Paul Rodgers & Friends
Live At Montreux 1994 (DVD)
Released: 2011, Eagle Vision
Bad Company/Free vocalist and frontman Paul Rodgers takes to the stage at the infamous Montreux Jazz Festival for a solo performance with an all-star line-up including Neal Schon and Jason Bonham and making appearances are Brian May of Queen and some Blues greats. For this show, Paul performs songs from both Free and Bad Company along with some old Blues numbers.
As with most of the Montreux releases the quality is quite good and rarely shows signs of aging. This is one occasion where the video looks slightly dated and not as crisp as most. This however does not distract from the performance and music which is what matters the most. Rodgers is on top of his game as he belts out the timeless classics from his old bands that include “Feel Like Makin’ Love” “Can’t Get Enough” and “All Right Now” along with some familiar blues numbers and a couple of obscure ones as well to keep it fresh and interesting. One of the disc’s hi-lights is the performance of “Good Morning Little School Girl”. Brian May comes onstage for this tune and lays down some killer guitar with that distinct sound only he can produce. Another stand out is the performance of “Crossroads” with its multi-guitar attack. There are many great tunes on this DVD that you cannot pick just one favorite.
Another great release from Eagle but not up to their usual high standards. As was mentioned earlier the video quality looks a little dated which you would kind of expect. The other issue with this DVD is the camera angles. You hardly ever get any good shots of the band except for Rodgers. They do zero in on the guitar during solos. the most noticeable are Brian May’s. I don’t believe they zoom in on Bonham at all or Schon for that matter. They tend to focus on Rodgers which is a shame as he has an excellent band with him. A good release but not one of Eagle’s best.