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4 stars The best of Pendragon - played live

This concert DVD celebrates Pendragon's 30th anniversary and features a large selection of their best songs from throughout this 30 year career. There is always debate over which songs are a band's best, but I feel that this massive set list pretty much covers the band's best songs. The set list is quite impressive and I could hardly have chosen a better one myself.

Despite the fact that the band was founded in 1978, the oldest song played here is from 1988; the newest one from 2008. The debut album is ignored completely, which is a bit surprising given that it is an anniversary concert. But all other Pendragon albums are covered including the most recent one, Pure.

My favourite Pendragon album, Believe, is represented by Wishing Well and Learning Curve. Though I am happy to see these songs here, I think that these songs worked better on the studio album since they are here performed on electric guitar here which takes away something. The Flamenco inspired part in Learning Curve is particularly less effective when performed on electric guitar. Apart from these songs, however, most of the material here is better that on their respective studio albums. The new drummer in particular adds a new dimension to many of these songs. And he is on fire! The music is given an edge that they lacked in studio form.

The small size of the theatre allows both the live audience and the DVD audience to get close to the band and the right kind of atmosphere is created for a great DVD experience. Everything about the sound and visuals are flawless.

Concerto Maximo is thus a fitting title. This might be all the Pendragon you need!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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