Gregory Isaacs – Live In San Francisco
Sound: C+ Extras: C- Concert: B-
Gregory Isaacs is a Reggae legend that only hardcore fans
of the genre seem to know about. Now in
his later years, this new DVD concert is the second Isaacs DVD issued by Music
Video Distributors, following Live At The Rocket from back in 2000. Live In San Francisco offers the
3) My Only
5) Not The
6) Sad Your
Down The Place
Though I am no major Reggae fan, this is a performance
from the latter years of the artist and some of the energy is obviously gone
from Mr. Isaac’s peak years, yet the personality and legacy are still ion tact
and the performances are still not bad.
He is on stage with a capable band and the show is about an hour, which
is not bad either. Yes, like Rockers,
Reggae artists do get old, even if the music promises eternal youth on some
level. Live In San Francisco has
more than enough life to take a look.
The full frame 1.33 X 1 video is not in great shape,
however, and comes from an NTSC source that is muddy and has some bleeding
colors. Though credited with having PCM
2.0 Stereo sound, the only 2.0 on this DVD is in Dolby Digital, but a 5.1 Dolby
mix credited on this box is there and is your best bet for playback. The Dolby 2.0 is very weak and has barely
any surround information. Extras
include a somewhat Psychedelic offering in the live clip for Liquid,
catalog from the 2BL Multimedia producers to other Reggae posters, DVDs and
CDs, and a brief text piece on Isaacs.
That still makes this disc about basic, but fans will like it if they
like the work of his later era.
- Nicholas Sheffo