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LIVING IN THE MOONLIGHT

Collage

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3.85 | 40 ratings | 4 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Heroes Cry
2. The Blues
3. Lovely Day
4. In Your Eyes
5. Basnie
6. Kolysanka
7. One of their Kind
8. Wings in the Night
9. Living in the Moonlight
10. Moonshine
11. War is Over
12. God


Bonus features:

Live Videos:
Bootlegged At Stodola, Warsaw 24/03/1995:
13. God

Bootlegged At Uden, Holland 10/06/1995:
14. In Your Eyes
15. The Blues
16. Living In The Moonlight
17. Wings In The Night
18. Kolysanka
19. Moonshine
20. Basnie

Video Clips:
21. Living In The Moonlight
22. Lovely Day
23. Heroes Cry
24. Midnight Flyer

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Amirian / vocals, acoustic guitar
- Mirek Gil / guitar
- Krzysztof Palczewski / keyboards
- Piotr Mintay Witkowski / bass
- Wojtek Szadkowski / drums

Releases information

DVD Metal Mind MMP DVD0039 (2005) Poland

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COLLAGE Living In The Moonlight ratings distribution


3.85
(40 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
38%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
38%
Good, but non-essential (15%)
15%
Collectors/fans only (8%)
8%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by erik neuteboom
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars You can divide this DVD (the running time 240 minutes!) in diferent parts. The first contains a concert from April 1996, recorded in the Polish city Szczecin. It's a very energetic and enthousiastic performance and Collage plays so wonderfully melodic and harmonic with a full symphonic rock sound. The eye-catcher is singer Robert Amirian, he looks like the archetypical hippie and has a fine voice and a convincing stage-act. But second best is guitarplayer Krysiek Palczewski with his pleasant guitarsound, very flowing and harmonic, evoking Steve Rothery. The keyboardwork is beautiful and alternating, from tender pianoplay and sparkling runs to warm strings and a lush orchestral keyboard sound. The concert contains 12 songs, all very tasteful and professionally performed featuring fiery guitar and lush keyboards in "The blues", great vocals, guitar and keyboards in the compelling "In your eyes", howling guitar licks in "Basnie" (from the wonderful debut-album) and a heavy guitar-intro, bombastic keyboards and an excellent, very moving guitarsolo in "God". Then again the song "God", this time from a concert in Warschau from March 1995 and 7 tracks from the legendary concert in The Dutch Pul in Uden (june 1995), both are acceptable bootleg recordings. Next are 4 video-clips: "Living in the moonlight", "Lovely day", "Heroes cry" and "Midnight flyer". The first two deliver beautiful live-scenes. The final part consists of a menu featuring interviews, a biography, discography and a photo- gallery. IF YOU LIKE INSPIRED NEO-PROGRESSIVE ROCK WITH EMOTION , THIS ONE IS YOURS!!
Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
4 stars Whatever one might say of COLLAGE, there is little denying that they energized the Polish and international prog scene in the mid 1990s with their "Moonshine" album, the booming over reverbed echo of which we can still hear a quarter century later. I'll go further by reaching back before COLLAGE to say that, while they were certainly influenced by the MARILLION axis in addition to the classics from the 1970s, they actually co-opted the neo bands' strengths and magnified them, while dispensing with the froth. True they replaced it with their own overwrought take but at least they knew how to concoct a memorable melody that you might hum all the way home and still remember the next day, and the day after that, or 25 years later.

"Moonshine" apparently came together in some magical way that no band members can really explain, and was a decade in the making. While touring to promote the album, they had been a support gig for bands like FISH and SHADOWLAND, but when the latter stood arms folded backstage after a COLLAGE set, forced to choose between humiliating themselves onstage or offstage, it was clear COLLAGE had attained headline status. The "Living in the Moonlight" DVD chronicles the group transitions and much much more, in 240 minutes which, while not all required viewing, represent a momentous slice of the all too short but savory COLLAGE history.

The main event is a television concert recorded in April 1996, featuring two tracks from their debut "Basnie", one from their John Lennon tribute album, one from the "new" disc at the time, "Safe", and EVERYTHING from "Moonshine". The band is largely able to reproduce their massive studio sound on the stage, though some of the fat is naturally melted off. The main players from a visual perspective are vocalist/acoustic guitarist Robert Amirian with his massive locks that had been catapulted from 1974 time capsule just in time for the show; guitarist Mirek Gil with his expressive Fripp meets Hackett lines; and Wojtek Szadkowski's manic expressive drumming. Of course, with COLLAGE the keys confer a spacey ambiance throughout.

The "Basnie" material in Polish suffers from being various lineups removed from its origins, and they failed to make a convincing case for the length of "In Your Eyes" yet again, but the rest is just wow, in particular the pop-prog title cut; the sweepingly epic "Wings in the Night", which is probably the greatest song from the extended COLLAGE-SATELLITE-BELIEVE family; the menacing "Moonshine"; and the folky "War is Over".

One flaw in the TV performance is the almost total absence of an audience dynamic, but, if that's what you want, the bonus bootleg quality concert from a year earlier might deliver, though I find the crowd chatter and poor quality far more distracting. Still, it was available so why not? More valuable is the set of traditional music videos of 4 tracks, in particular "Midnight Flyer" from several years before with a prior vocalist and more harmonies than you would ever expect based on the concert footage. It's surprisingly fresh and comes off like a sneer-less QUEEN. Finally, several interviews with the three most prominent members are offered, recorded in either the late 1990s or early 2000s, after the band essentially broke up but presumably before SATELLITE had been formed. Priceless anecdotes are shared generously, a few of which I have touched upon earlier. They are in Polish with English subtitles.

This is as comprehensive an audio visual document of these legends as one could hope to find, and is recommended for fans of COLLAGE, neo prog, or those fascinated by the intersection of creativity and chemistry and its miraculous repercussions, particularly in prog. This will help you forget that you started watching in mid afternoon and were lying in the moonlight long before the final credits rolled.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Just acquired the DVD and was looking forward to enjoying Collage's great music. I must admit that I am somewhat disappointed. While the instrumental side is great the singer is either having an off day or lost his voice. I actually had to run to my CDs to make sure this is the same person who ... (read more)

Report this review (#88876) | Posted by | Sunday, September 3, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Nice surprise! Very good musicians (the drummer is awesome, the guitar and keyboards are good). Unfortunately, Amirian looks like he was invited from the public to sing along with the band. Big problems with voice technique and breathing ... should I say no voice at all? Anyway, he is (at lea ... (read more)

Report this review (#50229) | Posted by | Thursday, October 6, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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