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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars When I bought this DVD I had never heard their songs, so it was just pure guessing. Someone told me they were neo prog and I was in this period of my life when I was buying anything with that tag. I remember how much I liked the songs and how it made me go after their CDs. But now I see I enjoy this DVD much more AFTER getting familiar with their music. I can not really explain that, but it happened. Well, maybe this is true to any prog act. Anyway, Jadis is a great band and the show here have its pros and cons.

Pros: great musicianship of all involved. This is a foursome that really works and nothing is missing here in terms of the music itself. Gary Chandler is a superb guitarist and songwriter, and a decent and emotional singer. He may not have the, technically speaking, strongest vocals, but it works on all his songs. Martin Orford on the other hand shows a superb knack for the second voice and it blends nicely with Chandlers. Every member here is giving his best and they are superb musicians. All songs range from very good to excellent. The recording quality is also top notch.

Cons: The concert is a bit too short. They play a shortened version of one of their best songs eve:r Daylight Fades, which is a shame. And the worst part is in the film itself: I really would like to wring the neck of the one who thought that doing those in and out of focus effects would be of any good but giving the listener a good headache, Fortunately they are not always present but really spoil two or three excellent performances like "In Isolation".

Conclusion: With all its shortcomings, this is a essential buy not only for Jadis fans, but to anyone who likes prog music in general.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |


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