Yngwie Malmsteen: Live at Budokan
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Now, the good. This is Yngwie at full throttle in 1994. The entire DVD is mostly him and the singer, which is great on both counts. This video is a guitarist's dream. It has lots and lots of up close Yngwie - you can clearly see and enjoy his technique. Forget the left hand - he frets like the rest of us mortals. I believe his technique hinges on his right hand. I've NEVER seen such economy of motion in my life (I'm 55). This is must-have Yngwie in all his glory. He gets a little full of himself, especially toward the end, but he certainly deserves it.
Also, the sound of this DVD is perfect - no problems whatsoever. Especially considering that it's probably run off from VHS type technology.
Bonus - there's some things not on the playlist. Like Yngwie playing AND singing Hendrix' Red House - what a gas!
22 tracks in the listening tracks included the opening , 3 intreviews , drum solo , guitar solo , keyboard solo , drums solo and 1 bonus -studio clip " forever one" = only 14 live tracks from 1984 - 1993 performed live at budokan (1994) .
great sound dvd for pcm stereo .
malmsteen - all guitars
mike vescera - vocals
mats olansson- keboards
barry sparks - bass
mike terrana- drums
track listening: toccata ,never die, bedroom eyes, rising force, bad blood , pyramid of cheops, seventh sign, you don't remember i'll never forget, brothers, crash and burn, heaven tonight, black star, i'll see the light tonight.
this dvd release for malmsteens fan only! if you are a great fan ,and need it for your collection buy it. ( malmsteen live 1998 is better but it has bad sound production , live at budokan sounded better for pcm stereo ).
Basically, I already knew it'd be a great show and probably sound very good. But when I actually watched the show, I was floored! This DVD's quality is awesome. I couldn't be more pleased. I watched mine through my PS3 and HD tv. You can tell that the dvd wasn't made this year but it was extremely good considering its age. There are lots of close-ups of Yngwie playing and lots of different angles. It was well-done. I really have no complaints...even though Yngwie uses a bit of the fog machine for shows, it wasn't a problem. No complaints. But had this dvd been made today with our current standards of angles sound and video quality etc, this dvd would get a 7 or 8 out of 10 still.
As for audio, it sounds perfect...must be from the master sound board. Also, Its loud even on 14....sometimes I need to put regular DVDs on 20-25 to get them loud enough, especially concert dvds, so the sound is very good as well.
Also, Yngwie plays tons of songs on the DVD, not all are listed.
Overall, this video is the next best thing to seeing him live! I can't wait till next tour. Yngwie is the very best living guitar player today...or is at least equal to the very best living players today.
If this DVD was lost, stolen or damaged I'd definitely buy another.
Whatever the truth of that matter this is a pretty live document of all that is good and bad about Yngwie Malmsteen. At 1:47 you are getting your moneys worth and that includes a few snippets of interviews with the man himself. It is a little weird to have the concerte interrupted by interview footage so normally I just skip through it to concentrate on the music. The stage show here is fairly stripped back and workmanlike. But then this isn't KISS is it... Beyond that the sound quality seems OK and the fact you have Michael Vescera singing on this is hugely helpful. His performance seems so effortless it is a shame he hasn't found a vehicle that was more financially rewarding.
Anyway, Yngwie is the centrepiece here and the camera follows him relentlessly. Which is fair enough I suppose but it does make it a little different from so many of your other concert DVD's that it can get a little weird. His playing is of course superb and while many of his songs (especially the latter years) may not exactly be barnstormers the set list here is pretty good. Alas not as much from the rather brilliant Trilogy or Marching Out albums but one must move on I suppose!
Beyond all the above the packaging on my copy is pretty minimal, a rather 'pirated copy' level of presentation though mine did come with a bonus video clip to the song Forever One. No inner booklet etc at all.Read more ›
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its obviously burned from vhs to dvd picture s---- audio is just as bad. learned a lesson on this one!!!!!Published on December 17, 2012 by william OBrien, no good
This dvd starts out with a bang and does not stop. Very entertaing from start to end. Yngwie is without a doubt the best guitarist ever. Good song selections newer and classic. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by TerryA
I am not a journalist, I am a musician and a fan of all things hard rock and heavy metal. This DVD has great sound and footage. Sure, no menu page. Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by Scott Barton
Mike Vescera is freaking awesome to watch but towards the end of the show his voice gets annoying and he has NO CHARISMA - looks like he got sick of the tour already. Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by Josh Morty
The show is great but this DVD lacks menu and a proper intro. The good news for me is some unnecesary stuff in between the songs have been removed. Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by Hoshang Haris
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