Live at Montreux 2013 [Blu-ray]
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First off, the reason for the 5 star review
excellent video and audio quality (all the more recent Montreux films are tip top) and at 16 bucks retail ... heck I can't even buy parking at a concert around here for that price so to have this any time in HD .... excellent value for money.
While the video run time IS 93 minutes... only 80 minutes is concert. Eagle Vision does this a lot , they include any and all bonus features in their run time. There are two light weight interview segments that take up the rest of the listed "run time". Normally I look for more than 80 minutes, but I think it might have been their full time slot (it is a pretty excellent 17 song selection including a couple from their latest). On top of that Billy Gibbons doesn't gobble up a lot of time , if any, between songs.... bantering with the audience and that adds a lot of time to other concerts.
Is this a perfect concert BR? No.... many solos are missed by the camera men/director , but does it have a lot of great songs? Yes. Does it feature a pretty excellent performance? Yes. Is the group engaging the audience? Yes. There is a bit of an annoying plug (excuse the pun) for Basic Amplifiers ... that keeps illuminating the stage set.... but did I mention the very tasty guitar tones? I could listen to Billy vamp on a simple A Chord with that fuzzy distorted sound for hours on end...
Bottom line from an owner. I'm very glad I picked this up.... nice addition to my other ZZ Top DVDs !
I would guess if we are lucky enough to have them performing live for a few more years, the song selection heard on "Live at Montreux" will be more-or-less the compromise best suited to keep everyone happy. Still, I would have enjoyed "Precious and Grace" (from Tres Hombres" or "Francene" (fro Rio Grande Mud") just a little more than say "Sharp Dressed Man" or "Legs". But hey, I'm whining about subjective taste here anyway. Simply put, if your a hard core ZZ fan, there is actually darn near nuthin' to complain about! The recording is "par excellence", and I encourage ZZ ites to buy it with confidence. It won't disappoint!
Personal opinion, actually the best drums in the music. Mr Frank Beard is great!!!
This is a must to have for the ZZ Top fans.
during a tribute to Montreaux Jazz Founder Claude Nobs. Mike Flanigan and Van Wilks both put their Texas Touch and Tone on
with Billy G, Dusty,and Frank Quite a treat.Get it!!Won't regret it!!The Bird Is The Word!!!
Track listing : Got Me Under Pressure - Waitin' For The Bus - Jesus Just Left Chicago - Gimmie All You Lovin' - Pincushion - I Gotsta Get Paid - Flyin' High - Kiko - I Loved The Woman - Foxey Lady - My Head's is in Mississippi - Chartreuse - Sharp Dressed Man - Legs - Tube Snake Boogie - La Grange - Tush . approx. 93 minutes with bonus feature interview with Billy Gibbons & Dusty Hill .
I read ZZ Top have been invited to Montreux Jazz Festival a few times over the years and this 2013 Blu Ray concert would have be one of their best all around performances that even the founder of Montreux Claude Nobs would be impressed .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love ZZ Top and this concert, but To bad they cut a song from this performance.Published 4 months ago by BASIL
Gimme a break! This is ZZ Top! Both my wife and I love it!Published 6 months ago by Stephen E. Roth
GREAT CONCERT WITH CLOSE UP SHOTS OF THE BAND!!! GREAT STAGE COLORS!!! REALLY ROCKS!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH ZZ TOP!!! JERRIPublished 7 months ago by exoria62
I am a huge fan and have seen ZZ Top live 12 or 13 times. This is the next best thing to being there.Published 7 months ago by The Max