- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080i/60
- Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
- Region: A
- Rating: Not Rated
- Discs: 1
- Studio: Eagle Rock
- Blu-ray Release Date: August 31, 2010
- List Price: $19.98
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Big, raucous, and raunchy — Jane’s Addiction was made for the arenas and big open spaces. Combining the big, bluesy sounds of Zeppelin with the metal edge of the 1980’s and a funky twist of Funkadelic, Jane’s Addiction tackled subjects in their music as far reaching as shoplifting in tracks like “Been Caught Stealing” to misogynistic serial killer Ted Bundy in “Ted Just Admit It.” Their first two albums, Nothing’s Shocking (1988) and Ritual de lo Habitual (1990) have become staples of the rock and roll canon, but the bands instability has meant numerous breakups over the years, beginning with the first one in 1991.
This Live Voodoo show from Halloween night at the 2009 Halloween Experience in New Orleans is not the first time the band has reunited, but it is the first time they have reunited with the entire original lineup, including bassist Eric Avery, as well as frontman Perry Farrell, drummer Stephen Perkins, and guitarist Dave Navarro.
The band rocked through 13 tracks culled mostly from their first two albums, and although not the tightest set in the world, it did not want for energy. The acoustic favorite “Jane’s Said” saw the stage turned into an orgy of carnival freak show characters, and “Ocean Size” was appropriately cavernous, but that paean to Ted Bundy, “Ted, Just Admit It” was bland, with Farrell’s vocals sounding a bit flat.
Overall, Jane’s Addiction: Live Voodoo is a rollicking spectacle of excess and rock.
- Up the Beach
- Mountain Song
- Ain’t No Right
- Three Days
- Then She Did…
- Been Caught Stealing
- Ocean Size
- Ted, Just Admit it
- Summertime Rolls
- Jane Says
- Chip Away
The 1080i/60 AVC/MPEG-4 encoding from Eagle Rock is a solid one given the dark stage setting and flashing lights of this Jane’s Addiction concert. It looks about as live as one can get from a concert disc with minimal artifacts, little in the way of video noise, god flesh tones and zero macroblocking.
This is by no means an audiophile-quality production, but the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix gives a good impression of being there in the performance space with the band. It has a nice blend of ambience in the surrounds without too much crowd noise, decent instrumental separation and deep bass. Lead vocals are a little buried, but they suffer far more in the LPCM 2.0 stereo mix, which has a more solid midrange but poor lead vocal balance.
The supplements could have been a lot better, but at least there are two extras performances, though not in HD.
The supplements provided with this release are:
- Bonus Tracks:
- “1%” (1.33:1; 1080i/60) — Los Angeles, 2008
- “Ocean Size” (1.33:1; 1080i/60)
- NME Featurette (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 0:03.44)
The Definitive Word
Crank it up and let the air guitars fly! Jane’s Addiction proves they can still rock on Live Voodoo. All the favorites are here in more than acceptable live versions that bring new life to these hard rock gems.
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