Judge Ryan Keefer thinks a moratorium should be placed on clever nicknames that parody Frank Sinatra and friends.
Introduced May 1954. Played, abused, enjoyed, revered, recorded, coaxed, battered, idolized, set fire to, lusted after, copied, experimented with, and unbettered ever since.
You can't really do much better than the above statement. With that said, the musical instrument created by Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Freddie Tavares has remained virtually unchanged since its creation, and its presence in rock music is essential not only for its reliability and performance, but moments which transcend music, like Jimi Hendrix setting fire to his Strat on stage. To celebrate the Strat's 50th year as handyman to some of rock's greats, a mix of aficionados joined forces for a concert at London's Wembley Stadium. The play list (and responsible artists) are as follows:
• "Peggy Sue" (The Crickets, Albert Lee & Brian
As far as the performances themselves, they're decent, but I would hardly call any of them extraordinary. Wood, The Stones guitarist, was off a couple of beats on "Ooh La La." Winehouse seems to be spouting drivel on many of her lyrics. Flash forward to 2008, when George Romero would get creeped out at the zombie version of Winehouse now. But when you have a product that Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Billy Corgan and countless others actively using, why can't someone make a call to these guys? Do we really need Mike Rutherford or Phil Manzanera? This concert was decent, don't get me wrong, but it could have been so much better.
Technically, Eagle Rock gives us this concert in 1.78:1 widescreen using the MPEG-4 AVC. I was quite impressed by it, as it gives us a lot of crowd shots, and detail and depth are such that you can point out individual T-shirts in the crowd, along with the usual British apathy. Blacks are deep for the most part and for a four-year old performance it looks like it was just on yesterday. The DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track is also solid, I did an "on the fly" comparison between this, the Dolby Digital and PCM sound options, and the lossless track had a slight more dynamic soundstage and clarity behind it. The total run time is just over two hours, which includes the concert, interviews, rehearsal footage, and four additional songs.
The Strat Pack is interesting to watch. And while it may sound good, I hardly think these guys kill on stage. Based on that criteria alone, I'd say maybe give this one a rental.
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