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good for a piece of history. But....,
This review is from: Speak of the Devil (DVD)
Its nice that this show has finally been released on DVD. The stage set is a historic one and great to be preserved on video. Just a shame that it wasn't filmed with Randy Rhoads on lead guitar, who just missed this filming. How great would that have been.
The good: the stage set and show. Tommy Aldridge on drums. Rudy Sarzo on bass (although he has a one-dimensional stage presence, just bobbing his head and licking his fingers...it does get old after awhile). Brad Gillis does a good job on guitar, considering how fast he was thrown in there and had to learn the complex material. His guitar tone gets annoying after awhile, but he's still fun to watch. Also the camera doesn't dart all over the place a gazillion times a minute like alot of newer filmed concerts do. (i dont' know why they insist on editing alot of newer concerts that way...they're nearly unwatchable because of it).
Now for the bad: For anyone that thinks Ozzy sounds good....those vocals have been fixed up and over-dubbed. Big time. This isn't new. It was done way back right after it was filmed, so all the VHS and other releases feature this too. At times, its painful to look at because the overdubbed vocals are so OBVIOUS. On occasion, Ozzy's mouth is moving after the vocals stop, and vice-versa. On the real concert tape of this show, Ozzy sounds HORRIBLE.
All in all, still a good release, although not a great one due to the overdubbed and studio fixups afterward and the great Randy Rhoads not being involved (although there's nothing anyone can do about that).
Hopefully they release the "Bark at the Moon" 1984 Salt Lake City show thats floating around right now on bootleg DVD. That show is much better than this one with even a better stage show to boot...not to mention the great Jake E Lee on guitar. Thats a 4/5 star show. I would give this one a solid 2 1/2 stars.
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Initial post: Aug 16, 2012 8:52:46 PM PDT
Finally a review worthy of comment...great review...Ozzy was so f)^(*^&^ked up during this part of the tour, and YES, Bark at the Moon on DVD...BRING IT!!!! Sorry but Jake E Lee era Ozzy is AWESOME!
Posted on Sep 2, 2012 5:57:09 PM PDT
K.J. Schneider says:
Brad's guitar tone gets annoying? WHAT? Speaking of bad guitar tone, Jake had possibly one of the worst guitar tones out there, raspy and no depth, one dimensional. Sorry but Brad's tone has always been killer!
P.S. I like Jake's playing
Posted on Sep 3, 2012 12:32:19 AM PDT
D. Chung says:
The reason Rudy Sarzo has a "one dimensional" stage presence, is because he was forbidden from moving around on stage by Ozzy and Sharon, because previously he was all over the stage, and getting in Ozzy's way.
Posted on Sep 16, 2012 8:22:55 PM PDT
Richard Davis says:
Personally, I'd rather have the vocals overdubbed a bit to cover a really bad performance. I have the Bark at the Moon VHS and also would like to see it remastered. Hopefully they can fix the audio because it sounds very tinny.
Posted on Oct 3, 2013 9:13:56 PM PDT
harvey dickwaller says:
Great review and so true about Ozzy's vocals... fixed up big time! I remember watching this when it aired quite different. I also remember people ragging on brad gillis back then... nobody could replace randy rhoads but gillis is shredding here!
the video quality doesn't cut the mustard on an HD TV... the audio quality is better than the video but still not great. its worth the $10 I paid for it but not much more.
Posted on Jul 2, 2014 6:56:05 PM PDT
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Posted on Dec 9, 2014 3:32:00 PM PST
Great dvd but totally agree about the vocals,it's so obvious they were 'fixed up' afterwards !
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