Monday, November 14, 2005

McCartney DVD: Warning..may cause dizziness!

Artist: Paul McCartney

Title: Paul McCartney In Red Square

Format: DVD-Video

5.1 Mix By Micheal Brauer

As the commercial says...he's been a Quarryman, A Beatle, a Wing....and so on...Sir Paul McCartney certainly needs no introduction. His career has spanned 5 decades and he shows no sign of slowing down. His latest DVD Video offering is In Red Square, a concert film produced by A&E. I'll be concentrating more on the content and sound quality of the concert than the video quality.

The music: What can be said about the music that hasn't been covered before? McCartney disregards most of his solo material of the last few years in favour of classic Macca and Beatles tunes like Band On The Run, Can't Buy Me Love, Hey Jude and Maybe I'm Amazed. His band members, Paul Wickens (keyboards) , Rusty Anderson (guitars), Abraham Laboriel Jr. (drums), and Brian Ray (guitars) do an admirable job, although Laboriel Jr.'s busy style is a tad much at times. The performances of Beatles classic pretty much stay faithful to the originals, and McCartney is in fine voice.

Score: 9/10

The sound and mix: After watching DVD's such as The Concert For George and Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival, with their incredible sound and excellent 5.1 mixes, this one is a huge letdown. The surround mix is mainly a wider stereo with crowd noise and ambiance in the rears, which is fine...however the sound quality is poor. Muddy and veiled. The drums have no presence at all. The bass is poor. Totally lacking detail. In this day and age there is no excuse for making such a poor sounding DVD.

Score: 5/10

Overall: 7/10

That score is being generous as I didn't even take into consideration the dizzying, annoying editing of the video. The camera spends more time on the crowd and individuals than the band, and when it DOES concentrate on the band, it's for no more than 2 seconds at a time. I was woozy by the time it was over.

One day, we'll get a well made McCartney day.....


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