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A Little Bit Of... Robin Trower,
This review is from: Robin Trower: Living Out Of Time [DVD]  (DVD)
Living Out Of Time is an excellent studio album from RT, which was followed up by a remarkable concert tour. This DVD captures a pure genius at work on his 60th Birthday on the 9th March 2005 at the Harmonie in Bonn Germany. Even at the ripe old age of 60, his performance is totally staggering and every inch as good of what he did back in his heyday. Accompanied by a superb rhythm section with the likes of Dave Bronze on Bass, Pete Thompson on Drums and Davey Patterson vocals (who is the nearest thing you will ever hear to the late sadly lost James Dewar). The concert takes in a truly fantastic set list of RT's classics, along with tracks from his latest album at the time Living Out Of Time. As a guitarist RT is a pure genius and a legend. This concert DVD captures Robin at his very best crafting his skills through classics like Daydream, which is every bit as good as it was performed back in 1975 without a doubt. Other great Classics include Day of the Eagle, Bridge of Sighs, Too Rolling Stoned and a Little Bit of Sympathy all of which are mind blowing performances mixed in with material from his more later albums such as 20th Century Blues, Go My Way and Living Out of Time, Which are all very good albums that add up to making this set list of 13 songs pure class.
The picture quality is very good with very good lighting and captures the performances very well. The sound comes in 2 formats PCM Stereo and a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that is simply breathtaking and to die for. I sincerely take my hat off to the person responsible for the 5.1 mix he truly as paid great attention to detail with this mix, and to be quite honest he as done something that I never would of dreamed of myself would actually work with this mix. This 5.1 mix comes with a very good LF channel which is to be honest, missing on the majority of 5.1 mixes you get, and not only as this guy used it well, but he as very cleverly put the Bass Guitar in the rear speakers (and I must say it works very well) leaving the front 2 channels for drums and guitar, and the centre channel for the vocals. This makes the separation truly fantastic giving every detail to every instrument. The crowd pops up also from the rear giving you the sense of being there, and quite interestingly noticeable especially on the middle section of Bridge of Sighs where the bass plays a couple of lead notes at the higher end of the bass, he as shifted them from the rear to the centre channel. It truly is a remarkable 5.1 mix that produces a sound as good as any DTS Soundtracks out there, it's simply class. I only wished more sound engineers had this chaps vision, because there are loads out there who simply do not have a clue in this field, and so many concerts in 5.1 have turned out pretty poor over the years.
Over all Living Out of Time is a totally busting DVD of a live concert that captures a pure legend at work. It comes with very good picture quality and superb sound, it's worth every penny of it's money and it's certainly one DVD I am proud to have sitting in my collection. My only fault with this is that it's not long enough, I could have watched and listend to him all day. Robin may have a few lines and wrinkles at his mature age of 60, but he is far from an old fart, he is in every way as good as he was back in his heyday, and what you are getting here for your money is 100% class that I would highly recommend. It truly is a remarkable showcase to a pure great genius and a legendary guitarist.