A Diamond in the Mind: Live 2011 [Blu-ray]
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Now that that is out of the way, let's move on to the review!
Upside, the performance is great, the band was on their game. There is just enough by way of extra video effects to keep it visually interesting. However, because of that don't expect the video to look like the direct to HD shows that are on Palladia, as you will be disappointed. Downside, the editing is a little weird at times with slo-mo shots transitioning back to actual speed. B/W and back to color. Couple those with audience shots at what seems like the 'wrong' times. If someone with more knowledge of the band, and the way the band and audience interact during shows was in the edit suite, we could have had a better visual experience. For example, a few of Simon's stage gestures are lost when the camera is off of him, a view of the crowd's faces yelling 'Switch it off' during Planet Earth was absent, etc. I'm just glad this release was not the David Lynch 'Mayan' show. That was artsy to the point of getting in the way of the performance.
The audio mix is good for the video. Just enough reverb of the arena sound was captured to give you that live feeling, however, the mix seems a little off for the CD, it sounds a little softened, not very dynamic, almost out-of-phase at times.
How did I get to 4 stars? Packaging 5/5, Blu-ray 4/5, DVD 4/5, CD 3/5.
Its incredible that thirty years after the New Wave explosion, Duran Duran has released what is probably the best album of their career, next to Rio of course. They are one of my favorite bands, but even I have to admit that as much as half their discography is unlistenable due to the changes that major labels forced upon the band's sound.
If you ever doubted the validity, creativity, and strength of Duran Duran, then A Diamond In The Mind will prove you wrong. The energy and flawless delivery of their early performances are all here, packed with a diverse selection of tunes, a lot of which come from the new record.
Do you realize that as I write this review, Duran Duran are STILL on the same tour for this release?!? They have been touring for almost two years and still have some shows lined up for the end of the year. This is an incredible feat for a young band, but for a group of posh guys in their 50's, that is just unheard of. Very proud to be a life-long Duran Duran fan, especially now that the band is back and better than ever.
I only wish they would have put Tiger Tiger on here as that was the most atmospheric track they played live on this tour and I love the lighting they used for it.
Tastefully done and entertaining. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the band this August!
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This is an amazing DVD of Duran Duran's Live 2011 performance. This DVD is much better than their "Live from London" one from 2005 despite the absence of original guitarist... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Demetrios Angelis
I guess I bought this DVD for a nostalgia trip - what a surprise I got !!! Duran Duran sound better now than they ever did n the 80'S. If you think you like Duran Duran - BUY IT. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great Sound! Duran Duran keeps getting better, this DVD proves it!Published 8 months ago by R. Decker