Nazareth-Razamanaz (1985) (NTSC)

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Released 11-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
DVD Credits
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 1985
Running Time 55:16
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Phillip Goodhand-Tait
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Dan McAfferty
Pete Agnew
Manny Charlton
Darrell Sweet
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RPI $34.95 Music Various


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Avid 'Naz' fans may have already read my previous review of their 'homecoming' concert and so I won't repeat  the background of the band covered there. The performance recorded for Nazareth-Razamanaz was filmed for the '80s TV series Live From London and took place back in May 1985 at London's Camden Palace nightclub. Featuring the band's original line-up (before Darrell Sweet's sudden death on tour in 1989) we have Dan McAfferty on vocals and bagpipe voice-tube, Peter Agnew on bass, Manny Charlton on guitar and Darrell Sweet on drums and percussion. Well, all I can say is that the 4 years between '85 and '89 must have taken a heavy toll 'cos McAfferty and Agnew look much more virile and dynamic and there is no missing the chemistry and synergy that takes place between the Original Four. This is pure vintage Nazareth and refreshes the fading memory cells in a way that the later incarnation of the band could never do.

    This is a great set and the band perform with a polished, yet vital set, despite the apparent lack of crowd numbers and audience feedback (well it was filmed on a Monday night!) It's not quite WYSIWYG as there's obviously a couple of session musos tucked out of sight on rhythm guitar and piano or else more likely lurking in a reel-to-reel backing track. The old favourites are there; Love Hurts, This Flight Tonight and the title track Razamanaz, but there's also a brilliant funk-rock version of JJ Cale's Cocaine and a simmering I Want To (Do Everything For You) with funky bass and dazzling guitar overlay. In short, if you want raw energy, sophisticated rock in a polished delivery you could do much worse than add this recording to your DVD music collection.

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Track Listing

1. Telegram
2. Razamanaz
3. I Want To (Do Everything For You)
4. Boys In The Band
5. Beggars Day
6. Dream On
7. Cocaine
8. This Month's Messiah
9. This Flight Tonight
10. Love Hurts
11. Hair Of The Dog
12. Teenage Nervous Breakdown
13. Ain't Got You

Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer of this performance is very good. There were five video cameras utilised and both the camera work and subsequent edit is excellent.

    The aspect ratio for this shot-for-TV feature is unsurprisingly 1.33:1 and the transfer is therefore not 16x9 enhanced. Note that it is presented in NTSC, so your equipment will need to be NTSC compatible to view it.

    The transfer was well detailed with just a tinge of the characteristic NTSC softness but shadow detail was good and low level noise largely excellent.

    The colours were realistically and pleasingly rendered with just a touch of chroma noise in some of the backdrops seen through the dry ice.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen and aliasing was almost absent, only seen in the gauze metal overlay of the microphones - much better than the average rock video. There are no film artefacts of note.

    There were no subtitles, so I'm afraid unless you can lip read or speak fluent Glaswegian you're going to miss much of the dialogue.

    My Sony player reported this as a dual layered disc, but all the data seemed to be on Layer 0 with no RSDL point.

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Audio

    The audio transfer was also excellent, in keeping with the quality of the video.

    There were two tracks advertised on the back cover and also referred to in the audio setup - stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1, but detailed examination of the disc shows these to be both Dolby Digital 5.1 so who knows what happened to the stereo version! This isn't a big deal as most players down-mix to stereo quite adequately and I confirmed this on my 2 channel setup.

    Dan McAfferty's vocals and dialogue were well delivered technically but some sloppy microphone technique and a thick Glaswegian accent meant that they were sometimes hard to make out to this Pommie Sassenach. Audio and lip synch seemed to be spot on.

    The surround channels were well utilised, even in the menu, when an arcing discharge is spun round the room. In the performance they are mostly used for ambience but occasionally a drum roll was rolled around the rear surrounds just to show that the surround mix engineer was on the ball. Unusually, much of the bass was directed to the centre channel so unless you have a decent sized centre speaker you might be better off switching this channel off or else making sure your processor correctly delivers surround/centre bass to the subwoofer.

   The subwoofer was constantly in action, also with the bass guitar.

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Extras

    There are no extras in keeping with a limited budget, yet high-quality production. I guess there's enough stuff on the 'net if you're really interested to check out the band's long history and extensive recording output.

Menu

    The DVD is slickly authored and the menu is very well presented in 1.33:1, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround with interesting animation affects and a live video window for each track selection.

R4 vs R1

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

    This R4 release appears in all respects to be identical to the R1 version.

Summary

    I really enjoyed this music DVD and to me it represents the perfect formula of finding good quality archival footage of bands that may not still have multi-million seller potential, but still hold a place in the affections of their fans. Presenting this with a high quality transfer, but devoid of those expensive extras seems a great way of satisfying the appetites of music lovers who have made the conceptual leap from CD to HT.

    The video quality is really good, and above average for this sort of feature.

    The audio quality is also very good but missing the advertised stereo track..

    The extras are just about non-existent but for reasons stated above I don't think this is a big deal.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© John Lancaster (read my bio)
Saturday, November 30, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDEAD 8000 Pro, using RGB output
DisplayNEC MP3. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
Audio DecoderNaim AV2. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationTheta Digital Intrepid
SpeakersML Aeon front. B&W LRC6 Centre. ML Script rear. REL Strata III SW.

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