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Earth, Wind & Fire Ė Live At Montreux 1997 (Eagle Vision Blu-ray)


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



In yet another release from the enduring career of Earth, Wind & Fire, Live At Montreux 1997 arrives on Blu-ray and turns out to be one of their better shows on any format to date.I have not been happy with the way they have rushed-through shows, but they do better than that here.The songs include:


1)     Rock That

2)     Jupiter

3)     Saturday Nite

4)     Revolution

5)     Gratitude

6)     September

7)     Letís Groove

8)     Rock It

9)     Sun Goddess

10) Canít Hide Love

11) Thatís The Way Of The World

12) Drum solo

13) Reasons

14) Fantasy

15) Moís Solo

16) Boogie Wonderland

17) After The Love Has Gone

18) Sing A Song

19) Shining Song

20) Devotion



As a show, it is as good as any on disc as of this posting and rivals their show with Chicago that is also on Blu-ray, reviewed elsewhere on this site.However, this sounds even better than that 2004 concert despite this being seven years older for whatever reason.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image does show its age as an early HD taping, but color is good, Video Black is limited, we get motion blur and a few other detail issues, but I like how it was shot and edited.The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM 2.0 Stereo on this Blu-ray, with the PCM the least of them all.Extras include an essay inside a paper pullout inside the case and very good bonus concert featuring 7 songs from a 1998 Montreux appearance including:


1)     Kalimba Funk Intro

2)     Medley: Pride/Mighty Mighty

3)     In The Stone

4)     Solo Percussion (Daahoud)

5)     Iíll Write A Song

6)     Loveís Holiday

7)     Getaway



For more of the band, you might want to start with this link for the DVD/CD set of Live In Japan, which offers more links to other EWF releases:





-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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