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Stevie Wonder: Live at Last [Blu-ray]

Stevie Wonder: Live at Last [Blu-ray]

Stevie Wonder performs live at London’s O2 Arena in October 2008 as part of his ‘Wonder Summer Nights’ European tour. Songs include classics from all stages of his career including ‘My Cherie Amour’, ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)’, ‘Superstition’, ‘Higher Ground’, ‘Living for the City’ and ‘You Are the Sunshine of My Life’. Stevie’s daughter, Aisha Morris, joins him on the stage as a backing singer.

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3 Responses to Stevie Wonder: Live at Last [Blu-ray]

  • Hiwatt100 says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great yet boring. Stevie, just get to the songs please. Please read below., December 19, 2016
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    Hiwatt100 (Florida) –
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    Great yet boring. I really hate to say this as I have loved Stevie for decades and have waited a very long time for a good live Stevie Wonder concert. Let me say my musical history is: I have seen over 150 live concerts, way back to Hendrix and have a huge eclectic collection of recorded live concerts, the likes of everything from the Cream and Woodstock to Johnny Mathis and the Bee Gees live and one of my all time top albums is Innervisions. However, while the Amazon description says time: 134 minutes, the disc is over really 2 hours. The problem is there is too much on stage noodling around, hand clapping, talking, free wheeling improvisations, meaningless crowd participation, (I don’t want to hear the audience sing songs prompted by Stevie and over an hour passes before Stevie even gets to song # 9. There are probably over a dozen performers on stage and certain solo performances are way too quiet in the mix and hard to hear. You really don’t need 13 people in a band to perform “Living for the city”. The actual songs are great but way too much distraction, which makes me feel that while I enjoyed the concert, I don’t know if I could sit through the entire side show again, just to hear the songs, which sound distant and poorly mixed, (too much arena echo). I hate to be a party pooper, but I tell it like I see it. My final comment is there is a difference between a “celebration” of / for Stevie Wonder and Mr. Wonder giving a live concert, (example: check out George Micheal’s live in London big production concert and you will get my meaning.) I didn’t buy this disc to hear 18,000 people sing “isn’t she lovely” like ‘We will rock you” at a hockey game. Thank you for allowing my opinion to be heard.
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  • RevChrisEsq says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the best concerts on Blu-Ray?, June 28, 2010
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    RevChrisEsq (Asheville, NC United States) –
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    I saw portions of this concert on PBS and enjoyed it so much I went on line to Amazon and discovered it’s available, thankfully, in Blu-Ray. (I say “thankfully” because they’re not enough quality concerts on Blu-Ray yet, in my opinion.)

    Anyway here’s the “skinny” on this Blu-Ray:

    1. The concert I think was fabulous. Stevie’s been around so many decades that he can sing song after song of big hits. As a result many in the audience know the lyrics and “sing along”. Stevie at times significantly encourages this: even letting the crowd sing the first stanza to a couple songs at least. I read the other reviewers’ comments. I don’t understand the criticism of hearing the crowd sing along. I mean, to my way of thinking, if you want pristine “sound” sans crowd then don’t buy a “live album”. Buy the CD or download the music. If I want to go to, see, a CONCERT, however, I want it to be a concert experience (sans, of course, the part about not seeing the stage due to everyone standing or arena view issues)! This means, I WANT to hear the crowd sing along at times. I want to hear the gaffs, coughs, the cheers, the applause! I’d give this concert an A.

    2. The video quality is excellent, but not 1080p quality. It says 1080i, but to my way of thinking, more like 720. It even has a “film/grainy” look at times. Not bad, but this isn’t anything like the quality of Planet Earth or Avatar. I’d give the video quality a C+, for Blu-Ray. If it were DVD, I’d rate it B+ or A-.

    3. The audio quality is in three choices: the Default seems to be LPCM 2.0, which is VERY GOOD. The other choices are Dolby 5.1 (not as good) and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. I’ve listened to all three. The LPCM manages to quieten the crowd and external noises quite a bit. This emphasizes Stevie and Band a bit at the expense of crowd. However the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 blows me away. I mean, I could really think I was “there”. I hear things, including in the music, I just can’t hear otherwise. You can “really” hear the crowd. I give this AUDIO an A.

    Conclusion: For ME, I think this Blu-Ray disc with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 turned on is the BEST true to life concert experience I’ve yet had in my home. But I love concerts, loud music, music of all kinds, and I could easily see that many might think the somewhat subdued LPCM 2.0 default setting is better for them. With an A for Concert, C+ for Video, A for Audio, overall it’s an A-.

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  • W.E.B. Dubois says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Stevie Wonder – the Greatest Musician of My Generation, May 26, 2014
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    W.E.B. Dubois (New Orleans, LA USA) –
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    I’m 61 years old. I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder. I attended my first Stevie Wonder concert in New Jersey in ’68 or ’69. Diana Ross was the main attraction. I couldn’t wait for the release of Talking Book when I was a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Songs in the Key of Life was released when I was in my last year of law school. Stevie’s music has been the soundtrack for my life.
    I love Stevie’s bravery and creative genius in moving beyond the Motown formula for great R&B, his mastery of the harmonica, the synthesizer, the piano, his acknowledgement of the oppression of people of color, his advocacy for so many important causes, his magnificent song-writing, his stellar performance of his music, his uncommon spirituality and humility. Inspired by Stevie, I named my first-born child Aisha, in 1980.
    What’s so wonderful about this Blu-ray is that it successfully captures the beauty of Stevie’s music and the breadth of his talent. His band and background singers, including his daughter, are also incredible. But the most moving feature of this music video is the audience’s outpouring of love for Stevie and his music. The enormous London concert hall is packed with thousands and thousands of adoring Stevie Wonder fans. The vast majority are white Europeans who appear to be the age of my daughter and Stevie’s daughter. Stevie’s music, Stevie’s humanity transcend national origin, ethnicity, skin color and age. These fans know that they’ve experienced something wonderful that they will pass down like a priceless heirloom to their children and their children’s children.
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