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Kayak In Concert - Merlin, Bard of the Unseen album cover
4.74 | 31 ratings | 2 reviews | 61% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

DVD 1 - Merlin, Bard of the Unseen
1. Merlin
2. Tintangel
3. The Future King
4. The Sword in the Stone
5. When the Seer Looks Away
6. Branded
7. At Arthur's Court
8. The Otherworld
9. The Purest of Knights
10. Friendship and Love
11. The King's Enchanter
12. Niniane (Lady of the Lake)
13. The Last Battle
14. Avalon

Total Time 80:00

DVD 2 - Greatest Hits
1. Close to the Fire
2. Two Wrongs
3. Periscope Life (with Edward Reekers)
4. Ruthless Queen (with: Edward Reekers)
5. Mammoth
6. Wintertime
7. Starlight Dancer
8. Change for a Lifetime
9. Full Circle

Total Time 45:00

Bonus features:
- The Making of Merlin
- Interviews

Line-up / Musicians

- Ton Scherpenzeel / keyboards, backing vocals
- Pim Koopman / drums, backing vocals
- Bert Heerink / lead & backing vocals
- Rob Vunderink / guitars, lead & backing vocals
- Bert Veldkamp / bass
- Joost Vergoossen / electric & acoustic guitars
- Cindy Oudshoorn / lead & backing vocals
- Edward Reekers / lead vocals (special guest)

Releases information

Studio: Alpha Centauri Ent.
Enchanced Widescreen Letterbox 16x9 TV 1.78:1
Dolby Digital 2.0 (bitrate 448 kbps/s)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (bitrate 448 kbps/s)
DTS 5.1 Surround (bitrate 754 kbps/s)
Running Time: 166 min
Duo DVD Digipack Slipcase with Booklet, 22 pages

Recorded on 3rd of May 2003 in the Orpheus Theatre. Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. DVD 1 contains the complete rock opera Merlin - The Bard of the Unseen. DVD 2 contains the second part of the concert, performing their greatest hits. Pal/All Region/Includes making of 'Merlin'.

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(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(61%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
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Review by friso
5 stars No review yet?! I love the Merlin Bard of the Unseen cd so I was very interested in this good packaged live dvd of KAYAK. I knew all the songs by heart en was exited about how the songs would sounds live. Who are they, what do these guys look like?

First of all some technical information. The stage is beautifully built. It has the feel of a real mideavel period-like style. Some modern ballet dancers are invited to help building up the extravaganza. The concert is recorded in very good sharp quality. The sound quality is very good, all instruments are amplified very good and the total mix is perfect to. A bit strange is the fact that Kayak plays click track (on a metronome) because of the symphony parts that due to financial impossibility couldn't be played live. This is a bit of a pitty, but considering Kayak-members have never seen a penny for their hard work this is acceptable. This is what you could call a 'hobby', they all have fulltime jobs.

For information about how Kayak sound on the Merlin, bard of the unseen album check my review (or those of others) of the cd version of the music. In summary: it has a lot of magical and medieval themes accompanied by an orchestra and more vocalist playing different roles in the story. Sometimes very emotional driven, sometimes technically very interesting, most of the time both.

This release has two dvd's. The first one is the live theatre version of Merlin - Bard of the Unseen with some additional storytelling with some graphic assistence. DVD two contains a second set with some hits of Kayak's past. Well... to be honest... I have never completely finished dvd 2. It so much less interesting then dvd 1. Besides that, Bert Heerink hasn't got a voice like the '70 Kayak vocalist had, so the songs sound a bit out of place here. His vocals are better on the live cd Change for a livetime (concerning old Kayak songs). His vocals for dvd 1 are great. But my point here is that DVD 1 is of our progressive main concern.

DVD 1 proofs to be the best Kayak recording ever made. All vocalist shine in their roles. Also a lot of effort was taken to make the acts and plays look real. The actings therefore is much better then I had expected. At the time Cindy Oudshoorn was still a guest in Kayak, now she is an bandmember. This dvd made fans of Kayak cry for more of her! She sings good on the cd, but live she's even better! Here acting is good, her vocals perfectly in tune with the expressed emotions in the lyrics. Also Rob Vunderink plays a great role in the piece. His role as the basterd sun is greatly performed, he truly is a basterd rocker of a sun. He shines in the last battle more then ever. Joost Vergoossen hasn't played long with Kayak but proofs to be a great guitarist. His live performance is flawless and his solo's even sound better and more alive then on the cd. Hardcoremembers and composers Ton Scherpenzeel en Pim Koopmans also play very good, as always. The one-handed-keyboard solo's of Ton scherpeen still amaze me. Pim Koopmans plays very functional here.

The story of this dvd makes everyone who sees it silent till the end. From the great Merlin to the ending song Avalon the positive tension is kept alive. This is a true masterpiece of a live recording. It is a dvd you must watch with complete attention though, it's not suited for a background kind of setting.

This is a true highlight in Kayak's long career. I give DVD 1 five stars, DVD 2 is more of a bonus wich I'm not going to discuss. So... five stars for this great muscial like concept album played live perfectly!

Review by richardh
5 stars Not another prog concept album based around the legend of King Arthur I hear you scream! Well yes but thankfully its actually very good. The album on which this was based originally came out in 1981. 'Merlin' was not a great success partly because the band were releasing something conceptual at a time when 'prog' was at its lowest ebb but also it failed miserably on the artistic side, Kayak hedging their bits and doing a side of AORish songs totally unconnected to the main theme. So all these years later they decided to put this right getting rid of the boring unconnected songs and expanding the main theme to a full blown concept album.

This DVD is one of the accompanying concerts featuring a 'live' orchestra cleverly back projected and various dancers to add extra vibrancy and colour. This could have ended up a load of cheesy nonsense but thanks to the sheer skill and professionalism of this fine band it never becomes so.Tom Shepernzeel perhaps holds it together with his excellent keyboard playing although the rock solid drumming and twin guitarists is also very welcome. The mixture of female and male vocals also works extremely well with occasional duets. Yes it does sound cheesy but in fairness they always play it with a bit of a smile and as a result I find its easy to accept this theatrical approach.

Overall there is nothing to fault on this other than the maddening fact that the extra bonus features includes some interviews with the band members in Dutch and with no sub titles darn it!

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