Emerson Lake & Palmer: Live At Montreux 1997 (Blu-ray) 2010 DTS-HD Master Audio


English prog-rock collective Emerson, Lake & Palmer skyrocketed in the 1970's as a Bona-Fide Supergroup, headlining arena's and selling over 40 million records. After a hiatus, keyboardist Keith Emerson (of The Nice), vocalist/bassist Greg Lake (of King Crimson), and drummer Carl Palmer (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) reunited in the early 90s. Just after the release of their Black Moon album, they went on tour and hit up the Montreux Jazz Festival on the way  Audio sample only this is a Live Blu-ray Concert 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Live at Montreux 1997 captures the band during their stop at the famous music festival in 1997, and contains works that were originally recorded between 1970 and 1977. Some of the highlights here are the inspired by Janacek's Sinfonietta "Knife Edge" and "Lucky Man" from the band's debut album, the energetic "Hoedown" from Trilogy, and the terrific combo "Tarkus/Pictures". 

Emerson, Lake and Palmer, known to all as ELP, were progressive rock's first supergroup. Keith Emerson (keyboards) came from The Nice, Greg Lake (guitar, bass & vocals) from King Crimson and Carl Palmer (drums) from Atomic Rooster. Formed in 1970, they were an instant success and went on to have a series of huge selling albums throughout the seventies before splitting up in the early eighties. Reunited in the early nineties they produced a new album, Black Moon, and began to tour again. In 1997 they embarked on a world tour, which included this superb performance at Montreux on July 7. 

TRACK LISTING: 

1) Karn Evil 9 - 1st Impression, Part 2 

2) Tiger In The Spotlight 

3) Hoedown 

4) Touch And Go 

5) From The Beginning 

6) Knife Edge 

7) Bitches Crystal 

8) Creole Dance 

9) Honky Tonk Train Blues 

10) Take A Pebble 

11) Lucky Man 

12) Medley: Tarkus / Pictures At An Exhibition 

13) Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Rondo / Carmina Burana / Carl Palmer's Drum Solo / Toccata In D Minor 

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080i "live" transfer, Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Live At Montreux 1997 arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. 

This is a strong high-definition transfer. Clarity is very good and contrast levels stable throughout the entire show. Mild motion-judder is present but it is never a serious issue of concern; most viewers probably won't notice it at all. The stage lighting is very simple but effective, and there are no serious shadow issues. Occasionally mild background noise pops up here and there, but, again, it is hardly an issue of concern. The camerawork is very good. Finally, I did not see any transfer-related anomalies to report in this review. All in all, this is yet another strong release from Eagle Rock Entertainment that should please fans of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location). 

There are three audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English LPCM 2.0. I opted for the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and later on did a few random comparisons for the purpose of this review.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is good. The bass is pleasing, the rear channels not overly active but effective, and the high-frequencies not overdone. Balance, however, is somewhat problematic. Occasionally the drums feel distant and the vocals not as clear as they should be. The piano solos, however, are crisp and clear, and truly a joy to listen to. The crowd is prominent but never overwhelming. Finally, I did not detect any pops, cracks, or hissings to report in this review. 

I liked the LPCM 2.0 track. During selected songs, such as "Hoewdown" and "Honky Tonk Train Blues", balance is clearly better on it. In terms of dynamics, the gap between the LPCM 2.0 track and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 isn't too big either. Experiment with it and see if you like it.

I tested only two songs with the Dolby Digital 5.1 track, "Touch and Go" and "Lucky Man". Frankly, I prefer the better balance and depth of the LPCM 2.0 track. 

Video

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0 (less) 

Subtitles

None 

(less) 

Discs

25GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region free 

Unavailable

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