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5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance on DVD by the BOSS, 15 May 2010
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This review is from: Bruce Springsteen & The E St's London Calling: Live in Hyde Park [DVD] [2010] [NTSC] (DVD)
This outdoor show was on one of the hottest days of year with a performance to match. The opening title track 'London Calling,' is Bruce's tribute to Joe Strummer of The Clash.
The stage on this show was very high and featured a steep flight of stairs leaving Bruce needing all of his energy when he ascended it for the second time.
The show was one of the most varied and well received set lists of the tour and the band were alive. I think the warm weather added to the occasion. Nils Lofgren was particularly outstanding, especially with his Youngstown Guitar Solo. In fact the whole band was on fire and they didn't even leave the stage for the usual encore break.

The 2 DVD set is presented in a Digipack format which is how a lot of CD's are packaged these days. Quite difficult to get out without fingerprinting the DVDs. A basic menu lets you play the concert which is shown from the point the band are already on stage. A little bit disappointing in this respect I find the build-up and the band arrival part of the deal

As you will expect the DVD features outstanding video and sound quality similar to previous DVD releases and just like the quality of the footage projected on the screens during the concerts.
There are times however, when the action you want to see is not being shown on the screen, I suppose you can't please everybody all the time. There a few moments when you can hear Nils Lofgren's amazing guitar work for example and you just wish you could see it as well. Likewise there is precious little viewing of Gary W Tallent on Bass guitar.

It is very good though, highlights for me are Badlands, Night, She's the one and Out in the Street. Nils fans won't be disappointed during Youngstown and the Intro of Seeds. Racing in the street is one of the best performances I have seen since Charles Giordano took the place of the late and much missed Danny Federici on the Organ.

DVD 1
1. London Calling
2. Badlands
3. Night
4. She's The One
5. Outlaw Pete
6. Out In The Street
7. Working On A Dream
8. Seeds
9. Johnny 99
10. Youngstown
11. Good Lovin'
12. Bobby Jean
13. Trapped
14. No Surrender
15. Waiting On A Sunny Day
16. The Promised Land
17. Racing In The Street
18. Radio Nowhere
19. Lonesome Day

DVD 2
20. The Rising
21. Born To Run
22. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
23. Hard Times (Come Again No More)
24. Jungleland
25. American Land
26. Glory Days
27. Dancing In The Dark

RECORDED LIVE IN HYDE PARK, LONDON, ENGLAND 28 JUNE 2009

BONUS MATERIAL:
The River: Glastonbury Festival, 2009
Wrecking Ball: Giants Stadium, 2009
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Initial post: 19 May 2010 17:30:39 BDT
For anyone like me who has not yet got a Blu Ray player ( altho this might be an excuse to have a word with the household finance officer) does nayone know where the split is going to be between dvd 1 and dvd 2?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 08:23:38 BDT
Not sure what you mean by DVD 1 DVD 2 but on Blu Ray players you can play your old DVD's very easily. They come out better than ever. My old Dirty Dancing DVD is great on it. As Blue Ray I have one on PC and A player upstairs. They are both great. I went to the Hyde Park gig last year and looking forward to seeing again.

Posted on 30 May 2010 16:33:33 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2010 10:23:11 BDT
David Clark says:
Here is a critical review: You cannot spell "Description" or "Absolutely" . Count me as one of the 10!
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