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2 stars As the omonimous live album, this is something deeply radicated in the 80s. First of all most of the songs are from Stationary Traveller, but as I have written in the review of the mentioned live, some are not well served by Chris Rainbow, as it sings one octave higher than Latimer and on songs like "Fingertips" his voice is unappropriate.

I see that this DVD version incldes Lady Fantasy. On the VHS that I purchased at the time it was released, it was not present.

What is very awful IMO is the "movie" that's alternated to the stage sequences. The direction is quite poor and the actors are not very credible. Also I don't see anything that can make me think that the city around is East Berlin.

This cause a quite good song like "Long Goodbyes", that's functional as closer to the studio album, to appear like the soundtrack of a poor soap-opera.

The closure (in the VHS version) is the best thing as Pete Bardens comes on the stage to play "Rhayader" and "Rhayader Goes to Town" from The Snow Goose. Unfortunately, if I remember correctly, the fantastic guitar solo of the original version is played by Mel Collins' sax here. Not that he's a bad musician, but it's like playing the solo of Comfortably Numb with a Kazoo. Inappropriate.

So even if I liked it when it was my first Camel video, I can suggest it only to tha fans who wants to hear an alternative version of Stationary Traveller.

2 stars

octopus-4 | 2/5 |


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