DVD & Blu-ray
DVDs on this page are NTSC and all-region unless specified otherwise. If you are not clear on the NTSC vs. PAL issue, please read the explanation on our home page. Blu-rays are all-region unless specified otherwise. DVDs and Blu-rays that contain primarily audio are listed on the CD pages. Note this page has its own table of contents to the left.
The Italian progressive rock band Delirium released three albums in the early 1970s, disbanded in 1975 but reformed in 2003 with three original members plus a new bassist and new guitarist-vocalist. This 2010 DVD begins with One Night in Genoa: Il Concerto, a full-length live concert from the reformed lineup. This is followed by material from Italian television archives, seven songs spanning 1971-1975. Extras include a photo gallery, backstage footage and interview. Dolby 5.1 surround audio on the concert. The nearly 80-minute CD contains the audio of the Genoa concert. Read the Sea of Tranquility review. Check our Italian page for Delirium’s CDs.
This is the first DVD for British neo-proggers Credo, an early Marillion influenced band also resembling Grey Lady Down, early Arena, and Pallas, and of comparable quality. Keyboardist Mike Varty has played in Landmarq, Janison Edge, and Shadowland, so it’s all fairly incestuous. The show was filmed at the Wyspiański Theatre in Poland in October 2008. The DVD also features bonus live video that goes back as far as 1999, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, bonus audio tracks (including three songs from Credo’s 1992 cassette-only release) and more. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. This is the Limited Edition, which adds the audio double-CD and comes in deluxe packaging. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping. Watch an excerpt.
The Anthology (2004) is a 15-track collection of concert footage of John Wetton and his band performing songs from John’s solo albums as well as King Crimson, UK, and Asia tracks. It also features rare performances from 1975-1991 of John with Uriah Heep and Asia. Track list: Heat of the Moment, Sole Survivor, One Way or Another, Book of Saturday, Red, Shady Lady, Voice of America, Rendezvous 6:02, Emma, In the Dead of Night, Battle Lines, Praying for a Miracle, Days Like These, Return to Fantasy, Starless. Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS surround audio. Running time 75-minutes.
Live in Theatre 2005 is the only live DVD of SBB performing in the lineup with Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group) on drums, filmed in Poland in November 2005. It serves as a link between past and future, as the band presents their older compositions as well as songs from their then new studio album New Century. The song titles: Stary czlowiek w milczacym ogrodzie; Odlot; Wolnosc z nami; W kolysce dloni twych; New Century; Wojownicy Itaki; Calkiem spokojne zmeczenie; Paul Wertico’s drum solo; Memento z banalnym tryptykiem; Golden Harp; Z ktrych krwi krew moja; Music Is My Life; Walking Around Stormy Bay; Piesn stojacego w bramie; Rainbow Man. There is a bonus video of Music Is My Life, plus the SBB Live documentary, photo gallery and other assorted extras. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, 150 minutes. See our East European page for SBB CDs and more information on this band.
Dave Bainbridge was the main creative force in the band Iona. After reaching their peak in prog terms on 2006’s The Circling Hour and the subsequent departure of Troy Donockley, Iona returned to their early sound and de-emphasized the progressive rock aspect of their style to some extent. Well, energy cannot be destroyed and must go somewhere, and now it’s crystal clear where Dave Bainbridge’s progressive energies have gone. Celestial Fire (2014) is absolutely incredible, a masterpiece and an album Dave says he’s always wanted to make. Dave explains: “It’s an album which really draws upon the excitement and exhilaration I first felt, listening to many of my early musical heroes: Yes, Gentle Giant, David Sancious and Tone, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Curved Air, Hatfield and the North, Deep Purple, Clannad, Mike Oldfield, The Enid, Keith Emerson, Allan Holdsworth, Alan Stivell, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, to name but a few! It was listening to all these great musicians and composers that first inspired me to become a musician and composer.” The album showcases some amazing playing from Dave on both guitar and keyboards, and though the music is heavily instrumental, there are vocals from numerous singers including Damian Wilson, Joanne Hogg, and Sally Minnear (daughter of Kerry). Dave is assisted by Troy Donockley, his Iona bandmates, Randy George (Ajalon, Neal Morse Band), and many more. For all the details, read the Musical Discoveries review. They chose Celestial Fire as their best album of 2014, and so did we.
Dave Bainbridge formed a band to perform the complex and demanding music from his Celestial Fire album live, and naturally that band got named Celestial Fire. The band was also tasked with playing music from Dave’s first solo release Veil of Gossamer as well as anything from the vast Iona back catalog, along with Dave’s occasional unique twist on a traditional British folk tune. Dave enlisted Iona cohort Frank van Essen (probably unique in the world as an incredible drummer & percussionist as well as an amazing improviser on the violin), singer and multi-instrumentalist Sally Minnear, guitar virtuoso and composer Dave Brons (Top 10 Guitar Idol 2014), and bass & Chapman Stick genius Simon Fitzpatrick (Carl Palmer’s Legacy). In early 2017, Iona decided to call it quits as a touring and recording band. In many ways, Celestial Fire is the new Iona but is significantly proggier than where Iona left off. The Live in the UK DVD+2CD (2017, digisleeve) was recorded on Celestial Fire’s first concert tour and is their first release. It features a mix of Iona music (some rarely played live), music from Dave’s solo albums, even a Yes cover or two. The DVD and double-CD both feature the entire concert, filmed with multiple cameras by a television production company. The DVD also includes rehearsal footage and photos. Watch the promo video. Read the Musical Discoveries review.
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This out-of-print 2004 DVD must’ve been sanctioned by the band since it’s been sold on Ambrosia’s website. It’s not the DVD Ambrosia fans really wanted, but as far as we know it’s the only commercially-available Ambrosia video in any format. The Sea of Tranquility review will explain. Ambrosia performed at Rosfest 2008 and focused entirely on their prog material, so it appears that their radio-friendly phase (Life Beyond L.A., One Eighty) was just that, a phase.
This 2007 DVD (PAL, all-region, 76-minutes) contains a concert by the respected Slovak prog/fusion band, at the club in the title (whose name translates to Club Behind the Mirror). The liner notes say that this live recording took place after more than 30 years on the scene, and the band was founded in 1973, which might place this concert a few years earlier than the year of release. A 1991 video clip of a song from the Simile album is included as a bonus. The first song is excerpts from all the songs of the Huascaran album, probably Fermata’s best album. At this stage, Fermata had shifted slightly away from fusion and closer to the likes of Joe Satriani, but the concert and DVD are still very worthwhile, and the only glimpse most of us will ever get of the band. The liner notes are in English and Slovak.
