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The Raconteurs: Live at Montreux 2008 [Blu-ray] (2012)

The Raconteurs , The Raconteurs  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: The Raconteurs
  • Directors: The Raconteurs
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007OCD1JY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,086 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Raconteurs were formed in 2005 by Jack White of The White Stripes, acclaimed solo artist Brendan Benson and drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence from The Greenhornes. Their debut album Broken Boy Soldiers charted at No.2 in the UK and follow up Consolers Of The Lonely went in at No.8. Both albums were also Top 10 in the USA. This performance from Montreux in 2008 was part of the tour in support of their second album. The setlist is split between songs from the two albums with the addition of a cover of the old Charley Jordan track Keep It Clean . This is rough, tough rock n roll with great tunes and even better guitar hooks performed by an outstanding live band. / Track Listing:
1) Consoler Of The Lonely 2) Hold Up 3) You Don t Understand Me 4) Top Yourself 5) Old Enough 6) Keep It Clean 7) Intimate Secretary 8) Level 9) Steady As She Goes 10) The Switch And The Spur 11) Rich Kid Blues 12) Blue Veins 13) Many Shades Of Black 14) Broken Boy Soldier 15) Salute Your Solution 16) Carolina Drama

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Return is Forever awesome! May 13, 2009
The Show: I don't know how to describe these guys. Their musicianship is just beyond excellent. If you're a fan of Return to Forever or just any one individual, you must have this show. Their performance blows me away. I saw their concert in St. Louis (USA) and I'm so happy to have one of their shows on Blu-Ray. The Montreux portion is not the entire show, but close to it. The disc contains the first electric set (minus the "Opening Prayer" tune, the only new RTF song of the tour written by Chick Corea) and most of the second acoustic set (minus the two encores). It's running time is 1 hour, 49 minutes and 16 seconds.

Video Quality: Phenomenal! It's just ridiculously sharp and clear. In some ways, watching this on Blu-Ray is better than actually being there. The Blu-Ray has a 1080i MPEG-4 AVC @ 26 Mbps encoding on a 50GB dual layer disc.

Audio Quality: Again, Phenomenal! The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (24bit/48kHz) track is just so crisp, clear and enveloping. The Linear PCM 2.0 track (24bit/48kHz) is also phenomenal when I want to enjoy straight stereo. The Dolby 5.1 track (16bit/48kHz/640kbps)....I don't plan on listening to that one.

Extras: So this made me mad. The 5 bonus tracks that we get from the July 31, 2008 Clearwater, Florida show are nice to have, but the entire time they placed different angles of video in a box pattern on the screen with some unnecessary visual effects in between. It doesn't even fill in the entire screen either. It's very annoying in my opinion. Nothing like the experience you get from the Montreux portion of the disc. The video and audio attributes are identical to the Montreux set. It's running time is 41 minutes and 36 seconds.

Final Thoughts: This is a must-have Blu-Ray. Unreal quality all around. I gave 4 stars, but I would have easily given 5 if not for the bonus tracks being like they are.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This might be one of the 10 best concert dvd's/Blu-Rays I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot. If you have any inclination to buy this DVD/B-R, take my word: you will not regret this purchase.

