A-Ha: Ending On A High Note - The Final Concert
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Live at Oslo Spektrum December 4th 2010
01 The Sun Always Shines On TV
02 Move To Memphis
03 The Blood That Moves the Body
04 Scoundrel Days
05 The Swing of Things
06 Forever Not Yours
07 Stay On These Roads
08 Manhattan Skyline
09 Hunting High And Low
10 We're Looking For The Whales
11 Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
12 Crying In The Rain
13 Minor Earth Major Sky
14 Summer Moved On
15 I've Been Losing You
16 Foot Of The Mountain
17 Cry Wolf
19 The Living Daylights
20 Take On Me
- Bildformat : 1.78:1
- Produkten har slutat tillverkas : Nej
- Produktens mått : 0.3 x 1.5 x 1 cm; 18.14 Gram
- Artikelnummer : MSE952646
- Medieformat : Import
- Körtid : 1 timme och 33 minuter
- Utgivningsdatum : 11 April 2011
- Språk : Engelska (PCM Stereo), Engelska (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Universal/Music/DVD
- ASIN : B004LZRSBY
- Antal skivor : 1
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The release here of the end of the tour in, naturally enough, Oslo promises much.
The intro. see's a darkened arena lit by blue neon & laser and immediately the extra crispness of Blu Ray is highlighted with just a little shimmering of the light here and there. The sound of the audience surrounds the listener but quite subtly as left & right keyboard effects follow the band doing the usual 'heroic slo-mo' walk to the stage. Once the lights go up the sharp detail is evident everywhere and on occasion can be pretty unforgiving at showing just how many years it's been since 'Hunting high & low' was first released & the band were as popular as pin ups as for their music.
The opening track, 'The sun always shines on TV' is a little lacklustre, no surprise here, I remember the Nottingham concert took about 3 tracks to get going and here is no different with both the band & the audience not being fully warmed up until around track 4, 'Scoundrel days',. From here on in things motor along far more freely & less stiffly with vocals being stretched further and a stronger presence from the keyboard.
However it has to be said that while nicely detailed and deftly handling the old surround problem of where to place the audience sound & just how loud should they be, the surround mix fails to completely sparkle. The main problem is that the drums are far too recessed in the mix and so the driving rhythm is missing.The echo of the arena is not cancelled out enough in the sound edit and leaves things too lightweight. While earth shattering low frequency was unlikely this really doesn't ever get the sub. going and while it is fine on the quieter tracks it is unlikely to get anyone on their feet during faster & more pop oriented songs. Vocals are clear and centred nicely.
The picture is very good with primary colours lighting up the stage as the light show flicks away above the band. One regret is that more of the display cannot be seen. The visuals displayed on the screen were excellent, especially during 'Take on me' and the slow retrospective. Unfortunately too much of this would have spoilt the 'live' atmosphere but an optional 'angle' that showed the display would have been nice and not really too much to ask. A bit of a missed opportunity really.
The director gets things just about spot on. All the usual 'live' pitfalls are avoided, too much gawping at the audience, ridiculous angles, stupid effects, seeing what's going on backstage during the concert,(who cares?), and the headache inducing handi-cam are all dumped in the bin and this is so much better for it.
The concert track listing is different from the UK and sadly there is only 1 track from the excellent 'foot of the mountain' album, (the title track). The belting live version of 'Bandstand' seen in the UK was sadly chopped from this.
The Blu Ray itself has a low key menu that seems more like a DVD one.
The extras are a 15 minute last concert documentary and a photo gallery.
Audio is either stereo or DTS HD 5.1.
There are a lot of subtitles to choose from. French, Spanish, German, Norwegian, Russian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese & Latin American Spanish.
For the fans this is a pleasant enough farewell. I'm just left feeling that with only a little more effort this could have been so much more. Why no proper retrospective? The picture is top drawer but surely the sound is vital for a concert so why has this been mixed in such a lacklustre fashion?
There are times when I despair at the lazy approach that some companies have to Blu-Ray. There is so much potential but they just can't be bothered.
The picture, direction & editing and ease of use are all 5*. The extras & especially the sound are barely 3*.
For a band that has lasted so well and has such a large & faithful following both they & their fans had a right to expect better than this.
People underestimate this band. Beyond the Alan Partridge jokes, these guys are really first rate musicians and song writers. The band sing their best material - the hits and great album tracks from the Sun Always Shines to Hunting High and Low, The Living Daylights and, of course, Take on Me. I hope they re-unite because they have a chemistry and atmosphere that is hard to beat.
Morten Harkett has a great falsetto voice and he is still very much a bit of a heart throb in his early fifties - he looks twenty years younger. I would totally recommend this blu-ray to any one who likes this great band and if you were not too sure, give it a try. They are not AC|DC or Bon Jovi - they don't sweat and swear or swagger like Jagger but there is a commanding style to their music. I must admit it - I love A-ha and hope they get back together again in the next few years.
Everything was done to a grand scale and lavish design; their live versions of their songs were amazingly crafted and well executed. The three performers were awesome and gave this concert all they had to offer, they really did put their hearts, minds and souls into their performance and their dedication and commitment shows.
If you are new to a-ha or have been a lifelong follower of a-ha then this bluray version of "Ending On A High Note - The Final Concert" is for you, it's something you can enjoy time and time again. I highly recommend this product.
And what an awesome dvd it is. For any A-ha fan this is a must. It is a fantastic recording of a memorable concert, that shows that even 25 or more years on from those early songs Morten can still hit all those notes just as well as he ever could. The music is great, the singing is great, it's a truly superb send off for this great band. Highly recommended.