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David Byers
5 stars This long awaited DVD release of Supersister's " Supersisterious" live concert release from a few years back should drive fans to seek out a "region free" DVD player in quick haste to enjoy this one over and over.After the first 20 minutes of this stunning live retrospective of the band's first 3 LPs, you feel you've eaten an aural feast - and there's more than an hour and a half of excellent sounds yet to experience. Supersister were a specimen unto itself, crafting wry,popish snippits of songs within a juicy,trippy,sonic landscape that included;wildly fluctuating time signatures,kitchy sci-fi passages,deep soul-jazz grooves,bossanova,proto speed-metal ( without guitar!!!),catchy interwoven riifs and savoury elements of total dischord. It's hard to believe any band could tie all these elements seamlessly... and a group of Dutch teens at that!!!! I first heard about the band because my aunt in Holland had been sending me Dutch music mags thru the late 60s and early 70s although I didn't know the language. And she would send over records I'd ask for. I remember seeing a 4 star review of "Present From Nancy" in Muziek Expres. I was fascinated and so a copy was sent to along me.It gotta be one of the most "out of left field" revelations in 70's prog - and sounds just as great today... Supersister came about in the second wave of highly inventive Dutch rock. the first, with bands breaking the R&B (Pretty Things...)mode of things such as;Ro-d-ys,Sandy Coast, and Groep 1859 (whom Supersister owe at least a passing nod...).By 69/70, bands with instumental muscle and inventiveness found alot of success. Among those,Solution,Earth & Fire,Focus gained fans in the States and around the world. Supersister though, have had a fervent, loyal, if scattered following even through the years passed their break-up in 1974. Progfest wooed them out of retirement and to LA at the turn of the Millenium. They then had a series of concert triumphs (in Holland...) and sadly their charismatic flute player, Sacha, died suddenly and it was all over. This DVD set is a testiment to the power of their music and fanbase.One DVD has a touching documentry on their re-union gig at Progfest peppered with adoring fans and excellent rehearsals. A triumph... It too, has a Dutch 11 minute documentry when the band has just released "Present From Nancy" and a lengthy photo retrospective set to music. The jewel of course is the DVD of the Amsterdam re-union gig from 2000. The band sails through their complex body of work like assassins - with all the wit,musicianship,dexterity that floored listeners apon hearing their debut LP in 1970.
David Byers | 5/5 |


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