B.B. King-Live at the Apollo (1991)
Trailer-Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Ray Charles
Trailer-Screamin' Jay Hawkins
|Year Of Production||1991|
|Running Time||49:25 (Case: 52)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, last song continues through credits|
I have had the great pleasure during my time as a reviewer on this site to review one DVD each from the three Kings of the Blues, Freddie, Albert and now B.B. King. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three, all of which have been live performances. This one is the newest of the three and features a performance by B.B. King and the Phillip Morris Big Band at The Apollo Theatre, New York in 1991. Despite what the case says, the Apollo Theatre in question is not in Manchester and this show was not recorded in 1981.
B.B. King is in fine form from both a voice and guitar playing perspective and the band is a star studded affair including many jazz greats such as Kenny Burrell, Urbie Green, Harry ' Sweets' Edison, Plas Johnson, Ray Brown and Australia's own James Morrison. To my mind B.B is better backed with a straight blues band rather than a full jazz orchestra but others may disagree. I felt that the band were slightly out of sync with him tempo-wise once or twice. Having said that they are certainly a group of great musicians and their playing cannot be faulted.
The tracks included are:
A great in concert performance from BB King, featuring a jazz backing orchestra. Recommended for blues fans and especially for fans of B.B. King.
|1. When Love Comes To Town|
2. All Over Again
3. Nightlife/Please Send Me Someone...
4. Since I Met You Baby
5. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
|6. Ain't Nobody's Business|
7. Sweet Sixteen
8. The Thrill Is Gone
9. Guess Who
10. Peace To The World
The video quality is good but no more. The program is preceded by a warning about the video quality.
The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is most likely the original aspect ratio.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with some minor evidence of low level noise especially in backgrounds. The sharpness was affected by some colour bleeding and was obviously taken from a video master. Some very light grain was in evidence.
The colour was nothing special. The colour was quite dull and despite only having mostly black and white to show others colours were in evidence with blacks sometimes showing as purple or green in patches. There was also some colour bleeding, especially from white shirts, and some bits and pieces of chroma noise.
Other than the colour artefacts already mentioned, there was some minor aliasing in the form of jagged edges especially around collars and some tape tracking artefacts at 4:50, 18:27 & 36:40.
There are no subtitles or layer change.
The audio quality is quite good.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s. It was originally recorded in Dolby Surround and has been remixed into 5.1. The sound is very front and centre focussed and B.B's singing and guitar come through strongly. The backing band is a little muddy and undefined. Considering the age and live nature of the recording, I would say that the best possible has been done with the sound.
The surround speakers add atmosphere to the music but don't really stand out in any specific way.
The subwoofer gives a nice layer of bass to the music without overwhelming it.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is very simple allowing for song selection and access to the extras. The main program autoplays once the disc is inserted.
A two page text list of some of B.B. King's many albums.
Short highlights from four other Umbrella music disc, all of which I would love to review. They are Muddy Waters (2:55), Willie Dixon (1:15), Ray Charles (2:42) and Screamin' Jay Hawkins (2:07). The first two are live performances and the other two are excerpts from documentaries.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
I cannot find any evidence that this disc has been released outside of Region 4. It is coded for all regions.
The video quality is good but nothing special.
The audio quality is quite good.
The disc has very little in the way 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)|