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AND NOW EVERYBODY TO THE STAGE

Pendragon

 

Neo-Prog

3.96 | 67 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer
4 stars I really didnīt know wht to expect from this DVD. After all it came on the heels of a (relatively) disapointing CD (Believe) and the band, with a stabilished line up for 20 years, lost one of their most celebrated members, drummer Fudge Smith. To top that they had released in 2001 one of the best neo prog DVDs ever, Live At Last. Could they face those challenges and still come up with something extra to offer?

Fortunatly they did. The overall quality of this DVD is superior: better stage, bigger audience, more cameras, very good photography and editing. The only major letdown is the keyboards sounds that are mixed too low. Still,at least on the Believe songs, they are more proeminent here then in the studio, which is plus. Besides Iīm really glad to say that the Believe stuff works far better live than on CD.

After a pinkfloydian intro (a flick that reminds me of Floydīs Take It Back) the band hits the stage with power and passion. Their stage movements are much more fluid and natural than on Live At Last and this is more so of Nick Barrett. Nickīs voice is definitly not in his prime, but he makes that up by doing some great interpretation of the repertoir. He definitly never sounded or apeared so natural and convincing on stage (watch Am I Really Losing You, the concertīs final number).

Newcomer Joe Crabtree may not have Smithīs charismal, but heīs got the chops. The guy bashes his drumkit all the way throught the show and does a fine job, injecting an extra power to the groupīs perfomance. He is really good and you donīt miss Smith as much as I thought. In fact, by the end of the DVD I found myself not missing him at all.

Sure Iīd like to have some more old songs included here and some others already available on Live At Last deleted, but you really canīt satisfy everyone. However Iīm pleased they included Kowtow (from the much maligned album) and a superb version of The Black Knight. I only wish they played Sister Bluebird in full, instead of only a verse in a medley of Not Of This World songs during the encore.

Conclusion: a great DVD by a great band. An excellent companinon for the Live At Last DVD and a must have for any neo prog fan. Highly recommended!

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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