Bad Company: Hard Rock Live

7.31 h 28 min2010PG-13
The classic rock event of the year! Live reunion tour concert from Bad Company, featuring Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs.
Anthony PaganoRudi Dolezal
Paul RodgersSimon KirkeMick Ralphs
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robi1138Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Much better than I feared...
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...after reading the other reviews. Don't get me wrong, it's not the greatest concert disc ever but it is very good. That being said, some of the comments about the audio and video are essentially correct (with some caveats).

The picture is grainy and black levels leave something to be desired, but it is sharp and the colors are nice. I didn't see any added edge enhancement and there are no encoding artifacts. Overall, not bad at all but not reference quality either.

The DTS-MA track has exellent resolution and is very clear. However, it is lacking any real bass and sounds too bright as a result. Also the mix suffers from (as others have mentioned) Ralphs' guitar being too loud in the mix and Rodgers' vocals being spread out to the rear channels too much. The stereo track lacked the bite of the DTS-MA track so after much fiddling I came up with a nice compromise. Because my Blu-ray player does the sound decoding internally (and passes the lossless sound to the receiver via analog cables) I was able to pass the core-only 5.1 DTS track over the digital optical cable to my receiver and play a bit with my usual settings. By increasing the crossover on the receiver from 60 Hz to 110Hz and increasing the subwoofer level a bit (about 3 dB), I was able to get a nice bass sound that wasn't boomy and had some definition to it. The other advantage of this method is that it allows you to use the 5.1 track and (surprisingly) Rodgers' vocals are not all spread out but are nicely locked up front with only reverb in the rear channels. Ralphs' guitar also seems less prominent.

Finally, after listening to it twice, I paid more attention to the music and really liked it a lot. The first time through I thought the concert got better as it progressed but listening to the first few tracks again, it really was good right from the beginning. I don't think Ralphs was that bad at all but the added guitarist does help. Rodgers and Kirke are excellent IMO and the added bassist moves things along. Overall a great collection of songs played very well by the three remaining members of Bad Co.

Definitely recommended

Update 4/23/11:

After some more fiddling with my receiver's and Blu-ray player's settings (i.e. setting my main speakers to small and boosting the subwoofer level a tad) the lossless audio track sounds much better. I still think the guitars are a bit too loud in the mix but the overall sound is definitely better than the core-only DTS 5.1 track. Still, both sound very good.
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BRIAN BOYLE, Thunder Bay, OntReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
110% From 3/4 of Bad.Co
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This is my first review that I've sent in, so go easy on me. I've bought several Bad Company & Paul Rogers Dvd's over the years & have generally been happy with all of them... except for one flaw- Mick Ralphs missing. I realize Mick was on the Wembley Dvd, but the amount he played was minimal and he didn't seem to have much life too him. I don't know if this was agreed upon within the group or that Mick maybe felt that he wasn't up too par on that particular night & decided too let Howard Leese have most of the axe time. D'ont get me wrong, Howard is a very competant player, but Ive been waiting years too hear these songs done just right & they were on the Hard Rock Dvd more than the Wembley one. Mick seemed too be so much more alive and on fire, strutting around and having the time of his life. He's the type of player that doesn't waste a note, and that quality seems too be missing from a lot of speedier players around. The three original players were playing like it was their last night too play and the other two players knew that they were guests in the band, and too let BAD COMPANY shine.
Both Wembley & Hard rock are excellent Dvd's- fairly similar set lists, all songs done with a lot of passion & fire, but I would have to give a slight edge too the Hard rock concert.

PS: If after viewing either of these Dvd's you don't come too the conclusion that Paul Rodgers is the most soulful rock singer since the late sixties and is at the top of his game at age 62, then please drop me a line and educate me.
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Stephen BredenReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best Reunion Concert Ever
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I have to laugh at the technoids who have commented on this reunion concert over its so called failings; apparently they have never struggled with 70's vintage live videos of this group (and there are incredibly few examples to be found). How about we listen to the music first and critique the surround mix later???

In my opinion, this is the best reunion concert I have ever heard or watched on video, at least on a musical level. These guys really show the additional 30 years of practice, and this concert sounds better than any other example of the group that I can find from the 70's. I am not a patient person, but I have watched every bit of this concert at least 12 times. Paul Rodgers is simply twice as good as he ever was back in Bad Company's heyday, and Simon and Ralph sound just incredible, the additional 30 years of practice being very obvious. Howard Leese adds a great deal to the show as well, and never detracts from the basic lineup.

