For anyone who’s a concert blu-ray collector like myself, or just a Doobies fan, I’ll try to give my take of their Live At Wolf Trap BD that came out today. Recorded at Wolf Trap Performing Arts in Virginia, 2004. Most of the notable characters are present, but no Michael MacDonald which, on a personal note, was fine with me. It’s a 23 song set, the lack of White Sun the only song I really missed. The first song is Rockin’ Down The Highway with the intro being a motorcycle running through the 5.1 system at random, very cool.
So just a little about the sound and video: both are stellar. Concerts on blu-ray I find to be hit or miss, mostly miss actually, when it comes to the video presentation. Many are set up with the live audience in mind, and sometimes don’t come off well to the camera’s eye (the dreaded “stage bathed in blue light” comes to mind). This one is certainly nothing like that, the stage is very well lit and I found the PQ to be excellent on my Panny plasma. One more thing about the video portion; the editing is well done, and you don’t have to watch through a stroke inducing camera change every 1.5 seconds.
The sound is also top notch. 11 in the band that night in all, including 3 in the horn section. The guitar work is just phenomenal, and the LFE gets a nice workout with the kick drum and bass guitar. Harmonies on “Black Water” are as great as I remember and are reproduced here flawlessly. Sound options are a default LPCM stereo track and an awesome DTS-MA 5.1 track.
Rare to find a concert with video AND audio both this good. Lots of interviews as well. Eagle Rock does a good job, mostly, with concert BDs and this is certainly one of their better ones, even though it was delayed a couple of times. Also available in DVD, btw. I paid $14.99 in Canada for it today, I consider it “well bought”. Hope this might help someone who’s interested