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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music , poor presentation, 16 Mar 2004
This review is from: The Allman Brothers Band - Live At The Beacon Theatre [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
For UK fans of the band, this should have been manna from heaven - given the band's continued reluctance to leave US shores, this offered a rare chance to see them up close & personal, doing what they do best. And, musically at least, they do just that - it's a fine set of music, combining the best of the old (Dreams, Whipping Post) and the new (Desdemona, Rocking Horse) and, with nearly 3 hours of music, should represent great value for money.
I have to point out, however, that technically this DVD is not all it could have been. Firstly, I found the audio/visual synching to be pretty haphazard (using the stereo speakers on my Sony TV), regardless of which audio setting I used; this made viewing of some tracks an exercise in frustration, at hearing lyrics that only left Gregg Allman's mouth several seconds later!
With regards to the picture, the quality of camera focus was not all it could have been (there's a muzzy, indistinct look about much of the DVD, as though the camera is never quite in perfect focus); worse, due to whatever compression system was applied to condense all that music onto the first disc of the set, the picture betrays digital artefacts throughout (it's a blocky appearance to some of the backdrops and finer detail), giving it a technical quality not much better than a VCD or SVCD that you or I could burn using a typical home PC CD-burner.
Such faults could easily have been avoided and, in my opinion, go some way to making viewing of this DVD a real letdown, compared with my initial expectations. Don't get me wrong - the music is still terrific but, when compared to releases such as Govt Mule's Deepest End DVD (which features terrific quality footage from their New Orleans gig of 2003, filmed just two months after this Allman's set), the technical quality of this DVD is definitely second-best. The band deserve better...
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I understand that you think or have heard the concert in new orleans okey? has it been edited or not? would be grateful if you answer me please
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