"I had heard "Meet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter" many times on the radio, but didn't understand how fantastic some of the lessor known songs were until I saw Train in concert. These guys are awesome players, and their melodies and lyrics are fantastic. I haven't been this excited about a band in a long time. This DVD has the best of the best. Great choice of songs and the performances are excellent. A previous reviewer mentioned that the vocals do not come from the center channel, and I agree that the vocals could be a bit clearer, but it still doesn't detract from this being my favorite music DVD I own. Buy this DVD!"
Great performance, Poor sound quality.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all I have the first and second CD's of Train. I have just about "worn out" the CD's with repeated playing so I do love the material. First the positives about this DVD release. You get 17 songs most of which are from the "Drops of Jupiter" CD. The major songs from the first album are included as well. There is also the cover of Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On". This rousing version alone would justify the purchase of the DVD! The concert itself is in Train's hometown of San Francisco. The band comes across as very appreciate of the success they have experienced. The energy of the band is captured nicely.
Now the not so good: The sound and picture quality are to say the least lacking. The picture is not typical of the better concert DVD's out there. The Eagles, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac are all good examples of what the picture and sound can and should be. The image quality of this concert comes across as very "VHS like". The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1. The first thing I noticed was the sound was very strident. The mids and lows tend to be very lacking. Even after tinkering with the tone controls I was unable to "fix" the sound. The center channel while active is only minimally used. Its primary purpose is to provide ambient concert sounds. No vocals come from the center channel. Overall the sound I would only rate as average and that is being generous.
In closing if you are a fan you have to of course get the DVD. It is a very good summary of their work to date. It is unfortunate that greater care was not taken with producing a better looking and sounding DVD."
Train: Midnight Moon
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great concert filmed at the Warfield in San Francisco in May of 2001. You won't go wrong buying this DVD, especially if you are a huge Train fan like me. There are also Bio's on all the band members, a Bonus video of Drops of Jupiter and footage of the band around San Francisco."
Run for this TRAIN
R. Green | Denver, CO | 01/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a lot of mixed thoughts regarding "Midnight Moon". First off, the track selection is excellent. It includes all your favorites including one of the best Zeppelin covers, "Ramble On". Go Rob! "Mississippi" was very smooth and really exemplifies Pat's crisp vocals. In terms of tightness and precision, I have to say that Drops of Jupiter hit the mark. The band was on from beginning to end on this one. Well, it has been performed hundreds and hundreds of times, so therefore it should sound perfect. It did. About halfway through the gig, I was starting to get worried. Why? I thought maybe the band should've mixed things up a bit. Some of the songs seemed to straight and narrow for my tastes. I know the band has a lot of potential and is capable of incorporating a brand new funk or hip-hop sound with more drum solos or more band member solos into the overall groove. By the time Train played "Free" the band was warmed up and in sync 100%. Pat portrayed his percussion talent and let the fans know what Train is really about. Sound: 7.5/10. Sound quality is very tempermental and individualistic in terms of playback. As a listener, one must sit down and make adjustment after adjustment to find the right mix. It takes time. Some of have a good ear for this stuff and of course some of us don't. The 5.1 helped out greatly. I have a decent set-up but its not much. I'm sure if I plug this DVD into a major professional system, it will sound better. I do understand where some of the previous viewers are coming from. The sound is a little sterile at times. Where are those extreme highs? I've watched many music DVDS and VHS recordings and have to say that this is pretty good, but certainly not the best. Check out Sting's "Brand New Day" DVD or PF's Pulse or Gabriel's "POV"(VHS) and you'll see the difference. The visuals: 7/10. CMV is excellent. They produced PF's show in 1994 which in my opinion is the greatest live show ever. I would have prefered additional live backstage coverage and more instrumental shots of band memebers on stage. The camera captured the front man without a doubt. I gave it five stars because of how far this band has come in six years and the fact that they had the guts to go out and produce a DVD. Alright, I've made my point, so now go out and buy the DVD and see for yourself. An opinion is only an opinion."
5.1 Digital Sound?
R. Strom | Champaign, Illinois USA | 01/09/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I really like Train and enjoyed this live DVD, but had problems with the 5.1 audio. There were no vocals coming from the center channel which seemed unusual to me. I'm so used to hearing voices coming from the center channel that it was very distracting to hear the bongos one moment and then another instrument later. Very strange! I'm not sure if this is normal for concert 5.1 mixes, but I was very distracted and dissapointed. Otherwise it was a great show."