Famous In The Last Century [DVD] review by Status Quo

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  • Released: Apr 10, 2006
  • Sound: 4
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 10 (1 vote)
Status Quo: Famous In The Last Century [DVD]

Sound — 4
The performance is undoubtedly lip-synced or to non musical folk-'mimed'. It was recorded at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London in March of the same year of their album of the same name. The 2000 album consisted of 15 covers and two originals. Somehow Quo change their 'live' sound so that it did not clash with the record. Whether the music is 'mimed' I am not sure but something isn't right. They can do 500 times better than that. The live sounds is possibly slightly different from the track so that it is harder to spot. A waste of time nonetheless, as this band were made for live performance and this is not the best way to see them, failing to lip-sync. Perhaps this is a good thing as we know they don't do it often.

Content — 10
Ace. Not only do you get a nice track listing. You get a very informative and funny interview named "Straight Talking" which is Francis and Ricky talking about past and present with Quo.

Production Quality — 9
I like the way the DVD has been produced. It has moving screens and good graphics on the menus. I think perhaps some camera control would be nice to make up for the bad lip-syncing. The backgrounds to the menus also include famous faces such as John Lennon and Winston Churchill which is a nice touch. You also get a track listing so that you can choose certain songs.

Overall Impression — 6
Well, the album's use was to pay tribute to the way music was before 2000, hence 'Famous In The Last Century', but this concert is of no use nor ornament. OK, it's great to see Quo rocking and dominating a crowd but not like this. I'm sure there was a good reason for this lip-syncing tragedy but thankfully, the band have booked up this silly idea and ever since have gone live whenever they can (98 times out of 100). Personally, I suggest you buy the new "Just Doing It" DVD as it is everything you want a rock concert to be. So unless you want the interview which is worth it's (weight) in gold, stay away! For Quo fans only!

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