Widespread Panic: Live At Oak Mountain [DVD]
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Hard working rocksters Widespread Panic are captured in one of their favourites concert venues, Oak Mountain, engaging in a crowd pleasing set of newies, oldies and even a few cover versions. Songs include: 'Imitation Leather Shoes', 'Ride Me High', 'Red Hot Mama', and 'Wish You Were Here'.
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This show rocks. The sound and picture quality are phenomenal. This is a benchmark DVD for live music. The format of DVD with all the extras is one thing - but to not deal with VHS hiss, that's a whole other world.
If you know Panic, you know Mikey just sits and plays. You get lots of great close-up shots of the soloing. If you're a guitarist, you can get a sense of his style from the video. This is exactly why Jerry Garcia did not want videos with close ups of his playing.
The setlist for the show is phenomenal - I'm Not Alone, and Papa's Coming Home - will entrance you. Pop it in at 3 AM.
The special features are 15 minutes of interviews with the band and a photo gallery. The photo gallery is pictures of the fans and audience. I am guessing that they are mostly of fans attending this show, but some of them look like they may have been taken elsewhere. It is not very interesting, mainly because there isn't a single picture of me (maybe because I didn't attend this show).
This is the first product, since Space Wrangler, that really does justice to the band. On past albums, the group's sound gets muffled. Here, the sound is bright and clear. Having the video go along with the music allows you to really get into the band.
Even JoJo's keyboard playing makes a significant contribution. In the past, his playing has sounded out of place at times and has detracted from the songs. Some of his solos weren't very good. Here he sounds like a different man.
The song selection relies heavily on the recently released Don't Tell the Band. It starts out with Imitation Leather Shoes, which is one of the wierdest and worst songs the band has ever done. It is a strange cross between a sixties pop tune and a hard edged modern day protest song. But after that, all the song choices are excellent. And, unlike the Dave Matthews band, the song selection is completely different than what already exists on other live albums. (Dave Matthews has put out 4 live albums, and there are songs that appear on all 4). For the encore, they do Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.
The DVD format is perfect for a group like Widespread Panic. At last there is an opportunity to enjoy the band at what is does best.