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UB40

Live at Montreux 2002 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

There's a lot going for this DVD. First off, there really aren't any dogs in the Montreux DVD collection. All of this are at least very good and many are spectacular. This one falls into the latter category. Secondly, you really can't miss with UB40. Their blend of rock and reggae has generated a lot of hits – and for good reason. The truth is, though, as this DVD attests, the group is best live. Their performance here is nothing short of incredible. They are purely on fire as they work their way through some of their best known material. The group seem to be having a great time and that translates into a killer show for the audience (both those in attendance and those checking it out now in the comfort of their living room). While most acts at Montreux work with a stripped down stage set, these guys pull out all the stops with staging and lights. That means that this DVD is a “must have.” Mind you, pick up the CD, too – for when you don't have video available, but you can only fully enjoy this show by seeing it. Both the video and audio quality on this one are nearly top-notch. All in all this is a great release for fans of the band and those who haven't had the chance to check them out in depth before. While it would have been nice to have some bonus features, this thing is strong enough that that is just a minor quibble. I'd have to say that this is one of the best of the series (if not the absolute best).

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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