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Great music captured beautifully but shows Bruce's decline,
This review is from: Bruce Springsteen - Complete Video Anthology [DVD] (DVD)
Having worn out the original video which I bought many years ago (and which comprises Disc 1 of this great value two set)I was very keen to see what DVD and 5.1 dolby sound enhancements plus a second disc of 15 bonus performances of later material would provide of a musician who is one of the all time greats.
In music, great sound and a spot on high quality visual history of a true superstar who has just "delivered in his own way" for many years up to the present day, it is unbeatable and easy to see why it is so highly rated as a unique record of a memorable performer.
For me however it is also proof of the decline of the Boss and his band over the thirty years covered, with too much emphasis in the new second disc on songs that seem to be getting used because there is an MTV type video available rather than their place in Springstein's history. The fact that the two best of the most recent songs (Ghost of Tom Joad and Secret Garden) are both featured twice in four great versions underlines this concern.
The sheer power and energy of the early performances even where the picture quality and sound may not technically match more recent efforts (contrast the opening Roslaita from the 1970s with Murder Inc from a few years ago), left me wishing that a better time balanced selection had been made (on the basis there do exist recordings of those early shows especially his late 1970s/1980s stadium tours which are tantalisingly edited in in short bursts on certain selections).
However this is not to detract from a really great value selection which in range and enjoyment is a real pleasure - just do not be surprised if as a long standing Bruce fan you end up watching the first disc more often than the second !