UB40’s recently released live recording UB40 Live at Montreux 2002 is another enjoyable addition to the ongoing series of releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds. This addition to the companies’ Live at Montreux recordings will impress anyone that is a long-time fan of UB40. Fans will be impressed first and foremost by the extensive set list chosen for this concert. The set list boasts a grand total of twenty-one songs. Among those songs are some of the band’s biggest hits and some that are only slightly less familiar to audiences. The band deserves credit for its extensive set list chosen or this show. It also deserves a certain amount of credit for its on-stage performance in general. Eagle Rock Entertainment deserves just as much credit for continuing to present recordings boasting such high quality audio and video standards. Those high standards and the equally impressive set list collectively show why this is yet another enjoyable addition to Eagle Rock and Montreux Sounds’ Live at Montreux series of recordings.
The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the world. For any artist, group or band to be invited to perform at this elite festival is an honor. It means that said artists, groups and bands must bring their A-game. Fans of UB40 will be glad to know that the band has done just that with this recording. The band’s set list runs twenty-one songs deep, two of which are encores at the show’s very end. The show’s set list includes major hits such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’ and even the band’s famous cover of Elvis’ ‘(I Can’t Help’ Falling In Love With You’ as well as plenty of others. The entire twenty-one song set list runs just over ninety-minutes. Considering that length, it makes twenty-one songs quite the mass of music. And it’s a mass of music that the band’s long-time fans will enjoy every time they put on this recording.
The extensive set list chosen for UB40’s 2002 Montreux performance will impress the band’s long-time fans. That goes without saying. Anyone that has ever attended or watched a live concert will agree that the show’s set list is only one part of the equation. Just as important to the show is the stage presence of the artist, group or band in question. It can be said will full certainty about UB40 that the band’s stage presence in its performance definitely enhanced the show. The whole band kept the energy flowing from beginning to end. Even in its rare slower moments, such as in its two biggest hits, there was still a certain amount of energy exuded by the band. There was so much energy in fact, that even audiences watching this recording for the first time might find themselves getting up off their couches, love seats, beds, or whatever else and moving to the music. It shows that while this show is roughly twelve years old now, the band still had what it took to entertain audiences back then just as it does even now. That stage presence alongside the show’s chosen set list makes the performance all the more enjoyable for anyone that is now or has ever been a UB40 fan. Of course, what would the band’s stage presence and set list be without the show being recorded? That is the last part of what makes this recording enjoyable for the band’s fans.
Audiences today take for granted that every live show ever recorded for public consumption will turn out to be a perfect ten. Sadly, not every live recording ever released is like that. There are those that have shown to have poor quality audio and video mixes. Again though, UB40 is not in that mass with this recording. And neither is Eagle Rock Entertainment. The video and audio mix are quite well balanced throughout the show. Even at the show’s most energetic moments, no one member of the band overpowers the other. And that is thanks to the work of Jean Ristori with MTX Mastering Studio Montreux Sounds. Audiences with home theater systems will equally agree on just how impressive her work was in terms of the recording’s post-production work. Of course, one would be remiss to ignore the work of Eric Glardon for putting the final touch on the work done by the show’s camera crew and director. Glardon wonderfully captured the full experience from both the vantage point of the band and the audience that was in attendance. The transitions from shot to shot and the choice of shots in general add so much depth and feeling to the recording. Audiences will see and hear just how much work was put in by both he and Jean Ristori (and those that originally recorded the concert) to make this recording a reality and all the more worth adding to their own personal libraries.
UB40 Live at Montreux 2002 is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other releases in the Live at Montreux series from Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.