AKP (Antony Kalugin Projects) is the umbrella name for Ukrainian prog bands Sunchild and Karfagen. Maybe also Hoggwash and AKKO, but on this 2017 digipack DVD+CD, it’s Kalugin’s live ensemble on their 10th anniversary tour performing Sunchild and Karfagen material. (Karfagen is mostly instrumental, while Sunchild usually features vocals.) The 106-minute dual-layer DVD (PAL, all-region) and 79-minute CD were recorded live in Poland in April 2016. The DVD also includes some 2016 studio live material, plus two full albums as 320 kbps mp3s: AKP Live 2016 and Gnomology: The Best Collection (2012). Watch some of the live performance videos. If after ten years you still haven’t realized how good these related bands are, see our East European page for info on Karfagen and Sunchild and their studio CDs.
Chaos from the Stage (DVD+CD, digisleeve) presents Magenta live at The Assembly - Leamington in November 2015. The DVD contains the entire 105-minute concert. The CD contains as much audio as would fit. Watch the promo video.
Magenta’s live double-CD Live at the Point 2007 features over 100 minutes of live music recorded at their amazing performance at The Point in Cardiff in November 2007. Only two of the tracks appear on Magenta’s previous live 2CD. Live at the Point includes an extended selection from Home, the rarely performed Sloth, and the recent show-stopping arrangement of The Warning from Revolutions. The same performance is captured on the DVD, which adds a behind-the-scenes documentary, interviews, and the video for Speechless. Not only was it the last concert in support of their third album Home and the last performance of that lineup, apparently even the venue has since closed! The Live at the Point DVD features a set list largely different from The Gathering DVD released in 2005. 5.1 surround and stereo audio, 147-minutes (concert running time 106-minutes), 16:9 widescreen. See our British page for the Magenta CDs and more info.
Night of the Demon (2015, digipack) was recorded when Gazpacho embarked upon the Demon album tour in spring 2014. They brought in Dutch filmmaker Jon Vis to film their show at Boerderij in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. Gazpacho played songs from Firebird, Night, Tick Tock, Missa Atropos, March of Ghosts, and the majority from Demon. The 80-minute audio CD features nine tracks while the DVD features the full 14 track performance. Watch the DVD trailer. See our Scandinavian page for more Gazpacho titles and info on the band.
This out-of-print 2001 DVD features the John Wetton, Geoff Downes, Carl Palmer and Pat Thrall lineup. The track list: Sole Survivor, Don’t Cry, Voice of America, Time Again, Praying for a Miracle, The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, Only Time Will Tell, Days Like These, The Heat Goes On, Heat of the Moment, Open Your Eyes. Bonus tracks include the 1989 promo video for Praying for a Miracle and a demo version of Kari-Anne.
Shortly after the release of Pure, Pendragon once more visited the Wyspiański Theater in Katowice, Poland to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. That show is captured on the Concerto Maximo DVD, featuring the tracks: Walls of Babylon, A Man of Nomadic Traits, Wishing Well, Eraserhead, Total Recall, Nostradamus, Learning Curve, Breaking the Spell, Sister Bluebird, Shadow, The Freak Show, The Voyager, It’s Only Me, Masters of Illusion, King of the Castle, And We’ll Go Hunting Deer, Queen Of Hearts. That’s 150 minutes of Pendragon live, plus a bonus video featuring interviews with the band members and behind the scenes footage. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, 16:9 widescreen.
The Past and Presence DVD is the video record of an exceptional Pendragon show celebrating the 21st anniversary of The Jewel album. On this special occasion, the band presented an atypical setlist, including mostly older songs and a few surprises. Also, former members John Barnfield, Julian Baker, and Rik Carter from the early days of Pendragon joined the band for this performance. Bonus features include an interview with Nick Barret & John Barnfield and behind-the-scenes footage. The tracks: Higher Circles, The Pleasure of Hope, Leviathan, Victims of Life, Armageddon, Fly High Fall Far, Excalibur, Please, Oh Divineo, Alaska, Dark Summer’s Day, Circus, The Black Knight, 2AM, Stan and Ollie. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, running time 185 minutes.
And Now Everybody to the Stage was recorded in May 2006 at Wyspiański Theatre in Katowice, Poland. The set-list covers the band’s entire career including songs from Believe. Bonuses include a home video entitled The Progumentary, an interview with Nick Barrett, plus the usual band history, discography, photo gallery, etc. The songs: No Place for the Innocent, As Good as Gold, Guardian of my Soul, Kowtow, The Wishing Well, The Edge of the World, Nostradamus, The Dance of the Seven Veils, Paintbox, Last Waltz, Breaking the Spell, Masters of Illusion, The Black Knight, The Lost Children / Green Eyed Angel / Sister Bluebird / The Last Man on Earth, Am I Really Losing You?. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio; running time 240 minutes. Check our British page for Pendragon CDs.
This DVD features Nick Barrett (Pendragon) and Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena) in a unique acoustic live performance in Poland in June 2005. The songs are: The Walls of Babylon (Pendragon), A Man of Nomadic Traits (Pendragon), (Don’t Forget to) Breathe (Arena), Alaska (Pendragon), And We’ll Go Hunting Deer (Pendragon), Mindgames (Shadowland), Paintbox (Pendragon), Shadows of Fate (Nolan/Wakeman), Lightshow (Strangers on a Train), Two Roads (Pendragon), The King of the Castle (Pendragon), Jigsaw - The Kruhulick Syndrome - Ring of Roses (Shadowland), The Voyager (Pendragon), Nostradamus (Pendragon), The Black Knight (Pendragon). Extras include an interview, photo gallery, etc. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, approximately 120 minutes.
NNeo is a part-time British neo-prog supergroup whose members include Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon, etc.), John Jowitt (IQ, Jadis,...), Andy Edwards (IQ), Mark Westwood (Martin Orford’s band), and John Barnfield (the original Pendragon keyboardist). Guests include Alan Reed (Pallas) and Nick Barrett (Pendragon). During this gig filmed in Poland, the band covers songs from the repertoire of IQ, Pallas, Pendragon, Shadowland, Arena, and Nolan/Wakeman. Bonus features include an interview with John Jowitt and Clive Nolan, and video footage from Neo’s soundcheck at RoSfest 2006. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, running time 140 minutes.
Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith (2013, big fat digipack) is a 5-disc set (3 CDs + 2 DVDs) recorded on Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited tour on May 10, 2013 at the sold-out Hammersmith Apollo in London. Guests include Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, Steve Rothery, and Amanda Lehmann. 19 classic Genesis tracks are spread across the three CDs. The first DVD contains the full 2 hour, 41 minute show with 5.1 surround audio. The second DVD contains behind the scenes footage. Watch the promo video. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping.
