Bachman & Turner Live At The Roseland Ballroom,
NYC 2010 + Lee Ritenour: Overtime (2004, 2011/Eagle Blu-rays)
B-†††† Sound: B-/B+† †††Extras: C-/C+†††† Concerts: B-/B
newest music Blu-rays are as interesting as any they have issued recently.† If you remember Bachman Turner Overdrive, the
main members are back with a new band and as a duo with Bachman & Turner Live At The Roseland Ballroom, NYC 2010 where
they do a decent job of performing 20 songs including hits like Let It Ride, Not Fragile, You Ainít Seen
Nothiní Yet and Taking Care Of
Business.† Some numbers are better
than others in how they were written and how they are performed here, but I
give them credit for not sounding tired or like a legacy act that is too bored
to be on stage.
some of their hits have been played to death on the radio, in licensing and the
like, hearing new versions has its advantages and may make you smile or even
chuckle in that they are still keeping their now Classic Rock staples alive.† At 90 minutes this is good and a paper
pullout with tech information about this release is the only extra.
Lee Ritenour: Overtime features a 2004 show at
Enterprise Studios in Burbank,
California plus four songs from a
newer 2011 Montreux show and both are very impressive.† Joined by the likes of Dave Grusin, Patrice
Rushen, Chris Botti, Ernie Watts and an overall exceptionally talented and
skilled band of musicians, this is a very strong, long, 174 minutes release
where the energy, jamming and rich music never lets up, defining what a live
Blu-ray release should be.
plenty of Jazz, some more familiar songs (an interesting cover of The
Temptationís Papa Was A Rolling Stone)
and great audiences in both cases.† The
older main show here has only 19 songs, but many go on for a while, yet this
never wears thin and shows us why Ritenour is such a respected name in the
business.† Even if you are not a Jazz
fan, you should give this disc a try.
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on both discs have good color and some
nice shots, but you also get some detail issues and the limits of the HD shoot.† The 2004 show on Ritenour looks as good as the 2011 taping.† Turner
only offers a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo (not PCM like the label
says) sound option oddly, but its sounds about as good as it is going to,
though is the discís weak point, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mix on both Ritenour shows
sound the best and are sonically superior and well recorded in so many
ways.† The 2011 show has a very slight
edge over the 2004 show, but they both get the same high rating and both also
have sound demo moments with their superior soundfields.
-†† Nicholas Sheffo