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"Legends: Live at Montreux" Blu-ray Review

December 09, 2008 by Zach Demeter

Click Here!Eagle Vision HD continues their string of concert-to-Blu-ray releases with Legends Ė Live at the Montreux 1997. Joining the ranks of KoRn, Tori Amos, Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper and countless others on the format, Legends brings the amazing group of Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample and David Sanborn to the stage for a two hour concert that is absolutely mind-blowing. Fill with great music and perfect performances from all involved, Legends is one of the great classic concerts and is now available to enjoy in full HD.

In 1997 five true legends of contemporary music Ė Eric Clapton (guitar/voice), Marcus Miller (bass), David Sanborn (sax), Joe Sample (keyboards), and Steve Gadd (percussions) Ė all got together and staged one of a kind show at the Montreux Jazz Festival which will likely be remembered for as long as the festival is in existence. Now eleven years later Eagle Rock Entertainment offer the entire show for the first time ever on Blu-ray disc.

Eagle Vision HD continues their string of concert-to-Blu-ray releases with Legends Ė Live at the Montreux 1997. Joining the ranks of KoRn, Tori Amos, Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper and countless others on the format, Legends brings the amazing group of Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample and David Sanborn to the stage for a two hour concert that is absolutely mind-blowing. Fill with great music and perfect performances from all involved, Legends is one of the great classic concerts and is now available to enjoy in full HD.

In 1997 five true legends of contemporary music Ė Eric Clapton (guitar/voice), Marcus Miller (bass), David Sanborn (sax), Joe Sample (keyboards), and Steve Gadd (percussions) Ė all got together and staged one of a kind show at the Montreux Jazz Festival which will likely be remembered for as long as the festival is in existence. Now eleven years later Eagle Rock Entertainment offer the entire show for the first time ever on Blu-ray disc.

Though Iíve checked out one of the Eagle Vision HD titles previously (I reviewed the KoRn title a few months back), Iíve never enjoyed one quite like this concert. While I wasnít really aware of who each of the performers were save for a few (yes, one of them was Claptonóbut I couldnít pick the other performers out unless I was given a lot of clues. I simply wasnít a fan of their works when this concert took place eleven years ago), I did greatly enjoy watching this concert. It was also helpful that Iíve grown to appreciate this style of music more now, so every one of the thirteen songs was a real treat to listen to. The set list is as follows:

1. Full House
2. Grooviní
3. Ruthie
4. Snakes
5. Going Down Slow
6. The Peeper
7. In Case You Hadnít Noticed
8. Third Degree
9. First Song / Tango Blues
10. Put It Where You Want It
11. Shreveport Stomp
12. In A Sentimental Mood / Layla
13. Every Day I Have The Blues

Of course the drawback with watching any concert is that they are honestly not all that much fun to watch, so much as to listen to. For that reason I canít imagine popping this disc out much to watch it, but those who have not seen the concert will definitely want to check it out. Itís an amazing performance and one that is absolutely awesome to take in.

I canít really talk much about this as Iíve no real working knowledge of the performers but the music played here is truly amazing. Highly Recommended if youíre a fan of the performers here or notóthe music is just that good.

The Blu-ray
Legends arrives in a standard Elite Blu-ray case and comes complete with an AVC encoded 1.78:1 1080i transfer. Despite being eleven years old, this concert looks absolutely pristine, with fantastic colors throughout and a great level of detail. Every drop of sweat from the performers is seen and overall the picture just looks immaculate. Included for tracks are an LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS HD Master Audio tracks. As with the KoRn release, the audioís a bit weaker on the DTS HD track than it is on the LPCM and the channel separation really isnít all that impressive on the DTS HD track so Iíd be more inclined to let the LPCM track matrix out via my receiver than listen to the DTS HD track by itself. The LPCM track simply sounds richer (and louder) to me.

There are no extras on this release, so youíll be picking this release up strictly for the 107 minute concert, which isnít a bad thing. Itís a great concert and well worth checking out and it certainly sounds and looks great on Blu-ray. Recommended.

Legends is now available on Blu-ray.

 

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