B.B. King-The Jazz Channel Presents (2000)
|Category||Music||Featurette-Meet The Artist|
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Waymer Johnson|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English dts 5.1
|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, during closing credits|
B.B. King is arguably the most influential blues singer ever. During this live presentation he performs fifteen different tracks. These tracks come from a number of different albums, including tracks from Making Love is Good For You, the album he released just prior to this recording.
After over 50 years of recording albums and working in the music industry, B.B. King is still able to completely hold the attention of an audience and give an outstanding performance. While he is now in his 70s, and now sits for the majority of his performance, it is quite obvious that he still enjoys performing in front of a live audience. During his performance B.B. gets the audience involved at a number of points and also relates a little of the background story behind a number of tracks.
I feel that an exhaustive description of this title is not really required, as the contents of this disc speak for themselves. The disc contains an excellent one hour performance by blues legend B.B. King, and while quite short it would be a valuable addition to any fan's collection.
|1. Two I Shot Blues|
2. Let The Good Times Roll
3. I'll Survive
4. Bad Case Of Love
5. Peace Of Mind
7. Blues Boys Tune
8. Early In The Morning
|9. Just Like A Woman|
10. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts...
11. The Thrill Is Gone
12. I Know
13. Don't Go No Further (You Need Meat)
14. Please Accept My Love
15. Making Love Is Good For You
The transfer is presented Full Frame (1.33:1) and is not 16x9 enhanced.
Excellent levels of detail are visible during this transfer, which remains consistently sharp. Low level noise is not apparent at any time and shadow detail is excellent throughout with the darkly-lit shots of the audience always clear.
Colours are always vibrant and accurately produced throughout the transfer.
No MPEG artefacts were visible at any stage during the transfer. There are a number of occasions when slight aliasing is present. This is normally visible in guitar strings, such as at 3:28 and 49:18, and is at no stage distracting. It appears that this performance was originally digitally recorded to videotape, and thus no film artefacts are present during the transfer.
NTSC to PAL conversion artefacts can be seen on a number of occasions during the transfer but are not distracting to the viewer. Examples of these artefacts can be seen at 23:32 and 32:45.
There are ten different subtitles present on the disc. These titles are only used for the brief comments B.B. makes between tracks and his comments to the audience. No subtitles are present for the lyrics of any of the tracks performed. With such a small percentage of the performance having subtitles, their worth is extremely limited.
There are three audio tracks presented on this disc. They are; Dolby Digital 5.1 448Kb/s, Dolby Digital 2.0 224Kb/s, and DTS 5.1 with an unknown bitrate. The default audio track selected is the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I listened extensively to all audio tracks present and all are of high quality. One point to note is that the Dolby Digital 2.0 track is presented at a level approximately 10db lower than the other tracks. It would have been nice to have been provided with an uncompressed PCM track instead of the Dolby Digital 2.0 mix.
The audio for all mixes is correctly synced at all times and does not have any dropouts or other problems.
Both the surround mixes provided a forward-focused soundstage with the surrounds used primarily used for audience applause and participation. This produces a very effective sound field and is preferred to mixes where instruments artificially move around the soundstage. The sub was used throughout the performance for bass guitar and drums but is never overpowering and does not draw attention to itself.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video and audio quality of the disc is excellent and the only way in which the disc could have been improved would have been by the addition of some more extensive extras.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using S-Video output|
|Display||Sony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Front left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)|
|Speakers||Front left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259|