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4 stars Disappointed with the audio version "Live Over Europe" I did not plan to buy the DVD version titled "When In Rome". But a friend of mine made an excellent review at i-Rock! mailing list that made me provoked to by the DVD. The set came to my address more than a week ago and I only had a chance to watch this DVD last night. It's a wonderfully packaged DVD set containing three DVDs plus colourful booklet. The emotion being die hard fans of Genesis (especially during Hackett era ) raised immediately with all geat memories about the old days of the band.

At first glance I was so impressed with huge crowd to see the show in front of gigantic and great stage. It's a great viewing, really. The band starts wonderfully with "Dukes Intro" which basically "Behind The Lines" in instrumental fashion. It's an excellent performance as I can see Phil Collins drumming is still powerful especially combined with Chester Thompson. When Phil starts with his vocal on "Turn It On Again" I can hear the quality of his voice that has dropped significantly so that he can not spell out the lyrics expressively. I do not think the performance of the band is excellent because the notes have been toned down to suit Phil's vocal capability.

"Land Of Confusion" is a good track and I press the "extra" button to see how the band and producer discusses about the plan for the concert. It's great knowing behind the scene of the show that can be accessed at the opening of each track in the DVD. "In The Cage Medley: In The Cage, Cinema Show, Dukes Travels" is an excellent show cast that I do enjoy especially on the music and the gigantic screen at background that shows an animation of a man walking and then running. It's really a well planned show. I enjoy the "Cinema Show" part. This time the medley includes Dukes Travel at the ending part plus Darryl Stuermer performs the melody of Guide Vocal. I do enjoy with the guitar performance performed by Daryl, it's so stunning.

Even though only the interlude part of "Firth of Fifth" is played but I do enjoy with the music because it includes double drummers and great guitar solo by Stuermer. Oh, I remember the old days singing this song. Really good!

The next attraction point is when I see the extra part of Mama where the band discusses with the producer on how best they will do with lighting and stage decoration when Mama is performed. And also this is the first time I see "Ripples" being played live in its entirety. It's great! "Conversations With 2 Stools" is also a great viewing pleasure as the two drummers play beautifully.

Overall, this is an excellent DVD package from a legendary band. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Gatot | 4/5 |


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