Sunday, October 12, 2008

Under A Blu-Ray Sky : U2 Live At Red Rocks

You need this. Not because the picture has been regraded (whatever that means). Not because the sound has been remastered in 5.1 surround (I can't really tell on my stereo). No, you need it because unless you have an old VHS (or beta) copy lying around you haven't seen this in years if at all. This is a band at it's live peak. I saw them on this tour at the Worcester Centrum and it was so good I vowed never to see them again. That also may have something to do with the fact that I never bought an album after War until All That You Can't Leave Behind. Live At Red Rocks actually looked better on VHS back when TVs weren't made for high definition and you didn't notice the flaws in the film. Bono's singing is great, his dancing not so, but the real star of this show is The Edge and the sounds from his guitars. It's a blast to watch him switch from piano to guitar seamlessly throughout Sunday Bloody Sunday. 2003's U2 Go Home: Live At Slane Castle DVD would have been a worthy sequel to this but the camera's don't show Edge's guitar for more than a second at a time. Too bad. That leaves this DVD as the definitive document, a band seemingly unaware of how great it was...yet. Be warned the picture isn't fantastic, but the music is.

buy it now

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