Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty
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2-DVD set * Total running time 220 minutes - over 3« hours * 20 songs, including all their hits such as "Push," "3 AM," "Bent," "Unwell" and the current smash "Bright Lights" * Filmed in high-definition format with 17 cameras * Bonus features: 50 minute documentary, behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and two songs in multi-angle viewing format * Video presentation: 16 x 9 anamorphic widescreen * Audio options: Dolby ® Digital Stereo, Dolby ® 5.1 Surround Sound, SRS Circle Surround 5.1 Rock sensations Matchbox Twenty have sold over 25 million records, had nine #1 singles, and been nominated for four Grammy® awards. On June 28, 2003, the band gave the show of a lifetime at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Performing hit after hit, they played with the intensity of the multi-platinum artists they are, creating an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of their early club days. Show: A Night In The Life Of Matchbox Twenty captures all the nuances of this stellar live performance in incredible visual and sonic detail.
1 Cold: 4:04
2 Real World: 3:53
3 All I Need: 4:40
4 Soul: 4:56
5 Disease: 3:46
6 Could I Be You: 4:39
7 3 AM: 3:52
8 Mad Season: 4:43
9 Feel: 3:30
10 Hand Me Down: 6:06
11 If You're Gone: 6:29
12 Bright Lights: 4:44
13 Bent: 4:38
14 Unwell: 5:11
15 Back to Good: 5:57
16 Downfall: 5:03
17 You're So Real: 4:17
18 So Sad So Lonely: 4:17
19 Long Day: 4:05
20 Push: 5:43
Taped at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on June 28, 2003, Matchbox Twenty's Show depicts a hard-working rock band in its prime and in its element. The full spectacle of Matchbox Twenty's More Than You Think You Are tour comes across, from the band's world-class lights to its lock-tight playing, recorded and mixed for 5.1-channel surround and shot in gloriously film-like high-definition video under the direction of Hamish Hamilton (Madonna, U2, Jennifer Lopez).
As on record, Matchbox Twenty's acute sensitivity to pop dynamics carries the day, showcasing drummer Paul Doucette's propulsive attacks, lead guitarist Kyle Cook's vocals and fretwork, and the soulful belting of lead singer-songwriter Rob Thomas. (The less said of Thomas's occasional piano playing, the better.) The concert itself is free from interview footage and other distractions, and the 45-minute documentary included on disc 2 is candid and focused, revealing the effort required to mount and execute an arena tour.
Dolby Digital 5.1 is the best way to hear the concert, even if you collapse it to stereo, as the Dolby 2.0 tracks are marred by matrixed SRS Circle Surround 5.1 encoding. The presence of the SRS processing is confusing, given the superior Dolby-only sound and the broad household penetration of Dolby-based AV receivers. Alas, there's no DTS surround mix (as advertised in print) or CD-quality PCM stereo mix. --Michael Mikesell
- Tracks: Cold, Real World, All I Need, Soul, Disease, Could I Be You, 3 AM, Mad Season, Feel, Hand Me Down, If You're Gone, Bright Lights, Bent, Unwell, Back to Good, Downfall, You're So Real, So Sad So Lonely, Long Day, Push
- 50-minute documentary
- Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
- Two songs in multi-angle viewing format
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The live performance was tight and the sound quality is superb.
All good songs, even a few I would describe as great songs.
Interesting documentary on disc 2 gives a bit of insight into the personalities and mindsets of the individual musicians.
Overall a great tour to back up what I consider to be their third and final good studio album.
I recently listened to the 2012 "North" album, and discovered that the passion, energy, and soul of MB20 is no more.
If you are a true fan, you will love this 2 DVD set.
It is Classic MB20 at their very best.
I paid like $3.98 total with shipping! It was brand new and still sealed in original packaging. It was the best money I have spent on Amazon. I know I will watch this often!!!
The second disc is fun, the documentary is close up and candid, very funny at times and gives you a great glimpse into the "traveling circus". I am amazed at the sheer scope of each concert and tour, but the best part remains the guys at the center of it all. And make sure you stick around through all the credits so you don't miss out on the extra footage at the end. The whole thing seems just like it's described in the booklet:
"...What I [Gillian Grisman, Director] discovered about Matchbox Twenty, was that not only are they extraordinarily talented musicians, but they are some of the most hilarious, sincere, caring and down-to-earth guys I've ever met. All I really had to do was roll tape."
The lyrics section is handy: the words scroll up the screen and are easy to read -- since the "More Than You Think You Are" CD didn't list the lyrics there were some songs I went to right away to confirm or correct how I was hearing them! On the other hand, the photo gallery is in black and white and doesn't compare to what you see anyway in the documentary.
Now, I personally would have liked them to also include some music videos from their three albums as a bonus, since I'm rather fond of music videos and have a hard time getting ahold of MB20 ones. (You /can/ find some on their official website /if/ your connection can handle video streaming.) But all in all, I think any time you buy something from MB20 you're getting a quality product and a great show, and this no exception.
This DVD really highlights several things for me (as a newbie of this band):
- Rob Thomas is a truly soulful, emotional singer with an astounding vocal depth who is able to rock the stadium with his strong, gritty voice, but also to bring tenderness to the simply brilliant "If you're gone" track with Kyle on the guitar
- Rob Thomas is a truly remarkable songwriter who is able to convey simple but meaningful themes of every day life in songs through melodies and words that just work!
- Kyle Cook's guitar skills are up there. You can see he really knows what he's doing, and he sounds awesome.
- Paul Doucette is a real creative powerhouse, and his vision for the lighting for the concert really made a difference to the vibe and enjoyment of the show for all.
- Adam Gaynor and Brian Yale were the other band members, but apart from playing their respective instruments during the concert, I could'nt tell what other contributions they made.
Overall, I really enjoyed this DVD. The music from their CDs really came alive with this performance for me. Rob clearly can sing live, not like some artists who are less than impressive outside of a controlled recording studio.
Kudos to Matchbox Twenty. Long live Matchbox Twenty.