Post by Kelvin Walker on Feb 20, 2020 23:41:00 GMT
I found a Facebook group created on the 8th February 2020, which shows classic music performances transferred from Black and White to Colour.
Acts so far added are as follows: The Who, The High Numbers , The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Slade, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Zombies, Elvis Presley, The Ronettes, Bo Diddley, The Temptations.
Its look excellent and it seems more performances will be added in due course.
I haven't watched any of them, but just seeing the thumbnails tells me I don't need to. As I've pointed out elsewhere, I'm not against colourization if there are accurate reference points (i.e. colour photos of The Beatles performing 'All You Need Is Love'), but otherwise it is just the new "reprocessed stereo" that ruined so many mono recordings in the late '60s and '70s. Just my opinion...
Well there's an even newer reason to hate these botched clips. The audio!! It's brain melting, with a mixture of mainly sped up backing but weirdly some element of 'robot running out of power' on the vocals??!! Or just go straight to the 'Tin soldier' hatchet job to see no syncing whatsoever. Horrid.
While the Beatles video particularly is amazingly well done, and the technology is incredible, I also like the past being presented as it was at the time. If it's monochrome originally, leave it alone. That goes for 4x3 shape as well.
The ‘I Feel Fine’ video has the advantage of taking place on a stark mostly monochrome set, and the fact there are colour reference photos for every element seen in it. Still the flesh tones aren’t convincing though.
Personally - and that's all opinions can ever be - I find the colourised versions are easier on the eye, as watching anything of any duration in monochrome is very unlike our real life view. I think the two versions can exist side-by-side with no issues: you pays yer money and takes yer choc ice, as I'm sure Barry Norman never said.