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Supertramp - Live in Paris 1979 CD (album) cover




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4.40 | 41 ratings

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4 stars This is the recording of the show shot December 1st, part of a series of shows that made also possible the recording of the 1980's double LP in Paris. The microphones were placed in the audience to give the feel of being there. This Blu-Ray release has created a big controversy, because the composers Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson have not given their approval on this despite having already worked on the project. The thing is in the court's hand as now. Apparently, Mr. Hodgson is not happy that they have finished the project without him as he says ; "behind my back". So, not only this item is a rare product to have for the archives value, but it is already a object of dispute that may serve as a example of how musicians can protect their rights against the big companies.

Let's get to the actual concert. Being transferred and restored from the original film, the picture quality could not be as sharp as a recent release, but i was surprised to see that it was very enjoyable, with only a few grainy spots in some distant camera shots. The DTS surround sound is discreet, but i think this is as to do with the Supertramp's music that don't display a big sound with few guitars parts. However the sound of the vocals and piano parts are clear in the fornt speakers.

The set list is awesome, because the band was at their peak on "The Breakfast America Tour", with a lot of their wonderful "Crime of Century"'s album. The only bonus are five songs that had not made the cut on film, because of financial and time constraints. Roger Hodgson was saying that he wanted to put recent interviews with all five members, to talk about this event, which is one of the reasons why he did not approve this. But you can read some recent comments with Roger and Rick in the booklet.

So, maybe this would have been more complete if all the members had give their approval, but it's not of "poor quality", as Roger says in a recent letter to his fans. All the Supertramp's fans will be glad to see this video footage. So go get it before the police get his hands on it...

rdtprog | 4/5 |


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