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The Jeff Healey Band – Live At Montreux 1999 (DVD/CD Set)


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



The Jeff Healey Band has a few hits and some notice in 1989/1990, but have not been heard from much since.  At their peak, they toured heavily and this new DVD/CD set The Jeff Healey Band – Live At Montreux 1999 captures them in the thick of their peak, for better and worse.  Healey has been blind since age one and actually starting picking up the guitar at age three.  Angel Eyes was their big hit around the time of their appearance in the Patrick Swayze mess Road House (1989, which inexplicably just had a straight-to-video sequel in 2006 for no good reason), which did a tiny bit of business at the time.


Though he is talented and the concert is not bad, the trip up here is on the cover songs.  The Stealer’s Wheel classic Stuck In The Middle With You, about record executives and now associated with Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, is even by his own admission sort of experimental.  Unfortunately, that does not stop Hoochie Coochie Man and especially George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps from really not living up to their own material.  However, it is a good compilation fans and the curious will get enough enjoyment out of to check out if interested.


The image variants here are odd.  Both captured on video, the main concert from 1999 is 1.33 x 1 while the 1997 bonus tracks are letterboxed 1.78 X 1.  Both look about as good as each other, though the ’97 bonus clips are a tad cleaner.  Color is not bad, but obvious detail limits can be found in both.  Sound is a different matter.


The sound here in Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM 2.0 16bit/48kHz Stereo and DTS 5.1 are not bad, though the DTS is once again the superior playback choice.  However, where all sound a bit compressed and limited in the 1999 main concert, the 1997 concert is cleaner and clearer.  This is not as obvious on the bonus CD with its PCM 2.0 16bit/44.1kHz Stereo, which is all the 1999 concert except for two 1997 tracks.  The only extras are those tracks and a paper pullout in the DVD case with an essay about the band and concert.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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