Live in Athens [Blu-ray]
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DISC 1: Youssou N Dour's opening set with his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar introduced by Peter Gabriel: (1) Immigres (2) Kocc Barma (3) Nelson Mandela (4) Ndobine (5) Sama Dome / My Daughter
Paul Gambaccini & Peter Gabriel interview from 1986.
Sledgehammer original promo video in HD for the first time.
DISC 2: The Play DVD featuring 23 of Peter Gabriel's ground breaking promotional videos with bonus video introductions, a live performance of Games Without Frontiers from 2004, original promo videos from Modern Love (1977) and The Nest That Sailed The Sky (2000), trailers for A Family Portrait, Growing Up Live and Secret World Live.
DISC 1 (BLU-RAY) LIVE IN ATHENS: 1) This Is The Picture 2) San Jacinto 3) Shock The Monkey 4) Family Snapshot 5) Intruder 6) Games Without Frontiers 7) No Self Control 8) Mercy Street 9) Family And The Fishing Net 10) Don't Give Up 11) Solsbury Hill 12) Lay Your Hands On Me 13) Sledgehammer 14) Here Comes The Flood 15) In Your Eyes 16) Biko 17) Quiet & Alone
DISC 2 (DVD) PLAY: 1) Father, Son 2) Sledgehammer 3) Blood Of Eden 4) Games Without Frontiers 5) I Don't Remember 6) Big Time 7) Lovetown 8) Red Rain 9) In Your Eyes 10) Don't Give Up 11) The Barry Williams Show 12) Washing Of The Water 13) Biko 14) Kiss That Frog 15) Mercy Street 16) Growing Up 17) Shaking The Tree 18) Shock The Monkey 19) Steam 20) The Drop 21) Zaar 22) Solsbury Hill 23) Digging In The Dirt
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Also worth noting, we finally get to see and hear Youssou N Dour's opening set with his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar which, alone, might be worth the discs's price.
I paid just over $20 in 1990 for the VHS so the $18 Blu-ray disc is a bargain.
Gabriel is a genius at telling and acting out the stories of his songs. Sadly, the ad-hoc camera crew seemed unable to consider that Gabriel designed the stage show to be seen from a distance and they kept him close in frame most of the time, negating the effect he was going for in the first place.
The other thing which is troublesome is a SPOILER ALERT so scroll down a bit if you're interested, otherwise buy the video and be happy.
So, it's like this... I have a pretty good eye for certain details of live performance which is a blessing and a curse. Several songs into the show I realized that with VERY little exception, the vocals (and perhaps much more) were overdubbed later. It was done very well with Peter clearly watching his own mouth to match the cadence but between microphone positioning and the obvious problem of dancing and moving around so much, all except maybe one or two songs are overdubbed in a studio later. This is, in my opinion an unpardonable sin. Big stage shows often do it from Michael Jackson to Madonna, what you see on video is not what happened live and MJ even lip-synced much of his show due to the complexity and energy required for his dance numbers. And, so it is possible the same has happened here.
Video Resolution/Codec: "1080p"/AVC MPEG-4 | Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio Formats: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English: LPCM 2.0
Special Features: 'Play the Videos' DVD, 1986 Peter Gabriel Interview With Paul Gambaccini, Sledgehammer Music Video, Booklet
Buy this Blu-ray. Overall, it is a worthwhile upgrade for fans who have purchased a previous release.
The other problem in this set is the Play DVD (note: not blu-ray) which is great to have, but uses often inferior quality sources and a poorly designed menu. Every time you play a track, it goes back to the menu again, so very confusing to play all tracks.
So, this is an awesome concert and amazing performance, and quite a good price for what you get...but could have been so much better if not for some silly things.
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Would you take a Sharpie and make the smile on Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" wider because you think it's too small? Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rose Trellis
A great video for Peter Gabriel. Bonus you get the video Play in the package.Published 2 months ago by dlkral
This was a gift, but the recipient loved it....a long time Peter Gabriel fan.Published 2 months ago by Ella Risk
I had a copy of a copy on VHS of this, and am Elated that its finally on Blu-ray! Grab it while you can. The bonus of all the videos is a most welcome pleasure as well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Klash69
I didn't think the video was up to blu-ray standards. The DTS HD Master Audio was fantastic.Published 7 months ago by steven hogan