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While Gabriel is no longer the thin, dark-haired young man, his age has brought a confidence while performing that is undeniable, yet not arrogant, despite the theatricality of his shows. He is solid and deliberate throughout, sharing his vision with the live audience and home viewers without coming across as pretentious. He does have a meaningful brief political commentary introducing Biko, which is wholly appropriate to the song and the current international climate. He even humbly thanks every part of his tour production crew.
Peter and the band are in fine form in this Pair of London show edited together almost seamlessly. The audio mixing is top notch, as is the video resolution.
If I had to pick only two PG videos to own, they would be Secret World Alive (with the outstanding Paula Cole on supporting vocals) and this.
I did not see this tour live so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The improv bit "Daddy Long Legs" to start the show is one of the worst things I've ever seen him do. Seriously.
However...The last 9/10th's of this concert are beyond wonderful.
The DTS-HD MA sound is without a doubt the finest you will find. Bar none. If you have a good system and you like this guy it is absolutely stunning. This is a top 3 reference blu-ray for sound. Goosebumps don't do it justice. Holy audio nirvana! Really. I have a fairly high end system and 100's of Blu-ray / DVD concerts. I didn't know my system was capable of such sound. Major Kudos to PG and his audio engineer.
The video quality is every bit as good as the audio. Though some may nit pick over too many close ups and audience shots. From a resolution standpoint it is excellent. Direction is more personal preference.
The show is a bit old school and rehashed but by design. If you saw him in the 80's you'll recognize the lights and movements. Song selection is great and to hear the entire album preformed by those that played on it is great. They all play well and are enjoying themselves.
If he just would have left out the beginning...
I think what distinguishes this concert video is how he lets you see the musicianship of his backup band; he really lets them be stars of the show. Knowing how much of a perfectionist PG is, you can imagine the caliber of the folks lined up behind him. You won't hear musical instruments sound any better. My guitar-playing father always wonders: "Do they just have better instruments than everyone else? How do they sound so good?" There are many close-ups on the hands and instruments and a slow edit style that allows you to relax and focus on the music.
For Peter Gabriel fans, you've got a definitive live version of "Family Snapshot" here; it's one for the ages. Napkins won't cut it; you'll need a towel. The reworked "Shock the Monkey" is a nice change of pace; sort of an "unplugged" version. You get to "Hear that Voice Again" for the first time. "Show Yourself" is one I hadn't heard before and was a nice treat. Missing are the great spirituals from the "Security" album (San Jacinto, L.Y.H.O.M., R.O.T.H.) However, two of these were displayed in all their glory on the "Live in Athens" concert recording, a nice complement to this one.
For folks that know not PG, he is one of our greatest songwriters and live performers, and was just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.Read more ›
However, it is a great concert, with the highest production values expected in a rock show, because PG will give us no less, and the reunion of one of the finest bands ever to play electric music is an event in of itself. PG is already into his 60s but is singing better than I've heard him an a few years, not afraid of his songs as some older singers are of theirs and as I mentioned before, the crew of Levin, Rhodes, Katche and Sancious, well simply is as good a band as anyone can put together, anywhere, anytime.
The sound quality of this Bluray is fantastic, the mix is not "too" surround, with backs mostly for the crowd and the video quality is tops also.
Altogether, finest musical record of one of Rocks historic supermen, still entertaining at top level after all these years. As I said only four because PG already has two other superior concert movies, otherwise this is as good as it gets.
Recommended, recommended, recommende.
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I have been a Peter Gabriel fan since the 80's. I bought this DVD specifically for the song "In Your Eyes" which is viewable on You Tube. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dane
I'm sorry, I just disliked this video concert so much. I understand Peter is a geriatric now, but "Shock the Monkey" as part of an 'acoustic' act? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack
Now and as always Peter Gabriel is one to be lauded for his Innovation and experimental shows they truly are works of Genius high end lighting and engineering, sound as always live... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rector
As always, a great performance, beautifully filmed and almost beautifully recorded. The one error is in the audio mix on DTS HD MA: on studio quality equipment the low bass is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by sysalo
as usual, peter gabriel again displays that he is a master of our times.Published 5 months ago by m. miller