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Unbelievable!!! Meat Loaf is in a league of his own...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Meat Loaf: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra [DVD]  (DVD)
I think you either get Meat Loaf or you dont. But regardless i think that every true music fan should witness this DVD at least once in their lifetime -- ok, so im probably a little bias because i happen to get what it is that Meat Loaf is about and i shudder to imagine a world so dull without this great man and his songs. I've heard alot of his performances throughtout his phenomaenal three-decade career but this one is without doubt his best.
The live versions on here of those timeless classics make the original studio recordings seem positively subdued. Meat's voice booming and soaring to newly found heights of power and emotion, with his trademark streaming notes almost tearing the arena from its foundation. Quite remarkable to consider that Meat underwent heart surgery only two months prior to this show -- and fought other illness throughout the gruelling fifteen month world tour, billed as the last tour, this show from Melbourne, Australia marks the culmination. If this is the end of the road for Meat and his live shows (as another reviewer has already said) he goes out on top.
Meat Loaf is in a league of his own -- over the top and somewhere on the other side -- there's no other performer out there to compare him with, and he makes other so-called performers today seem as exciting as a crash course on tapestry. Dont get me wrong, im from the younger generation of music fans but i just happen to know true showmanship and real kick-ass rock when i come across it.
The orchestra works magically -- infact, the songs sound like they were written with a grand orchestration in mind. The orchestra doesnt drown out Meat's band (a band that he declares as being the greatest rock band in the world) and he aint wrong -- they are all performing legends in their own rights - even Kasim Sulton's in there. Patti Russo is mind blowing as -- why does this girl not have a recording deal?
The show doesnt rely on special effects -- Meat is his own special effects, although the lighting is awesome, the fire canons are really kewel and the choir boys are a fantastic addition. The sound is real good -- although more attention could have been paid to the mixing of the DVD as someone on occasion has forgot to level out the audience noise when they cut between songs and it sounds quite crude. Dont get too excited about the extra features -- i rate them two stars from five. The behind the scenes footage is acted out like a sketch that repeats for each band member, its entertaining enough i guess. The commentary track gives new insights into the songs, the Meat and the band -- but to be honest, i just wanted to hear Meat sing.
All in all, this is one of the best DVDs that you could own -- Meat works his ass off and earns the cover price you pay one hundred times over with a performance delivered like the lives of his children depended upon it. Yes, he is without doubt the king of rock. Big respect and much gratitude to Meat Loaf for this baby.