The Once Above a Time DVD is Regions 1 and 4 only. It was recorded in Budapest in 2004 during Hackett’s European tour in support of To Watch the Storms. His band at the time consisted of Roger King (keys), Rob Townsend (sax, flute, vocals), Terry Gregory (bass, vocals), and Gary O’Toole (drums, vocals). The DVD contains 20 tracks from across Hackett’s career including Genesis tracks Blood on the Rooftops, Fly on a Windshield, Firth of Fifth, and Los Endos, plus the Backstage in Budapest bonus featurette. Dolby Digital and DTS surround audio, 16:9 widescreen.
See our British page for the Steve Hackett CDs.
These two DVDs are on The Enid’s own label. Live at Hammersmith Odeon (PAL, all-region) was recorded in 1979. From The Enid’s website: “In the week before this concert took place, PYE Records decided to have the show videotaped. The video was shot by Trillion using five cameras. Audio was recorded by Virgin Mobile, and the soundtrack has survived and is remarkably good. The original individual camera tapes were wiped by Trillion after PYE decided not to pursue a video release. All that remained of the video was a rough mix of the show done on the night by the video company who had no idea of what to expect. Video footage used on this DVD is a recently discovered VHS copy of that rough and the visual quality is what you would expect given the circumstances. This DVD contains the whole show with the exception of Francis Lickerish’s intro to Fand and Albion Fair which for technical reasons on the night was not recorded.”
The Live at Town Hall, Birmingham (PAL, all-region) concert took place in 2010. It features the brass and percussion of The Chandos Symphony Orchestra plus the spectacular town hall organ. This performance includes the world premiere of The Enid’s 2010 studio album Journey’s End, followed by tracks from their extensive back catalog including a never before heard version of Fand featuring special guests. Audio includes stereo and a very good 5.1 surround mix. (More Enid in surround please!) The DVD also contains an hour’s worth of interviews with the band members. Check our British page for The Enid CDs.
Lifesigns’ self-titled debut CD may have been the British prog album of 2013. Lifesigns is a band formed by John Young (composer, keyboards, lead vocals), Nick Beggs (bass, Chapman Stick, backing vocals), and Martin ‘Frosty’ Beedle (drums), a project that had been in development for six years. Live in London: Under the Bridge (digipack) is a DVD + double-CD filmed/recorded at London’s premier live music venue Under the Bridge in January 2015 by award winning film director Paul Shammasian. Lifesigns play their entire debut album plus five as yet unreleased tracks. The live band includes John Young and Frosty Beedle with Jon Poole (ex-Cardiacs) on bass/vocals and Niko Tsonev (ex-Steven Wilson) on guitars/vocals. At the time of this recording, they’d played 26 shows and had honed their stagecraft. Watch the official DVD trailer. Read the Background Magazine review. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping.
Part of the German Mittelalterrock (medieval rock) movement, Corvus Corax are a band of freaks playing authentic instruments including lots of bagpipes and generally making a lovely racket. This is the U.S. edition of their 2003 DVD Gaudia Vite Live. The main feature is a live concert filmed in four German cities, with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio. Bonus material includes footage from the band’s first U.S. tour in 2005, behind-the-scenes footage, fan videos, 100+ photos, and 50+ pages of text covering the history and background of the band.
Landmarq are a British neo-prog band who came to prominence during the 1990s. The main part of the Turbulence: Live in Poland DVD is a November 2005 concert in Poland. Bonus footage includes five tracks of mostly bootlegged video going as far back as 1993. There are six bonus audio tracks: live recordings from 1993, 1995, and 1998, plus two unreleased single versions and an unreleased studio track. Extras include interviews, a photo gallery, etc. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, approximately 151 minutes of video. Check our British page for Landmarq’s CDs.
The New Light Blu-ray is Karnataka live in concert, filmed in HD at The Met Theatre in Bury on their 2012 tour. It features 5.1 surround and 24-bit stereo audio. Extras include interviews with the band and a tour image gallery. Read the Lady Obscure review. Watch the promo video. Check our British page for Karnataka CDs and info on the band.
A Glorious Disturbance (2012, digipack) is the live extravaganza Syzygy had been promising for some time. More than a live DVD, it is a historical perspective of the band to this point. The set contains two DVDs and a CD. The first DVD contains two concerts in 5.1 surround, nearly two hours from the 2009 3RP festival and 2010 Day of Prog, with covers of UK’s In the Dead of Night and Deep Purple’s Burn as encores. The CD omits the encores and one other track due to the shorter playing time of a CD. The second DVD runs 1 hour 35 minutes and contains interviews and a featurette The Writing of Realms. The interviews contain lots of footage dating as far back as 30 years. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping. See our U.S. page for the Syzygy CDs and more info.
She (2008) is the huge giant epic rock opera from Caamora, the project keyboardist Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena, Neo) had been laboring on for two years with Polish female singer Agnieszka Świta and guests Alan Reed (Pallas), Christina Booth (Magenta), Mark Westwood (Neo), John Jowitt (IQ, Neo), Scott Higham (Pendragon), Richard West (Threshold), Hugh McDowell (ELO), and others. It’s a rock opera all right -- Nolan has made Jesus Christ Progstar for the 21st century. One can hear the seeds of Caamora in Nolan’s Strangers on a Train and Shadowland albums, but Nolan has matured as a writer in the interim. His real forte is orchestrating, where he has few peers among active progressive rock musicians. Read the excellent DPRP review for much more detail.
The DVD contains the live premiere of She, filmed on 31 October 2007 in Poland, with almost all of the same musicians that appear on the studio recording and then some. A Making of She featurette is included as a bonus. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 160-minutes. This Limited Edition includes the DVD plus the double-CD live version of She in a lavish digipack DVD case. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping. Check our British page for the She studio 2CD.
Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios was recorded in December 2010 at Metropolis Studios, West London. “120 fans are squeezed into Studio A to witness at extremely close quarters a performance by a progressive rock legend. Leader John Lees (who is also interviewed on the DVD) introduces a set which includes a wealth of Barclay James Harvest classics, and no one in the room was much more than ten feet from a band that is renowned for having played to hundreds of thousands on both sides of the Berlin Wall during the 1980s. It was during the 1970s that BJH made their mark with an impressive array of Mellotron-soaked mini-epics that owed more to Vaughan Williams than Chuck Berry. Today, of course, founder member Lees’ version of the band have the full range of 21st century technology available to present what is a selection of the best of BJH”. The track list: Nova Leidoptera, Child of the Universe, Poor Wages, Mocking Bird, Summer Soldier, Ursula, Poor Man’s Moody Blues, Ancient Waves, Medicine Man, The Poet / After the Day, Hymn. The DVD features DTS 5.1 surround and LPCM stereo audio. See our British page for BJH CDs.
