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Category:    Home > Reviews > Documentary > Music > Rock > Pop > Blues > Country > Concerts > The Bee Gees – In Our Own Time (Eagle Blu-ray) + Crossroads Festival 2010 (Rhino Blu-ray Set) + Ghost Blues: The Story Of Rory Gallagher + Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights – Live In Europe + Velvet Revolver

The Bee Gees – In Our Own Time (Eagle Blu-ray) + Crossroads Festival 2010 (Rhino Blu-ray Set) + Ghost Blues: The Story Of Rory Gallagher + Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights – Live In Europe + Velvet Revolver – Live In Houston (Eagle DVDs)


Picture: B-/B/C+/C+/B-     Sound: B-/B/B-/C+/B-     Extras: C-/D/C-/C+/D     Concert/Documentary: B-/B/B/C+/B-



A documentary and four more Rock concerts programs have arrived on home video and for the most part, they are pretty good.


The Bee Gees – In Our Own Time is a relatively recent documentary on the highly successful vocal group and their long history, made just before Maurice Gibb passed on, covering their many years in the record business (their 50th Anniversary is upon us) with plenty of archive footage and new interviews, plus stories you may not have heard before.  Though remembered as a Disco group after become a sudden target for political reasons, their success expands far beyond that worldwide peak or their work with so many other artists, including brother Andy Gibb whose story is particularly sad after his own standout success.  This runs 116 minutes and is worth your time to see.


Crossroads Festival 2010 is the latest of the highly successful concert series, hosted by Bill Murray.  It is a rare gathering of talent, which is what the event is built on and as you can see from the following track listings, few concerts today can match it.  Blu-ray Disc One:


Bill Murray introduces Eric Clapton


1)     Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton - Promise Land

2)     Sonny Landreth – ‘Z Rider

3)     Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Traveling Shoes

4)     Joe Bonamassa & Pino Daniele with Robert Randolph - Going Down

Bill Murray introduces Robert Cray

5)     Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughn & Hubert Sumlin - Killing Floor

6)     Jimmie Vaughn, Robert Cray & Hubert Sumlin - Six Stings Down

Bill Murray introduces ZZ Top

7)     ZZ Top - Waiting For the Bus

8)     ZZ Top - Jesus Just Left Chicago

9)     Doyle Bramhall II - Gypsy Blood

10)  Doyle Bramhall II - In My Time Of Dying

11)  Gary Clark Jr. - Bright Lights

12)  Sheryl Crow with Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr. - Long Road Home

13)  Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr. - Our Love Is Fading

14)  Bert Jansch – Blackwaterside

15)  Stefan Grossman with Keb’ Mo’ - Mississippi Blues

16)  Stefan Grossman with Keb’ Mo’ - Roll 'N' Tumble

Bill Murray introduces Vince Gill

17)  Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, James Burton, Earl Klugh, Albert Lee - One More Last Chance

18)  Vince Gill, James Burton, Albert Lee, Keb Mo, Earl Klugh - Mystery Train

19)  Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, Albert Lee, James Burton, Earl Klugh & Sheryl Crow - Lay Down Sally

20)  Earl Klugh – Angelina

21)  Earl Klugh – Vonetta

Bill Murray introduces John Mayer

22)  John Mayer Trio - Who Did You Think I Was

23)  John Mayer Trio - Ain't No Sunshine


Blu-ray Disc Two:

Bill Murray introduces Derek Trucks

1)     Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band - Midnight In Harlem

2)     Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band featuring Warren Haynes - Comin' Home

3)     Warren Haynes – Soulshine

4)     David Hidalgo and Cesar Rojas featuring Derek Trucks - Don't Keep Me Wondering

5)     Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band featuring Warren Haynes, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rojas, Chris Stainton - Space Captain

Bill Murray introduces Buddy, Jonny & Ronnie

6)     Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood - Five Long Years

7)     Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood - Miss You

Bill Murray introduces Jeff Beck

8)     Jeff Beck – Hammerhead

9)     Jeff Beck - Nessun Dorma

Bill Murray introduces Eric Clapton

10)  Eric Clapton – Crossroads

11)  Citizen Cope & Eric Clapton - Hands Of The Saints

12)  Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff

13)  Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck - Shake Your Money Maker

14)  Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Had To Cry

15)  Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Voodoo Chile

16)  Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood - Dear Mr. Fantasy

Bill Murray introduces BB King for the Finale

17)  Eric Clapton, BB King, Robert Cray, et al - The Thrill Is Gone


Though not all of the music was my kind of music, it was fine music for the most part and introduced some new faces.  It is still as rich as any of the previous release sin the series and music fans will want to catch it at least once, especially in Blu-ray.



