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4.26 | 29 ratings

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4 stars Not easy. No, it's not easy speaking of a DVD from a concert when you saw the band live recently. Is it the joy of meeting old friends again? Feeling the same musical emotion, the same communion again? Yes, when they are friends, more precisely people you met, interviewed, discovering a depth, kindness, sense of humour you rarely find in this musical world, it's difficult. Not so easy analysing the kind of happiness you feel. But if I just began by saying those guys are brilliant, this would be the best way, don't you think?! When speaking of RPWL, the comparison to Pink Floyd comes to the mind quickly! But who cares? It's not so easy playing like those megastars! An influence the band recognizes: they generally play gorgeous reprises of the British combo. Here we have 'Biding my Time'. An honest, merry tribute but not an awesome one. I remember a more vibrating version of 'Cymbaline'. And I forget to mention this DVD also features a tremendous version of Syd Barett's 'Opel'. Except the reprises, this DVD is a must by the selection the songs of RPWL's repertoire, by the instrumentation (vintage keyboards, fluid guitars close to Gilmour's of course) and the omnipresence of Yogi 'Bear' Lang. The whole lot illustrated by a splendid lightshow with images, cartoons... You need some highlights? 'Hole in the Sky', '3 Lights', 'Silenced' (I like the political lyrics of this song), the humorous 'This is not a Prog Song' (and the reprises including Status Quo's 'Rock around the World' and even a French nursery rhyme!), the poetic 'Waiting for a Smile', the Oriental touches of 'Trying to Kiss the Sun'... Add a perfect sound and image, an evident joy in playing, positive vibrations while underlining some deep problems of our society (communication breakdown, greed ('Wasted Land'), war?). Yes, believe me, this RPWL Experience is an unforgettable one.
Thierry | 4/5 |


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