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Yngwie Malmsteen
Live In Budokan (DVD)
March 2015
Released: 2009, Rising Force Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

When Yngwie first took control of his own career, he created his own record label, Rising Force Records. LIVE IN BUDOKAN was the first DVD on his own label but technically is a reissue because it first came out in Japan back in 1994 and is his fifth video overall. They also changed the cover art as well.

The title is self-explanatory is shows Yngwie in his stronghold of Japan doing a live show that was on the Seventh Sign Tour. There are not any bonus features on this, no booklet, just the straight up live concert. There is a brief interview with Yngwie, inexplicably inserted about one-third of the way through the concert.

Overall the visual quality is acceptable but not great by modern standards. It’s probably about a five or six camera shoot. Shots of the crowd show how big the place is and how popular Yngwie is. The show is good, lots of energy, it is good to see Mike Terrana with his huge hair, before he started doing the mohawk look. The band is on fire, all at the top of their game.

For just a normal concert video with no extras I’m giving this a higher score than I might normally, only beause Yngwie is my favourite guitarist.
Track Listing

1. Toccata (J.S. Bach)
2. Never Die
3. Bedroom Eyes
4. Rising Force
5. Bad Blood
6. Forever One
7. Interview I
8. Pyramid of Cheops
9. Drum Solo
10. Seventh Sign
11. Guitar Solo
12. Interview II
13. You Don't Remember
14. Keyboard Solo
15. Brothers
16. Crash and Burn
17. Heaven Tonight
18. Interview III
19. Black Star
20. I'll See the Light Tonight


Yngwie J. Malmsteen Guitar
Mats Olausson Keyboards
Mike Terrana Drums
Michael Vescera Vocals
Barry Sparks Bass



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