King, Carole-In Concert (1994)

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Released 5-Mar-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1994
Running Time 84:47
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Larry Jordan
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Carole King
Rudy Guess
Teddy Andreadis
John Humphrey
Jerry Angel
Danny Pelfrey
Brie Howard Darling
Linda Lawley
Sherry Goffin
Bill Mason
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Carole King


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles French
German
Italian
Swedish
Norwegian
Spanish
Portuguese
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, Slash wears a NIN T shirt; voiceover for CD
Action In or After Credits Yes, credits accompanied by band instrumental

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Plot Synopsis

    Ahh - what a trip down memory lane (the concert during the Old Song Medley even features one of those spinning globes that used to be very popular in disco clubs!). I grew up listening to some of the songs in this concert, and it was a pleasure to hear them again and to be able to sing along with Carole in the comfort of my living room!

    Carole King has a musical career that spans nearly 50 years, beginning with her knocking on music publishing/recording executive doors as a 16 year old high school student to a songwriter to a very successful singer and even Broadway actress. Her album Tapestry sold millions of copies when it was released in the 70s - during an era in which there was a sharp downturn in the recording industry. In the late 70s and 80s, she became one of the first performers in rock to concentrate on writing songs about the environment and personal, spiritual concerns that would later be explored by New Age followers. She also branched out to scoring films and writing songs for film & TV, such as 1986's Murphy's Romance.

    Carole King In Concert is a Connecticut Public Television production recorded live in the Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, Connecticut. The venue looks really posh, with lavish interiors reminiscent of a European opera house, and Carole looks quite vibrant, exuberant and youthful. I wish I had legs like hers. She is accompanied by no less than a six piece band and two backup singers (including one who bears more than a passing resemblance to Madonna).

    I quite enjoyed this concert and, judging by the audience reaction, so did the audience on that night. There are a fair amount of screaming guitar solos and rippling keyboard sounds during this concert. The keyboard player, Teddy Andreadis, (who also sings towards the end of Old Song Medley) looks like he's got a puppy love (actually, make that teddy bear love) crush on Carole! Hold Out For Love and Locomotion features the Voices of Jubilation choir and Slash on the guitar. The only thing that disappointed me in this concert is that Carole is obviously past her singing prime and occasionally does not quite hit all the notes at the right pitch.

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Track Listing

1. Hard Rock Cafe
2. Smackwater Jack
3. Up On the Roof
4. Beautiful
5. Do You Feel Love
6. Natural Woman
7. So Far Away
8. Hold Out For Love
9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
10. Jazzman
11. Old Song Medley
12. It's Too Late
13. Chains
14. I Feel the Earth Move
15. You've Got A Friend
16. Locomotion

Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a surprisingly high quality video transfer, given that the concert was originally recorded in 1994.

    The aspect ratio for this transfer is obviously full frame (1.33:1) and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    Basically, the film source is broadcast video quality and is reasonably sharp and detailed, with good colour saturation. The only gripe I have is that low level detail can sometimes be a little below perfect (but normal for a video source) - this is more than compensated by extremely deep black levels (again, typical for a video source).

    The camera footage of the concert is blocked by the head of a person standing in front of the lens at 50:25.

    I cannot detect any film-to-video artefacts - not even any ringing or haloing - apart from very minor aliasing every once in a blue moon. Full marks for an excellent and superb transfer!

    The feature is accompanied by several foreign language subtitle tracks, but these are only engaged for on-stage conversations, not for song lyrics. I did not engage any of the subtitle tracks.

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Audio

    There are two audio tracks on this disc: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 Kb/s) and English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256 Kb/s). I listened to both audio tracks.

    The Dolby Digital track is quite pleasant and appears to be derived from a stereo source that has been remixed into 5.1 surround. The centre and surround speakers are mostly used for ambience. There is no really deep bass in the mix, so I think the subwoofer would not have been kept busy.

    The Dolby Stereo track is mastered at a lower level. As is typical for most Dolby 2.0 tracks, it lacks the crispness and soundstage of a PCM audio track which I would have much preferred.

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Extras

    Extras? What extras? :-(

Menu

    Static but okay.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this disc apparently misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     I would rate both versions as pretty much the same - the few extras on the R1 version are not significant in my opinion.

Summary

    Carole King in Concert is a pleasant trip down memory lane and an enjoyable concert. It is presented on a DVD with a superb video transfer, an okay audio transfer and no extras whatsoever.

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-626D, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (203cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-3300
SpeakersFront left/right: B&W DM603; centre: B&W CC6S2, rear left/right: B&W DM601

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