I have been a collector of DVD's since they came out.
A very specific kind of DVD, NOT MOVIES -- but,...LIVE concerts DVD's. Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Crosby Stills and Nash...to Jimi Hendrix, to 25 other bands--..my weakness is LIVE CONCERT DVD's.
I own literally hundreds of them. I'm a sucker for LIVE music.
When I go to a a record store, I look for rare imports of DVD's. On EBAY, I look for rare concert DVD's.
Something happened this past week, that hit me like a freight train.
I bought the most amazing DVD I have ever purchased. I've bought many lame DVD's, so I was due)
It is called "L.A.Blues", by the Rolling Stones...(I'll provide the link at the end of this post, in case you are interested.)
It's a concert from July 11, 1975 at the LA Forum.
It is a 3 camera production of the GREATEST Rock N' Roll Band, on a GREAT NIGHT, captured on film. It's 26 songs and visuals of simply amazing content. (pro-shot)
Keith, Mick and Charley, in their early 30's....with, Ron Wood, who JUST joined the band, prior to this tour.
The content is THE BEST of all my Stones DVD's I own, including all of their official releases..BY FAR. I can't stop watching it.
So, I'm on the couch, watching it last night, (volume up) and my loving wife says, "This is horrible, the picture quality is horrific, making it unwatchable, and the sound is pathetic, you like this?"
And, it hit me.
She is right, the way it was filmed in 1975 - and the fact that it is a BOOTLEG, has meant that the quality is poor, at best.
But, you know what - it has the GREATEST content I have ever witnessed on a DVD.
Does Technology own the content of the future?
Will future generations ONLY EVER get a chance to see, and witness things recorded in "High Definition" or HD quality - or some other futuristic format?
Will incredible content, NEVER GET SEEN, because it was recorded BEFORE TECHNOLOGY advances?
With IPODS....Home Theaters....and, new gadgets coming out, will anyone want to hear my AUDIENCE COPIES of bootlegs from the Grateful Dead? (Meaning, someone who recorded a DEAD show, with a microphone and was NOT plugged into the soundboard...)
Will, technology render them useless, and nothing more than garbage, to future generations, even though the content is TOPS?
Will old content NEVER GET A CHANCE, to become someone in the future's, favorite musical choice?
Those Grateful Dead Audience tapes that I own, have energy and feeling...that no SoundBoard recording, can ever capture.
This 1975 Rolling Stones DVD, with incredible footage, and mind blowing performances by the members of the Rolling Stones....will NEVER get the respect it deserves, because it is grainy, poor quality -- and a C+ in terms of audio...
But, to me it's priceless. It's worth it's weight in gold.
Here is the AMAZON link for the product, although I just noticed it's not for sale anymore..(read another buyers comments in the comments section of the link.) If you are interested, contact me, either in comments or whatever, and I'll provide the seller's email address) -- here is the AMAZON LINK For The Rolling Stones LA BLUES.
Content is king...no matter the quality....and that's my motto.
I've figured out that technology, with all it's advances, is still SECOND to me. I'll take grainy recordings, poor audio, and old time formats, to stay in my life - to provide a link - to HIGH QUALITY.
But, I'm afraid content may be losing out to technology.
Time for some 8 Track's Cartridges, to make a personal reappearance...
Content #1, Technology #2.