The Best of Acoustic-Volume 1 (2005)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music None
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 95:53
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Bernie Zelvis
Studio
Distributor
Liberation Music Starring Nick Barker
Stephen Cummings
Tim Rogers
Mark Seymour
James Reyne
Diesel
Joe Camilleri
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, Credits roll during last song

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Plot Synopsis


    Following on from their highly successful acoustic series of live CD recordings, Australian music label Liberation Blue have released of The Best of Acoustic Volume One on DVD. If you love Aussie music and appreciate a great song played in the stripped down mode you are going to really love this DVD as it contains the best of both worlds.
 
    This concert featured on this DVD was recorded live in front of a small audience at Melbourne's Forum Theatre in April 2004. It formed part of the Max Sessions and features almost two hours of the very best of the Liberation Blue acoustic acts. Aussie music household names such as Mark Seymour, James Reyne, Diesel, Stephen Cummings, Joe Camilleri and Nick Barker (with special guest Tim Rogers) all perform some of their (and others) biggest hits acoustically in front of the appreciative and intimate audience.

    Highlights would have to include an extended set from Hunters and Collectors frontman Mark Seymour, who delivers to perfection a host of classic tunes including Do You See What I See, True Tears Of Joy and his classic Throw Your Arms Around Me. He returns to the stage to close out the gig with James Reyne and together they deliver a blistering take on Talking Heads' Psycho Killer plus an almost perfect rendition of Dragon's April Sun In Cuba.

    A great concert disc with a simple delivery, this one comes highly recommended to anyone who appreciates a good Aussie song.

    The following songs are performed in the 95 minute show:

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Track Listing

1. Time Bomb
2. The Other House
3. She Set Fire To The House
4. Don't Throw Stones
5. All Come Together
6. Dig
7. Close To The Bone
8. Poor Boy Blues
9. Harley And Rose
10. Do You See What I See?
11. True Tears Of Joy
12. The Slab
13. Throw Your Arms Around Me
14. One More River
15. Reckless
16. To Live's To Fly
17. Oh No Not You Again
18. Psycho Killer
19. April Sun In Cuba

Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a high quality widescreen transfer that really does look superb, despite a sometimes amateurish feel to some of the camera work.

    It is presented in an aspect of 1.78:1 and is also 16x9 enhanced.

    Shot using several different cameras, it benefits from being recorded on high definition broadcast video, and as such it is extremely sharp and detailed throughout. Camera work (or more correctly the director's camera selection) on occasion leaves a little to be desired with sudden focus pulls and wayward angles from a cameraman obviously not quite ready for his shot. Other than that small gripe there are thankfully no real issues with which to contend. There is not a trace of any edge enhancement and there is not a single problem with shadow detail. Grain is absent and there is no low level noise. It really is that clear and detailed that you feel like you are almost there.

    With an extremely modest and natural looking lighting rig used at the theatre, the colour palette isn't affected by the usual problems associated with so many concert shows. Everything is colourful, though a little muted.

    There are no compression artefacts present, and no video artefacts of any sort. Given the nature and youth of the source material, this is not unexpected.

    No subtitles are available on this disc, which is a bit of a shame.

    This disc is single layered so there is no layer change with which to contend.



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Audio

    There is only one audio track available for your listening pleasure, but do not despair because it rocks (well acoustically speaking anyway).

    It is a Dolby Digital 5.1 effort encoded at the superior bitrate of 448 Kb/s.

    The sole track offers some excellent and totally enveloping and immersive surround sound. The listener is placed squarely in the centre of the stage with instrumentation all around. Instruments in the acoustic mode shine here with the guitars used by all the artists at the forefront. The vocals and the pre-song banter with the audience is as clear and precise as possible.

    As mentioned there is plenty of surround channel use from the 5.1 soundtrack, while the sub is nicely integrated.



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Extras

    There are no extras on this disc.

R4 vs R1

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

    This DVD is not available in Region 1.

Summary

    The Best of Acoustic Live Volume One lives up to its name to perfection. This is a showcase of some of the best artists in Australia in acoustic mode belting out some of the most instantly recognisable and classic tunes.

    The video and audio transfer are exemplary, but sadly there are no extras on this disc.

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910, using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
AmplificationHarmon/Kardon AVR7000.
SpeakersFront - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10

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