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Albert Collins – Live At Montreux 1992 (Eagle DTS DVD)


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



We have looked at two earlier Albert Collins concerts on DVD before, both from the same German hit TV series Ohne Filter.  They were pretty well matched and there is no doubt about his talents:


1985 Icebreakers show



1988 solo show




Now we get a new DVD from a much later appearance, from a different company and at a different place.  Live At Montreux 1992 shows he has lost none of his skill or heart as he performs the following:



1)     Iceman

2)     Honey Hush

3)     Lights Are On (But Nobody's Home)

4)     If You Love Me Like You Say

5)     Too Many Dirty Dishes

6)     Put The Shoe On The Other Foot

7)     Frosty



As good as this all is, it also felt almost like déjà vu, but for fans, it will mean much more.  I have to say that it was funny seeing this after the other concerts a while back as if I had lived through the actual times by default.  However, it was the four bonus tracks from his 1979 appearance at Montreux that I liked more than anything I had seen before.  Too bad the following were so short:


1)     Listen Here

2)     Snatchin' It Back

3)     Cold Cold Feeling

4)     Frosty



In these tracks more than anything I have seen of him before, you understand why Collins is the legend he is, here at the peak of his powers and with an energy that grew in different ways later, but is most interesting here.  I am no Blues fan, but it is some of the better Blues footage seen to date and is as big a reason to get this disc as the main program.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and originated on analog video of some kind (PAL or maybe NTSC) with consistent color and those involved in the transfer must have worked hard to fix it.  The DTS 5.1 mix is even better, outdoing the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and PCM 2.0 16/48 Stereo mix, and though this can show its age is impressive for its time and circumstances.  Besides the extras tracks in a 1.33 X 1 video shoot, there is a paper pullout with an essay fans will enjoy.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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