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Moody Blues - Hall of Fame: Live from the Royal Albert Hall
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Legendary British rock group The Moody Blues are captured live performing many of their international smash hits backed by the World Festival Orchestra. Recorded live at the famed Royal Albert Hall on May 1, 2000. 81 minutes.
2. Tuesday Afternoon
3. English Sunset
4. Words You Say
5. The Story in Your Eyes
6. I Know You're Out There Somewhere
8. Your Wildest Dreams
9. Isn't Life Strange
10. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
11. Nights in White Satin
12. Legend of a Mind
14. Ride My See-Saw
With graying baby boomers becoming key underwriters of viewer-supported television, a staid Public Broadcasting System grudgingly acknowledged the existence of rock & roll in the 1990s. The Moody Blues, via their somewhat heavy-handed, 1993 concert video A Night at Red Rocks, were among the first Woodstock generation acts to end up in constant rotation during affiliate pledge drives. The band's PBS follow-up, Hall of Fame, is an improvement overall. Taped at London's Royal Albert Hall early in 2000, the Moodies' more freewheeling performance this time mixes satisfying selections from their catalogue of hits from 1968 to 1972 with a few Top 40 entries released in the late '80s ("I Know You're Out There Somewhere," "Your Wildest Dreams"). The sheer pleasure of watching the core quartet of Ray Thomas, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge ease their way into Mellotron masterpieces from Days of Future Passed, as well as the trippy curiosity of "Legend of a Mind" and the dizzying pop mutations of "Ride My See-Saw," is a study in grace. Backed by the once-fictional London Festival Orchestra (credited as a key musical collaborator on Days), the band eschews grandiosity for a pointed but delicate yearning, and whips up its typically stately tone of cosmic romanticism. The frenzied joy of a mixed-age audience brings smiles to the Moodies' faces and a sometimes-unexpected vigor to their vocals--catch Ray Thomas's booming "Welllll!" during every chorus of "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)"--which helps to make this program a treat to watch repeatedly. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What keeps me from giving it five stars is this: The video director is apparently on speed. He won't let the camera rest on anything for more than a couple of seconds (except for slower songs).
I saw this kind of video "enhancement" on Riverdance Live from New York, and it is apalling. In each case, the director seems to think that the live performance of a world-class act, riveting as it is, is not "good enough" and he feels a need to enhance it. The result is an eyesore--video hash of the most offensive type. I bought this DVD to see the Moody Blues, not see how fast some director can push buttons on a video switch.
The Moodies themselves seem to be in good voice, the miking and lighting are spot on, and the clarity of the video is good. I just have trouble watching it....
There are some great moments, mostly from the older songs, "Nights In White Satin" and "Question" with the great string arrangements. However, "Haunted" and "Words You Say" just don't scream Moody Blues like the classics. It's a nice grouping of songs from all stages, but the set is far too limited for a large scale DVD collection. The group has done some very long sets ("Moody Blues At Red Rocks") and although the setting is far more intimate, there just isn't enough.
The sound quality is very good, but not great and they do strive terribly hard to reach those notes, but are easily forgiven. They've been at this for over forty years. They have given the world a nice concert, but 'nice' just doesn't seem to be enough anymore. I really wanted to see and hear more with this great event. Sorry - no extras on this DVD, unfortunately.
This is a very short concert, and to be honest, it may have been better if they would have cut it shorter. Huh? Let me explain. The Moody Blues have a wealth of great material (32 years worth) that they could have brought to this concert. Their choice of songs (maybe more correctly, what they didn't choose) left me scratching my head. Their newest CD, "Strange Times" has enough "A" material to add another 20 minutes to the concert's length alone! And the highlight of this DVD, indeed the band's crowning glory "Nights in White Satin" should have ended the show (excluding any encores).
Some groups pay particular attention to what songs are played and precisely where they are placed, in order to build emotional impact. Pink Floyd's "PULSE" concert was engineered to perfection...a constant building, including the entire "Dark Side of the Moon" album, until the glorious grand-finale (a 3-song encore)...a full 2 1/2 hour, mindblowing concert. The Moody Blues need to pay more attention to this aspect and arrangement.
The editing in this set was often abrupt and very noticeable, and took away from the "live" feel. I understand that applause can be boring, but that's part of the concert experience. One moment I see this band at the end of the stage, and the next they are in front of their respective microphones. This happens frequently and it's very disconcerting. Why the rush? Did someone forget to put money in the parking meter?
Now on to the good:
And there is a lot of good! There are some truly great performances in here, folks, even on material I consider mediocre.Read more ›
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This DVD was of the quality that I thought it would be what I was seeking so I am happy with it.Published 8 months ago by Amazon User
Having seen The Moody Blues "live" more than once this DVD reminded me of the concerts I've been to. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Spoonman42
DTS 5.1 "son" extraordinaire
Leur meilleur album
Orchestre symphonique londonien
Même voie, même tonalité quand "70"
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Awesome concert. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it was not available as a blue ray dvd.Published on Dec 16 2012 by cameralady
Sorry, did not like the sound quality ... very different from what we remember them sounding like. Would not recommend this DVD!Published on Jan. 11 2011 by Marilyn