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Neal and Jack and Me [DVD] [2009]

King Crimson    Exempt   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: King Crimson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TT0GO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,956 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 21 Oct 2004
I waited so long for this release. The performances are overall just great, some of the songs interpretations are better than the studio versions. The Audio quality is decent, and since there is no pompous lighting so you can really appreciate the player's playing. The only bad thing is that (for the Japan concert) they kept these annoying visual effects, thankfully they are used sparingly, I hoped Mr. Fripp would have created something new from the masters, but no Sirs, this is the same old version.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best King Crimson 6 May 2011
By gustavo
In 1984, it was just impossible to have a sight on this artists. No visual material arrived to Argentina.
It's absolutely emotive to watch them now, 27 years later.
The two shows of King Crimson are incredible. From my point of view, this is the best formation of the group. And the three albums, "Discipline", "Beat" and "Three of a perfect pair are just perfect".
This DVD shows that moment. If you like Crimson, you have to have it.!!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See What You Missed! - Great DVD 29 Nov 2004
By Scott McFarland - Published on
I say "See What You Missed" because so many music lovers never got a taste of how great this band was during this incarnation. These guys were full of invention and taste. Robert Fripp (guitar) continued to steward the band into new, highly progressive territory and continued to bring his significant skills in composition to the table. Adrian Belew (guitar, vocals) was in his prime, like a mature Jimi Hendrix, a master player and an engaging frontman. Tony Levin (bass & stick) contributed perfectly tasteful bass parts and Bill Bruford (drums & percussion) was at his absolute best during this era, when he was experimenting with electronic drums. Bruford's parts are constantly tasty and add an element of anarchy and excitement to this intricate music.

"The Noise" from 1982 is a great filmed performance that shows the band at their best. The 1984 performance is crisper and contains more material, and is great also.

The music mixes sonic experimentation ala Hendrix in his prime with a framework influenced by African & Asian music as well as 20th Century minimalism (Glass, Reich). Perfectly. Great band, great DVD. They tended to make fans out of whoever saw them live and I would guess this DVD will make you a fan of this band if you aren't already.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is "WOW!" 2 April 2005
By William Scalzo - Published on
When I first spotted this baby in the store I thought I was seeing things. I practically sprinted to the checkout and probably broke a few traffic laws racing home to play it. Neal and Jack and Me did not disappoint in any way, being a perfect video counterpart to the band's three fine early-80's albums. Virtually all of the high points from this lineup are here, with a few older KC classics cut from the concerts.

This sucker looks and sounds so good I can only wonder why it took two decades for it to be released, but I suppose better late than never. Getting to see these four talented musicians live and in action, during one of the most fruitful periods in the band's long career, is a very special treat.

Of the two almost complete concerts, the earlier set (a supporting slot recorded live in Frejus) is a bit rawer and more exploratory, while the later headlining set in Tokyo a bit slicker and more polished. In both cases, bandleader Robert Fripp as usual sits in the shadows, but you can enjoy watching Adrian Belew cheerfully abuse a series of Fenders while Tony Levin puts on a clinic on bass and stick. Then of course there's Bill Bruford, whose presence here is reason enough to buy this DVD. Don't miss Bruford and Belew's dual electronic drum segment on "Waiting Man!"

The bonus material includes a very cool video of "Sleepless." There are some noticeable flaws in the master tapes which is duly noted in the booklet but not on the outside of the packaging.

Four more talented musicians have never shared a stage together. This is an essential and priceless document of the early 80's Crimson and an absolute must-have for fans. Now, when is someone going to unearth a show from the mid-70's Wetton-Cross-Bruford lineup?
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Views of Crimson Past 23 April 2005
By Michael Bettine - Published on
This DVD combines 2 different concerts of the '80s era King Crimson (both were available separately on VCR). First, from 1982, is "The Noise - Live in Frejus." The band we get here is a bit on the edge and even raw at times. The concert opens with "Waiting Man," featuring the tribal Simmons drum duo of Bruford/Belew. The DVD is worth the money for just this one track. The drums and Levin's Chapman Stick pound out the hypnotic rhythm while Fripp adds counter rhythms and counter melodies. "Matte Kudasai," "The Sheltering Sky," and "Heartbeat" show the softer side of Crimson with Belew delivering solid vocals. "Larks Tongues In Aspic Part II" finds the Crims tearing into the song, full of energy and aggression. The band is superb throughout.

The second concert is 1984's "Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live in Japan." Two years down the road finds the band less edgy and more sophisticated. Comparing tracks, like "Waiting Man," shows them to have matured as a band, but perhaps at the cost of losing their initial 'edge.' Belew has grown more confident in his singing and fronting the band, while Fripp appears more reticent. Outstanding tracks are an impassioned "Frame By Frame," a gentle "Matte Kudasai," and the industrial noise fest of "Industry."

Bonuses are Tony's road photos and the rarely seen Crimson video for "Sleepless." The video quality is generally excellent throughout, although there are some more grainy sequences and minor defects coming from the original source films/tapes. Despite these minor flaws, this is an excellent document of the '80s era Crimson and highly recommended.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...boy did this bring back memories! 19 April 2005
By charles J. cerveny - Published on
I have been a fan of King Crimson, begrudgingly, since the first album, which my older brother bought when it first came out. The music was captivating to me, even as an eight year old. However, I always remember being terrified of the album cover, to the point where my brother would have to turn it backwards, in the room we shared just to get me to go to sleep.

As I got older, the fear lessened and the appreciation grew. I was, being a youngster, never able to see any incarnation of King Crimson Mk.1 Imagine my excitement when the band reformed on the eighties. Now I would finally get a chance to see them.

As it turned out as I drove to the outdoor venue in 1984 the show was "rained out", thus cancelled (...look it up in the "Frame By Frame" box set booklet. A storm knocked out the power, which no one knew of until they got to the theatre gate)

Needless to say, when the guys played the same venue the next year, I was there. The show went on as it was supposed to.

Yet to me the great thing was, after they opened with a scorching version of "Red", Adrian Belew stepped to the mike and gave a heart-felt apology for the events of the previous year.

I understand tha t this DVD is not of that show, but it is from the same tour. I will always respect this band for at least acknowledging their fans and the show that they missed out on.

Just thinking about this aspect of it made me smile...a lot.

...and the show is awesome as well
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, good video, excellent performance! 13 Sep 2004
By jimmy - Published on
I just got this DVD the other day, and can compare it with the

faint memories of the original Live In Japan special, and the

even fainter memory of actually seeing them live in 1984.

First off, the sound quality is as I remembered it -- a bit

grainy, but you can hear what's being played. The stereo

separation has been improved, though.

The video quality is also as I remembered it -- quite grainy at

times (sometimes this was intentional, other times, I think not).

What's really important, though, is that these videos capture

the 1980s King Crimson at the height of their powers. Happily,

this is also as I remembered it. It's all about the music, and

these folks roared.
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