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3 stars I knew the band when I chased a lot of IQ albums in mid nineties and found JADIS because I would say that this band was half-IQ as two out of its four members were also active members of IQ, i.e. John Jowitt (bass) and Martin Orford (keys). I got this DVD last year by accident when I happened to visit one of DVD stores in Jakarta and purchased it immediately. It's not a regret at all because this DVD represents the band's energetic performance especially through the act of the mastermind Gary Chandler who played guitar and also as lead singer and also John Jowitt. Gary delivered his guitar playing style with stunning solo dynamically on stage. He seemed like the commander of the show because almost all tracks played were led by guitar work (and also vocal). Jadis music has been categorized under neo prog which I think it's another side of neo if you still wish categorize it that way. Why? Because I rarely find any Jadis songs with great melody. Most of their compositions are guitar/keyboard packed music with relatively flat vocal melody. That's why I have never paid detail attention to the band's albums even though I have some 6 or 7 of their albums.

Beside Gary who became the attraction point, I also enjoy the performance of John Jowitt on stage. He used 6-string (I think) bass guitar and he produced excellent and solid bass lines. I really enjoy the bass sounds produced through this live reacrt - neat and crispy. Martin Orford played really well and he sometimes performed backing vocals as well.

I find that after track four this DVD is becoming a bit boring even though I still consider that this is a good live record, but not essential. Keep on proggin' ..!

Progressively yours,


Gatot | 3/5 |


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