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4.28 | 10 ratings | 3 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Time Stands Still
2. Crazy
3. Dreamer
4. Delicate Flame of Desire
5. I Should Have Known
6. After the Rain
7. Strange Behaviour
8. Tell Me Why
9. Heaven Can Wait
10. The Right Time
11. Everything Must Change
12. Must Be the Devil
13. The Storm
14. Heart of Stone

Line-up / Musicians

- Rachel Jones / vocals, percussion
- Ian Jones / bass, acoustic guitar
- Jonathan Edwards / keyboards
- Paul Davies / lead guitar
- Gavin John Griffiths / drums
- Anne-Marie Helder / vocals, flutes, percussion

Releases information

DVD Classic Rock Legends (CRL) 1083 (2003) (UK)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
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Review by Tarcisio Moura
5 stars After hearing their Strange Behaviour live CD I was looking for this DVD for a long time, guessing it might be good, since the CD had that kind of sound hinting that the show was a brilliant event. Well, all I can say is Live In The USA is much more than I expected for. This DVD shows the band at their absolute peak. Not only the group delivered a great sound but also an excellent all around performance. I mean, their show is as good in sound as it is visually and not only because Rachel Jones and Anne-Marie Helder are gorgeus women! Their vocal interplay is stunning, very delicate and subtle most of the time, and yet strong and beautiful. Very original and the highlight of the show. The girls also have a great stage presence, moving around all the time, smiling, playing and generally having a good time. They seem to be enjoying the evening as much as the audience!

The rest of the band provides a solid sound but the star of the show instrumentally is obviously guitarrist Paul Davies, with his tasteful electric guitar licks and solos, in the best David Gilmour tradition. While it is true that all the musicians are highly skilled ones, there are no ego battles anywhere. Everybody seems to be working their best for the music itself. If you pay attention youŽll notice how good everyone of them is and how they fill every possible spot with the necessary amount of notes to highlight the melody. Nothing more, nothing less. If youŽre looking for virtuosity displays, look somewhere else. Here the band is playing for the music.

The sound and filming are very good, with some quite creative using of editing. The band plays so good sometimes you might think they are actually mimicking to a CD, like youŽd spect from a prog group (some bum notes here and there proves they are not!). On the down side I could point the absence of extras, the short time (but they actually play most of their better material) and the sadness of knowning the band broke up soon after this tour. I can only wonder how popular they could get if they stayed together and released at least one more album with this line up (Anne-Marie Helder was only added recently, even though it seems she was forever in the group judging her perfomance here).

One of the best DVDs in my collection. Great show and a must have for anyone who likes melodic prog music with a touch of celtic, new age and folk influences. The combination of fine songs, amazing vocals, thight musicanship and brilliant stage perfomance allows me no less than a 5 star rating. A classic!

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3 stars Well I hate to be the one to say something negative about a band I loved, but... I found this DVD to be a bit of a disappointment after their previous release. First of all I'm not a fan of "live" shows which are broken up with interview snippets as to me it spoils the flow. Plus I found the ... (read more)

Report this review (#272667) | Posted by Zathras | Thursday, March 18, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I got to learn Karnataka by means of two compilation Classic Rock DVDŽs. The band grasped my attention because of their original sound that was quite difficult to get into and because of the more than attractive female singer, Rachel Jones. A stunning beautiful lady with a low but expressive voi ... (read more)

Report this review (#159822) | Posted by Theo Verstrael | Saturday, January 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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