The Band-Live at Loreley (1996)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Active Subtitle Track-Notes
Featurette-High On The Hog
Featurette-On The Road Again
Featurette-J.J. Cale and 'Crazy Mama'
Featurette-High On The Hog
|Year Of Production||1996|
|Running Time||64:41 (Case: 74)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Christian Wagner|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/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, Concert audience|
This disc is a live video recording of The Band's appearance at a two day music festival at Loreley (strange, having been there, I thought it was spelt and pronounced Lorelei) in Germany during June 1996. The Band has been around for something like 30 years, with three of the original five members still doing the rounds. The blurb describes them as an American Southern rock band, but in reality they present a fusion of modern rock and traditional blues music which will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. This concert is heavily based on The Band's (then) recent album release, High On The Hog, but it also contains several traditional songs from a number of sources.
The Band's age certainly ensures one thing - the quality of musicianship on display is far better than your average modern band. This one fact alone suggests that, even if I can't compare them to other recordings, the performance presented on the video is likely to be every bit as decent as their other contemporary performances.
|1. Back To Memphis|
2. Stuff You Gotta Watch
3. Stage Fright
6. It Makes No Difference
7. Rag Mama Rag
8. Crazy Mama
|9. The Weight|
10. Stand Up
11. Deep Feeling
12. Free Your Mind
13. Shape I’m In
14. Rock ‘N’ Roll Shoes
15. Chest Fever
The image is formatted in a standard TV 1.33:1 ratio, and is therefore not widescreen enhanced. It is presented on a single layered disc. The picture quality, being video sourced, is far from being outstanding. The fact that this was an outdoor event, with a mixture of stage lighting and ambient daylight (on an apparently overcast day), further harms the picture. On a positive note, these issues tend to add to the "live" character of the material.
As you would expect, the picture lacks sharpness in all areas. The complex of drums, microphones and cabling appears as simply a colourful mess in many of the full stage shots. However, close-ups are perfectly acceptable and deserve no criticism. Shadow detail is, like most video sourced material, poor, but there is no low level noise.
The colour palette is subdued, with most of the colour being displayed on the musicians' faces and in the stage lights - in fact the former tend to take on the hue of the latter. There is no colour bleeding except in the few cases of camera panning, when the video camera is unable to cope with the speed of the panning image. Aliasing is pretty much always on display, largely as a result of the poor resolution inherent in the video source. Cross colouration is also evident in many shots where microphones are visible (which is pretty much all the time).
In summary - this is video sourced material - slightly worse than usual because of the lack of a controlled environment.
I didn't notice any audio artefacts such as dropouts or clicks introduced by the recording process. However, Track 3 (Stage Fright) was marred by some significant feedback squeals on Rick Danko's vocals (in fact Rick's microphone seemed to produce these effects to a lesser extent throughout the whole concert). Otherwise the audio is clean and distinct and highlights the individual performances without difficulty.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-K310, using S-Video output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T43W1 (125cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Richter Wizard (front), Jamo SAT150 (rear), Yamaha YST-SW120 (subwoofer)|