Yngwie Malmsteen: Far Beyond the Sun
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This item changes availability often. Sometimes it show up for $23 US and sometimes for significantly more. Wait for it to show up at the lower price. It's a single disk DVD, no inserts or extra stuff inside but the shows are well worth the price.
Anyway, this is sheer nostalgy. First, in the 1985 Japanese show, we have Jeff Scott Soto singing at the top of his lungs. Man, this guy can sing! At the Lenignrad show, we have Joe lynn Turner also at the top and Yngwie playing like never.
Well, if this the cheap and dishonest way the record company decided to release the Leningrad concert, one must buy it...
The first thing that struck me was the amazing front cover artwork. I could sit down and watch the cover for hours. The menu artwork is inspired by the front cover artwork. Everytime you click on a menu item, the artwork animates, disappears and another artwork appears as the background to the submenu. The artwork on this DVD is simply brilliant and tastefully done.
The DVD itself is made of two of Malmsteen's most flamboyant live recorded concerts: Live in Japan 85 and Live In Leningrad 89. The first thing that amazes me is the audio visual quality. The remastered sound has lost none of it's rawness. I mean when you watch Japan 85, you would have thought that you were attending this concert! There are a few cheesy animation that was done at the time (which was probably cool then) otherwise the image quality is very clear. The band puts on an amazing display of musicianship with Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Marcel Jacob on drums, the Anderson brothers on drums and keyboards and the Master himself on guitars.
On Live In Leningrad, you can tell that Malmsteen has now become more famous than when Japan 85 was recorded. Compared to Japan 85, in Leningrad, Malmsteen has got a huge stage to perform on and has Joe Lynn Turner singing his songs! There is a very elaborate and visual lightshow as well as the fireworks and smoke machine for additional effect. Having a big stage gives the band more space to express themselves and the execution is flawless as usual. The restored image and sound quality has to be heard and seen to be believed.Read more ›
What is a pity, then, is that the producers of this DVD gave you a half assed and truncated melange of Leningrad and then the earlier Japan vid.
What is even more pitiful, though, is that the Live in Japan part of this particular DVD is an unspeakable abortion. Not only are there all kinds of stupid and obtrusive camera and editing tricks that were out of fashion by 1975, parts of this were obviously redone and some of the audience noise sounds like it was dubbed in later, too. The performance itself was okay, but the visual excesses really get in the way.
The trouble with Yngwie back then, and I have seen him live a hell of a lot dating back to his stint in Steeler, is that he would occasionally get way too self indulgent. There was even one performance I saw at Long Beach where his band members were literally looking at each other like, "what the hell is he doing?" That may account for all the post production on this part of the DVD to fix bits where Malmsteen just got too full of himself and they wanted to dial things back to make it more listenable.
So pass on this and buy the complete Live in Leningrad when it becomes available again and also get the Alcatrazz video of their first Japanese tour. Both are wonderful for Malmsteen fans.
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Some of Yngwie's earlier material which got the whole thing rollin'. Obviously awesome and Yngwie never disappoints his audience. Jeff Scott Soto does an incredible job here too..Published on May 22, 2014 by Michael Conners
I don't know enough about previous releases of these performances to have the complaints that others have had. I just have to say that this DVD was even better than I expected. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Ashley Strassel
I think this DVD was great! It was awesome to see Yngwie at his prime, when DVD`s like this might have been rare. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Dallis Wiseman
Perfect... just perfect ... what can i say, Yngwie J. Malmsteen with Joe Lynn Turner together??? in two concerts??? a great DVD that all rockers should have.Published on October 27, 2011 by Jose E. Quintero Sanchez
Going all the back to Alcatrazz classics like Hiroshima Mon Amour and then going forward - all the best known Yngwie (most played anyway) tunes all on 1 DVD. Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by LBloom
I bought this because I can't afford to buy imports of both Live 85 and Leningrad, and I feel it was worth it. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by Adrian
Many songs are missing here comparing it to the original VHS release. That is unforgivable and I dont understand who decided to release such a mediocre DVD. Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by Javier Melendez Fuentes
Many thanks to Universal for bringing these out-of-print classics to DVD.
Although both performances are shorter and dated in concert video production than is the norm... Read more
well it is a very good concerts but the probleme id that live in leningrad is during 50 MN and i had a laserdisc who was during 90MN
so it miss many songs and... Read more