Ray Charles: Live at Montreux 1997 [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Great blu ray disc of a good concert of Brother Ray. I'd rate the concert performance at an 8.Published 4 months ago by charles m
Great music as EWF know how to perform! I have watched this many times. The two female dancers are great too!Published 7 months ago by shopper1