>> Soundstage Presents: Umphrey’s McGee Live (2009)

Title: Soundstage Presents: Umphrey’s McGee Live

Genre: Live Music

Starring: Umphrey's McGee

Director: Joe Thomas

Studio: E1 Entertainment U.S.

Runtime: 132 mins

Release Date: June 2, 2009

Format: DVD

Discs: 1

MPAA Rating: NR

Rating: 3.05 (out of 4.00)

Grade: B

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My first and only exposure to Umphrey’s McGee came earlier this year with their new album, Mantis. At the time, I was nervous given various descriptions that I had read, categorizing them as a jam band. The closest to jam band that I like is The Mars Volta and even that description falls short of doing them justice.

At any rate, this DVD features a performance from 2007 and thus before Mantis, save for one of the songs that pops up as a bonus track. Apparently Mantis really did show the band moving from just jamming constantly to trimming the fat and rocking out with a purpose.

Unfortunately (at least for me), this DVD showcases UM jam banding it with the best of them…Phish particularly comes to mind. You’ve got 15 tracks spread over 2+ hours. You do the math. Don’t get me wrong. These guys are absolutely phenomenal musicians. And their talents are on full display on this DVD. But after a little while, my eyes start to glaze over from all of the noodling going on. While I dug Mantis, this one is probably not going into the collection.

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