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on 13 February 2013
I seen other reviewers praising the sound and audio quality of this DVD - to that I can only ask are we talking about the same DVD??
For a start you can see the scan lines in the video and it is noticeably below DVD quality. As for the audio that is truly disappointing. CBHMB's music is meant to be played loud via systems with some oomph and clearly this gig was recorded not for a live concert audience but strictly for television as it was back then. As a consequence the set is recorded without the power and volume that makes their lives gigs so electrifying. I know this because I was lucky enough to see them play live in Manchester the same year as this recording!
I cannot even praise the camera-work, for example when Don (aka Captain Beefheart) is introducing the musicians the camera managed to get fixed on the wrong band member even though the Captain was taking his time, pointing and even repeating their names as a clue to a camera apparently disconnected from what was actually taking place on stage!
Die-hard fans will of course buy this no matter what I or other critical reviewers say but I those seeking to get to know what the band is all about would be better advised spending their money on much superior recordings on offer out there.