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5 stars One of the finest prog live concert releases of all time, this is not only an absolute must for fans of Pendragon from the start, such as I, but would, I think, appeal to those reading this who are curious about the music and personality of a band with a 30 year history, but have never "taken the plunge", because what you have here, in a performance lasting in excess of 2.5 hours, is quite simply a history of the band's output from start to the then new album, Pure.

Therefore, you have the full range, from what we call neo-prog in the beginning, to the wonderfully bombastic symphonic period, right through to the heavier material of latter years, and what is remarkable is just how effortless and enjoyable each period represented is live.

Of course, the main man is Nick Barrett, with his unique voice and quite incredible guitar work, he plays and sings as if he was still a young man. However, star of the show, to me, is new drummer Scott Higham, who quite literally pummels his drum set to near death, has a marvellous rapport with the audience, and is also clearly as mad as a March hare. It would also be remiss to not mention the wonderful keyboards of longstanding ally Clive Nolan and bassist Peter Gee.

The set was filmed in Poland, where many prog bands enjoy a successful and faithful following. The sound is exceptional, the filming lush, and the audience are intelligent and respectful throughout.

I will not mention highlights, simply because this DVD is a treat from start to finish. It never seems too long, and, in fact, you still want more when it does end.

Very highly recommended to all lovers of progressive rock, this deserves nothing less than five stars.

lazland | 5/5 |


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