The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert
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AMAZING PERFORMANCES FROM FOUR YEARS OF THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONIES --
2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
“Watch out for music—it should come with a health warning… And it can make you think that the world should and could be a much better place.” —Peter Gabriel
As the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame entered its third decade, induction ceremonies featured the biggest names in classic rock from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. In many cases the original line-ups of bands performed together for the first time in years; other performances featured the kind of collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary.
This 4-DVD set features poignant reunions, moving and often hilarious induction speeches, and 53 iconic performances.
Highlights from the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 induction ceremonies.
Bruce Springsteen joining inductees the E Street Band for the deep-cut classic The E Street Shuffle from the Boss’s second album, from 1973.
Legendary grunge-rock group Pearl Jam delivering thundering performances of Alive, Given to Fly and Better Man.
The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for emotional renderings of the group’s biggest hits.
Cat Stevens performing a spine-tingling version of Father & Son that rendered the massive Barclays Center quiet as a church.
Journey performing three classic cuts: Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), Lights and Don't Stop Believin'.
Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
Features complete Hall of Fame induction speeches, including:
Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple
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Well guess what, there is no Dolby Digital on these discs at all, just good old fashioned DTS HD Master Audio high resolution audio. The sound is good and my fear of Dolby Digital was finally abated when my system sparked to life with the light for high resolution. There is a lot of talking and some good music performances, so this set is really pretty decent.
The Bluray – which I received for an objective review – contains two discs, each with two years of the awards ceremonies. There is a DVD set with four DVDS. For each year, the “show” runs about 2 ½ hours. So there is almost 10 hours of “material” in this set.
I say material because it’s not all music. There are the long “induction speeches” and the “acceptance speeches”. In quite a few cases there is no “music” Bert Berns, the legendary producer, label owner and songwriter, is inducted by Steven Van Zant and the acceptance comes from Berns’ daughter. But there is no tribute to his work. The same goes for the Rap Pioneers NWA – inducted by Kendrick Lamar. (BTW, I’m told that HBO did not “air” the Berns induction on the air and that, in fact, there were no music performances at the event after these two inductions.)
The title of the set is also a bit confusing. It’s call “In Concert”, yet at least half the running time is composed of speeches that you won’t want to watch more than once. This is no “concert”. It’s an awards dinner with people at tables.
There are other things that frustrate too. No one is identified on the screen. No one. If you don’t know each of the members of Deep Purple or Journey or Nirvana by name, you’ll not find out here. They should have been identified. And the menu options fall short in a big way. You get to choose the year and then you get to choose the inductee. But you can\t choose the song performances. While there are separate “chapter stops” for the induction, acceptance speech and music performance, there is no index. So, say you want to watch the songs that Chicago performed in 2016. There are three here. You first go to “Inductee” and choose “Chicago” and press play. But this will bring you to the Induction speech (Rob Thomas in this case). And then you need to press the skip button TWICE (to get past the acceptance speech) to get to the first of the songs. Now at least the set comes with a nice 12-page color booklet with the “track list” and identity of those on the stage, but it’s a hassle to have to refer to it.
Now, please understands, there are some amazing moments here; ones I’ll go back to. But maybe next time, Time-Life can be a bit more user –friendly. (Another T-L set I love is the Country Music Awards set. But – as I pointed out in my review of that “must have set”, they felt the need to include the “closing credits” for EACH of the 40 or so years of clips. )
I’m sure this is not really necessary to point out but the speeches were not aired on broadcast TV so you will hear the S- and F-words frequently.
Time-Life is also making the four earlier years (2010-2011, 2012-2013) available but only as digital download releases. This will cut down on viewership, because you will need an Amazon streaming account or an Apple-TV account to watch on your TV.
Well, there you have it. It’s still worth getting (with all music content) but be prepared for some frustration when trying to rewatch performance (some great mash ups) a second time.
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As far as this Blu-ray goes, it's a straightforward presentation. The audio sounds great with lossless 5.1 and 2.0 tracks, but there are no subtitles. One nagging problem must be mentioned: there's more than 11 hours of content on just two Blu-rays, which means the video can often look a bit compressed and not much more impressive than a good-looking DVD. Had both of these problems been addressed (or had a few extras been included -- there are none), this might be a better collection. As it is, this one's just...OK.