'Live at the Roseland Ballroom NYC' [Blu-ray]
(Bachman & Turner / Blu ray / NR / 2012 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Randy Bachman and C.F. Fred Turner were the core members of Bachman-Turner Overdrive throughout their commercial heyday in the seventies, sharing duties on the lead vocals with Bachman contributing lead guitar and Turner the bass. Between them they also composed the vast majority of the band s many hit singles. Reuniting at the end of 2009 they released an eponymous album in 2010 and in November of that year they performed at the famous Roseland Ballroom in New York City as part of their North American tour.
Blu ray Verdict: Knowing that this Blu-ray was filmed at the famous Roseland Ballroom in New York City and follows on from the live CD release in May, aside from both Bachman (guitars, vocals) and C.F. Turner (bass, vocals), the band was made up of: Marc LaFrance (drums, percussion, vocals); Brent Howard Knudsen (guitars, vocals); and Mick Dalla-Vee (guitars, vocals).
After the crowd has settled, the duo open with the classic hit 'Let It Ride,' before sliding into 'Rock Is My Life' ("I was born standing up with a guitar in my hand"), the heavy 'Not Fragile,' the rocking 'Hey You' and then the guitar-fed 'Hold Back the Water.' The plodding 'Waiting Game' is next, and then we are informed the band are here tonight for two reasons: fun and new songs; with which the latter was a new track. 'Moonlight Rider' comes next and is another new song, but somehow still manages to sound classic.
Bachman then thanx for the fans, the radio stations and then they drift lovingly into the sedate 'Lookin' Out For #1.' The pounding 'Stayed Awake All Night' is next, with the first disc coming to a close with uber hit 'American Woman.'
next up is a throaty 'Four Wheel Drive,' which is followed by a cowbell intro'd 'Slave To the Rhythm,' and then an older track, the extended jazzy 'Blue Collar' backed by 'That's What It Is.' Their version of a love song is next in 'Sledgehammer' (nothing to do with Peter Gabriel's song of the same name!), with the worldwide smash hit 'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet' next.
After thanking the crowd and then introducing the band, they then introduce "the world's greatest piano player and band leader" Paul Shaffer (from 'The Letterman Show') and then they collectively launch into the originally-performed-by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' 'Shakin' All Over.' 'Rollin' Down The Highway' is next, and a song especially written for Shaffer is rolled out last of all, 'Takin' Care Of Business.' This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and has been remastered into a crisp Blu ray production.