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'The Jeff Healey Band - Live at Montreux 1999'
(Jeff Healey, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2006 / Eagle Eye Media)

Overview: Featuring 10 songs from their set, the band (Healey, Joe Rockman on bass, Pat Rush guitar, and Tom Stephen on drums) whips the crowd into a frenzy with a high energy, minute blues jam. Included in this set are the show opening "My Little Girl", their cover The Doors’ "Roadhouse Blues" (featured in the movie "Roadhouse") and perhaps their well known song, "Angel Eyes", which was a Top 10 smash in the US in 1988. As a bonus, fans are treated to 4 tracks from their 1997 Montreux appearance at Stravinski Hall along with a second audio CD captured live in 1999.

DVD Verdict: If you are a fan of the blind, rockin' blues guitarist Jeff Healey then this concert will pretty much deliver what you would expect - a lot of Jeff's trademark unique blazing guitar work in some rockin' blues/rock songs all performed to their highest levels of wonderment. The set list is great, the only negative that I have is that I would have wished it to be longer! But they obviously gave us what they had. Jeff's voice sounds great as well as his guitar work which is outstanding. Jeff's transition from the studio to a live stage is really fantastic. The sound is really good recorded in DTS, it isn't perfect if you compare it to some of the best music DVD's these days but it is well and truly good enough. The only thing I will say is that sometimes the backing instruments could be a little more powerful, but Jeff's guitar is clear and blazing. And I have no complaints about the actual videoing as the right things are shot at the right time, all clearly, and again you get some great views of Jeff's fingering on his guitar. Most all the songs were performed with extended solos, but I guess I was also hoping for a little more from 'Stuck In The Middle' and also 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' - perhaps my two most anticipated tracks! Overall, this DVD is a must have for any fan of great guitar work. This is a Widescreen Version Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with no Special Features.

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