Average sound and vision, peerless performer.
T. Messer | BLACKBURN, VICTORIA Australia | 09/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There is no question that the sound and vision on this DVD release is below average. "Two Against Nature" it ain't. However, if, like me, you regard Bruce Hornsby as one of the finest composers and performers in any idiom of the past 25 years, you will enjoy this DVD for what it is: a record of a great band at the peak of its powers. The concert was recorded in Koln, Germany sometime after the release of "A Night on the Town". The majority of the songs are taken from that recording. Koln, of course, was the setting for a famous Keith Jarrett release on ECM. Horsnby dedicates "Another Day" to Leon Russell. And that about sums things up: a cross between "Leon Live" and "The Sun Bear Concerts", with a dash of bluegrass and country for good measure. Forget the audio quality (which is tolerable rather than execrable) and enjoy 90 minutes of superb music, beautifully crafted and flawlessly played."
Bruce's account of this show...
S. P. Twining | Newcastle, UK | 03/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was lucky to chat with Bruce about this show. It was filmed for German TV, and he said that the band before his (I don't recall who) just put the crowd into a bored stupor. You can even see it in their faces as the shows starts.By the time Bruce and co took to the stage, this crowd had already been on their feet for hours, and so he saw it as something of a challenge to get them going again. They deliberately started with an up tempo Night on the Town, and pretty much maintained that pace throughout.The picture quality (it's very dark in there) and some surreal camera angles take away from the DVD slightly, but you wouldn't expect that to detract from the music. It doesn't.Now can we have something more recent?!?"