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3 stars #8 Review

This is a different one, for a DVD this time, and it's a really weird one.

First i want to adress and say, Happy New Year, it's 2:42am here while i'm writing this and because of that i wanted to do something a little bit different, i'm going talk about the DVD on it's general aspects and not by song this time.

This DVD has a pretty weird release, i never thought of it being considered here, i mean as a real item for Genesis collectors, i have read the back of the box and it says that it was made in Argentina by 3rd party publisher called "masterplan", and under the license of "RECORDS VERTRIEBSGES" wich is considered as a company that releases only bootlegs or as unofficial releases, and that's one of the reasons that makes it for me not as a collectable item... but, this DVD is pretty cheap and probably one of the only ones from that old era that you can get now... or atleast back 4 years ago when i got it, so counting the previous antecedents, even tho it's a bootleg, it's still an item that could well sit on your collection if you're being a begginer with a Genesis collection like me. As a weird fact, this DVD still has trademarks for Virgin and One World Music inc., wich are probably the ones that holded the property but never released, the curious think about it is that they're credited on a really small font.

That was about the release, but what about the product itself? Well, it is certainly lacking in quality, is just like a normal bootleg DVD, it includes nothing in the inside aside from the disc, and that one has the same picture as the one on the box, and the design is pretty basic and the box itself is made of a pretty cheap plastic. Wich i find really interesting is that the list on the back of the box it's incredibly inacurate, just as the menu on the DVD (wich is also pretty basic), where they say that Mike Rutherford only played Bass, when he clearly played Guitar also, the same for Daryl Stuermer who played bass also, that's the least tho, because the songs... oh god, it says "Motherlodge" wich curiously enough changed on the title of the song when they were playing to the real title "Motherlode", also they made a mistake that has happened in other DVDs and albums as well, calling the song "Carpet Crawlers" as "Carpet Crawl" and calling "The Colony of Slippermen" just as "Slippermen".

Inside the DVD you'll find that the quality is not very good, even for a CRT TV, it's to dark and has a lot of noise on the image, and also the audio quality isn't very good, it has some moments but then it fails incredibly, even at some point one song is heard with a different sound quality than the rest (i think that it was One for the Vine, i don't remember, but it was before Behind the Lines). And to add insult to injury, the DVD chops the concert when it passes from "The Lady Lies" to "Ripples (PT. 2)" wich is sad, i wanted to listen to all that song.

Now for the performance, it was pretty weird, sometimes mixed, for example, in Duke's End, they play too fast, like they were trying to just finish it, maybe show how talented they were at the moment, and it didn't sound good. Then there's the exact opposite, Say it's alright Joe was too long, too slow, it was like 40% longer for no real reason. But then there are brilliant executions, like in the end with "I Know What i Like" where Tony Banks played the first notes from "Visions of Angels" (from the 1970 Genesis album Trespass) wich was pretty and Daryl Stuermer played some notes from "Flying on a Windshield" wich was neat.

And finally for the song selection, i'm happy with it, because of this DVD i started to enjoy Duke, and i'd later enjoy ... And then there where three..., and because of that i admire a lot more this album, it feels like the last concert before they started doing just medleys, but it still lacked a lot more of the old songs, i missed Foxtrot specially.

So in all, really nice songs, there where 21 songs in total in 2 hours with almost 10 minutes, 4 from ...and then there were three..., 2 from Selling England by the Pound, 3 (or i should say 2 1/2) from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, 4 (or i should say 3 1/2 because Ripples is cutted on the DVD) from A Trick of the Tail, 2 from Wind and Wuthering and 6 from Duke (wich is the whole Duke Suite, wich is nice).

All in all, this isn't the best Genesis product you can get, but it's still a nice welcome adition, atleast for me, it shows how brilliant Genesis still was with their later 1978 and 1980 albums, it shows the story of Duke and other curious ways that Phil Collins used to present the songs while messing with the public, but the sound and image quality aren't good, the concert is not complete and it's probably not original. While still gets the point done, i don't recommend this to hardcore Genesis collectors, and so i think that is good, but not essential, you won't feel bad if you pass this release, but you'll feel happy if you're starting a Genesis collection... after a few years ofcourse, it was slow to grow on me.

That means 3 stars, and my final score it's a 65 out of 100... and i finished this at 3:30am.

FalconBleck | 3/5 |


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