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Stunning In Performance... Totally Awesome...
on 11 January 2011
In Berlin is a truly fantastic concert which took place in Berlin 1982 on his Trans Tour. Neil is accompanied with some of his old pals with musicians such as Nils Lofgren/Bruce Palmer/Ralph Molina/Ben Keith and a couple of roadies from the crew Larry Cragg & Joel Bernstein, it really is a good line up of musicians. It was originally released on VHS Video back in 1983 to which I purchased myself and totally wore out the tape by playing it that many times. Thank god that this release as finally been transferred to DVD is all I can say, because it's a marvel of a concert.
The footage from this concert that turns up on this DVD is only an hour long, but what Neil manages to pack into that hour is a truly fantastic set list of old classics with the likes of Cinnamon Girl/Old Man/Needle & The Damage Done/After The Gold Rush/Hey Hey My My and a mind blistering performance of Hurricane that is simply to die for. Other new material at the time was from his new album Trans (which perhaps may seem very outdated to some) but these live performances of that material is far from the case, and are way better arranged and performed than what they where ever on the studio album. Tracks like Computer Age and Sample and Hold have never sounded better. To top it all off, Neil finishes off with a purely fantastic newly written track for the occasion of it all, entitled After Berlin. This is a classic in my opinion and certainly makes a fantastic ending to a purely magical concert of shear great performance.
Both picture and sound quality are very good, but even though this as been transferred to DVD, it's still very much VHS Video quality in that department, but its certainly good enough considering this is old video footage. The DVD I have is not from Amazon and is a Rhino release that comes with amazingly a Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack. Though to be honest it's far from great 5.1 in that respect, and is really only as it originally was from the VHS Video which would of been an HiFi Stereo Track. But it still sounds very good and with great stereo production does not in any way spoil ones listening pleasure.
In Berlin is truly one of Neils finest concerts that captures some of his earlier, finer, and truly amazing performances, it does not disappoint one bit and keeps you thoroughly entertained. It really is a busting show that I would consider a must for the fans, and anybody who wants to be entertained with mind blowing performances. I simply cannot recommend this enough it's very much in my heart with it's performance and stands proud in my collection.