Queensryche: The Art of Live
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First of all, the band performs well here. It's too bad it was poorly recorded and mixed. The band is muddy here, and it just doesn't sound right. Just listen to the drums to see what I mean.
There's a good mix of songs on here; I find Tribe to be an excellent album. I just find it poorly represented here. This is just not what Queensryche sounds like live. I've seen them live, just this year even, and they sound much better then what is to be found here.
There's also the annoying issue of this whole thing is in black and white. It was clearly done to cover-up the poor lighting on the film. This is probably a result of using camcorders. This DVD is also not a full set. The songs just fade in and out from one another. A lot of great songs played on the Tribe tour aren't found here.
That said, there are a few good things here, like "Desert Dance", and "Breaking the Silence". There are also some neat extra bonuses here, but nothing earth-shattering.
Unless you can find this used, I don't recommended you purchase this. Go see Queensryche live for yourself, it's much better then what you'll find here.
1. The DVD features totally different songs than 2001's Live Evolution DVD release. It highlights the recent TRIBE album, and includes some interesting renditions of old songs, including an acoustic set.
2. This DVD has two selections performed by Queensryche AND Dream Theater (Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd and Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who), with all 10 band members on stage.
1. Obviously, the lack of color, in an age where DVD has so much capacity, is a major let down.
2. Advertised as a 5.1 mix, the band announced due to mastering "problems" they either had to delay the release, or eliminate the 5.1 audio. The elected for the latter.
3. The DVD is NOT, I repeat NOT widescreen.
4. Lack of easter eggs and hidden bonus features. The interviews are nice, but there could have been much more done.
Overall, the DVD is unique in some aspects (the tracks with Dream Theater, the acoustic set), but after the STELLAR quality of 2001's Live Evolution DVD release (Producer Mike Drumm did an excellent job), the quality of this "home made" release is rather dissapointing.
It's worth a look if you are a prog rock/metal fan, but if you can live without the two tracks with Dream Theater, you can live without this DVD. But quite simply, Art of Live is primarily for diehards, and unfortunately, Queensrÿche didn't invest the time and money into this release to make it stand out for them, either.
The DVD, quite simply, doesn't convey the true power of the concert. For example, during the concert, there was a screen at the back of the stage with videos that helped explain the song or had other cool effects (for one song, everything was silent while we watched a bomb's-eye view of a city - the city just kept getting larger and larger, then suddenly we were hit with a wall of sound as the band started playing when the bomb "impacted" - the effect was great, but the DVD doesn't capture this at all). The video is just the band playing, and as others have mentioned it's "fade in - play the song - fade to black" - all of the continuity of the concert was lost.
I have no problem with them doing it on a low budget, and I'm kind of glad that they showed it could be done that way. But they could've gotten the whole concert (and I don't necessarily mean all the songs, although that would've been nice, too - I mean, everything else that was going on onstage). And I really think it should've been in color. Reserve the black-and-white for artsy videos; I was looking for a memoir of the concert.
The Operation: Livecrime DVD made me feel like I missed an excellent concert. This DVD made me feel like I missed a mediocre concert - but the concert was GREAT; it's the DVD that's mediocre.
The show itself (in black and white - lame!) is good, I enjoyed it, but if only production would have been more careful this DVD would be a hit. Come on guys, enough with the slow-mo cameras and the matte finish! This is 2004. Oh well, I will probably sellthis DVD on eBay in a couple of weeks. The Dream Theater appearence at the end is awesome though.
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I like this DVD. Like the title suggests, the production is artsy. I like how the concert is made to look a bit dated, tinting the picture. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by scott
I purchased this dvd as my first Queensryche concert dvd and was very disappointed. The production of this video is absolutely bottom of the barrel. Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by Jonathan R. Lamb
I difetti di questo dvd, Non mi piace la scelta di registrare tutto in bianco e nero, Geoff non è in piena forma a volte, ma è un gran concerto, ed è una... Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by Tremoglie Giuliano
Good setlist: Includes some of the best tracks from Tribe (
Great Divide, Rhythm of Hope), a great accoustic set including a beautiful rendition of Roads to Madness and... Read more
I saw Queensryche during this concert tour and they actually blew away Dream Theater as far as stage presence. But here, it's done in black and white and it's just okay. Read morePublished on December 8, 2005 by Glenn O. Kirms
I MUST SAY, THAT AFTER ALL THESE YRS, GEOFF TATE STILL HAS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE VOICES IN ROCK, PROG ROCK, HOWEVER ONE WISHES TO DEFINE THIS BAND THAT JUST CONTINUES ON, THANK... Read morePublished on June 22, 2005 by Amazon Customer
LOOK I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. 90% OF ANY DVD CONCERT EXPERIENCE IS THE SOUND. YES THIS VIDEO LACKS HIGH DEF COLOR, BUT THE SOUND IS FANTASTIC, IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT SET-UP. Read morePublished on February 10, 2005 by ROCKMAN
I thought I'd post a review after seeing all of the banality that's been written about this dvd by bozos still living in the age of operation mindcrime (1988). Read morePublished on August 16, 2004 by 67stations
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