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Devo - Live 1980

4.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

This rare footage has been compiled from a full-length show at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA in 1980. Songs include Its Not Right, Pink Pussycat, Whip It, Girl U Want, (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction, Swelling Itching Brain and many more. This is DEV

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  • Actors: Bob Casale, Gerald V. Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Mothersbaugh, Alan Myers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dual Disc, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mvd Visual
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009CTUYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As other people have commented, it's a relief to see a whole live performance with a minimum of footage wasted on the live audience. We witness Devo proving what artful craftsmen they were onstage - this is professional showbusiness (but performed with obvious joy). Video quality is very good - and totally appropriate to the audio...neither are pristine, but you wouldn't expect or want that anyway.

I like that on the DVD-Video side you're given the choice of two very different treatments of what was clearly originally a mono recording. I much prefer the soundtrack treatment by Devo's Bob Casale which is an impressive and convincing recreation of the room ambience you'd expect from that venue. (You can choose stereo or 5.1 versions of both treatments). Chapters marks are placed perfectly and the titles are discrete and effective.

The CD side sounds great too. In every respect a superb product and an invaluable complement to their music video collection.
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There are plenty of unofficial live recordings of Devo out there, but not many visual recordings. Lately that has changed with the release of several excellent DVD's.

This one however takes you right back to their most successful stage in their career with a recently discovered live taping of their live show. The picture quality is acceptable - not perfect - considering it's been around since 1980. The sound quality is also good, but what is the biggest attraction to this DVD is the high level of energy that oozes from the band, who whip through a great set of songs with great character.

The entire set is on the DVD, with a couple of extras, which makes it a worthwhile addition to ANY Devo collection. From the first notes, it is impossible not to tap along, and if you know the words to many of their songs - like I do - you'll find yourself singing along as well. On the other side of this DVD is the audio of the show (so a normal CD) so you basically get 2 for the price of 1... excellent!!!

Buy it now and you won't regret it.

I can see the comment from the person who said it was out of sync - there are a few moments when the camera is far from stage where the sound is not equal to the movements, but the close up during the same son are, so this is not a big issue at all.

Enjoy!
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Geez, considering the slagging DEVO (and by extension, their fans) took during their heyday, it's amazing to realize that there is a wealth of material back on the racks in the past few years. Almost their entire catalog is back in print (and all the Warners albums), a series of DVD releases and even a tour! And as for the slew of concert discs to hit the market of late, "Live 1980" is a genuine treasure. It captures DEVO just around the time their national fame was snowballing, on the "Freedom Of Choice" tour. (Think red Energy Domes.)

It makes the DVD a very interesting document in the fact that the band is still pretty raw. In fact, if there is any detriment to this DVD, it is that the recording quality isn't up to snuff for the sound. There are frequent splatters of distortion and the mix isn't always perfect, but this was a punky band live! So for the viewing sequences, you can overlook the sonic flaws; but it does make the CD side a ragged listen. If you really want a strong document of roughly the same concert, Rhino Handmade offers the "Dev-O Live" full length concert.

But you wanted to WATCH, eh, spud? Then "Live 1980" will fill you up. Opening with "Whip It," the band cascades through early material from the first three albums, including "Pink Pussycat" and "Swelling Itching Brain" from "Duty Now For The Future." Mark Mothersbaugh proves that he may be one of the most underrated frontmen of all time with his quirky automaton style, and the band zaps and squanks its way through with those primitive synths.

Also interesting is that this was obviously not being shot for commercial release 25 years ago. The lack of intercut audience shots is very conspicuous and most welcome.
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In response to the first review, there is no problem with the synch. He has a bad player or a defective disc. I read a review on another site from someone complaining that the camera shots are blurry. Only the far shots are blurred but it doesn't take anything away from the performance because the editing is so quick, the far shots are only a few seconds at a time. The picture is excellent for footage that is 25 years old. The close-up footage is clear. The sound is incredible, especially if you have a multi-speaker system. For $10-$12, this dvd is a steal and a must for any Devo fan. You will NOT be disappointed and unlike some live dvds, this one begs for repeat viewings. An amazing document, I can't recommend it enough.
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DEVO has always been at their best in a live setting. There's something about the studio that takes a bit of the energy out of DEVO's music. Even on their two recent tours, as old men, back in the yellow suits, they still have more energy and more raw power than even most younger bands. In fact, I've only seen one band live that can match DEVO for stage energy... little Japanese act called POLYSICS. Check them out.

Anyway, I'm getting distracted here.

It's a crying shame that, despite DEVO's incredible live shows, video documentation is sorely lacking. There's "The Men Who Make The Music" which documents the 1978 tour, but the DVD release seems to be in Perpetual Limbo. I think Rod Rooter is working for Rhino these days. There's no video of the '79 tour, just clips from Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. No footage from '81 except live performances on Friday's. There's a bootleg of the '82 tour, and bootlegs of '88 and '90. The first, commercially released, professionally shot DEVO live video was from 1996 for Bob's sake!

Well, amazingly, there was documentation of the 1980 Freedom of Choice tour. This DVD, lost even to the band, is an amazing find. It shows DEVO at the height of their live act, right on the transition from the bare-stage of their punk rock shows of the 70s and the sets and synchronized video of '81 and '82. When you watch this performance, don't think of it as a rock concert. Think of it as Performance Art. Note the clever choreography, the mechanical precision and logic behind where each member stands on stage, and when, and the play of lights on the stage. This is no ordinary rock show.

Back in the late 60s, Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett said: "We feel that in the future, groups are going to have to offer much more than just a pop show.
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