Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Bad Company in Concert Merchants of Cool|
Actor: Bad Company
Director: Michael Drumm
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 08/23/2005
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Solid rock from Paul Rodgers and the boys
Rezaul Hasan Laskar | New Delhi, India | 10/17/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Merchants Of Cool" is a pretty cool DVD that combines video from two concerts staged by the new look Bad Company during their 2002 tour of the US.
I say new look because the band on this DVD comprises vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke from the original Bad Co line-up with bassist Jaz Lochrie and guitarist Dave "Bucket" Colwell filling in for original members Boz Burrell and Mick Ralphs.
Lochrie and Colwell are both great musicians but they aren't a patch on Burrell and Ralphs, whose distinctive guitaring style is sorely missed here.
Despite this, this is a rock solid concert video featuring the best known songs from the Bad Co catalogue - you have the hits like "Bad Company", "Ready For Love", "Can't Get Enough" and "Feel Like Makin' Love" mixed up with lesser known cuts like "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and "Seagull" - plus a few tracks from the band Free like the famous sing along anthem "All Right Now" and "Wishing Well" (for which the band is joined by Slash and Neal Schon). Rounding off things is the video for a new song from Bad Company called "Joe Fabulous".
But it is a bit distracting that the DVD mixes up footage from two separate shows at the Paramount Theatre in Denver and the Grove Of Anaheim at Anaheim that were recorded in January 2002. Rodgers' decision to get the crowd to sing along on a few tracks is a bit annoying too.
On the plus side, Mr Paul Rodgers does possess probably the best blues vocal chords ever, and he is in great form on all the songs. Kirke's drumming can only be described in one word - powerhouse.
The footage is nice and sharp, with no bleeding of colours but the video is non-anamorphic widescreen. On the audio end of things, you get Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and two great surround tracks - Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS - with very nice low end for the subwoofers. This is one DVD you'll enjoy watching at loud volumes!
The DVD has a nice selection of extras - including a text biography of Bad Company, track-by-track comments over a few pages of text, interviews with the musicians a section on "Famous Friends" that has members of bands like Foreigner, Journey and Styx telling us why they like Bad Company so much.
There's also a easter egg - on the special features menu, highlight "Web Links" and press left on the remote. This will take you to the hidden track "Saving Grace" recorded by Bad Company with Neal Schon plus some rehearshal footage for the same cut."
Still One of the best !
GLENN LEVY | Chicago | 08/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well I was not sure what to expect from this new version of the band without Mick Ralphs, but I must say they were as good as I have ever heard them here. I have seen the band twice, once in their hayday and once a few years ago.Paul Rodgers was in top form sounding bluesy and soulful as ever. The sound and video production were top flight, really what a concert DVD should be. The song selection could not have been better in my opinion, every single classic song was played in this show, I was as happy with this DVD as I have been in a while with any DVD. If your a BAD COMPANY FAN in any way shape or form get this DVD, even if you never really heard them and you love rock and roll give this one a try!"
Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers !
M. Best | Montgomery, Alabama United States | 12/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember the excellent music of FREE and Bad Company from years ago, but had not heard of anything new since the demise of the FIRM. Then, I saw Simon Kirke on one of Ringo Starr's wonderful shows, and he was every bit as good as he had been in my memories! I searched, and found this DVD of the newly reformed Bad Company, and bought it quickly! Paul Rodgers may be the best rock vocalist to ever grace the airwaves, but I believe he is at his best with Kirke providing the solid, "rock steady" foundation. This is what you get on this DVD! They do "Wishing Well" & "All Right Now" in conjuction to the magnificent Bad Company Hits. Mick Ralphs isn't here, but another guitarist fills in for him well enough. I like the new bassist, and have just played this DVD over, and over, again! The show presented here is wonderful, with Rodgers displaying a marvelous "frontman" skill along with his voice. This type of performance is the kind that really comes across well with DVD technology. The DVD has many special features, including a "hidden" song,(though I have not found it yet), and interviews with "friends" including Tommy Shaw from STYX, the Jabo Stokes Jive Rockets Band, and the Damm Yankees. I hope the hidden song is either "Fire & Water", or "My Brother Jake" from the FREE days, but regardless, this DVD is WELL WORTH the purchase!!"
They are great!
Michael Drumm | Denver, Co USA | 05/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I'm a little biased--I had the distinct honor of Directing this DVD project. We got the opportunity to go in-depth with the band--lots of cool special features. However the real highlight is the music. Culled from two performances, the band is in incredible form, and Paul Rodgers has never sounded better. And they play ALL THE HITS. On top of all that, everyone says they love the quality of the video coverage, and the audio, both the stereo and 5.1 mixes are great. Finally a longform of a band that truely deserves one."