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Simply Red: Live at Montreux 2003 [Blu-ray]
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2012
As the great philosopher Billy Joel once said, "It's all about soul."

It's clear that Simply Red's lead singer, Mick Hucknall, knows this to be true. He doesn't just sing songs: he feels them. Because of this, it's pretty much impossible not to be mesmerized by his silky smooth vocal - one that hasn't diminished in power or range since Simply Red's inception in 1985.

"Simply Red: Live at Montreux 2003" captures the band supporting their then latest studio outing, "Home". Six of the tracks from that LP are included in this show's set list, including a cover of The Stylistic's "You Make Me Feel Brand New" that is one of the show's two best moments. Given that the original song featured three different vocalists singing in three different vocal ranges, it's a hearty challenge for one guy to perform the song - especially in a live setting. But, from note one, it's clear that Hucknall's multi-octave voice can handle all three vocal parts perfectly and that a sole singer can deliver a version that's equally as good - if not better - than the original.

But "Holding Back the Years" - penned when Hucknall was a mere 17 years of age - is the show-stopper. Performed as the first song of the encore set, Hucknall wanders back onto a stage devoid of other musicians, slowly strumming an acoustic guitar. The two chords he gently plays are generic enough to be undistinguishable as any specific song - until he sings and, mid-way through, is joined by the rest of his band mates. In a day and age of "unplugged" renditions, this one avoids being cliché and stands out as a great reinterpretation of a timeless classic - and one that clearly demonstrates why Simply Red were one of the best bands to come out of the 80's.

By the time this show was recorded, Mick Hucknall was the only original member left in Simply Red, but the 2003 iteration of Simply Red is comprised of a solid group of great musicians that work together flawlessly. The same line-up is featured on the Blu-ray's closing segment culled from the band's 2010 farewell tour. Unfortunately, only seven tracks from this show are included as not to double-up on any songs that appeared in the 2003 show. It would have been great to have the full concert - dupes and all.

The usual array of audio options that we've come to expect from Eagle Vision releases are all here: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS-HD. Each have a superior range of dynamics and are superbly mixed. Both the 2003 and 2010 shows were filmed in high-definition and the resulting 1080i video transfer is crisp and clean and the editing perfectly matches the show's pacing and overall mood.

Since the demise of Simply Red, Hucknall has become a member of a newly reformed Faces, replacing Rod Stewart. Even though his onstage persona is nowhere near as flamboyant as Rod the Mod's, it's hard to imagine a better choice to carry that seminal band in a new and fruitful direction. Despite his immense vocal prowess, Hucknall has always proven that all one needs to lull the listener in with a vocal is one that is powerfully heartfelt and unpretentiously delivered. In that regard, he is - and Simply Red was - simply amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2012
Yes, I have several simply red concerts, including some older dvd simply red's where you enjoy them,,,, but they leave you wishing for DIGITAL SOUND/ and maybe DIGITAL PICTURE! WELL,,,,,, here it is, at long last! The stage is smaller giving much better grouping of the band shots, and as far as his voice???? the least of your concerns. For some odd reason, I found the 5.1 digital sound to play better than the DTS-HD,,, go figure? Both are good but the later took the edge. Screen shots are well placed and not an over excessive camera movement as others. Sound in the DTS mode was no where close to like Roy Orbison black and white (blue ray)but the 5.1 digital (7.1 enhanced) was oddly more enjoyable than the DTS. Lots of familiar faces in the band, lighting was ok for the stage, could of been better but you still see the HD quality for sure. My other dvd's will be retired now of simply red. Great dvd, long time waiting for this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
Quality very good,music-if you like Simply Red you have to buy this item.Two concerts on one blue ray.I would recomend to friend
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on December 26, 2013
Great concert , great musicians , add to your collection it is worth every penny . The vocals 7 musicianship are first class .
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on September 2, 2013
It is nice to have a memory of a great band such as Simply Red. I did see them once live and they were awesome. Great video and sound from the boys at Montreux as always.
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on June 10, 2013
Excellent product, the concert is very good, great video and audio quality. There is also an adequate resolution since it is a blueray disc.
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on May 31, 2013
It's Simply Red Live........what else do you need to say?...!!! I was surprised by the song selection...different than my other DVD's
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on December 27, 2012
My girlfriend loves it and was so happy to receive this for Christmas. His voice sounds exactly the same. Thanks.
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on August 4, 2014
Woah. I knew I liked a few of their songs, but this concert blows me away. Great cinematography, great sound. Captivating concert from beginning to end!
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on May 9, 2015
Great Concert and particularly if you like this artist, which I do!
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