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  • Thomas Hoenisch wrote on November 14, 2006 report

    I had been lucky enough to be part of the audience during this legendary concert in Offenbach, Germany. This had been one of the loudest concerts I've listened to, apart from a concert of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971. The concert hall in Offenbach is formed like a shell, and I had a seat in the last row. Though I was blown away by mere volume.

    Maybe that's also a reason for the [imho] mediocre sound quality. Wayne Shorter's sax is NOT amplified to the level of the rest of the group during the whole concert. So he is really enjoyable only when soloing unaccompanied.

    Joe Zawinul's keyboards had been badly balanced, too. That becomes especially evident when he plays the acoustic piano.

    The video quality isn't satisfying, too. But one has to keep in mind that the concert took place in 1978. Some of the bootleg videos at YouTube are better nowadays, but that only proves how much video technology has improved during those almost 30 years.

    Anyway, it's a great document of a really great (and long - >2 hours) concert of one of the [imho] greatest bands of the 20th century. Jaco's unaccompanied solo is outstanding, and it's also interesting to see the young Peter Erskine playing his ass off in this band after his early experiences in a big band.