This set comes as a DVD/ CD combo, but after listening and viewing the DVD, I can't imagine when I would ever listen to the CD. This CD's is even missing some great songs and the sound quality of the DVD is terrific. Even if I simply wish to hear music, I'll load the DVD.
And the video is terrific too, almost on the level of Blu-ray.
The DVD has a mini interview/photo shoot where both Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler talk about the project that became their previous album. Emmylou even refers to the excellent and successful CD "Neck And Neck" with both Knopfler and Chet Atkins. There are some other nice things included, such as a warm-up session where the players all sit around and play acoustically to get into the mind-set for the show, a little jam session.
The actual concert was a nice mix of Country, Country Rock, Bluegrass and even a couple of Dire Straits tunes. Knopfler is not stingy about allowing Harris to sing songs from the back catalog, and some of the duets from even the Dire Straits era sound like they could have been cut for the last project!
Knopfler collected a band with great players, like the guitarist Richard Bennett..
Less is the performance of the grey-haired Emmylou Harris. She's wooden and sometimes her voice is rather soft. To match the strong guitar play from Knopfler I had preferred the Country singer Ilse Delange or Sheryl Crow. Like Harris both have outstanding voices and are guitar players too (and great body-talk).
All songs are terrific, but my favorite songs are: I Dug Up A Diamond (not on the CD), Romeo And Juliet, Song For Sonny Liston (not on the CD) and Our Shangri-La. Songs with a lot of Knopfler guitar solos.
O.K. For the record, aside from my less remark above, this DVD/CD set is a must have!
- Performance: Mark Knopfler + band: 5/5; Emmylou Harris: 3/5
- DVD/CD transfer: 5/5