This DVD is NTSC Regions 1 and 4 only. Roger Hodgson was the heart and soul of Supertramp. This, the first live DVD from either Hodgson or Supertramp, was filmed in 2006 in Montreal using ten hi-definition cameras. The track listing: Take the Long Way Home, Give a Little Bit, Lovers in the Wind, Hide in Your Shell, Oh Brother, The Logical Song, Easy Does It, Sister Moonshine, Love Is a Thousand Times, Breakfast in America, Don’t Leave Me Now, Dreamer, It’s Raining Again, School, Two of Us, Give a Little Bit. Bonus tracks include: Even in the Quietest Moments, Dreamer (with orchestra), The Logical Song (excerpt with orchestra), Fool’s Overture (excerpt with orchestra). Bonus features include behind the scenes footage, a conversation with Roger, Montreal interview, and “Roger’s Repertoire” (full discography with audio clips). DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround plus Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio. More information at RogerHodgson.com. Out-of-print.
This 2003 Classic Rock Productions DVD, subtitled An Independent Critical Review, features rare archival Supertramp material previously unavailable on DVD. Assuming this DVD is like the others in the series, the footage is interspersed with critical analysis and opinions from a number of musicians and critics. This DVD covers Supertramp’s most creative period: Crime of the Century, Crisis? What Crisis?, and Even in the Quietest Moments. (Breakfast in America was Supertramp’s commercial zenith, but we’ll wager that for anyone who considers that to be the band’s creative peak, it was the first Supertramp album they heard.) DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. English audio with subtitles in French, Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Out-of-print, last copy. Note the version sold by amazon is an on-demand DVD-R; ours is the real thing.
Lazuli’s Six Frenchmen in Amsterdam: Live at the Paradiso DVD (digipack) was recorded in December 2008 by and for Fabchannel, a Dutch company that produced and streamed concert video of lesser-known bands. That company folded in March 2009, so in order not to waste the footage, Lazuli released it on DVD. The Paradiso in Amsterdam is a converted 19th-century church that is one of the temples of rock, having hosted many famous bands. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio. Check our French page for Lazuli’s CDs and more info.
Quidam’s Strong Together (2010) was initially released as an expensive DVD+2CD digipack. The current version is the DVD alone in an Amaray case (standard plastic DVD case), at a much lower price. Quidam are one of the top active Polish progressive rock bands, and this 2009 concert is their best on DVD to date. As the DVD trailer makes clear, the video and audio quality are superb, using seven HD cameras and professionally edited. The band was joined for this occasion by violinist Tylda Ciołkosz and Piotr Rogóż on alto sax. The live concert runs 127 minutes, and there is a 16-minute documentary called Backstage Pass. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 16:9.
The Fifth Season DVD captures Quidam live in 2005 with their six-man lineup. They play nearly all of the SurREvival album but also cover older material from the previous lineup, including a medley appropriately titled Oldies But Goodies. They also slip in a few excerpts such as Genesis’ Los Endos. Bonus material includes videos for two older songs, footage from the studio sessions for SurREvival, clips from other summer 2005 gigs, footage from the ProgResiste 2005 Convention, interviews, bios, discography, photo gallery, etc. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, total running time 215 minutes. Check our East European page for Quidam’s CDs and more info on the band.
Believe is the band of Mirek Gil, guitarist and founding member of Collage. The concert captured on the Hope to See Another Day Live DVD was recorded in November 2007 at the Wyspański Theater in Katowice, Poland. Most of the songs are from the Hope to See Another Day album, plus one song from Yesterday Is a Friend and one from the Mr Gil - Alone CD (Mirek Gil’s former band). The DVD also includes an interview with Mirek Gil and Tomek Rózycki, a photo gallery, and two bonus audio tracks taken from the Yesterday Is a Friend CD. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio.
The concert on the Seeing Is Believing DVD (digipack) was recorded in November 2011 at Wyspianski Theater. The DVD also includes over 100 minutes of additional video material: two bootleg videos from 2011, an interview with Mirek Gil and Karol Wróblewski, and the Music for One Leg documentary. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. Check our East European page for Believe’s CDs and more information on the band.
The 2-disc Eyes Wide Open DVD captures the 2000 The ConstruKction of Light tour at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and the 2003 The Power to Believe tour from Japan. The 2003 performance includes surround audio, while the 2000 concert is stereo only. This is the 2009 edition.
The Neal and Jack and Me DVD contains two videos of the 1980s incarnation of the band that had previously been released on VHS and Laserdisc. The first is Three of a Perfect Pair: Live in Japan 1984. The second is The Noise: Live in Frejus 1982. Also included is the 1984 promotional video for the Sleepless single release, and Tony Levin’s road photos with background music consisting of another song from the same concert as The Noise but not included in the video portion.
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Caught in the Act, the, the first DVD from neo-proggers Arena, captures them live in Poland in 2003 performing nearly all of the Contagion album plus songs from previous albums, 22 in total. Extras include bios, interviews, photo gallery, etc. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio.
The Smoke & Mirrors DVD captures Arena live on their Pepper’s Ghost tour, a complete concert in Poland in September 2005 featuring 19 songs. There is also fan footage of six songs from Arena’s reunion concert a month later. Bonus features include interviews, photo gallery, etc. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 172 minutes.
Rapture (2013, digipack) was filmed in 2011 in Katowice, Poland, shortly after the release of The Seventh Degree of Separation album. In addition to long-time members Clive Nolan, Mick Pointer, and John Mitchell, the lineup includes bassist John Jowitt (IQ) and singer Paul Manzi (Oliver Wakeman Band). In addition to 20 songs spanning Arena’s career, there is additional footage from a 2011 concert in Warsaw, plus an interview with Nolan and Pointer. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 152 minutes. Check our British page for Arena’s CDs.
“On the evening of December 18, 2010, 120 lucky Van der Graaf Generator fans braved a blizzard to travel to West London’s Metropolis Studios to take in a rare UK appearance by Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans.” Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios (2012, digipack) captures that performance on a DVD and two audio CDs. The eleven tracks draw from the recent albums (Present, Trisector, A Grounding in Numbers) but also include classics such as Lemmings, Childlike Faith, and Man-Erg. The DVD features DTS 5.1 surround and LPCM stereo audio, and interviews with the band members. Watch a clip. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping. Check our British page for Van der Graaf Generator CDs.
Strawberry Fields is a project of Wojtek Szadkowski, the leader of Satellite, working here with a female singer using the name Robin (really Marta Kniewska). The rest of the band is Satellite minus their singer: guitarist Sarhan Kubeisi, bassist Jarek Michalski, and keyboardist Krzyś Palczewski. This is Szadkowski’s chance to apply his considerable skills to a more contemporary style that incorporates all the trappings of modern music technology, and also to work with a talented female vocalist. Robin’s vocals are the focus of the music and are especially beautiful when multi-tracked. The result is a blend of the old and the new, more laid-back and atmospheric than Satellite but even more detailed, an excellent example of a prog musician making a more accessible or trendy music without compromising on quality. Recorded in April 2011 at the Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland, this DVD (PAL, all-region) includes performances of eight tracks from Strawberry Fields’ debut River’s Gone Dry, one previously-unreleased song, plus one Collage and two Satellite songs. Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo. Extras include interviews with Szadkowski and Robin. Note this DVD is PAL, a departure from previous Metal Mind DVDs. Other U.S. retailers may be unaware of this. Watch a video from this DVD of the song Flow. Check our East European page for the River’s Gone Dry CD.
