I'm an old Mountain fan from the 1970s and prefer their first 3 LPs the most. I own them on vinyl and CD, but only purchased these CDs recently as I had settled for "The Best Of Mountain" to get by. I skipped their later LPs as friends of mine had them, and they had just simply creatively exhausted themselves by then.
I did see Mountain live in around 1984 (post-Felix) at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS, and was seriously disappointed in their performance and it was cut short by Leslie's guitar cord getting chopped off in the middle of a solo by one of Corky's cymbals falling over, which then resulted in a (mock?) argument/fight between the two as the music suddenly stopped. They got another guitar cord, played "Mississippi Queen", flipped off the crowd and left the stage. Show's over. They got booed for good reason. They also were so loud, I thought I was going to hurl a few times. I probably got hearing damage from it, too.
Well over time I got over it and started collecting a few CDs I wanted and decided to give this DVD-Audio a try. I read the mixed reviews about this DVD-Audio of Mountain and decided to purchase it and give it a spin for myself as I want to start collecting a few more DVD-Audio discs. I knew this was a risk to buy a 1970s (?) Mountain concert on DVD-Audio for sound quality but I got it new for only $7.
This disc does have a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, and also indicates a "THX pm3" compatibility and has a few other icons on it but since the print is so tiny, they can't even be read when using reading glasses. Perhaps we need a magnifying glass?
Now for other gripes. The menus do NOT have a selection for sound fields between stereo and surround modes. The "Credits" menu item only tells who the songwriters & publishers are, but has ZERO information on who plays on the disc. Obviously from listening Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi appear, but who knows who the drummer is. Also no information on when the show was, nor where it originated. Interestingly, most of this same information from "Credits" is already on the "flip card" for a booklet. It even says there are audio "options" on the back cover, yet there is no way to select an audio option on the disc. One reviewer complains about only a still photo per song for video, but after all, this IS a DVD-AUDIO disc.
A surround system audio test is included as a menu item, but it seems to be more of a marketing gimmick rather than a serious test, as the channels are not selectable, no continuous noise, and a female voice only states the channel name for each, then moves on. Hard to do any serious volume evaluation to.
I do like the performance overall, for what it is, it does sound OK but not hardly audiophile, for a 24-bit 48/96 kHz transfer.
Now for the worst atrocity. Two songs are edited. They just fade out and disappear in the middle of a song. Wha?
Overall, not a bad listen but the negatives force me to only give it a 2-star rating.