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3 stars Sometimes stuff sounds better 30 years on

It was a real nostalgia trip spending a Saturday night with three overpaid but well meaning lads from England. I can remember watching some of these clips in the 1980s with one of my oldest friends, a deep and complicated man I really miss. But back then we were simply party hounds into prog rock who spent many a night getting out of our minds, having long conversations, and rocking out to music and video of every stripe. Phil and the Charterhouse boys were ridiculed often then, but perhaps time can change perspective, as 30 years on some of this material feels pretty good to old ears. But back then we called most of these tracks utter crap as we sought more interesting fare.

This DVD collection uses an oddly successful tactic of going backwards chronologically rather than forwards. Almost like a concert, feed em the new stuff early when they're most pumped because the older material will have them eating from your hand anyway. I like live video much better than thematic promos, so stuff like "No Son of Mine" and "Land of Confusion" were painful. But I truly enjoyed many of the late 70s to early 80s tracks that showed the band performing the song, even if lip-synched. They were presented with decent sound quality and machine gun efficiency, no obnoxious banter or delay between the songs. So while a promos collection cannot take the place of getting a live Genesis DVD to enjoy, if you already have those and are wondering if you should add this one, I'd say why not? It is fun viewing despite not being the cream of the Charterhouse crop.

And cheers my old friend. I will miss those smoky nights till my last breath. You were such a character and you didn't play their game. You stared down this society and lived an absolute, unapologetic middle-finger response to it. Our own suburban Oscar Wilde.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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