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3.0 out of 5 stars Short concert with a heavily compromised play list, 6 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: Moody Blues - Hall of Fame, Live from the Royal Albert Hall [DVD] (DVD)
This concert registration will definately only 'work' for you if you like both the 'old' and the 'new' work of the Moody Blues (say, before and after Seventh Sojourn). But I can hardly imagine that anyone likes both periods. I've been a big fan for at least 20 years (I started listening to their work in the 1980's and 'worked my way back'). To me, the old songs are so exciting, inspired, musical and oftentimes absolutely brilliant. The new work basically consists of simple romantic love songs which never seem to go anywhere musically. It's no big surprise then that the audience of this concert, which seems to consist of mainly middle-aged women, embarrasingly manages to burst into full blown applause during a number of quiet periods embedded in the old songs (most notably, during Legend Of A Mind and Question). The concert is also way too short (about 80 minutes). If only they'd made this a two disc set, one with older, and one with newer songs, I'd have been happy. Needless to say, I'm not. The image and sound quality of the DVD, however, is pretty ok. Nearly perfect.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2010 14:17:34 GMT
I don't think the video should be rejected on the strength of the Moodies' later songs, many of which are excellent. This concert is rather redundant, however. The Night at Red Rocks concert showed an exciting new formula for the Moody Blues, by adding a full orchestra. That night was full of sparkle, promise and good music. This is the British version of the same formula, and has a couple of songs from Strange Times (1998) in addition to the usual classic songs, but it shows the band looking a bit tired and suffers from the poor accoustics of the Albert Hall. The orchestra is very quiet in the mix, so if you were expecting to hear unique versions you would be disappointed.
Far, far better is Lovely To See You (2006). That classic sound has been recaptured and the band are on top form.Live: Lovely To See You [DVD]
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