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The Crusaders: Live at Montreux 2003 (2008)

The Crusaders , Wilton Felder  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Crusaders, Wilton Felder, Jr. Ray Parker, Joe Sample, Randy Crawford
  • Format: Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FBSLH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Crusaders were one of the pioneers of Jazz-Funk music in the seventies and have made a number of visits to Montreux over the years. This DVD focuses on their performance from 2003 when the band was touring in support of their album "Rural Renewal". Founder members Joe Sample and Wilton Felder were joined in the line-up by long-standing friend Ray Parker Jr. on guitar and by the inimitable Randy Crawford on vocals. They delivered a set that spanned their career from early days up to their latest album capped with a stunning nine minute plus performance of their classic "Street Life" and finished off with a fun rendition of Ray Parker Jr's "Ghostbusters".

TRACK LISTING 1) Spiral 2) Viva De Funk 3) Creepin' 4) Way Back Home 5) Carnival Of The Night 6) Put It Where You Want It 7) Thrill Is Gone 8) Soul Shadows (with Randy Crawford) 9) Street Life (with Randy Crawford) 10) Imagine (with Randy Crawford) 11) Rural Renewal 12) Ghostbusters


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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a Weak Moment March 26, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am like everybody else with a whole shelf of Yes DVDs. I swore I would never buy another one until a new album came out but in a weak moment I bought this one. I am sad to report that if you are a Yes fan, you have to own this! Remember the "Keys" DVD; this is what we hoped that one would have been the best video of the classic line up. That one fell short but after all now we have the 35th anniversary one right? Well, this one as the other reviewers have pointed out is the best one yet & they are right. The band was on fire and on their best behavior. Just buy it now and put the 35th on the shelf for awhile.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By Rykre
Format:DVD
Although YesYears is the perfect documentary DVD to have of Yes, this new DVD of Yes "Live at the Montreaux" even exceeds the quality and appeal of the "Songs of Tsongas" DVD that I've bought last year.

The picture quality is excellent. I'd say that this was filmed in either High Definition or it was, at least, filmed with very high quality cameras put to high quality film. What makes this one better (to me) over "Tsongas" is the line-up of the tunes. They played more of the classic standards from the seventies, plus it allowed for them all to enjoy showing off some of their solo work. Rick Wakeman's solo alone makes the whole show so rewarding to watch and to own. I don't have any Rick Wakeman DVD's where his performance entertained me as much as his solo did on this DVD.

I am hearing some sound quality flaws here and there but it's not too disturbing. And, at one point, I think Jon Anderson was censored for saying something that had to be "bleeped" out. Oh well.

"Keys to Ascension" was my favorite live Yes DVD because of the chosen songs. But this new "Live at Montreaux" DVD surpasses the appeal of all the known releases of Yes performed live. (To me anyway).

Jump on it people! It's that good!!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a fine concert, I can't add anything that all the other reviews have stated so nicely...EXCEPT...the import version of this concert includes a 20 minute live Crusaders show from the late 70's, and features (then) Crusaders guitarist Larry Carlton, which includes a live version of "Spiral". Great stuff! There is very little live stuff on Carlton from that period and the Crusaders sound much more inspired in that footage, I must say!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chris Who? March 24, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't get me wrong... I love this band and I am thankful that we have another DVD to capture the live Yes experience. The audio is great and it doesn't seem to be "touched up" in any way, although I only got to watch the first couple of songs last night before my kids took over the TV... If you are into close ups of Steve Howe's fingers (even during Rick's solo's), you've come to the right place. I couldn't even tell what Chris Squire was wearing until the third or fourth song. It seems like they had four cameras, with one permanently focused on each person but Chris, who is obviously the most dynamic performer of the bunch. Again, I am grateful for any recording of this band, but it's frustrating to have the camera focusing on Steve or Jon during keyboard or bass solo's. Any Yes fan knows that you need to be ready to watch Rick's fingers during the harpsichord part of Siberian Khatru, but the director (who was probably affiliated with the Jazz Festival or the original TV broadcast, not the band) seems a bit late on all of these types of parts. All in all, though, it's a great set list and a piece of history that every Yes fan should have.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a rat taking my pellet. March 24, 2007
Format:DVD
Curse you, YES! Though I swore I wouldn't buy any more of your bi-annual live DVDs, you got me again! Great set, great setting, the right cast of players, 16:9 picture, DTS, and notably the only YES live DVD I own that has Heart of the Sunrise on it.