This concert film from 2000 features 14 songs, including Blinded by the Light and The Mighty Quinn. The lead vocalist on this tour was Noel McCalla, who you may remember as the singer on Mike Rutherford’s Smallcreep’s Day album. 102 minutes. Check our British page for the Manfred Mann CDs and more info.
IZZ’s first DVD captures four distinct visions of IZZ both on stage and in the studio. The main feature is IZZ’s live performance at the 2007 NorthEast Art Rock festival (NEARfest). This DVD also includes footage of IZZ’s performance at ProgWest 2002, their lively and spontaneous live-in-studio performance for The Dividing Line Broadcast Network in 2003, plus additional behind-the-scenes footage of IZZ recording sessions through the years. IZZ Live (2011) presents one of America’s top progressive bands performing 25 songs comprising over 3 hours of music and live video. Watch the DVD trailer. See our U.S. page for the IZZ CDs.
Filmed on 10-11 July, 2004 at London’s Astoria, the Marbles on the Road DVD captures Marillion on the Marbles tour at the end of the first leg. This was recorded specifically for DVD release using 15 cameras, and the soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround as well as stereo. Track list: The Invisible Man, Marbles I, You’re Gone, Angelina, Marbles II, Don’t Hurt Yourself, Fantastic Place, Marbles III, The Damage, Marbles IV, Neverland, Bridge, Living With the Big Lie, The Party, Between You and Me, Uninvited Guest, and Cover My Eyes. Extras include promo videos for You’re Gone and Don’t Hurt Yourself. This is the single disc edition on MVD.
The Live in Krakow Acoustic DVD was released on Fish’s Chocolate Frog Video label in conjunction with Voiceprint. It was recorded live at the Bucklein Theatre in Krakow in October 1995 and features a 9-song acoustic set including two Marillion songs and a Sandy Denny song. The DVD is 4:3 and stereo. Check our British CDs page for Fish CDs.
In 1997, ELP embarked on a world tour promoting their album Black Moon, which included this performance at Montreux. It is the only film available from this tour. The set includes ELP classics from across their career, plus rare tracks that have never appeared on an ELP studio album. The booklet features individual sleeve notes from the band members. The track listing: Karn Evil 9 - 1st Impression Part 2, Tiger in the Spot Light, Hoedown, Touch and Go, From the Beginning, Knife Edge, Bitches Crystal, Dance Creole, Honky Tonk Train Blues, Take a Pebble, Lucky Man, Tarkus/Pictures at an Exhibition, Medley: Fanfare for the Common Man/Rondo/Carmina Burana/Toccata in D Minor. The DVD features Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS surround, and PCM stereo audio. The Blu-ray ups the ante with DTS HD Master Audio.
Once again, Classic Rock Productions repackages a DVD under a new title, even hiding behind a new label and company name. The Live Broadcasts DVD is the same disc as ELP - Masters from the Vaults. This was a television broadcast of an early ELP concert featuring The Barbarian, Rondo/Bach Improvisations, Drum Solo, Nutrocker, Take a Pebble, and Knife Edge, 57-minutes total.
This is the original U.S. edition of Play (2004, Region 1), containing 23 of Gabriel’s groundbreaking videos with surround mixes and bonus video introductions. Bonus features include a 2004 live performance of Games Without Frontiers, original promo videos of Modern Love (1977) and The Nest That Sailed the Sky (2000), and trailers for A Family Portrait, Growing Up Live, and Secret World Live. DTS 96/24 and Dolby Digital surround, Dolby Digital stereo.
The boys are back in town! Ireland’s beloved Horslips reunited as a full electric band and in December 2009 played their first real concerts in nearly 30 years in Belfast’s and Dublin’s main arenas, the Odyssey and O2 (10,000 and 14,000 seat venues, respectively). The Road to the O2 DVD (PAL) is the film of the Dublin concert. It includes an oversize booklet and a poster, comes in a deluxe box rather than a plastic case and counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. See our British Isles page for the Horslips CDs.
“Kindred Spirits (2011) is Solstice’s first live album since The Cropredy Set in 1998. They launched their last studio album Spirit in 2010 and filmed the show, and it’s that film that forms the Kindred Spirits DVD along with a couple of tracks from their set at the Loreley Festival in Germany the same year. The Kindred Spirits CD is a compilation of live tunes from 2007-2008 and covers a lot of older material that they didn’t get to play at the Spirit launch. Both the DVD and CD have superb sound and capture the energy of the performances. A month or so before Kindred Spirits was due to be pressed, Andy Glass of Solstice got an email from someone saying how much they were enjoying their recently purchased copy of Spirit. That someone turned out to be veteran Marvel artist and prog fan, Barry Kitson. The result of this moment of synchronicity is the brilliant art that runs through the album. Barry is a phenomenal artist and lovely bloke, and the band are greatly indebted to him. Another discovery that preceded the release of Kindred Spirits was the discovery that Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree is a Solstice fan. Steven very kindly agreed to contribute to the sleeve notes, and his chat with Festival Music’s David Robinson fills a couple of pages of the booklet.”
Thirteen years after the brace of sell-out farewell concerts at London’s legendary Marquee club, it was finally time to release a live album. The venue was Cropredy 1998, Fairport Convention’s annual outdoor festival of the finest in folk, rock, and the hybrid beasts in between. (For those who’ve never been to a Cropredy, 25,000 people attend, dwarfing today’s prog festivals.) The sun shone on a huge crowd as Solstice, now augmented by Jenny Newman on violin, Robin Phillips on bass and Steve McDaniel on keyboards, took the stage for a set that began with a sequence of old favorites before concentrating on material from the then-recent Circles album, but there was also space for a band version of Awakening from Clive Bunker’s solo album, along with the new instrumental Ducks on the Pond. Unfortunately, problems with sound rendered the recording unusable. Resilient to the end, the band set up in the studio the following day and replayed the set – live without an audience – which is what you hear on this CD. The show was captured on film. The technical problems with the sound led Andy Glass to initially veto its release, though now after remastering, it is available on DVD. The Cropredy Set Definitive Edition includes both the CD and the DVD. See our British page for the rest of the Solstice catalog and more info.
