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The Raconteurs: Live at Montreux 2008 [Blu-ray]

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The Raconteurs were formed in 2005 by Jack White of The White Stripes, acclaimed solo artist Brendan Benson and drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence from The Greenhornes. Their debut album Broken Boy Soldiers charted at No.2 in the UK and follow up Consolers Of The Lonely went in at No.8. Both albums were also Top 10 in the USA. This performance from Montreux in 2008 was part of the tour in support of their second album. The setlist is split between songs from the two albums with the addition of a cover of the old Charley Jordan track Keep It Clean . This is rough, tough rock n roll with great tunes and even better guitar hooks performed by an outstanding live band. / Track Listing:
1) Consoler Of The Lonely 2) Hold Up 3) You Don t Understand Me 4) Top Yourself 5) Old Enough 6) Keep It Clean 7) Intimate Secretary 8) Level 9) Steady As She Goes 10) The Switch And The Spur 11) Rich Kid Blues 12) Blue Veins 13) Many Shades Of Black 14) Broken Boy Soldier 15) Salute Your Solution 16) Carolina Drama

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Product Details

  • Actors: The Raconteurs
  • Directors: The Raconteurs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007OCD1JY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This might be one of the 10 best concert dvd's/Blu-Rays I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot. If you have any inclination to buy this DVD/B-R, take my word: you will not regret this purchase.

I am of the opinion that The Raconteurs is probably the best of Jack White's projects - just a personal leaning/favorite, given the pedigrees of everyone in the band, so I was especially happy to see this come out, given that they only have (basically) two albums out (plus some loose singles & b-sides). This is primo stuff - this show is their 2008 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, when they were touring "Consolers of the Lonely". I saw them twice in L.A. on that tour, and this concert is at least as good as the two (stellar) shows that I saw. It's a tight hour and a half consisting of 16 songs from the two albums, and I have to say it's a great set list, containing pretty much the key cuts that most Raconteurs fans will want to hear. The best stuff here is the EPIC smoldering version of "Blue Veins" where they really let the song breathe (compared to the album version - this was a highlight of the live shows I saw), "You Don't Understand Me", "Steady As She Goes" and my personal favorite Raconteurs cut, "Top Yourself" (which Jack has been doing on his solo tour). But truthfully, there is literally not a bad cut here, and the whole band looks like they're having a blast (Brendan sounds great, and Jack L. and Patrick really anchor the sound, plus there are keys/violin too), playing energetically, stretching out a bit and bringing something extra to the live versions that weren't on the records. Start to finish, a great show.
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Not only am I a Raconteurs fan, but I also hold the belief that Jack White is deserving of a certain respect for his tremendous influence on contemporary rock music. As an avid collector of concert DVD/BRs, I seldom find a show that can be considered a "modern classic" -- let alone one available in blu ray format. I think it's fair to say that most collections out there are dominated by artists whose careers peaked during generations past. If any specific live performance should be chosen to best encapsulate the current state of rock music, then this would be that show.

In short, it is 1.5 hours of a performance that brings down the house. It's a hypnotic balance between raw energy and focused perfectionism highlighted by hi-def recording techniques that are still making their way to mainstream live recording releases. Each instrument from the lead and rhythm guitars to the keyboard, bass guitar and drums came through as detailed and articulated while not overbearing and exaggerated. With Jack White and Brendan Benson trading off on microphone duties throughout the set, we hear an entire spectrum vocal characteristics that ranged from the guttural to the classic screaming howl. Jack makes use of an assortment of sound effects equipment including a tweaked second microphone, with each effect adding more intensity to an already-exhilerating show.

It creates a listener's perspective reminiscient of Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Live at the Mocambo" in that the depth and presence of the performance seem to transcend the small, albeit more "personal" venue layout. There's a serendipitous edge to it -- as though the audience just happened to drop in to have a beer with some friends, only to discover that "tonight's act" went beyond justifying the $5 cover charge.
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This blew my mind! The performance from The Raconteurs is most certainly one of the very best I have ever seen. They are more raw, more "rock n' roll" than any of the albums even hint at. The performance of Blue Veins is one of the most soulful, emotional moments I have ever seen on a music dvd/blu-ray. And for the price, it may be the best value.
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The audio is superb, the multi-cam back-and-forth is balanced, and the band is a face-melting, octopus of sonic bravado. Watch, listen, and take notes if you ever want to put on a rock show. The Racs are a model for raw, rock show supremacy.
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If you like The Raconteurs and/or Jack White this is a must have! A truly great performance with a lot of energy. I have seen them live and this truly does their performances justice. Excellent video work. And superb audio definition! I am audiophile and this one is spot on... I sat back and cranked it up and loved every bit of it!
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Excellent concert and recording.But if you can only watch one song make sure it is Blue Veins. i think Jimmy and Robert would approve
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