Lost Highway: The Concert Review

artist: Bon Jovi date: 12/24/2009 category: dvd

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Bon Jovi: Lost Highway: The Concert
Release Date: 2007
At the time of realise no music sounded like the Lost Highway album. It was a one off. Now almost all country music sounds like it, which is only a good thing.
 Sound: 7
 Content: 10
 Production Quality: 10
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 8.8
Lost Highway: The Concert Reviewed by: MattTravis, on december 24, 2009
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Sound: This wasn't by any means the best Bon Jovi performance ever. The amp settings sounded off, and Jon Bon Jovi repeatedly struggles to hit notes. The tracks on the album however, which include the full Lost Highway album, do sound more country than ever before. Bon Jovi claim that the album 'Lost Highway', wasn't written for financial purposes, instead coming from the bands creative freedoms. They constantly refer to the factors which helped them write the album, and despite the occasional failures musically throughout the DVD, its easy to see that they were being 100% truthful. The records played are truly brilliant compilations of Country Music with a rock sound. These tracks pretty much led to the sound that is currently used by the likes of 'Taylor Swift' and country legend, 'Alan Jackson'. It was also nice to see Jon Bon Jovi play guitar, something he only seems to do once every three albums. The more you watch the concert, the less annoying it is. // 7

Content: The DVD features not only the full concert uninterupted but also has some stunning bonus features such as clear channel stripped bonus performances, full band interviews, backstage footage, and three bonus tracks, which were encores at the concert. For a live concert DVD, it is shot with a limitless amount of camera angles and techniques, something that should make the camera crew proud. The stage however is nothing like one on which most concerts are played, the stage design explained in a backstage interview with its producer on the DVD. The song list and its order fit the layout of the DVD perfectly, and satisfaction is found about halfway through with teh extended version of 'Any Other Day', in which the tech's finally get teh sound into a plausible levels of compatability. Extra stuff is also inside the DVD, which include pictures of the concert as well as little postcard size pictures of the band. // 10

Production Quality: The production quality on the sound side of things, was at best pretty poor until 'Any Other Day'. However, the lack of decent sound is made up with some brillaint imagery on the stage, and as its shot in high definition cameras it also is pleasing to the eyes and doesn't look at all tacky. Also, if you have surround sound it is viewable in this. I strongly recommend watching it in surround sound, makes the experiance seems better and just give you more of a concert like feel. The mixing technology, (Dolby 5.1), sounds good, and to be honest it was just the amp setting for Richie Sambora's guitar that let it down, as well as Jon Bon Jovi. THe production is good, very good. Just like a trademark Bon Jovi DVD. // 10

Overall Impression: At the time of realise no music sounded like the Lost Highway album. It was a one off. Now almost all country music sounds like it, which is only a good thing. The DVD is very impressive. The concert is one that you watch once, don't like, then realise that a week later your hooked on the songs and need to listen to it once again. Then your hooked from that point. I like almost the whole DVD, its so different. What I don't particularly like is the amp setting used by Sambora for most of the first four or five songs. If I were to loose this DVD, I'd buy it again. And before I finish this review, I must praise the violinest on the DVD, for two brillaint lyrical performances. // 8

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