British neo-prog band Galahad have been at it for a while, with their debut CD being released in 1991 and, prior to that, cassettes dating back to 1985. They began in a Pendragon vein and later established their own style. Live in Poland: Resonance is Galahad’s first DVD. The concert was recorded at the same theater on the same date as Pendragon’s And Now Everybody to the Stage DVD. It features eight songs including the four-part Year Zero and songs from Empires Never Last. As a bonus, there are seven additional audio tracks unique to this release. Several are from the sessions for Empires Never Last, others are early demos or original versions of tracks. Other bonuses include a Galahad rockumentary, an interview with Stuart Nicholson and Roy Keyworth, and more. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, running time 200 minutes. Out-of-print, last copies.
Solidarity: Live in Konin (DVD+2CD, 2015, digipack) was recorded in Konin, Poland in October 2013 as part of Galahad’s European tour promoting the Battle Scars and Beyond the Realms of Euphoria albums. This live album includes Mark Spencer in the line-up on bass guitar as well as Neil Pepper’s bass and guitar parts on a couple tracks. Both the 2 CDs as well as the DVD (PAL, all-region) concert film contain the complete show. The DVD adds a band documentary/interview and photo gallery. View the track list.
The Whitchurch 92/93 DVD+CD (2012, digipack), subtitled Live Archives Vol. 2, was released by the Polish Oskar label. The CD contains a concert from July 1992, while the DVD (PAL) contains a concert from July 1993. These were occasional rock shows organized by a couple brothers in the Hampshire village of Whitchurch, the beginnings of what would become the annual Whitchurch prog festival. Galahad played several gigs here and remember them as some of the most memorable and fun shows the band ever played. The recording is as it is and was, no tinkering, a little rough but very real and only tweaked in terms of a little tidying up here and there and a bit of work to increase the audio quality. Oskar Productions asked if they could release these now historical musical documents and took care of the mastering. Check our British page for Galahad’s CDs.
Crack the Sky are an American band that began in the early 1970s in Pittsburgh, later migrating to Baltimore. While they have continued to record and release music to the present, their three studio and one live album from the 70s are their classics, presenting an arty and quirky rock. Whether or not Crack the Sky qualify as a progressive rock band is something for listeners to debate if so inclined, but at a minimum, their music has progressive elements and is intelligent, clever and fun, with excellent musicianship.
This concert DVD is the first authorized video production of Crack the Sky ever. The main portion was recorded with seven HD video cameras during Crack the Sky’s performance headlining the 2008 Rites of Spring Festival (RoSfest) in Philadelphia. Also included is an additional hour of material from their 2008 New Hazlett Theater homecoming show in Pittsburgh. That’s a total of 25 songs (only three appear in both shows) from Crack the Sky’s catalog of over 20 records dating back to 1975, 2 hours 45 minutes not including the bonus materials! The lineup is an augmented version of the original lineup: John Palumbo (guitar, lead vocals), Rick Witkowski (lead guitar, vocals), Bobby Hird (lead guitar, vocals), Joe Macre (bass, vocals), Joey D’Amico (drums, vocals), and Glenn Workman (keyboards, vocals). DVD extras include a 30-minute band interview and a photo slide show. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and stereo audio, 16:9 widescreen.
AVO Session Basel is an annual indoor music festival in the Swiss town. This DVD captures Jethro Tull’s 2008 appearance there, featuring 15 tracks. Top-notch production makes this perhaps the best sounding of the Tull DVDs. Extras include various behind-the-scenes and informational featurettes. Dolby Surround audio, 4:3 aspect ratio, 90-minutes.
The Living With the Past DVD is a concert film containing 21 tracks captured on Jethro Tull’s 2001 British and American tours. It also features a reunion performance by the original 1968 Jethro Tull lineup. There are three bonus tracks: one a collaboration with Fairport Convention, one a collaboration with Uriah Heep, and one by the original Tull quartet. Other bonuses include a photo gallery; ‘Tull Talk’: a segment during which fans, crew and band members have their say; outtakes; DVT - the Public Announcement film; and ‘Virtual Ticket Window’: a short clip of Beside Myself from any seat in the house at Hammersmith Apollo Theater. Dolby Digital stereo, 4:3 aspect ratio.
This 2008 DVD contains Jethro Tull live performances filmed in Germany between 1970 and 1993. The main concert is from the Rockpop in Concert German TV series and was filmed in 1982 on the Broadsword and the Beast tour. This segment includes the tracks Hard Times, Pussy Willow, Heavy Horses, Jack in the Green, keyboard solo, Sweet Dream, Aqualung, Locomotive Breath, and Cheerio. Tracks from two different 1986 performances include Hunting Girl, Thick as a Brick, Black Sunday, Improvisation II, and Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young to Die. The DVD is rounded out by 1993 performances of My Sunday Feeling and So Much Trouble and 1970-71 performances of With You There to Help Me and Nothing Is Easy. The release is fully approved by Ian Anderson and the packaging features photographs from his personal archive. 96-minutes. Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS surround audio plus Dolby Digital stereo.
In 2003, Jethro Tull made their first (and so far only) visit to the Montreux Festival, though they’ve both lived and recorded there in the past. Split into a semi-acoustic first half and full-on electric second half, the concert was a triumph, combining newer songs with classic favorites. The Live at Montreux 2003 DVD includes the full concert. The track list: Some Day the Sun Won’t Shine for You, Life Is a Long Song, Bouree (version de Noël), With You There to Help Me), Pavane, Empty Cafe, Hunting Girl, Eurology, Dot Com, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Fat Man, Living in the Past, Nothing Is Easy, Beside Myself, My God, Budapest, New Jig, Aqualung, Locomotive Breath. Audio options: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, PCM Stereo. Widescreen 16:9, approximately 117 minutes. Note this is NOT an all-region DVD; it is NTSC Regions 1 & 4 (North/Central/South America, Australia, New Zealand).
This DVD was recorded in December 2004 in Mannheim, Germany with the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt Orchestra and features 20 songs of Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson solo material. The orchestra is joined by Ian on flute, acoustic guitar and vocals, and the “Rubbing Elbows” band (four musicians supplying drums, bass, keyboards, acoustic & electric guitars, accordion, glockenspiel). Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, approximately 160 minutes.
This 3-disc set is by Jethro Tull tribute band Living With the Past, led by Ray (who tends to omit his last name), the man responsible for the very Tull-like 1995 CD Somewhere in the Universe. The six-piece band was joined by former Tull (and Fairport Convention) member Dave Pegg on bass, mandolin, and vocals. The DVD contains the tracks Thick as a Brick, Living in the Past, To Cry You a Song, Cross-Eyed Mary, Salamander, Level Pegging, Life’s a Long Song, Skating Away, Budapest, Broadsword, My God, Tull Medley, and Locomotive Breath. The two CDs contain the same audio as the DVD. Ed Unitsky provided the artwork. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
Cantina Sociale are one of the great newer Italian prog bands, having won the Demetrio Stratos prize in 2003 on the basis of their debut album. Catturati Live is a concert DVD (PAL) recorded in 2004. Beppe Crovella of Arti & Mestieri has been heavily involved with the band, and he appears here as part of the eight-man band on Mellotron and Hammond. Cantina Sociale share their lead singer with Arti & Mestieri.
