I have a personal interest in this. I was in the front row at the Albert Hall, London, when this was recorded in April, courtesy of a bit of good fortune with [...]. It's a fantastic place to sit and watch a master craftsperson at work - about 20 feet away from Joan in full flight. I therefore leapt at the chance to order this album as soon as news of it broke.
The concert DVD has a couple of bonus tracks, making 23 in all. The DVD is in straight stereo. I might have hoped for a 5.1 option, perhaps, but I'm being picky. It's a very professional record of the Tour set. We could feel every drum-beat and see ever beat of sweat from our RAH seats. The two CD/DVD set will never deliver that experience, but played loud, it came close! Joan is a consumate professional, and the recordings catch every note and slide of her stunning guitar-playing. "Something's Gotta Blow", "Two Tears" and "Into the Blues" are my personal favourite tracks, and "Willow" always brings a lump to the throat. "All the way from America" actually lost something on the DVD.
If you caught Joan live too, you will want this as a souvenier. If you didn't or have not yet, and especially if you are new to Joan Armatrading (is there anyone like that?), you will want it too as a taste of what you've missed so far. "So far"? Yup, make no mistake, Joan gets better and better. She will be 60 years young on 9 December. That itself is amazing me, but I wish her many, many more years performing at this level. I'll be in the audience any time she's near, make no mistake.