Legends: Live At Montreux 1997 (Blu-ray) 2008 Eric Clapton-Steve Gadd-Joe Sample-Marcus Miller

Legends is one of the most musically accomplished super groups of all time. With Eric Clapton on guitar, Joe Sample of The Crusaders on keyboards, virtuoso saxophone player David Sanborn and super session players Steve Gadd on drums and Marcus Miller on bass, both of whom have done time in Clapton's band, the group's pedigree is extraordinary. Marcus Miller put the Legends band together for a European tour in 1997. 

They never made an album and this concert at Montreux is the only record of their  stunning collaboration. The music is an intoxicating blend of jazz, blues and rock, which gives each of the players a chance to shine but also emphasizes the wonderful chemistry they create as a group.  

TRACK LISTING 1) Full House 2) Groovin' 3) Ruthie 4) Snakes 5) Going Down Slow 6) The Peeper 7) In Case You Hadn't Noticed 8) Third Degree 9) First Song / Tango Blues 10) Put It Where You Want It 11) Shreveport Stomp 12) In A Sentimental Mood / Layla 13) Every Day I Have The Blues

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080i transfer, Legends – Live at Montreux arrives on Blu-ray via Eagle Rock Entertainment. 

Similarly to the recently reviewed Jethro Tull – Live at Montreux, the Blu-ray presentation of Legends is very strong. Detail, as expected, is pleasing, allowing the viewer to notice a great deal of what standard definition presentations of this show are not capable of revealing – from Marcus Miller's firm grip of the bass to Eric Clapton's aging face (you could literally see the pores on his face) to Joe Sample's face twitching as he pours his soul into Shreveport Stomp) to David Sanborn's veins getting ready to explode during Groovin', the HD treatment is indeed spectacular. Furthermore, considering that this is a "live" recording, you will be hard-pressed not to admit how life-like everything appears. I did not detect any macro-blocking either, which often tends to pop up on averagely produced "live" transfers. To sum it all up, this is an expertly produced Blu-ray release that looks very, very impressive.

There are three different audio tracks on this disc: DTS-HD Master mix, Dolby Digital 5.1, and LPCM. I opted for the DTS-HD Master mix, for obvious reasons, and my immediate reaction was that this live show sounded as crisp, crystal clear, and impressive as studio recordings tend to sound. The great solos Eric Clapton, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, and Joe Sample deliver indeed come off the speakers in a manner that has to be heard to be believed. Furthermore, even though this is mostly a front-heavy audio treatment the DTS-HD Master mix adds a considerable amount of movement in the rear channels which isn't as easily detectable on the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The nuanced solo improvisations between Eric Clapton and David Sanborn for example are terrifically captured here allowing one to practically feel as if one is in the famous venue at Montreux.


Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1


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) 





25GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)


Region free 

Actors: Steve Gadd, Joe Sample, Eric Clapton, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn 

Format: Color 

Language: English 

Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.) 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 

Number of discs: 1 

Rated: NR (Not Rated) 

Studio: Eagle Rock Ent 

DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008 

Run Time: 107 minutes


Live Concerts: LC037


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