Freedom’s Overdue

Yesterday, my evening was ruined just because I took a peek at the newly received RENAISSANCE DVD, “Song Of Scheherezade”. Long overdue, as up to now we had to deal with YouTube snippets of the band’s live performances and the DVD by Annie Haslam, the disc is a monster of horribility. The change should have been sensed when the cover artwork has been changed from appealing, with the players pictures on it, to appalling, but even this can’t prepare the buyer to what’s inside.

The footage from both concerts there have been transferred from nth-generation video tape and sometimes gets close to a shadow play. And that’s the visuals. As for the audio part, it’s on par with the picture: no high frequences at all, so we not only don’t hear cymbals etc. – and RENAISSANCE were the experts in dynamics! – but also Annie’s voice sounds like the male’s.

Cherry Red Records may celebrate their 30th anniversary, my ass, but screwing up this DVD buyers, they do it in style. Jerks!

DME

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