This 62 year old lead vocalist has got to be heard and seen before he finally retires. I feel so lucky that I will get to see him in Vegas on March 31st, and I only hope that show is half as good as this one.

A solid outstanding for music and technical merit.
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M. S SwansonReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
"What you're getting is rough and ready..but its real."
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Paul says this to the crowd after Mick hits a couple clinkers in his solo to Live for the Music and he's right. Some of this show has a rough feel to it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The first thing you notice is that Paul Rodgers has really preserved his voice. He sounds strong and gives a rocking performance throughout. Simon is also right on driving everything with his drums. Mick Ralphs looks a little frail and you get used to it after a few cuts. Howard Leese backs him and never tries to overshadow him. IMO Leese adds much to rounding out the sound and throws out a few leads for good measure. Rock and Roll Fantasy has that dual guitar part that the boys nail beautifully. Overall, a fine show with lots of energy and love from the crowd. The set list was perfect for me and the band really nailed Boz Burrell's Gone, Gone, Gone in the first half. I was also happy they threw in Sweet Little Sister. One more thing I liked was the CD came with the Blu-Ray. You have to pay for that on Paul Rodgers Live in Glasgow, which I also recommend, but this one is better.
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DANIEL RYNOReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
One hell of a rock band still on top after all these years
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Bad company is one of my favorite rock bands they still sound fantastic Paul Roger's voice hasn't changed at all. The picture on the Blu-ray is very good the dysfunction HD master sound rocks it is a wonderful concert. I have several bad company concerts and I love them all. The band still rocks it has the hits I especially like burning sky and gone gone gone these are my favorites all the tracks are top notch. If you want too see a real rock band watch this disk it is awesome I also recommend the bad company Weblew concert.
I purchased this with prime and the shipping was fast and the price was right. If you want this concert spend the extra bucks on the Blu-ray it also has a pcm 2 ch track for the people that don't have 5.1.
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RichardsonReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
A blast from the past for baby boomers Bad Company rocks!
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Anybody who wants to argue that Paul Rodgers isn't the greatest blues rock voice of all time should watch this DVD...or his recent outings with Queen, or his Solo DVD or grab the FREE DVD from 40 years ago and then apologize. This is a very good set of Bad Company classics...filmed and recorded well and presented with a bonus CD...for less than the cost to park at a concert venue!!!

For once I can't really argue with the song selection and unlike the previous Bad Company DVD they stayed away from FREE material even though Simon Kirke (Drums) was in that group with Paul Rodgers as well. Mick Ralphs (the bands original guitarist and co songwriter on many of their classics) is on board for this DVD which is a nice bonus. Ralphs isn't going to be compared to Hendrix but he does have a strong pedigree (Mott The Hoople) and its obvious Rodgers was happy to have him there.

Overall...for anyone, particularly guys, who were high schoolers in the 70's this will bring back loads of fun and rockin memories...or a Rock n Roll Fantasy or two!!
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Brahmin KingReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Rodgers has still got it
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My expectations were modest given that this concert was over 25 years after the original line-up's last release. I was very impressed with Rodgers - voice is still strong, seemed like he was having a great time. Simon was solid, while Mick's solos were hit or miss. Backup guitarist and bass player were fine, though both looked out of place on stage. Set list has nearly all of their best material. Thought the audio quality was good, and video quality was average. Haven't listened to the CD yet. The package is a steal for $17 - buy it if you're a Bad Company fan or just like good classic rock. It's unfortunate that the only live recording by the group in their prime is not readily available; hopefully it will be re-released sometime soon. On another note, the occasional crowd shots were amusing - lot of folks well past their prime!
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Christopher GlennReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
T Short's review is correct. The video quality is not great.
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I agree with T Short's review regarding teh video quality. The video quality is not great and is very grainy for a modern day Blu-ray. It almost looks like there's static in the video at times. That said, the performance by the band, especially Paul Rodgers, is fantastic. The sound quality is great, and the bonus audio CD of the performance is a big plus. It's hard to understand how such a modern HD recording ended up so grainy, but this Blu-ray is still worth buying if you're a Bad Co. fan. Paul Rodgers "Live in Glasgow" is a better recording. Too bad they didn't use the same production team for this release.
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