Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Best evidence of Sassy Live
joesezso | Forest Hills, NY | 06/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since Sassy's death in 1990, it's been obvious that we did not have all that much domestic video evidence of her singing mastery. If she appeared on a U.S. network show, she got to do one song (as on the Perry Como appearances); if she was on a syndicated event, there might be 3 or 4 songs, but those items were almost impossible to find in decent, clear video and audio.
There were a couple of splendid Public TV items in the later years, but nothing really clued you in to what was so special and irreplaceable about this lady.
The release of this Prague 1978 concert makes up for all of that. This has exactly the feel and the pace of one of her late 1970s concerts, and the video and audio are at times shockingly clear for nearly 30 year old material. Thanks to whoever was responsible for cleaning this concert material up visually and aurally and rereleasing it.
It's still appalling that American video sources for Sassy by comparison are meager, and the sound tinny. They just paid more attention to the presentation of all kinds of music on European television, and weren't afraid to give you more than 5 minute bite sized pieces of a performer.
Right now this concert has no competition as a Best of Sassy DVD, or Most Like Sassy Live compendium."
P. Bosch | switzerland | 03/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although the quality of the video/sound is far from optimum, it remains an unavoidable "date" with the "Divine". Her "opera.like" performance of "Smoke...eyes" is a blast!!"
C. M. Smallegange | 09/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just bought the European version of this DVD, image is quite acceptable. And the music is just great, off course..."
Very Bad Image Quality
SergioV | 08/19/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
The image quality of this DVD is HORRIBLE!!. I own the VHS version and this one has a much better image. Impro-Jazz did not care at all about the quality of this DVD, they just make a very bad copy of the VHS.
In spite of that, this is is a very good concert; Sarah Vaughan is a great vocalist and she sings magnificently all the songs of this program."