Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Live in Tokyo|
Actor: Juno Reactor
Director: Juno Reactor................
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Attending a Juno Reactor show isnt like going to a concert, its experiencing a whole new concept in performances with a concoction of music, lighting, and live action. Those that let the opportunity to catch Juno Reactor ... more »
Worth getting for the Juno Reactor Fan
oldtaku | San Diego, CA United States | 07/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While watching most techno groups live is quite a boring experience other than the sound and the 'screensavers' (and I'm looking at you Orbital and Crystal Method, even though I love your music), Juno Reactor Live in Tokyo is a great show thanks to the involvement of South African drum group Amampondo. All the drums are live, quite a few of the vocals are live, and even some intstruments are live. It's quite amazing to see the frentic drumming, and the occasional bit of acrobatics keeps things going. Furthermore, all the songs have been changed up a little bit (or a lot), so you shouldn't be bored even if you've listened to them a thousand times already.
On the bad side, the production values aren't very good - the video is slightly muddy and grainy (even when they're not applying special effects), the computer graphics are pretty primitive, and though the rest of the sond is pretty good, the low bass isn't as good as it could be - and bass is a pretty important part of Juno Reactor. These are the reasons I'm only giving the disk 4 out of 5 instead of 5 out of 5.
But if you're a Juno Reactor fan you really do need to get this. I don't think you'll be bored by 'best of' syndrome. This was out of print, I had it on order at Amazon for TWO YEARS, but they hung in there and got it to me now that it's available again. Get it while you can!
For the general interest of fans (after reading the other reviews) I'll mention that the guy in the pink shirt you see who occasionally plays the guitar is Ben Watkins - he pretty much IS Juno Reactor, though you'll find other people like Mike Macguire and Johann Bley showing up again and again to collaborate on albums (and Stephen Holweck for older stuff, he was the other founding member). The rest of the people you see on stage are just temporary members for the Shango CD and tour.
Vocal and Drums
Feel the Universe
God is God
Biot Messiah (and Encore)
Masters of the Universe
So THAT is Juno Reactor.
E. Yarbrough | Sierra Vista, AZ United States | 05/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Just got the tokyo version for the DVD from their label, metropolis records. I had no problem playing it R1 NTSC. I knew that Juno had awesome rhythm, I guess my old assumption was that complex looping was handled by computer. This DVD changed all that. It is really astonishing to see. You can see them all working in amazing complex harmony. Drum heaven. The missing star is because there is no focus on the crowd, (duh, it's Tokyo hello? Show us the cute crowd at least once.) Also there is some cheesy screen overlap of computer editing like ocean scenes and whooshy stuff. I would prefer to just sit and be a part of the drums, crowd, and performance. This is a must for fans, it provides definition for the group."
The Shango Tour of 2001
marapu | BROOKLYN, NY United States | 10/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have the Japanese version too, got it some years ago. It is a great disc to have because the live performance is really special with the African drummers and percussionists. They are great. The computer animation and effects are on every track and some times the quality of the picture is not so good. Othertimes the effects are pretty nice. So that is why I give it 4 stars. There are also some pictures on the DVD. It is also in 5 channel surround sound....."
Well... the music was good.
Kevin Kelly | Los Angeles, CA USA | 11/17/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"First, the good aspects of the DVD...
The music was good. I like Juno Reactor. It was interesting to hear the slight variations on the songs. Also, it was cool to see the live drummers/vocalists. I'll bet it would have been neato to see live.
On the other hand...
The video on the dvd is poor. Like the reviewer before me, I also noticed that most of the images and sounds were rarely (if ever) synchronized. On top of that, the digital effects looked as though they were made in the early 90s. Very cheesy. Also, they must not have taped many performances because I saw at least two instances of the musicians dropping drumsticks or whathaveyou. Couldn't they have shown anything besides their screw-ups? Also... I hope that Ben Watkins, upon viewing this DVD, realized that he cannot dance and when he bobs around like a nancyboy he detracts from his music. And dancing next to the african dancers makes him look even more awkward in comparison.
STILL... I am glad I saw this DVD. It was pretty cool. However I would not buy it for more than $2 tops."