Supertramp: Live In Paris (1979)
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Now, a Blu-Ray (and DVD) has been released of the classic Supertramp performances from Paris in December of 1979 called Supertramp Live in Paris 1979.
The film was shot and recorded in December of 1979 in Paris, France at the Pavillion on the penultimate night of the band's Breakfast in America European tour. Supertramp Live in Paris is a superb concert film, capturing the band at the peak of their popularity when co-leader/guitarist/singer/keyboard player/songwriter Roger Hodgson was still with the group. When you consider that the possibility of Hodgson returning to Supertramp these days very doubtful, Paris becomes an extremely important live document of the classic lineup of the band, indeed. This concert film had been fabled for years and no footage had been officially released (aside "The Logical Song" and "Dreamer" as promo films) it wasn't until the master tapes of the December 1, 1979 performance were discovered in drummer Bob Siebenberg's barn in cow dung. Then longtime producer Peter Henderson and old concert sound engineer Russell Pope (whom produced the original album) painstakingly restored and transferred the audio from analog to digital and brilliantly mixed the audio. Then Peter Clifton (the same man who finished Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same after Joe Massot bailed) salvaged the footage shot by Derek Burbidge (who filmed much of The Police's promo videos in the day) and added some bits to round out the film. What is available is a superb document of the classic Supertramp lineup.Read more ›
I was wandering through my local "The Warehouse" store in Auckland today and caught a glimpse of the DVD cover in the rack. The Paris Live concert was there for $18.99 NZ and I saw that it was a 1979 concert that had gone through some degree of restoration. The track listing was impressive and I said to myself - "you have to have it".
One of the early reviewers has summed it up pretty well in saying that for its age, the video and audio quality are surprisingly good. The picture fills the entire screen of my HD TV (ie. not a 4:3 ratio picture). The long distance shots may be a bit grainy but there are not many of these and the lighting for the close up shots is very good which provides favourable conditions for the older cameras to capture a nice clear picture (but do not expect HD quality of course).
I have the 1981 Journey "Escape" concert and the mid 80's Dire Straits "Alchemy" concert and the picture and sound quality of the Supertramp "Paris" concert is better than these, the video is certainly better.
For those who have a good home theatre system, you will get a nice thump from the drums through the sub. There is a full band for this concert (unlike Roger's later concert with just himself and the saxophonist).
The big hits from the "Breakfast In America" concert sound very much like the CD (the "Child Of Vision" song has a slightly different arrangement when it gets to the long instrumental second half) and overall, this DVD had me spellbound in the chair!
I was really impressed to hear and see the ten minute long "Fool's Overture". This was terrific to see live.Read more ›
The quality of the video and audio is quite simply stunning for something this old,a few of the long distance shots can be a little grainy, but this is probably due to the limitations of the original source tapes,didn't spoil the show at all for me though i have to say,the producers have really worked miracles and many long hours i'd guess in restoring the footage from the original source tapes.
The concert itself is the holy grail for us long suffering supertramp fans, just one dvd of the band(the story so far) to keep us going along with a bootleg or two over many years.
Most of supertramps greatest songs are performed fantasticaly well on december 1st 1979 for this dvd,the original paris album was mainly pulled from the 29th november show a few days earlier, so here we actually get to hear a show we've really never heard before, which i thought was a real bonus, obviously it sounds very similar to the origanal cd being from the same paris venue.
The whole band are so tight and look to really be enjoying the themselves on stage, shame thats not the case anymore, but never mind all that.
I love the close up footage of the members all effortlessly reproducing their music live,they are all multi instrumentalists and the sound they create on stage is unbelievably close to the original recordings, sometimes it sounds even better to my ears.
Anyway not much else to say but go and get yourself a copy, go home turn the lights down and let youself be transported back in time to a time when supertramp really were the biggest band in the world,cue the harmonica....
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Hard to believe this band was this good live. Highly recommended.Published 9 days ago by Christico1
Absolutely a repeat watch. Great in close shots and multi camera views. Audio is hi-fi. The group is great in concert. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Hal Schlesinger
Excellent. The only reason I can't give 5 stars is that technology has improved so much since then, that even though it is an easy to see watch, the quality of the film is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul A. Klinger