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The Strat Pack – Live In Concert


PLEASE NOTE: Despite the DVD case having the DTS logo four times on the artwork and one time on the disc itself, it is sadly nowhere to be found in audio playback.



Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Concert: B



Though there are a few rough spots, The Strat Pack – Live In Concert is a solid Autumn 2004 concert tribute to the Fender Stratocaster guitar and the point of the show is to salute the instrument on its 50th anniversary.  However, with so much talent around, a few more things happen.  The songs and performers are:


1)     The Crickets, Albert Lee & Brian May – Peggy Sue/Maybe Baby/I Fought The Law/Oh Boy!/That’ll Be The Day

2)     Hank Marvin & Ben Marvin - The Rise & Fall Of Flingel Bunt/Sleepwalk/Apache

3)     Theresa Anderson - I’m On My Way

4)     Paul Carrick & Mike Rutherford – How Long/All Along The Watchtower/While My Guitar Gently Weeps/I Can’t Dance

5)     Gary Moore - Red House

6)     Jamie Cullum - Angel

7)     Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me

8)     Paul Rogers - Muddy Waters Blues

9)     Paul Rogers featuring Jasmine & Steve Rogers - Drinkin’

10)  Paul Rogers & Brian May - Alright Now

11)  Paul Rogers & Joe Walsh - Can’t Get Enough

12)  Joe Walsh – Funk 49/Life’s Been Good/Life In The Fast Lane/Rocky Mountain Way

13)  Paul Manzanera - 6PM

14)  David Gilmour – Marooned/Coming Back To Life/Sorrow

15)  Ronnie Wood - Ooh La La

16)  All-Star Line-Up – Stay With Me



Everyone here is in at least decent form, though some have peaked to be honest, yet there are a few surprises.  Joe Walsh makes up for some roughness with humor.  Paul Rogers is good.  The Crickets are interesting.  And then there is Paul Carrick.  The great pop vocalist has had hits with Ace (How Long, as covered here), Squeeze (Tempted) and Mike + the Mechanics, which is why Mike Rutherford of genesis joins him; it was their band.  There is even a fine cover of the then-recently-late George Harrison’s classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps.  Little did anyone know that Mr. Carrick was soon to leave us for his own health reasons a few months later.  This is one of the last, if not the last, major concert he did that was recorded and especially in this way.  He was a great light in the music industry and one of the great voices of Pop and Rock music.  His showmanship is totally in tact here and is reason enough to get this disc.  Add all the other remarkable name talents gathered and The Strat Pack is an event worth your time.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 x 1/16 X 9 image is pretty good among the digital HD-to-DVD concerts we have seen so far, and that has been a good few dozen at this point.  The cameras are a bit more kinetic and have better choice angles than what we have seen so far, making this a better watch than most of them to date.  Sadly, the DTS promised does not exist, which is an awful disaster.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has Pro Logic surrounds and the Dolby 5.1 works better, but even the 5.1 sounds like it is covering up the best possible sonic performance.  Extras include a fine pullout with an essay, credits and color stills.  On the DVD itself, you get a promo to request support for the most worthy Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy project and there are interviews section with many of the performers speaking the praises of the hallowed instrument and how ahead of its time it was.  There is even s little behind the scenes footage.  This runs 27:55, while the concert runs about two hours.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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