*featuring Jimmy Barnes
DTS, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 2/0 PCM stereo
Live At The Basement
Smoky, bluesy, witty, honest, basic.
Live At The Basement highlights Jon Lord as the exquisite master of rock'n'blues Hammond. Backed by a low-key blues band, he effortlessly makes his beast weep, roar and whine.
The comfortably seated sell-out audience is taken by the hand and lead at a leisurely pace through a competent mixture of traditional blues classics and the odd original song. The show was broadcast live online at the time, and such was the intensity and excitement of the performance that the webcast inspired instant goosebumps in this online viewer on the other side of the globe.
As they were held up by a TV appointment, the band arrives late onstage. 'We were live on TV', quibs Lord - 'it's better than being dead on TV!'
The atmosphere soon intensifies as Lord proceeds to mesmerise the crowd with dazzling improvisations thought never to appear again. In particular the passages where he signals for the backing to pause and let him take the lead on his own are entranching. Snatches of Lazy and passages that transport you back to Lord's early career marathon solos abound.
Between the songs Jon Lord entertains the crowd with anecdotes from an illustrious career with the odd loving stab at his old soloing opponent Ritchie Blackmore. Sadly an eloquent comment on the then impending war in Iraq has been edited out.
The camera work is right on the spot, offering pristine close ups of the maestro's hands at work. The Basement DVD lets you view it all again in the comfort of your living room. Turn the lights down and the volume up and you're right there next to the snarling Hammond. Fans of Jon Lord's signature Hammond work will treasure the golden moments on this DVD.
Live At The Basement was filmed at Sydney's famous downtown The Basement venue on February 9, 2003. Save for one or two between-song comments, the DVD features the complete show.