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OMD on fire but sound a problem
on 30 April 2008
Nothing wrong with the performance or the song choices on this. The band throw everything at this comeback gig and don't disappoint.
This DVD and specifically the sound quality however leaves a lot to be desired.
Having tried it on three players now the same drops in sound are present each time. The start of Tesla Girls has become un-listenable for me.
Whoever mastered this has made a huge mistake. Often Andy's vocal is too high in the mix and given the energetic nature of an OMD gig we are not listening for a note perfect vocal performance yet the person who mastered this seams to think that is most important. What we are left with is the sounds of an out of breath McClusky that would sound right with the full force of drums and synth backing him but without their impact we are left worrying Andy has lost the ability to ever sing the right note again. In short it is painful to hear at times.
Other instruments sound varies across the tracks (notably Mal's drums) and what was going on with the bass in Enola Gay is anyones guess.
The crowd noise is pitifully mixed in with the sound clearly moving from the mixing desk feed to the sounds being picked up from the stage without any blending.
Some of the camera work is suspect to say the least as well with some strange dull shots passing over the stage and shots of people in the crowd who are not dancing - Why show them?
I was at this gig and I sure don't remember it being like this. This DVD does not do it justice even though the band are on top of their game here.