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Ray Charles: Live at Montreux 1997 [Blu-ray]

3.9 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Ray Charles was one of the true pioneers of soul music. This concert was filmed on 19 July 1997 at what was to be Ray Charles' last appearance at Montreux, some two decades after he first took to the stage there. Born in Georgia in 1930 he was one of the first performers to mix Gospel, R&B and Jazz to create a new form of black Pop music that would come to be known as Soul. His voice and delivery were strikingly different and instantly recognizable. He had his first hits in the early 50's and was still hitting the charts into the 21st century. His death in June 2004 was front page news around the world and was followed by the award winning biographical movie "Ray". Eagle Vision.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Charles, Raelettes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JL2V2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Comment: Usually I don't like old farts giving concerts that represents the music they were able to make when they were young. I usually don't get the same "vibe" because it isn't the same sound I remember... analog and distorted. This Blu-ray changes that by starting out moderately and building to a crescendo that if you can stand to raise your volume to live concert levels (and your neighbors don't mind) you will get an experience that matches the concerts of younger days. The picture is stellar... giving you an up close and personal look at three aging rockers that can still knock your sox off! If you are a fan of EL&P... buy this Blu-ray.
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In itself a wonderful registration of what must have been an awesome show. With the exception of "Tiger in the spotlight" which is too silly to talk about, the set list is exactly what you'd expect. And after 25 or so years, ELP is still a great and very professional band (even though they - once again - appear not to be talking much to one another).

Plus: This may be the only chance to see a Moog #1 synth live in action. With the promise of crisp pic and audio. And the pic quality is very good indeed.

Minus: I have an issue with the audio mix, though. The rear surround speakers are way too loud and drown out the front speakers including Greg's vocals. And the bass guitar is hardly audible - you would be forgiven for believing this is a synth & drums outfit. My subwoofer didn't even kick in. I found myself downgrading to the PCM stereo mix to improve my listening experience. That is not what you'd expect from a HD-Master sound track.
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All I had was a ONE STAR review to guide me when I bought this blu-ray. I did not even have a playlist of songs. But this is Ray Charles. Even on a bad day, how bad can Ray get? So I took a leap of faith.

The Picture Quality was fabulous, even for a 1080i, not 1080p. Sound was great. I prefer the PCM 2.0 track to the DTS as I use old fashioned (but high end) speakers. The sound was great. Until Ray Charles started singing. The volume of his voice and keyboard (no piano) was low. I too would have rated this Blu-ray a ONE STAR affair if this was the only criterion. In actual concerts, getting drowned out by the very comprehensive orchestra is not totally unexpected. The mike volume could have been pushed up for Ray in an edited recording. Other than this blemish, I felt like I was actually at the concert.

This is not standard Ray Charles fare. It is off his beaten path. It is certainly not a Best of Ray Charles, or Ray singing his greatest hits concert. For familiar Ray, refer to "Genius Loves Company". Missing from this performance are, inter alia, You are the Sunshine of my Life, Unchain my Heart, Hit the Road Jack and other Ray Charles standards. The only familiar one to me was track 5 "Georgia on My Mind". Ray is doing non-standard fare which is not usually found in his other compendiums. Hence the high rating. Lets be reasonable: the orchestra, and the whole company,did not go all the way to Switzerland to perform the familiar stuff. This concert builds on the familiar repertoire.

I have no complaints about visual or audio quality, which is great considering the vintage of the material. It could have been recorded yesterday: you cannot really tell when the recording was made if 1997 was not so boldly printed on the artwork.
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I think that The Chieftains are one of the best bands around and I own most of what they have produced. This DVD however was a big diappointment. Poor quality in my opinion. While the music is good, the audio is not. Hard to understand what Paddy Moloney was saying. Also very poor views of the performers. Whoever shot the Video was an amateur.

A much better Chieftain Video is Live Over Ireland "Water From the Well"
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Watched 40th Anniviversary concert this week on TV & had to get a concert on blu-ray. Husband picked out Montreux & glad he did!!! Encore on now and it's the best Monteux concert since "Yes at Montreux". "Yes" is my standard that all music is rated against and starting out ELP was a modest 1 point behind. That changed while engrossed in this one! During the show my rating kept getting closer to Yes! Carl Palmer is a showman like Wakeman! AMAZING! You must have this!!!! No regrets! You will gain a lot of respect for their talent! Buy it now!
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Even though it was not the original group the music and instruments were out of site. Highly recommend to those who remember this group from years ago.
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This DVD makes you realize how different EWF was in the late 90s versus the mid/late '80s. I miss the pyrotechnics, magic & Maurice (not in that order), but then again that's not why I bought this item or actually why I attended 15 of their concerts in 25 years. It's putting it in the player and realizing what good musicians, good lyricists with good vocals with a singular goal can do on a stage. It's a groove thing that only R&B fans can truly appreciate or understand. I know this may sound a little out-of-whack , but if someone ever captures the current Charlie Wilson tour on DVD, you kinda get the sense of what the glory days were back then. Charlie Wilson has the EWF spirit behind his modern-day fascade needed to make some bucks for him & his family. The "EWF 3" is what we have now and I'm glad to see them whenever/wherever they perform.
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