DVD review: INXS – Live Baby Live

INXS - Live Baby Live

Eagle [Release date 26.06.20]

INXS are one of the few bands that could blend rock, pop and dance music and successfully take it to the stadiums all over the world. They were an absolute machine of a band, and no matter what twists and turns Michael Hutchence’s life took in the following years, there is no doubt in my mind that this performance shows one of the world’s last great rock stars, and bands, at the top of their game.

Eagle Rock Films has fully remastered, remixed and restored the original live recording of the band’s 1991 show at London’s Wembley Stadium, in what is said to have been a year long, and frame by frame, project and it was during this that the footage of “Lately” was rediscovered and added to the film, which was directed by the legendary David Mallett.

The audio release was remastered by INXS executive music director Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios (the studio made famous by his father George and his work with The Beatles) featuring the same setlist but recorded at various shows on the band’s Summer XS tour.

The show itself was the final date of INXS’ year long X-Factor Tour in support of their recent X album, and, as I can testify, was a great show. I am a huge fan of the band and this was the first time of many that I saw them live.

As you would expect, the setlist itself features nearly every track from the massively successful “Kick” album (and I can tell you that I was over the moon at this as the album still remains one of my favourites) and a fair few tracks from X. I remember thinking at the time that “By Your Side” and “The Stairs” were an indication of the sonic shift from “Kick” to where INXS were heading, and although I may have been unreceptive at the time, I have reconsidered this over the years.

With no sign of a weak moment throughout the setlist, the highlights are many. “Disappear”, “Original Sin” , “Suicide Blond” and “Never Tear Us Apart” are all good starting points, but let’s face it, if you are buying this release then you are already well aware of the material included..

This newly restored “Live Baby Live” is a must for fans on INXS, but more then that, it is a great document to a band the likes of which we may never see again.  *****

Review by Nikk Gunns (In the Sky)


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