The Legends of Rock 'n' Roll Live (1989)
|Year Of Production||1989|
|Running Time||58:50 (Case: 60)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Tim Ryan|
Jerry Lee Lewis
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/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||No|
The line-up is very impressive, boasting many of the famous names of Rock and Roll from the 1950s and 60s: Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, James Brown, BB King, Bo Diddley and Fats Domino. Unfortunately though, the concert is nothing to set the world on fire. I would have much preferred to watch 60 minutes of excerpts from concerts of the day, showing these legends in their prime and in their context, rather than a 1989 tour of fat, aging, old men, embarrassingly way past it now but still trying to relive their glory days just one last time.
It's interesting enough viewing I suppose once you get past the cringe factor, and they all certainly try hard and still have the talent, if not the energy to make it any more than a mediocre concert. To boost the "vibe" of the event, it would appear that the promoters have booked a 'rent-a-crowd' for the audience, as curiously the audience is very young and enthusiastic. What can be said then is that both performers and crowd appear to be having a good time. So, without further ado, "let the good times roll!..."
|1. Papa's Got a New Bag (James Brown)|
2. I Feel Good (I Got You) (J Brown)
3. Bo Diddley (Bo Diddley)
4. I'm a Man (Bo Diddley)
5. Mess Around (Ray Charles)
6. I'm a Fool for You (Ray Charles)
7. Great Gosh A'Mighty (Lttle Richard)
8. The Wild One (Real Wild Child)(JLL)
|9. Great Balls of Fire (JL Lewis)|
10. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (JLL)
11. I'm Ready (Fats Domino)
12. Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino)
13. Let the Good Times Roll (BB King)
14. How Blue Can You Get? (BB King)
15. All-Star Jam (everyone)
The resolution of the image is fine. There are a couple of scenes which appear to lack a bit in background detail, however this is often the case with concert footage owing to the smoke and other effects used, so I don't think this is a criticism of the video transfer as such.
There are no distracting film artefacts or film to video artefacts, and no aliasing noticeable, so it's quite a clear watch.
A couple of quick comments to make: The first thing to note is that the DVD launches straight into the concert, so if you happen to want the menu (and the only reason you would want it is to turn on the "subtitles" or to select a song/chapter directly), then you need to press the menu button. Secondly, in respect to the subtitles - note that the main menu gives you the choice of playing the feature "with track subtitle information". These are not subtitles as such, but simply some basic lines of information which flash up for a few seconds at the beginning of each song, giving you interesting data about who wrote each song and when it was first released as a single.
The disc is single layered.
The mix is fine - not much bass, but hey, there wasn't much bass used in these old songs. Audio sync is fine.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 117cm widescreen RPTV. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Yamaha RXV-1000. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.|
|Amplification||Elektra Home Theatre surround power amp|
|Speakers||Orpheus Aurora III mains, Orpheus Centaurus 1.0 centre, Velodyne CT150 sub and B&W DM303 rears|