Sheryl Crow: Miles From Memphis-Live at The Pantages Theatre 2010 (Blu-ray) 2011 DTS-HD Master Audio


Sheryl Crow: Miles From Memphis - Live at The Pantages Theatre was filmed in late 2010 while the talented singer was touring the country to support her latest album. Most of the songs in the album mark an interesting stylistic change that brings Sheryl Crow's music closer to southern soul and R&B. As far as I am concerned, it was a great move as there is clearly reignited passion to sing on display that I think was lost for quite some time.

 

Tracklisting: 

1.Our Love Is Fading

2. A Change Will Do You Good

3. 100 Miles From Memphis

4. Can't Cry Anymore

5. Strong Enough

6. Summer Day

7. My Favorite Mistake

8. Redemption Day

9. Long Road Home

10. Everyday Is A Winding Road

11. Sideways

12. Roses And Moonlight

13. If It Makes You Happy

14. Soak Up The Sun

15. Peaceful Feeling

16. All I Wanna Do/Got To Give It Up

17. I Want You Back

18. I Shall Believe

Longtime fans of the singer will immediately notice that she looks and sounds a lot more relaxed. Her voice is mellow and rich, and easily fills up the entire venue. During "Strong Enough", for instance, it literally feels as if she is performing for a single person, someone special, not in a venue with hundreds of people. This sense of intimacy which the music lends to the listener is quite wonderful.

The nine-piece band is terrific. According to Crow, the musicians were handpicked for the exact type of new sound she and her producers were looking for. And it shows -- there is no denying that there is terrific chemistry between Crow and the band as there are all sorts of improvised solos that pop up in the middle of different songs that work exceptionally well.

All in all, I like the new sound a lot. I think that it captures well an obvious change in personality and isn't forcing Crow to sing in a way that does not make her happy. It all comes naturally to her, and even the old material now sounds genuinely fresh.

The Thieves, Crow's new band, are: Doyle Bramhall II (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Bruce (guitar), Tommy Sims (bass/vocals), Jeff Babko (keyboards), Victor Indrizzo (drums/percussion), Ephraim Owens (trumpet), Shelly Carroll (saxophone), Nayanna Holley (backing vocals), and Stephanie Alexander (backing vocals). 

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080i "live" transfer, Sheryl Crow: Miles From Memphis - Live at The Pantages Theatre arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. 

Filmed in late 2010, the show looks terrific in high-definition. While selecting the screenshots for our review, I tried to capture a number of close-ups so that you could get a good idea how strong the image quality is. Indeed, detail and clarity are fantastic, while contrast levels never fluctuate. There are no shadow issues either; on the contrary, the strategically positioned cameras offer plenty of terrific views at Sheryl Crow and her powerhouse band. Motion-judder is never a serious issue of concern either. All in all, this is yet another fine-looking release courtesy of the always reliable Eagle Rock Entertainment.

There are three audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1. For the record, Eagle Rock Entertainment have provided optional English, German, Spanish, French, and Japanese subtitles for the behind the scenes featurette included on this disc.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is as impressive as the one Eagle Rock Entertainment delivered for Bad Company: Live At Wembley. The sound is consistently crisp and clear, there are no annoying dynamic fluctuations, and the crowd noise is well balanced with the music. Additionally, the lossless audio track captures the beauty and strength of Sheryl Crow's voice exceptionally well. At the end of "Strong Enough", for instance, her voice projects so well that it actually sounds a lot better than it does on the studio version. The gentle guitar solos in the back are perfectly balanced as well. Indeed, the mixing is excellent.

Video

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (less) 

Subtitles

English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German 

English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German (less) 

Discs

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region free 

Unavailable

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