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The Moody Blues – Lovely To See You – Live (HD-DVD/Image Entertainment)

 

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

 

 

Though they do not always get credit for it, The Moody Blues are one of the most enduring bands in Rock music and unlike Yes, their line-up has actually been more stable.  So here they are, 41 years later still touring and delivering their biggest hits.  Lead singer Justin Hayward still has the voice and the band (with some new members) can still play the hits, but there was a bit of the snap and strength of the band missing for their 2005 concert Lovely To See You – Live, now arriving on HD-DVD a while after its DVD release.

 

Songs include:

 

1)     Lovely To See You

2)     Tuesday Afternoon

3)     Lean On Me (Tonight)

4)     The Actor

5)     Steppin’ In A Slide Zone

6)     The Voice

7)     Talking Out Of Turn

8)     I Know You’re Out There Somewhere

9)     The Story In Your Eyes

10)  Forever Autumn

11)  Your Wildest Dreams

12)  Isn’t Life Strange

13)  The Other Side Of Life

14)  December Snow

15)  Higher & Higher

16)  Are You Sitting Comfortably?

17)  I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band)

18)  Nights In White Satin

19)  Question

20)  Ride My See-Saw

 

 

It runs a brisk 106 minutes and expect for some moments that do not work out, is not a bad show, but it is not a peak example of the bands at their best.  However, it is their first HD release and it is not bad for it.  It was best for them to save the classic tracks for the end of the show and the audience is a plus with their love and enthusiasm for the band.  They have taped better shows, but there are more ups than downs here and that is enough to make it worth a good look.

 

The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image may have detail limits because it was shot in older HD equipment, but I really liked the color quality and versus a recent show as soft (The Eagles – Live In Melbourne HD-DVD we never got for review) is a bit sharper and cleaner.  The way it is lit and is set up helps.

 

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is not bad, better than the Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 and 2.0 mixes also included, yet both have a limited soundfield that does not do justice to the music.  Audience notwithstanding, the singing and instruments could have been more forward and better integrated and we certainly have covered cases where their music sounds better.  However, it is still a good mix for what is here, but disappointing considering their usually high sonic standards.

 

The only extra is a bonus interview with veteran members of the band, but it is an enjoyable one and fans will enjoy it too.

 

As for those better Moody releases with 5.1, we highly recommend the following as reviewed elsewhere on this site:

 

 

Super Audio CD Import Deluxe Editions of Days Of Future Passed/In Search Of The Lost Chord/On The Threshold Of A Dream/To Our Children’s Children’s Children/A Question Of Balance (4 of 5 with 5.1 mixes)

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/3637/The+Moody+Blues

 

Live At Montreux DTS DVD Concert

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/2289/The+Moody+Blues+-+Live+At+Mont

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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