Firstly, I was a big Kid Creole & the Coconuts fan and saw them live more than once in the early 80's so I may be looking at this dvd through nostalgic eyes but, having said that.............I was disappointed by the concert on here. The quality of the recording is passable, but in 1985/6 they have been at their height, but I don't think they were at their best. The numbers are (in my opinion)run through in a robotic way with no real passion - again compared to how they were when I saw them in the UK.
The most noticable thing is KC's workmanlike and almost deadpan performance. He has the 'dead' eyes of a jaded performer and one that has tired of running through the same old stuff over and over. Sadly, I see little true spark in his demeanour. The same could be said for Coatimundi, who also lacked the dynamism he had in the early years. Also, the staging and especially the costumes. What was originally a beautifully put together homage to the zoot suit and latin period has, in this show, become a pastiche bearing little, if any, resemblance to the films etc of the late 1940's. The band look more like members of 'Sailor' or 'Black Lace' than a hep latino dance band in a smoky bar somewhere near Havana or the Florida Keys.
The Coconuts still do a good job though, given the above, injecting some 'oomph' into their routines and vocals.
This is still an interesting look back at KC & TC's live work, but a collection of the official promotional videos would give a better picture of their super-hip class and of what they were once like live when firing on all style & passion-fuelled cylinders.