Jumbo are best known for their third album Vietato ai Minori di 18 Anni? (1973), an Italian progressive rock classic. The Anthology Live DVD (PAL, digipack) contains both documentary and concert material. There are interviews (in Italian with English subtitles), over 600 rare pictures, and previously unseen clips. There is more than an hour of live concert footage recorded in the 1990s by the original lineup.
Opus Avantra are unique among the Italian prog bands. Led by pianist and composer Alfredo Tisocco, they blend light progressive rock, contemporary classical, and opera in sophisticated arrangements. They are best known for their 1974 debut, alternately known as Introspezione or Donella del Monaco (the name of their soprano singer), and Lord Cromwell (1975). Their debut is their most accessible work, as their avant-garde leanings increased on later albums. As with many of the Italian prog bands, there is more enthusiasm for them in Japan than at home, so Opus Avantra decided to record this live DVD (PAL, digipack) in Tokyo. All the tracks from Introspezione are here plus selections from their albums Lord Cromwell, Strata, and Lyrics.
Magic Ritual (2005) is a DualDisc with a DVD-V on side 1 and an audio CD on side 2. This is not a live performance; the DVD (PAL, all-region) contains a conceptual video having something to do with the occult and which probably did not get nominated for any film awards. The CD is the music used in the video, a new studio recording. This was the first recording of the reconstituted Antonius Rex, whose principals had been involved in other projects since 1980’s Praeternatural. See our Italian page for Antonius Rex CDs and more info.
This is an instructional DVD (PAL, all-region) by Furio Chirico, probably Italy’s greatest drummer, who also runs a drum school in Torino. He was a member of The Trip before going on to greater fame with Arti & Mestieri. This video includes performances in different styles (including Arti & Mestieri’s Gravita’ 9.81 with Crovella and Venegoni), with excellent musicians and an interesting “minus-one” video section. Notation for some of the parts is included. Bill Bruford’s hearty endorsement appears on the sleeve. First published on VHS in 1996, this DVD on the Electromantic label appears to be English-language.
Yesspeak is a 170-minute double-DVD recorded in Europe during Yes’ 35th Anniversary tour, featuring the classic line-up. Narrated by Roger Daltry, this shows Yes both on and off-stage and includes “intimate and humorous observations into their music, their life on the road, and their personal viewpoints”. The live set features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround as well as 2.0 stereo audio.
On January 26th 2004, in a live satellite transmission from a studio in Los Angeles to cinemas throughout the U.S., a 75-minute version of the film Yesspeak was premiered. Following this live broadcast, fans in the cinemas were treated to an exclusive, one-time only live performance from Yes. For the first time, the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White and Rick Wakeman performed ‘live and unplugged’. This DVD contains the recording of that transmission. The tracks: Tiger Rag, Long Distance Runaround, South Side of the Sky, Show Me, Roundabout, Time Is Time, I’ve Seen All Good People. Extras include behind-the-scenes footage narrated by the always-entertaining Rick Wakeman. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 16:9.
In September 1970, Yes were invited by Belgian Television to make a film featuring selections from their then-current album Time and a Word. Interspersed with off-the-wall interludes by various band members, the film was presented as a television special, now preserved on the Rock of the 70s DVD. Four tracks are performed: Astral Traveller, Everydays, Then, and No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed, 26-minutes total.
Greatest Video Hits is a Region 1 DVD, a collection of Yes music videos spanning 1977-1987 (Going for the One through Big Generator) and two live tracks from 9012 Live. There is commentary from Yes members introducing each video. The songs are: Wondrous Stories, Don’t Kill the Whale, Madrigal, Tempus Fugit, Into the Lens, Hold On (live), Leave It, It Can Happen, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Rhythm of Love, Love Will Find a Way, I’ve Seen All Good People (live). The audio is advertised as Dolby Digital 5.1.
This 2014 DVD on Esoteric Recordings features Rick Wakeman performing on grand piano with a symphony orchestra and a choir, the perfect setting for Wakeman’s more classically-inspired works. The concert with the Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana took place outdoors in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland in July 2009. The well-recorded DVD features the tracks The King Arthur Suite, Gone But Not Forgotten, Catherine Howard 2009, Help / Eleanor Rigby, After the Ball, Merlin the Magician, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and The Jig. Note this concert was previously released on DVD in 2010 with a slightly different title on the now defunct Voiceprint label. This Esoteric edition includes the entire concert performance and features an illustrated booklet with new essay.
“Made in Cuba presents Rick Wakeman with his band The New English Rock Ensemble performing to a capacity crowd at the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana, Cuba. In April 2005, invited by the Ministry of Culture, the Cuban Music Institute, and the Swiss foundation Association Friends of Cuba, rock keyboard legend Rick Wakeman traveled to Havana to perform a series of concerts that will forever be recognized internationally as an enormous event for the Cuban people, and a historic moment as one of the first and largest official rock concerts ever to be performed on the island. This DVD captures the spectacular performance and the momentous event which will undoubtedly be worthy of an entry in the chronicles of rock music history. Wakeman devoted most of the concert to classic tunes from the 1970s, including songs from his The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table albums, plus a more recent stage favorite from the Out There album called Cathedral of the Sky and the Yes classics Starship Trooper and Wurm.” (Wow, that was some spectacular and momentous hype.) The main feature runs 115 minutes and features both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround as well as Dolby Digital stereo audio. Extras include The Road to Cuba, a 28-minute documentary capturing behind-the-scenes action of Rick’s visit to Cuba, plus a photo gallery.
Rick Wakeman’s 2003 Out There CD was his first progressive rock album with his own band in 26 years. This DVD is a concept movie “crafted together with high-end computer graphics, studio recordings and outstanding footage from the NASA archives.” The DVD includes all six tracks from the CD plus a featurette on the making of the album and subsequent live tour. DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and stereo audio, approximately 100 minutes.
This is the 2011 reissue of Steve Howe’s Remedy Live DVD. The main feature is a live concert filmed during Remedy’s 2004 European tour, with 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround as well as Dolby stereo audio. The DVD also includes Steve Howe Acoustic, which captures Howe performing many of his signature solo acoustic pieces in front of a live audience in 2004. Finally, the DVD includes Steve Howe’s Remedy Tour Story, documenting Howe’s first-ever solo band tour, with behind the scenes footage of the band on tour and in their studio and rehearsal environment, plus interviews.
