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Earth, Wind & Fire – Live In Japan (Eagle DVD/CD Set)

 

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

 

 

We have had mixed experiences with Earth, Wind & Fire on home video, with a good feature film and a few previous concerts that had mixed results.  Live In Japan was taped in Japan in 1990 and Eagle has decided to issue it in a DVD/CD set.  From the tour to support their Heritage album, they play classics like Getaway, After The Love Is Gone, Let’s Groove and That’s The Way Of The World, but the concert is very awkward and I never bought it.

 

The rush through the material reminded me of this 1982 concert Eagle issued on DVD:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/6873/Earth,+Wind+&+Fire+In+Concert

 

 

However, I thought this was even more muddled and never added up, which is a shame because I like the band and they are a real band, still surviving after all these years.  Yet, it is a disappointment in both formats and the playback here is also a problem.

 

The 1.33 X 1 is soft with some serious reproduction issues, bad Video Black (even for analog NTSC videotape) and other flaws that make the performance muddier.  The DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes are better than the Dolby 2.0 Stereo, but not by much, which extends to the PCM 16/44.1 Stereo on the CD.  This was just not recorded for the best fidelity.  The only extra includes the usual paper pullout with an essay Eagle tends to add to all their releases.

 

For a better concert that plays back better, try this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/7200/Chicago+and+Earth,+Wind+&+Fire

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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