I have a lot of concert DVDs in my collection, but this one might well be the best.
From beginning to end, this concert is amazing. The performance is 100 % perfect. The songs are all great. The in-the-round scene works beautifully, and the band-audience interaction is really strong. The light setting is brilliant. The sound is crisp and clear and awesome. The picture is stunning. And the show is wildly entertaining.
Everything about this concert is perfect. From the enthralling opening of Hand In Hand - quite a daring move to open the concert with a 10 minute mostly instrumental track - to the groovy extended version of Sussudio, complete with confetti and audience sing-along, this show rocks. Hang In Long Enough is more groovy than ever, the horn section does an immaculate performance. Don't Lose My Number, Another Day In Paradise and Against All Odds, three of the man's most beloved hits, are done flawlessly, with a beautiful saxophone solo in the latter! The drumming of Lorenzo is enchanting, the vocal skills of backing vocalists Amy Keys and Arnold McCullor will leave you breathless on Separate Lives. Phil plays the key for an intimate version of Long, Long Way To Go, before an extended version of In The Air Tonight features Phil playing drums and singing - at the same time! The pace is rased with an amazing three-drum solo, featuring the man himself, Ricky Lawson and Louis Conté in wonderful duel on drums and percussion, and the final home-run of Easy Lover, Dance Into The Light, Wear My Hat, Something Happened On The Way To Heaven and Sussudio ends this wonderful tour-de-force.
The crowd loves it from beginning to end, and the only bad things is that we only get a good half of the concert here! Less known tracks like Take Me Down, River So Wide, Find A Way To My Heart and Can't Turn Back The Years have been edited out to make the show fit 90 minutes, as have major hits like Both Sides Of The Story, Do You Remember?, One More Night, Can't Hurry Love, Two Hearts and Take Me Home. Boy, what wouldn't I give to have had the full concert?
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