Getting Keith Emerson, Joe Walsh, John Entwistle, Jeff Baxter & Simon Phillips on stage together might seem either like the worst match ever, or one of the most stunning teams that one could assemble. Thankfully their supergroup 'The Best' veered closer to the latter. Given the interview snippets given on the DVD, and other comments made here & there, this band wasn't just a rouse for getting some easy gigs, that there was a willingness to follow it through as a real concern. Alas it didn't happen, they never released anything, and this concert footage is all this is available.
It's very enjoyable, if you like a mix of 70s rock & prog. They band all play their favourite pieces from each others repetoire - so there's Life in the Fast Lane, Boris the Spider, Ricky don't lose that number, Fanfare for the Common Man, and many others. Alas, Simon Phillips doesn't get trackd from his extensive sonic history, he does do a very passable 5 minute solo tho :-) One might imagine that is could be overloaded with ego, but the band play with professionalism and humour, allowing plenty of space for each other, and is a joy to watch. The unknown singer does a good job, and is clearly in awe of the comapny he is keeping.
This is all very well played, well filmed, the sound quality is good - all credit to the Japanese crew who produced it. Just a shame there isn't more material; tho, what anything written specifically for this band might have sounded like is anyone's guess.