- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080i/60
- Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Region: ABC (Region-Free)
- Rating: Not Rated
- Discs: 1
- Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
- Blu-ray Release Date: February 22, 2011
- List Price: $19.98
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As a guitarist, I feel a personal connection to Les Paul, because I’ve been playing the guitar he invented since I was a teen; my prized possession Limited Edition Gibson Les Paul Standard, so a concert in honor of the late Les Paul by the great Jeff Beck is right up my alley.
The show, captured in high definition on June 9th, 2010 on what would have been Les Paul’s 95th birthday, was performed at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York where Paul played practically every week. It featured Beck, along with special guests Imelda May, Brian Setzer, Gary “U.S.” Bonds and Darrel Higham. It features a selection of Les Paul and Mary Ford tunes as well as other rockabilly classics and standards in front of a crowd of rock elite, such as David Bowie, Meatloaf, Steven Van Zandt, and Kirk Hammett.
Highlights include the rollicking “Train Kept A Rollin’,” the slick “Peter Gunn” and the Bill Hailey hit “Shake, Rattle, and Roll.”
- Baby Let’s Play House
- Double Talkin’ Baby
- Train Kept A Rollin’
- Poor Boy
- Cry Me A River
- My Baby Left Me
- How High The Moon
- Sitting On Top Of The World
- Bye Bye Blues
- The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
- Vaya Con Dios
- Mockin’ Bird Hill
- I’m A Fool To Care
- Tiger Rag
- Peter Gunn
- Rocking Is Our Business
- Sleep Walk
- New Orleans
- Walking In The Sand
- Please Mr. Jailer
- Casting My Spell On You
- Twenty Flight Rock
- The Girl Can’t Help It.
- Rock Around The Clock
- Shake, Rattle & Roll
The concert is captured in a solid 1080i HD video that arrives on Blu-ray in an AVC/MPEG-4 transfer from Eagle Rock free from any noticeable artifacts. The image is mostly clean with minimal noise, lifelike colors, and little judder.
The lossless surround mix has a big open sound with great detail and instrumental separation, a strong midrange and tight lows. The surrounds have ample amounts of ambience that open the soundstage and capture the acoustics of the performance space nicely.
The best extras on here are the extra performances featuring the man himself, Les Paul.
The supplements provided with this release are:
- Interview with Jeff Beck (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 0:26.36)
- Behind the Scenes (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 0:18.20)
- At Home with Jeff Beck and His Guitars (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:14.34)
- Jeff Beck and Les Paul Rock ‘n’ Roll Tonite (1.33:1; 480i/60):
- “Blues Jam”
- “Back at the Chicken Shack”
- Les Paul and His Little Black Box (1.33:1; 480i/60)
The Definitive Word
This is great rock and roll in tribute to one of the truly great icons of rock history, performed by one of the greatest guitarists of all time. If you love rock then you owe it yourself to pick this one up pronto.
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