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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Bad Company - In Concert
Bad Company - In Concert
BMG Music // Unrated // May 21, 2002
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Review by Phillip Duncan | posted November 13, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Bad Company was formed by former Free lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke in England in 1973 when they joined Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and Boz Burrell, the bassist from King Crimson. They found instant success when they release their first album that included the single Can't Get Enough. Like most rock bands, the line-ups changed and records were recorded and released. Responsible for many of the staple rock songs on your classic radio station, watching this DVD is a concert full of moments when you realize how many popular songs the group had.

The concert on this DVD features the current line-up of Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, Dave Colwell and Jaz Lochrie. It was recorded in Denver at the Paramount Theatre and in Anaheim at The Grove in January 2002. Attempting to tour and maintain the same amount of energy 20 years later takes a lot of strength and stamina and Bad Company does and admirable job, but the songs don't sound quite radio perfect.

In the over 2-hour concert, the group performs all of their memorable songs as well as a few more. Guest like Neal Schon and Slash (of Gun's and Roses fame) join them for a few songs as well. It's an amazingly good set and although I don't consider myself a "fan," it's a disc I'd watch again and use to demo a system if needed.

Picture and sound on the disc are near perfect for a concert. The band has a very minimal stage show. There are a few sound effects and lightning noises that seem dated, but the otherwise rely on their performance and not theatrics. In this age of bands disguised in makeup and costumes (let's face it, they're all just imitating KISS) it's great to see a straightforward rock 'n' roll show.

The following is a listing of the tracks on the DVD:
Burning Sky
Can't Get Enough
Good Lovin' Gone Bad
Feel Like Makin' Love
Rock Steady
Movin' On
Seagull
Ready For Love
Deal With the Preacher
Rock and Roll Fantasy
All Right Now
Wishing Well
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Silver, Blue and Gold
Run With the Pack
Shooting Star
Joe Fabulous

As you can see, there are at least a few songs that everyone will recognize and fans of the band should be more than happy with the selection. Combine a great set-list with the great performance and you have an excellent concert DVD. I've long been a fan on music on DVD because of the increased fidelity in the sound and this disc is no exception.

Video: Concerts always seem to look great. Perhaps it's because of the low and colored lighting. Because of this, the non-anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer is great looking and shows few flaws. Every so often, details become obscured, but it's not a major complaint or one that happens often.

Audio: As usual, concert DVDs shine in this area and Bad Company is no exception. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is rich and vibrant. The surrounds have been used to echo the music and fill the room with ambient noise from the crowd. It adds an amazing depth and feel to the sound. The Dolby Stereo 2.0 mix, by comparison, seems flat but would suffice if that is the only option.

Extras: More than a few extras pop up on this disc and some are quite interesting. Biography, discography and photo gallery are the standard presentation of what their name implies. There is a lengthy interview section that covers everything from the formation and early years of the band up to their status today. A behind the scenes feature last for several minutes and looks to have been done with a camcorder. It follows the guys around before the show starts. Famous Friends is another section that features interviews, but these are with other musicians discussing the influence the band had on them. Overall, it's an impressive set of features for a concert disc and they go together nicely.

Overall: An impressive disc that I enjoyed more that I expected, Bad Company: Merchants of Cool is another disc that music and concert DVD lovers should not be without. A great sounding and good looking transfer with just the right amount of extras make for an entertaining two hours.

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