Was prepared to be underwhelmed when I saw the lineup. I had never REALLY been a fan of any of these guys, even though I'm a musician, but something about the unlikely mixture just seemed "right", so I bought it without even listening to the demos...
And RIGHT is just the beginning of the words needed to describe this set. "Powerful", "Ageless", "Beautiful", "Loud", "Exciting", "perfect", etc., all come to mind. This is Bar Room Rock the way you WANT it to be: loud, with attitude, and all the pretentiousness of "Spinal Tap" (via Glen Hughes) but it is just SOOO "Right".
As a guitarist, Joe's sound/tone is absolutely KILLER, and I had no idea how wonderfully buttery his vocals were. He takes Hughes to task on some songs and in fact, probably even has a better vocal "purity" than does Glenn, but Hughes has ALL the attitude, despite his age. I really respect that, and it doesn't seem like a "caricature" in this setting.
As someone mentioned, the bass guitar is WAAY understated, but that's about the only sonic gripe I have about this DVD. Probably because they were in small venues, and most of the bass guitar was from the monitor instead of the board, and Hughes was using vintage equipment that doesn't have (now) standard "direct outs" that would allow a significant remix to be done without rerecording the bass. And I am SOOO glad they didn't do any rerecording...the flubs are there, just as a live show, even a live show with professionals---that's how you know it BREATHES and LIVES. I wish more people would "keep it real" and not try to fix every little thing. The "American Idol" Generation has RUINED the ears of the general listening public---"perfect" doesn't mean "good".
If you love vintage rock and roll, or are a fan of any of these guys, or want to hear some GREAT music with just 4 instruments and a lot of attitude, then you've found it.
we need MORE of this kind of music---it's been MIA. So glad BCC has found it!