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2.62 | 50 ratings

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2 stars After listening a lot of times to the very good "Pressure Points" live CD, I expected more from this DVD.

But this concert DVD is marred by the use of almost "soap opera" visuals in the songs from the "Stationary Traveller" album, which are shown most of the time in these songs, which being very good songs, are marred by these "Telenovela Scenes". Fortunately, the rest of the songs are not marred by these cardboard scenes, but...again, the camera men, or maybe the director of the camera men, are many times "lost in space", because when the musicians are playing solos, the camera men look for which member is doing the solo until they find who was playing that solo! So, I wanted to see Ton Scherpenzeel very good keyboard solos, but for the most part the camera men show Chris Rainbow, who was mostly playing backing keyboards, instead of showing Scherpenzeel or Ritchie Close or even Peter Bardens, who also played lead keyboards in some songs.

But, for the other part, the video shows how good is Andy Latimer as guitarist, with him playing lead guitar with feeling in almost all the scenes on which he was caught by the cameras. The other musicians are very good too, of course. But, the video is very dark, and sometimes is not easy to see clearly. So, the video lacks adequate illumination, but the sound is very good. The set-list is also very good, but the very eighties look of the musicians makes this video a bit dated. The "Stationary Traveller" album was very much directed to the Pop Rock market, so maybe their recording label adviced the band to have an eighties look, like Genesis, YES and other Prog Rock bands in those years who had to struggle to follow the fads to survive. This was the last project of the band before Latimer and Decca went their separate ways.

I hope that the "Total Pressure" DVD, which was released recently, has a better image. I have read the reviews about this new DVD, which also has addtional songs, and they say that the "Soap Opera" scenes were not included. I also hope that DVD has been improved in the quality of the video, using technology to make it less dark in the images.

Guillermo | 2/5 |


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