The Black Crowes: Warpaint Live Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles 2008 (Blu-ray) 2009 DTS-HD Master Audio


 

Recorded live at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, California on March 20, 2008, and initially released as a 2CD set on April 28, Warpaint Live is now available on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. 

The disc contains a total of seventeen songs, mostly new material. There are a few interesting covers as well – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' "Torn and Frayed", Eric Clapton and Bonnie Bramlett's " Don't Know Why", J. Ford and D. Bramlett's "Poor Elijah - Tribute To Johnson", Jerry A. Miller, Jr. and Donald J. Stevenson's "Hey Grandma", as well Reverend Charlie Jackson's timeless classic "God's Got it".

Tracklisting:

1. Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution

2. Walk Believer Walk

3. Oh Josephine

4. Evergreen

5. We Who See The Deep

6. Locust Street

7. Movin' On Down The Line

8. Wounded Bird

9. God's Got It

10. There's Gold In Them Hills

11. Whoa Mule

12. Poor Elijah – Tribute To Johnson

13. Darling Of The Underground Press

14. Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye

15. Don't Know Why

16. Torn & Frayed

17. Hey Grandma

I truly enjoyed Warpaint Live. From start to finish, The Black Crowes perform with an admirable amount of energy that certainly adds a very special vibe to their music, one that was definitely missing after Amorica. "We Who See The Deep", "Evergreen", "Movin' On Down The Line" and especially "Wounded Bird" sound absolutely fantastic live. 

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

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is well balanced, clear and pleasingly potent. The bass is rich but not overpowering, the high frequencies not overdone and the rear channels intelligently used. The individual guitar solos (We Who See The Deep) are impressive. Additionally, the vocals are crisp and clear. For the record, I did not detect any disturbing dropouts, cracks, pop, or hissings.

As far as balance is concerned, the LPCM 2.0 track is only marginally better. It is easier to hear an improvement between the vocals and the guitars/drums than between the individual instruments. The dynamics are slightly less impressive. The bass is also weaker, though not disappointing. Finally, there are no audio fluctuations that I detected. 

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is in fact quite good. Still, its dynamics are not comparable to the dynamics of the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Depth is what the Dolby Digital 5.1 lacks the most

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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