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LIVE IN CONCERT: BREMEN, GERMANY 1980 (DVD)

Sky

 

Eclectic Prog

4.04 | 5 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
4 stars The sky is the limit

Here we have a performance by Sky, recorded and filmed for the German TV programme Musik Laden. While the DVD states that the event took place in 1980, the band's official website claims that this information is mistaken and that it was actually in 1979. The track list shown on the DVD is also almost completely mistaken (according to the same source). I don't actually own this DVD, but have seen the contents on YouTube.

Sky was here a very tight unit and the performance is close to perfect as far as the playing goes, the band also seem to enjoy what they are doing. However, the interaction with the audience is minimal at best. With the exception of keyboard player Francis Monkman (ex-Curved Air), the band is sitting down during the whole show and so is the audience. Monkman is the liveliest of the performers and he shines on piano, harpsichord, and various other keyboard instruments. The band's website gives an explanation for the somewhat lukewarm audience response. This was very early on in the band's career and it is probable that the audience just didn't know what to expect from these guys. Perhaps, it didn't fit their expectations. It does fit mine, however.

Sky are obviously highly talented musicians and there is a very nice balance between acoustic and electric instruments. The rest of the band consists of John Williams on classic guitars, Kevin Peek on electric guitars, Herbie Flowers on electric bass, and Tristan Fry on drums and xylophone. The set list is appealingly varied and alternates between up-tempo "bouncy" numbers that bring to mind Alan Parsons Project-instrumentals, and gorgeous classical and folky pieces. In the folkier moments they remind me of Mike Oldfield and Gordon Giltrap, and in the more classically oriented, mellow numbers Steve Hackett's Classical side comes to mind.

The sound and picture quality are not perfect, but the quality of the music itself easily makes up for those minor flaws. In the end, this is a very enjoyable experience and in my opinion this outshines the band's studio releases. Even though they are not the liveliest of performers, there is more life and energy in these live performances than what one finds on the studio recordings.

Very nice!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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