Ghost Blues: The Story Of Rory Gallagher is a new DVD set from Eagle following an exceptional line of DVD releases that include the Live At Cork DVD we recently covered at this link:




There are two more links to more great concerts and extras, but as fans know, he passed away too soon at only 47 years old.  Ian Thuillier directed the look at the very talented singer/musician and it is a worthy addition to defining his legacy.  The second DVD includes a concert compilation called The Beat Club Session 1971 – 72.  Among so much good concert footage, this is some of the best and includes 16 tracks songs:


1)     Laundromat

2)     Hands Up

3)     Sinnerboy

4)     Just The Smile

5)     Used To Be

6)     In Your Town

7)     Should’ve Learned My Lesson

8)     Crest Of A Wave

9)     Toredown

10)  Pistol Slapper Blues

11)  I Don’t Known Where I’m Going

12)  Going To My Hometown

13)  I Could’ve Had Religion

14)  McAvoy Boogie

15)  Hoodoo Man

16)  Messin’ With The Kid



Another strong Gallagher release worth catching up with, it is a pleasant surprise.



Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights – Live In Europe beings together the late Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice in a decent concert covering 30 years of hits and other fan favorites from the careers of all involved.  Songs include:


1)     E5150

2)     Mob Rules

3)     Children of The Sea

4)     I

5)     Bible Black

6)     Time Machine

7)     Fear

8)     Falling Off The Edge Of The World

9)     Follow The Tears

10)  Die Young

11)  Heaven & Hell

12)  Country Girl

13)  Neon Knights



As good as the group was, this was an uneven concert for me and I was not totally into it, though fans are more likely to be.  Of course, there was a sad irony in Dio passing, still giving it his best up to the end.



Velvet Revolver – Live In Houston brings back the super-enough supergroup on DVD in a 2005 taping at Houston, Texas.  With members of both the best and now long gone Guns ‘N’ Roses, plus Stone Temple Pilots, the band became as important as any Rock group of the moment simply because most bands in the genre were lame, untalented or could have cared less.  These guys still had (and still have) the energy and talent to show what Rock is all about.  With lead singer Scott Weiland keeping himself together, lead guitarist Slash, Duff McKagan on bass with vocals, Matt Sorum on drums with vocals and Dave Kushner on rhythm guitar, they play the following mix of their songs and songs from their first bands:


1)     Sucker Train Blues

2)     Do It For The Kids

3)     Headspace

4)     Crackerman

5)     Illegal I

6)     It’s So Easy

7)     Fall To Pieces

8)     Big Machine

9)     Set Me Free

10)  Used To Love Her

11)  Slither

12)  Sex Type Thing



A good concert, the only thing that got in the way was the sound mix, but more on that in a minute.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on Bee Gees is a mix of many sources, including the new HD shot interviews, 35mm film, 16mm film, analog videotape (PAL & NTSC), stills and even what looks like kinescopes of the family then and now.  The quality is often goods, but there can be rough points and the standout is a letterboxing of an NTSC-taped Music Video for Night Fever that should have stayed 1.33 X 1 and looks much better on the Ultimate Bee Gees DVD/CD set we reviewed elsewhere on this site.   The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on Crossroads is the best of the five here,


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Ghost Blues is just fine for a documentary, with varied quality throughout, while the 1.33 X 1 Beat Club footage comes from analog PAL videotape that is not bad, but shows its age and has some minor flaws throughout.  The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Neon is the weakest of the five releases with softness and bad Video Black throughout, while the same on Revolver looks colorful and pretty goods, but also shows some age already.


The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 on Bee Gees has some good sound and the new interviews are recorded well, but the music is not always presented as well as it could be considering the quality of the original recordings.  It is still better than the PCM 2.0 Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 also included.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 on Crossroads is the standout here, sounding great, very well recorded and having a very live sounding soundfield that really delivers the music you would expect from the format.  The PCM 2.0 Stereo is fine, but no match for the DTS-MA.


The DVDs all offer DTS 5.1 mixes and while we expected the Gallagher documentary to be limited and the older Gallagher concerts to also have sonic limits, why Revolver is compressed and has a muffled soundfield makes no sense.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes are worse and Neon has the same audio options, but its limits are more tied to the recording equipment and production of the time.


The only extras on the Bee Gees, Revolver and Gallagher DVDs are paper pullouts inside their respective cases.  Crossroads has no extras at all in its regular release version and Neon adds a Dio tribute by the other band members and 30th Anniversary Interviews that include Dio.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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