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Run DMC Live At Montreux 2001 (DVD-Video + CD)


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



Run DMC was one of the first big Rap/Hip Hop acts and they did more for the genre without the big benefits so many later acts got thanks to them, that the injustice is only amplified more by the untimely loss of Jam Master Jay a few years ago. That makes Run DMC Live At Montreux 2001 one of their last recorded performances together and Eagle Eye has issued the concert on DVD, while sister label Eagle Records issued a CD.


From the band who did such a good job launching what became the dominant music genre until recently, they are very good and able to go a few rounds with any of their contemporaries, successors (so to speak) or acts that have followed. That is because they were originals, the kind of group that is that group no matter where or when they reassembled and it is funny how this could be from 1991 or almost 1981 they are so on the mark throughout. Tracks performed include:


  1. Its Like That
  2. Its Tricky
  3. Rock Box/Sucker MCs/Freestyle/Here We Go/Beats To The Rhyme (medley)
  4. King Of Rock
  5. Interlude
  6. Mary Mary
  7. Walk This Way
  8. School Of Old
  9. Its Over
  10. Runs Freestyle
  11. Peter Piper
  12. Down With The King



The DVD has three more songs than the CD, which are Who Wants My Shirt? in two parts and Got To Be Real. Either way, they give so much and except for not offering much new or just not being overwhelmed overall by the concert, it is an interesting concert and besides historical, they end as strong as they started and it is all here for posterity. When it ends, there is a sadness in that what was once radical is now nostalgia and history. Imagine that.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot in analog video (NTSC) and looks a little more aged and flawed than it should, but is fine otherwise. The sound is PCM 16-bit on both discs (44.1 kHz on the CD vs. 48 kHz on the DVD) and the DVD also has 5.1 mixed in Dolby Digital and DTS. They are all limited as this was not conceived as a 5.1 audio project and the two-channel version can be rough and limited. However, it is not overly bass-oriented to their credit. There are no extras, but fans will want both format versions for completion and closure.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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