I'm a little weirded out that, even though this was recorded in Montreux, Going for the One wasn't played... or Vevey... weird.

I really mean it this time, guys... this is it! No more!

At least until your imminent stream of 40th anniversary CDs and DVDs next year...

Sheesh.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars out of Five August 10, 2007
Format:HD DVD
What I would have given to see this show. Montreaux is a small venue, with not a bad seat in the house. The stage was set to allow all of the musicians to be featured. If you have ever been to a Yes show, you know that at some point in the show, each musician is going to have the stage to himself and play a solo. Each does, and they are still at the top of their craft, after all this time. While the show started slow, and there were a few pieces that they played that I was not familiar with, by the end (And You and I) I was standing and shouting IN MY OWN LIVING ROOM--it was 1976 all over again! This was the best concert video that I have ever seen.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tsongas Is Better June 18, 2007
Format:DVD
I own every Yes DVD to date... Montreux is good, but not as good as I hoped it would be. I may have over-hyped it a bit in my mind. I was really looking forward to this release which is basically the same concert that is contained in the Yesspeak "concert slideshow." Unfortunately the sound on this release isn't much better than the Yesspeak version. In addition to the audio letdown, the band just didn't seem to have the energy as they did on the 35th Anniversary Tour. I haven't seen or heard a Yes recording yet that does justice to how powerful and energetic they were playing at the end of the 35th tour. Steve plays well, but doesn't really get animated playing until the end of the concert. In Tsongas, he actually looks like he wants to be there and really rocks. Jon's voice seemed off a bit, they hardly showed Chris, Rick looked good but was back in the mix, and Alan was hardly audible. The recordings of "Southside" and "And You and I" aren't as good as on Tsongas either.

That being said, there are many positives to this recording. "Don't Kill the Whale" was energetic, the solos are fantastic (I've seen Steve play "To Be Over" several times live, and this is the best I've heard), and Awaken is extremely powerful, especially at the end.

All in all it is certainly worth buying, but I would recommend that you buy Tsongas, Symphonic, and An Evening of Yes first if you are looking for the best overall product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD
Arrive in perfect condition and on time. This is a DVD to watch with guest and when you getting ready for a night out!
Published 1 month ago by Doris Leddy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
I am a Yes fan from way back and have gone to as many concerts as possible, but this is the worst Yes performance I've ever had to sit through. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Show
Saw the band Live in Detroit around 1977-78 and was blown away then and sadly never saw them again. It's a real treat seeing them (albeit video) years later and they're still... Read more
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Published 2 months ago by George R. Wilson III
5.0 out of 5 stars YES does it again!!
The concert recorded at the Montreaux music festival is a very good collection of YES lyrics. It heralds the return of Rick Wakeman. The Master was fantastic! Read more
Published 3 months ago by James J. Poche Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars I watch it all the time
Great concert , great musicians , add to your collection it is worth every penny . The vocals 7 musicianship are first class .
Published 3 months ago by reality 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set
Worth it for the incredible version of deeper underground that kicks off the set alone. Jamiroquai fans won't be disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE SOUND QUALITY FOR BLU-RAY!!
CONCERT WAS THE WORST QUALITY SOUND I HAVE EVER HEARD. A 9 YEAR OLD CHILD COULD PRODUCE BETTER QUALITY SOUND WITH A RADIOSHACK TAPE RECORDER! WORTHLESS!
Published 4 months ago by zaxism1022
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome to see them live.
Awesome to see them live. I have only been able to see them 1 in the US. now at least i was able to see them again live.
great quality.
Published 5 months ago by paf
5.0 out of 5 stars before you die, if you get a chance, see Yes live!
fantastic quality of the dvd, both sound and visual. appreciated the concentration on Steve Howe and his guitar playing! Read more
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