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Sean Trane
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4 stars Finally this filmed TV broadcast surfaces legitimately, to reveal us a good idea of what that Superb Tramp was able to do on stage in their prime, just after the release of that classic Quietest Moments album. The group actually played at Queen's Mary's College in early November two gigs on successive nights, and to my knowledge both were filmed. Yet this DVD releases only the first night's footage, and even then, it was mostly a short set and surprisingly not featuring that much of their latest album.

Opening on the that instant crowd-pleaser Give A Little Bit, Supertramp plays it safe by featuring their most accessible material, like the bluesy Bloody Well Right with an extended ending section (this is rare enough as the group always tried to be as faithful as possible to the studio versions) and the other hits like Dreamer or Lady. Besides two low-keyed traclks from Moments, the delicious Babaji and From Now On, there is a surprising Poor Boy (with Davies' off-the-wall vocals) and an excellent version of Crisis' Another Man's Woman, where Hodgson shows his guitar skills. If Helliwell's usual clowning and frontman activities can be a slight turn-off, Siebenberg's drumming is quite solid, but it's clear that bassist Thompson is the glue that holds the band together and he gives as usual two excellent performances.

From memory, I remember viewing the second night's set footage once (aired on BBC4 channel a few years back) and the band's last track was a good rendition of the classic Hide In Your Shell, where a all-male (my guess is they were roadies) chorus section joined in at the end. But overall the set-list I remember was roughly the same (albeit shorter) except for Hide In Your Shell. Even if the two set lists were similar, I find it relatively shameful that that second night's performance hasn't been included in this DVD, and just for that, I'll penalize its rating of a half-star, and another for not featuring any of their magnum opuses in the proposed sets on the present. .

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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