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Bryan Ferry: Live in Lyon Blu-ray Review

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The Performance

[Rating:4/5]

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I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this Bryan Ferry release when it came in. I was familiar with the former Roxy Music frontman’s music only in passing. The classic band Roxy Music seemed to fly under my radar for years, but what I did know and hear of them seemed pleasant enough. Unfortunately, all I knew of Ferry’s solo music were his biggest hits such as the smooth “Slave to Love” and the glossy “Avalon”, none of which really appealed much to me. Thankfully, this July 25, 2011 concert from the Roman amphitheatre in Lyon, France – part of his world tour for current album Olympia – was spot on from the beginning. From the soulful saxophone to the crunching guitar riffs and the inventive covers of songs like “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” (Bob Dylan), “Like a Hurricane” (Neil Young), “What Goes On” (Velvet Underground), and “Make You Feel My Love” (Bob Dylan), the show is full of energy and delicious music. The stage set and costumes hearken back to the ’80s and MTV-era groups like Spandau Ballet, but it is delightful eye candy that matches Ferry’s blend of jazz, electronica and rock.

Track Listing:

  1. I Put A Spell On You
  2. Slave To Love
  3. Don’t Stop The Dance
  4. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  5. If There Is Something
  6. Make You Feel My Love
  7. You Can Dance
  8. Alphaville
  9. Reason Or Rhyme
  10. Oh Yeah!
  11. Like A Hurricane
  12. Tara*
  13. Bitter-Sweet
  14. Avalon*
  15. My Only Love*
  16. What Goes On
  17. Sign Of The Times
  18. Love Is The Drug
  19. All Along The Watchtower
  20. Let’s Stick Together
  21. Hold On I’m Coming
  22. Jealous Guy

* = tracks not on CD.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

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The 1080i/60 AVC encodement to Blu-ray of Bryan Ferry: Live in Lyon is not up to the standards we’d expect from a performance captured in 2011. Distance shots look quite blurry, lack detail, and show a lot of digital anomalies. Only extreme close-ups yield a satisfying amount of detail and clarity.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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The audio in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) and LPCM 2.0 stereo (48khz/24-bit) is about as fine as you can get given the sort of music. The 5.1 track has just the right amount of room ambience with a little crowd noise in between tracks for that live feel. Separation is good and vocals are upfront in the mix. The 2.0 sounds just as good, with a little less bottom and ambience.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1/5]

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A Making Of for Ferry’s then current album is included.

  • The Making of Olympia (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:45:49)
  • CD (w/ Blu-ray+CD edition only)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

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A slick performance with a tight band, rocking tunes, and a rousing track list, Bryan Ferry’s Live in Lyon is a hit – actually, it’s a collection of hits. Get it.

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