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5.0 out of 5 stars Time machines do exist..., 19 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Supertramp: Live In Paris '79 [DVD] [2012] [NTSC] (DVD)
Supertramp was the soundtrack to my youth, to my high school years. i was 7 years old when the Paris album was released. I never new that 6 years later it would be such an important part of my life!
I like many fans, joined the Facebook group "We want the Supertramp Paris DVD released" a couple of years ago, never imagining that something would actually come out. So my thanks go out not only to the band but also to those who initiated the Facebook group.
Although some bickering has gone around between Rick & Roger (and Others) in connection with this release. I must give them some recognition foro being able to bury the hatchet - at least for a few moments and actually authorize this release. Despite the fact that, Roger actually questions the fact that "he" authorised the release, the truth is that this could never have come out with his approval. So thank you Rog, Rick, John, Dougie and Bob.
Enough sideline comments and lets get into the substance: the sound is great, the quality of the image is great (considering what the actual film went through in Bob's barn before it was found) and it's easy to get a feeling you were actually there. What else can you ask for?
The recording was made in the adecember 1st show; therefore, those familiar with the album will easily appreciate that some of the recordings in this show do not match the tracks in the album, which seems to have been made up from recordings over several nights (and, of course, I am sure there were a few overdubs in the album that also make the difference with the DVD).
There were a few songs that didn't make it in the video because they were never recorded on camera, namely: A soapbox opera, Downstream, From Now On, You started laughing and Ain't nobody but me. The production team decided to put these songs as bonus material together with some special animation, which I personally found appalling; I'm sure they had very good intentions, however, a slideshow with pictures from the show and the tour, as well as from the album sleeve, with the missing tunes played in the background would have been enough (and cheaper too!).
All in all, it's difficult not to give a five-star rating.
So, sit down in your favorite couch, serve yourself a glass of your favorite French wine, move the volume knob "up to eleven" and say: Bon soir Paris! (....you'll have to say it, as John A Helliwell's famous line unfortunately is not featured in the video).
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2012 01:35:33 BDT
Ned says:
David - good point about 'Bonne Soir Paree' I'd forgotten about that!

Despite listening several times I'm not finding a lot of differences between album and the video, but it sounds like you have a deep knowledge of the set lists and details of the performances.

It would be great if you could provide examples of differences, or maybe even highlight where the redubs that Russell Pope mentioned have been inserted. Also what is the 'true' sequence of the songs?

I've already said the disc authoring is the big letdown of this release. There should have been a way to play the concert through with and option to include or exclude the 'extra' tracks. The goofy videos and the fact you have to cue up each track one at a time is inexcusable.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2012 13:13:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Sep 2012 13:15:14 BDT
David Quiroz says:
Hi Neal, thank you for your comments. Really appreciate having you take the time to comments as I fully subscribe your opinion on the goofy videos or the lack of an option to play the entire concert including the missing tracks. But hey, I guess that after 30+ years we need to be thankful for at least being able to see the concert.

This said, I am not 100% certain that there were overdubs in the Paris album. However, the recording is a bit Too perfect and I am positive that one or two glitches were fixed along the way. I can live with that and, if they actually did the overdubs, R Pope was very careful to ensure that they were smoothly incorporated without affecting the overall live feeling. I mean, even perfectionists like P Gabriel have admitted putting overdubs in their live albums (read sleeve notes to the Plays Live album). That is a very honest thing to do.

Regarding the differences. between the album and the video, I am still in the process of properly identifying each song. But there notable differences in Asylum (compare the ending part on the album and video), Take the Long Way Home, Rudy, Breakfast in America and The Logical Song. At this point I am almost sure that School, Fool's Overture , Two of Us and Crime of the Century are identical.

As for the rest, I still need a few more enjoyable hours of Wine and Supertramp. Cheers!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2012 17:25:59 BDT
Ned says:
On my first casual listen I actually thought they just used the already strong album mix. There was a promotional video awhile back where they said only a couple or parts needed a redub, one being a sax part. Just wondering about the additional details of those.

I'm also still wondering why the multichannel mix is pretty much a 2 channel with ambience.
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