The Legends of Rock 'n' Roll Live (1989)

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Released 10-Apr-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1989
Running Time 58:50 (Case: 60)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 4 Directed By Tim Ryan
Studio
Distributor

Umbrella Entertainment
Starring James Brown
Bo Diddley
Ray Charles
Little Richard
Jerry Lee Lewis
Fats Domino
B.B. King
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RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Information Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The word "Live" should always be included at the end of the title of this DVD, as without it, you might have an entirely different expectation of the content. I expected to see a documentary on the founders of Rock and Roll. Instead, this is purely and simply 60 minutes of live concert footage from the 1989 "Legends of Rock 'n' Roll" concert tour.

    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!..."

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Track Listing

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)

Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer quality is fine. It is delivered in 1.33:1, is quite sharp, well colour-balanced, and free from noticeable grain.

    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.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio transfer is adequate. It is only a 2 channel stereo mix and not surround encoded, but it serves the purpose.

    The mix is fine - not much bass, but hey, there wasn't much bass used in these old songs. Audio sync is fine.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    Ah, no.

Menu

    The menu is 1.33:1 and not audio underscored. The menu gives you the option of being able to play with the track "subtitle" information, which is recommended for curiosity value as mentioned above, and the options of selecting each song directly or playing the songs in random order (both of which  could be done directly from your remote anyway).

R4 vs R1

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

    The R1 and R4 versions of this disc are the same.    

Summary

     This is a mediocre concert effort at best. Personally, I would have much preferred to watch excerpts from concerts of the day instead. The feature is, however, presented with a clean video transfer and with a decent quality audio mix.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Sean Abberton (read my bio)
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using Component output
DisplayToshiba 117cm widescreen RPTV. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderYamaha RXV-1000. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.
AmplificationElektra Home Theatre surround power amp
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora III mains, Orpheus Centaurus 1.0 centre, Velodyne CT150 sub and B&W DM303 rears

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