5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
BUY THE DVD,
This review is from: Live In Tokyo: The 30th Anniversary Concert (Audio CD)
Amazon only seem to be selling the Blue Ray version of this concert [along with the audio] i've just got the regular D.V.D, i don't have 5:1 surround sound just stereo through 4 speakers which gives the impression of surround. The default setting of L.P.C.M stereo is in my opinion pretty good, you don't have to crank your amp up to much for it to fill the room and the bass and drums are well to the fore, giving some of the tracks especially those from the first album what they didn't have first time round, some serious bottom end [funny as the first album was produced by a bass player]and that coupled with Schenkers guitar which is well up in the mix, more than compensate for Wayne Findlays guitar being less audible, it just highlights the fact that he could quite easily manage without a second guitar player.
The biggest mistake he's made in my opinion is releasing the audio only version, as a D.V.D it works quite well, the visuals definitely enhance the overall experience. The band look like they are enjoying themselves as do the crowd and the fact that Gary Bardens' voice doesn't always cut it, doesn't impact on the overall enjoyment; you just get sucked in to the good time everyone is having. Of course, you get the extras, which follows the band through pre-tour rehearsals and some personal reflections right through to show time. Ideally there should have been a career defining documentary added to this DVD considering it is marking a significant landmark. However, the audio option does seem rather pointless as Schenker has released a multitude of 'audio only live' material over the years covering similar ground and as such, that dilutes significantly the impact of this CD. It might not be his best-ever live CD but up to this point, it's definitely his best live DVD.