Van Halen

Live: Right Here, Right Now [Video]

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Van Halen's Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now was released in 1993, before the embarrassing personnel meltdown that sent the band into Spinal Tap obscurity. Fans looking to capture the glory days before the ship went down will learn that something was rotten in Halen-town before the public knew it. The DVD contains a live concert (with Sammy Hagar of course). Unlike the live CD of the same name, the DVD and video for Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now is only a collection of performances from the band's 1991-1992 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour. The DVD contains 17 tracks, unlike the album's 24 recorded from 1985 to 1992. Diehards might think they want this release, but there are some flaws which they will definitely notice. Filmed over multiple nights, the audio might be from the best performance, but the visuals are often from both the concerts spliced together. It is distracting to see Hagar "changing" clothes in the middle of songs. It also implies that the band was not "on" enough to get a performance filmed in one live show or one live take. During "Judgment Day," for example, Hagar's shirt under a yellow jacket changes from the same yellow to a striking red like some psychedelic strobe light. Some of the show is fun, but it is hard to giving a ringing endorsement to a product so clearly unprofessional. The sound is not in Dolby, either, and there are no DVD extras here, making it a skimpy product. (You know a DVD is lame if the fact that it is in color is advertised among the edition's details!) Hagar has even implied that a lot of post-production was added to their later live material, making one wonder if what is heard is actually live, or is it Memorex? The DVD includes too many songs from their weak For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and not enough greatest hits like "Jump." Sadly, the DVD does not include songs that were part of other audio presentations. The absence of "Panama," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and "Why Can't This Be Love" is senseless. Avoid unless you have money to burn. And, even then, you might enjoy burning your money than seeing this DVD take up space on your shelf.

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