Music Blu-ray Review: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Live in Dublin

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Eagle Rock Entertainment issued this blast of nostalgic, pop rock fun a few months back. Fans of Hall & Oates are sure to be tickled by Live in Dublin, a hits-laden concert video taped on July 15, 2015 at Dubin's Olympia Theatre. This is the duo's first new concert video release in seven years. More significantly, the show was their first ever performance in Dublin.

The rambunctious Dublin audience is a large factor in what makes the concert so enjoyable. These Dublin fans are so visibly and audibly stoked to see Hall & Oates live, it really boosts the band's performance to another level. The band sounds great, Daryl Hall is in strong voice, and John Oates' guitar licks have sufficient sizzle. The 15-tune set list opens with "Maneater" and keeps cranking out hits from that point onward. From "Out of Touch" to "Rich Girl," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" to "Private Eyes," Live in Dublin is a reminder of how dominant these guys were on Top 40 radio from the late-'70s right through to the close of the '80s.

As is usually the case for Eagle Rock's concert video releases, the Blu-ray offers a stellar audio/visual presentation. The high definition transfer has all the hallmarks of a modern live performance video, including outstanding fine detail and clarity. More importantly, the audio rocks. Viewers have the choice between a robust DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround mix and a simpler, yet still punchy, LPCM 2.0 stereo mix.

A pair of interview featurettes is included as bonuses. One is called "Dublin Calling" and the other is "The Band." They run about seven minutes apiece and are nothing special, but it's nice to have a little extra content nonetheless. The only complaint here is that, at well under two hours, the concert could've been a bit longer and included a deeper look into the band's back catalog. But as happy as Dublin was to see their heroes "making up for lost time," fans of Hall & Oates in general shouldn't hesitate in snatching this one up.

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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