24 and is well placed between songs.
The audio quality is very good. The only issues I had with the sound were problems with the original performance rather than the transfer (at least of the Dolby Digital 5.1 track anyway).
This DVD contains three audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s, a DTS soundtrack encoded at 1536Kb/s and a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s. I started out listening to the DTS track but was quite disappointed and ended up listening to the Dolby Digital 5.1 track for the rest of the concert. I found the DTS track to be muffled and a little muddy whereas the Dolby Digital track was very clear and precise. The Stereo track will do nicely for those without surround sound.
Vocals were generally clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync. Paul Barrere's enunciation left a little to be desired and occasionally his vocals were a little difficult to decipher.
As with many concert films the surround speakers were used mostly for crowd noise rather than carrying the instruments. This works well in providing realistic concert atmosphere
The subwoofer provided nicely integrated bass which added depth to the music.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu has a nice intro and provided access to audio options and song selection functionality. It also included some pretty cool music.
A four page booklet is included which has a blurb by Paul Barrere, photos and a credits listing.
A small collection of stills from the concert.
This featurette includes interviews with all the band members and includes details about the band's history, how the name came about, their cover art and what they have been up to lately. Worth watching.
Pictures of the album covers for all their albums. If you have not seen them, Little Feat's album covers are some of the best ever.
A link is provided to www.littlefeat.com for news and tour information.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This concert has been released in the same format in Region 1.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is very good.
The disc has a small selection of extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|