I am of the opinion that The Raconteurs is probably the best of Jack White's projects - just a personal leaning/favorite, given the pedigrees of everyone in the band, so I was especially happy to see this come out, given that they only have (basically) two albums out (plus some loose singles & b-sides). This is primo stuff - this show is their 2008 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, when they were touring "Consolers of the Lonely". I saw them twice in L.A. on that tour, and this concert is at least as good as the two (stellar) shows that I saw. It's a tight hour and a half consisting of 16 songs from the two albums, and I have to say it's a great set list, containing pretty much the key cuts that most Raconteurs fans will want to hear. The best stuff here is the EPIC smoldering version of "Blue Veins" where they really let the song breathe (compared to the album version - this was a highlight of the live shows I saw), "You Don't Understand Me", "Steady As She Goes" and my personal favorite Raconteurs cut, "Top Yourself" (which Jack has been doing on his solo tour). But truthfully, there is literally not a bad cut here, and the whole band looks like they're having a blast (Brendan sounds great, and Jack L. and Patrick really anchor the sound, plus there are keys/violin too), playing energetically, stretching out a bit and bringing something extra to the live versions that weren't on the records. Start to finish, a great show.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return To Forever shines brightly on "RTF Returns" ! October 24, 2009
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For lovers of RTF and jazz/rock fusion this is the real deal !
For reference, my playback system is comprised of a 61" HD monitor, KEF 5.1 playback system with a Marantz SR6003 receiver, and blu-ray player.
This Blu-Ray disc shines when played back using the lossless uncompressed DTS HD Master audio option.
The bass is tight and deep and the instrument placement in the mix is "spot on" to the show I saw them do in NY last year.
The camera work is excellent and affords the viewer a great view of each player with great close-up view during their solo segments.
Also of note, the bonus tracks filmed on the US leg of this tour offer an interesting drum solo from Lenny White and "Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant" which is not included on the main program, is a a high speed musical gem.
Highly recommended for lovers of this musical genre !
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just get it.. September 17, 2009
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Run,do not walk to get this excellent concert.Like some of the other reviews said- killer video, killer sound and killer performances.Plenty of bottom end on Stan's electric bass and Lenny's bass drum to remove dental work (with a good sub of course)which is what I always missed on those first few early recordings.The acoustic set is to die for with all of Al's different guitars recorded and translated to just sparkle. This is also the most gorgeous upright bass sound I have ever heard recorded to date...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio, video, and performance are all top-notch! November 27, 2009
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Just as the title of this review says, this is an excellent Blu-ray disc.
The video quality is so lifelike, it's almost like being there. For some reason, my BD player allows me to choose the HD-Audio option even though I can only connect audio to my receiver via digital optical cable, but the sound is incredible nonetheless (I can only get true HD audio via HDMI from my Panasonic BD35 player)! It is easily the best looking and sounding Blu-ray disc that I own (I have about 20 movies and 6 live concerts on Blu-ray).
Finally, as other reviewers have already stated, the performance on this disc is incredible. I never got to see them live, so I don't know if this was commonplace for them, but they deliver a knockout performance here.

If, like me, you're a long time fan of RTF, but never got to see them live (or even if you did), this BD is a must have!
By the way, as someone else already pointed out, the bonus tracks are indeed inferior in quality and production, but as they are "bonus" tracks, I chose not to reduce the star rating for it in my review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It has been played numerous X's!
It has been played numerous X's! I picked this up for my hubby and he plays it day after day!
Published 7 days ago by musikluvr
3.0 out of 5 stars not all that Jazz
Good quality of Picture and sound. Some how the melody and harmony was not visible like in other Jazz concerts.
Published 3 months ago by Sanjeev ghai
4.0 out of 5 stars great show
didn't know much about this band until watching this performance. I'm a fan now. Jack white put every thing he had into the music. Good filming and sound quality.
Published 3 months ago by Randy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great players enjoying their reunion, but lacking some of the fire of their younger days. A must for any RTF fan.
Published 3 months ago by M. Kellar
5.0 out of 5 stars Just WOW!
These are musicians musicians, I was awed during the entire DVD. Each musician, Stanley, AL, Lenny. and Chic are just fabulous. This is what every musician aspires to be.
Published 6 months ago by Ejazz1
5.0 out of 5 stars like being there
I was never able to see them live they came to my area. This disc makes me feel like I now have.
Published 8 months ago by Sreve Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Forever: Returns with a vengece / Radical Return
The minute it you see the old gang sounding like: They haven't stopped playing together. You know you are in for a show. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rhoda Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Greatness
This show depicts how great this band was. Any band can make their hits the best performance, but when you can make the deep cuts the most memorable is when you know you are seeing... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rocmcirish
5.0 out of 5 stars a great lineup
if you are looking for a master class of fusion musicians,look no further than this dvd.the melodies are luscious point, counter-point journeys into the realm of pure affectionate... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars RTF Montreaux
Great concert sound, I listen to the music itself on my sound system thru-out the house. I'm sorry I missed this tour when it came thru Dallas.
Published 9 months ago by Bruno914
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