Lindsey Buckingham: Live with Special Guest Stevie Nicks -PBS Soundstage 2005 Blu-ray 2012
Soundstage, the concert series that is a joint production of WTTW, Chicago's PBS station, and HD Ready, LLC. An hour-long version of the performance was broadcast in September 2005. The concert was released the following month, with several bonus numbers, by Koch Vision on a DVD that is currently out of print. Image Entertainment is now releasing it on Blu-ray (with a simultaneous re-release on DVD).
The two songs for which Stevie Nicks joins Buckingham are fascinating not just for the music but for the spontaneous choreography (for lack of a better word). The two long-time bandmates keep a respectful, almost wary distance for the most part, and the songs they've chosen to share are low-key and restrained. No intense passions like those in "The Chain" will be explored on this stage. "Never Going Back Again" is a slight tune, almost a folk song; on Rumours, it served as a breather between the two intensities that were "Dreams" and "Don't Stop". Nicks's role is strictly that of a harmonizer to Buckingham's lead vocal. "Say Goodbye", from the then-recent Say You Will album, is a somewhat more balanced duet, but it's still Buckingham's song, and the rendition is low-key.
The complete song list follows:
Someone's Gotta Change Your Mind
Down On The Rodeo
Never Going Back Again (w/Stevie Nicks)
Say Goodbye (w/Stevie Nicks)
Murrow Turning Over in his Grave
Go Your Own Way
Steal Your Heart Away (3:24)
I Am Waiting (4:02
The 1080i, AVC-encoded image for Lindsay Buckingham: Live represents another fine effort from Image in reproducing their accomplishments. Buckingham is an intense performer, but it's a tightly coiled intensity. The demands of simultaneously singing and playing guitar limit his motion around the stage. Instead of resorting to frantic movement, the cameramen have kept it simple, which helps minimize aliasing and interlaced "jaggies". The image is smooth and clean, with deep blacks (e.g., Buckingham's costume), saturated colors from the various lighting designs, and fine details of the instruments, set and faces both on and off the stage. The lighting is the usual Soundstage illumination that shows the audience as well as the performer. Since the concert is just under an hour, and the bonus songs add an additional 7:26 minutes, a BD-25 accommodates the program without any compression issues.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track reflects HD Ready's usual approach to mixing concerts recorded for Soundstage. The viewer is placed in the position of an audience member with the sounds of cheering and applause directed to the surrounds, while the band and vocalists (here, primarily Buckingham) remain spread across the front soundstage, with some degree of presence in the surrounds to create a sense of space and depth. Buckingham's ensemble is the smallest for any Soundstage concert I've reviewed, and it's easy to pick out individual instruments from the track, which is clean and clear with excellent fidelity. Soundstage and Image Entertainment continue to set a high standard in simulating the feel of a live performance in the home environment, as much as such an experience can be reproduced.
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0 (less)
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Region A, B (C untested)