Patti Smith Live at Montreux Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release
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Can yesterday's punk goddess provocateur become today's folkie elder stateswoman? That might be the salient question some
longtime fans have as they listen to Patti Smith in a "kinder, gentlre" mode in this Montreux Jazz Festival concert from 2005. Montreux might
seem like an odd venue for the woman once lionized as the "Godmother of punk", but festival founder Claude Nobs has shown himself
completely open to booking all sorts of acts that have at best a tangential relationship to what is commonly thought of as jazz. Smith's concert
does have some nice flowing instrumental elements that at least touch on the improvisatory spirit of jazz, but this is perhaps surprisingly a
relatively restrained outing that finds Smith working a kind of folk rock ambience with some nicely melodic songs with evocative lyrics.
Smith has come under some pretty withering assaults during her long career, including from some unlikely suspects like Mick Jagger, who rather
ironically accused Smith of being a poseur (chalk that one up to "it takes one to know one", at least in terms of a stage persona). This
concert finds Smith less in your face than some might remember, essaying a kind of Bob Dylan-esque vocal approach (including what amounts
to an actual Dylan impersonation on "Like a Rolling Stone") while fronting a band that
has some stellar guitar, keyboards, bass and drum players. The concert proves that there may indeed be life after punk, when mellower
instincts kick in and the self-confidence that comes with age allows for more music and less attitude.
Patti Smith Live at Montreux 2005 is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Eye Media (yet another imprint of Eagle Rock Entertainment)
with an AVC encoded 1080i transfer in 1.78:1. Most of these Montreux Festival concert videos tend to look quite good on Blu-ray, and this
outing is no exception. The stage lighting here tends to ping pong back and forth between a sort of pinkish red and a cooler blue tone, but it's
never aggressive enough to create any posterizing issues, though it does give Smith a rather satanic appearance in the crimson sequences.
Fine detail is sharp enough that the increasing perspiration dripping down Smith's face as the concert goes along is clearly visible, almost drop
Patti Smith Live at Montreux 2005 features both a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track as well as an uncompressed LPCM
2.0 stereo fold down. Both of these tracks sound great, and may actually surprise some punk rockers of yesteryear with the melodic content
that's on display. There's a very refreshing clarity to both of these tracks, despite Smith's penchant for massing midrange chord voicings in
guitar and keys. Vocals are very well prioritized, and both tracks offer superior fidelity if not a wealth of dynamic range.
I have frankly never been much of a fan of the punk movement and never really paid that much attention to Patti Smith back in the day, so color
me rather pleasantly surprised at how sweetly melodic so much of this concert really is. Yes, there are occasional flashes of artistic temperament
(as well as a couple screechy moments of guitar feedback), but overall this concert fits rather snugly in a sort of folk rock genre. That may turn
off some of Smith's older fans, but it may just as well invite a whole new generation in to enjoy her work. Recommended.
Patti Smith Live at Montreux Blu-ray, News and Updates
Eagle Rock Entertainment has announced that it will release Patti Smith Live at Montreux 2005 on Blu-ray this November. This is the first ever live video release by Patti Smith and includes classic tracks such as "Because The Night," "Dancing Barefoot," "People ...
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