Half Of The ShowBrucevideos version Date: 23 Jan 1981 Location: The Forum, Montreal, Canada Format: DVD Duration: –
02- OUT IN THE STREET
03- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
04- DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
05- INDEPENDENCE DAY
06- WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN
07- PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
08- TWO HEARTS
09- RACING IN THE STREET
10- THE RIVER
12- THUNDER ROAD
13- CADILLAC RANCH
14- SHERRY DARLING
15- HUNGRY HEART
17- YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)
2004 BruceVideos Production
This DVD is a showpiece for two brand new sources that were, until now, incirculated. The first set (Night thru Thunder Road) is from a first generation video which is sadly incomplete. The second set is sourced from second generation tape and is noticably inferior.
It is the remarkable dubbed audio however that is the highlight, and lifts the footage to being amongst the very best camcoder videos from the 1980s. Superb quality, excellent definition and arguably the finest audience tape from the entire River tour. Unfortuantely this audience tape is incomplete, and cuts after You Can Look.
This tape is represented on this DVD in two forms - a 'remixed' version with fuller, more rounded and punchy sound, or untouched as it came straight of the masters. Press the 'audio' button on your remote control to switch between the two. The default audio is the remaster.
Grateful thanks to Frank and all others who made this possible.
Notes from BruceDVDs:
'Half of the Show' from Brucevideos showcases both new video and new audio sources of this well-known cine film. Unfortunately, as the name suggests, both are incomplete.
The video is a little unsteady and distant, but this first generation copy is a major improvement. The colours are now more solid and the better definition reveals new detail. However, it cuts out after 'Thunder Road', at which point the DVD reverts back to the previously circulated second generation video.
As if the picture quality upgrade wasn't enough, the new dubbed audio is simply outstanding. This excellent audience recording is perhaps the best available from 'The River' Tour. What's more, the DVD offers alternative streams of both the original master tape sound and a remastered version with extra 'punch'. The new audio cuts out after 'You Can Look' and the remainder of the show is not present on the DVD at all, since there would have been no improvement over the previous release.
The usual high standard of animated menus and intro sequence that we have come to expect from Brucevideos are present and correct. This version has transformed what was frankly a difficult viewing experience into a much more enjoyable DVD. Given the rarity of 'The River' footage, this is a highly recommended upgrade.