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4.04 | 23 ratings

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4 stars This is an almost "Self-made--documentary" on which Thijs van Leer narrates some parts of the history of the band, but without details in personnel changes until 2002. I think that they had in their minds since their early days to make a documentary of the band, because many of the scenes in the retrospective part are like "home-made", with cameras showing the band playing some songs in a house without an audience, and also showing some humour in the personal introductions of each member of the "Moving Waves" album line-up. So, finally van Leer and company decided to release this "self-made-retrospective" from their vaults, and the mateial has good quality. Also, the retrospective shows a clip of the band playing with Philip Catherine (guitar) in the last line-up of the band in the seventies.

For the other parts, there are clips of the band playing live on TV programmes, in 1973, which show good performances of the band. The last Chapter on this DVD shows the performance, in front of an audience, of their "Hamburger Concerto".

I have to say that I expected more from this DVD, but it is still good, and maybe there are other concert performances which could be or have been released on DVD.

All the members of the band were very good in the seventies, but particularly drummer Pierre van der Linden is very good, playing with very good technique. I can`t say anything about the 2002 line-up of the band, because their performance is very brief.

Guillermo | 4/5 |


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