The RPWL Live Experience is the first DVD for RPWL, filmed in February 2009 at the Wyspiański Theatre in Katowice, Poland, where RPWL headlined the second day of the Prog Rock Festival. The DVD includes the 14 tracks of the concert plus an interview with Yogi Lang and Kalle Wallner, the video for the song Breathe In, Breathe Out, and footage from RPWL’s 2006 tour including a demo version of the song Sleep. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 113 minutes. Out-of-print, last copies. See our German page for RPWL’s CDs.
DeeExpus are a progressive rock band from the north of England. They debuted in 2008 with the CD Half Way Home and followed with King of Number 33 in 2011. This DVD was recorded in February 2009 at the first edition of the Prog Rock Festival at the Wyspiański Theatre in Poland, where DeeExpus played all of Half Way Home plus one additional track. Bonuses include a music video of one track and interviews with the band. This is the Limited Edition, which adds the audio CD and comes in deluxe digipack packaging. DVD playing time 130-minutes, CD 68-minutes. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, 16:9 widescreen. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping. Check our British page for DeeExpus CDs.
3rdegree played their first live shows in over ten years at the New Jersey Proghouse in 2007. The Reunion Concerts double DVD (digisleeve) contains 3rdegree’s traditional electric show plus an unplugged show. The show was recorded in 1080i HD (downres’d for the DVD). The discs are DVD-Rs. Included are five songs that do not appear on any other CD or DVD plus covers of Gentle Giant’s Peel the Paint and Sarah McLachlan’s Elsewhere. Bonuses include behind-the-scenes and interview footage. See our U.S. page for the 3rdegree CDs and more info on the band.
Spaced Out are a Montreal-based instrumental progressive fusion quartet (keys, guitar, bass, drums). The Live at the Crescendo Festival DVD (PAL, all-region) contains the same concert as the CD of the same name, recorded in 2006 at the Crescendo Festival in France, Spaced Out’s first concert in Europe during the Unstable Matter tour. The DVD contains five more tracks than the CD, running time 100 minutes. Extras include rehearsal footage and a slideshow. See our Canadian page for the Spaced Out CDs and more info.
Collage were Poland’s top neo-prog band, the precursor to Satellite. At their best (the albums Basnie and Moonshine), they were nearly the equal of IQ and Marillion. This 2004 DVD contains an entire 1996 concert, live 1995 and 1996 video of eight songs from the band’s archive, four video clips from Polish television, band interviews and assorted extras, totaling 240 minutes. Out-of-print.
This is the first live DVD release of Oliver Wakeman, the eldest son of Rick. Oliver manned the keyboards for Yes on their 2008 tour. Oliver is known for several solo albums, collaborations with Clive Nolan on the Jabberwocky and The Hound of the Baskervilles albums, and with Steve Howe on the The 3 Ages of Magick album. This DVD contains a 2007 show filmed at the atmospheric Wyspiański Theater in Poland, where all of Metal Mind’s many prog rock DVDs are filmed. The band includes Oliver Wakeman (keyboards), Paul Manzi (vocals), David Mark Pearce (guitar), Paul Brown (bass), and Dave Wagstaffe (drums). The concert includes most of Oliver’s 2005 album Mother’s Ruin plus several other tracks. Bonus features include an interview with Oliver, photo gallery, bio and discography. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 100 minutes. Check our British page for Oliver Wakeman CDs.
The premiere English folk-rock band has been staging the annual three-day Cropredy festival in Oxfordshire for many years now. Like the band itself, the festival has become an institution, dwarfing any of the progressive rock festivals, with something like 25,000 people attending, most camping there. The festival always culminates with Fairport themselves, the current band joined by former members and special guests. 2001 was a vintage year, with Fairport joined on stage by Ian Anderson, Dave Swarbrick, Vikki Clayton, Maartin Allcock, and many others.
The Live Legends DVD captures the English folk-rock legends in concert at Birmingham Town Hall in 1990. The line-up at that time was Ric Sanders, Dave Pegg, Maartin Allcock, Dave Mattacks, and Simon Nicol, the classic line-up of the post-Sandy Denny, all-boy era. Track list: The Eynsham Poacher, On the Floor, Honour and Praise, Bird from the Mountain, Portmeirion, Red and Gold, London River, From a Distance, Matty Groves / The Rutland Reel / Sack the Juggler, Meet on the Ledge. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio.
For those unaware, this is what guitar hero Ritchie Blackmore has been doing since 1997 and with great success. His partner Candice Night provides the beautiful vocals. Blackmore’s Night do a ren faire / medieval minstrel style of symphonic rock, electric but using early music instruments and a lot of other acoustic textures. There are influences of renaissance music, Celtic and East European folk. Blackmore himself concentrates more on acoustic guitar than electric, playing in the style of Gordon Giltrap. This is the most complex progressive music that Blackmore has ever played, and not at all what a Deep Purple or Rainbow fan would expect.
The gorgeously-packaged Paris Moon DVD was filmed at the famous Olympia in Paris in September 2006. Celebrating the band’s 10th anniversary, the DVD includes 20 songs covering their career to date. 16:9, DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio, 128-minutes. An audio CD is included that contains ten of the songs from the DVD plus two bonus tracks: the studio version of The Village Lanterne and the radio edit of All Because of You. This comes in elaborate cardstock packaging with die-cut cover. Counts as 2 discs for shipping. Out-of-print.
Disc 1 of the 2005 Castles & Dreams double-DVD extravaganza features a 2004 concert in a German castle. Bonus material on the first disc includes a behind the scenes featurette plus another on Ritchie’s guitars. Disc 2 features five acoustic performances, five videos, several documentary featurettes, German TV appearances, a discography, biographies, band interviews, a slideshow and footage from Candice’s private camcorder. Subtitles for the lyrics are available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Czech. DTS 96/24 and Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as PCM stereo audio. This is the slipcased cardstock NTSC edition. Counts as 2 discs for shipping. Out-of-print. Check here for some Blackmore’s Night CDs.
This out-of-print 2005 double-DVD is from Oldfield’s 1979 Exposed tour and contains the entire Wembley Conference Centre concert. There’s an orchestra, a choir, and Maddy Prior prancing about. The first DVD features all of Incantations, while the second DVD contains all of Tubular Bells, Guilty, and the encore.
This out-of-print 2006 DVD captures Oldfield near the peak of his career, during his 1981 tour in support of his album QE2. Oldfield’s band for this performance consisted of himself on guitars and bass, Maggie Riley on vocals, Tim Cross on keyboards, Rick Fenn on bass and guitars, and Mike Frye and Morris Pert on percussion. The track list: QE2 Medley: Taurus 1/Sheba/Mirage, Platinum Parts 1-4, Tubular Bells Part 2, Medley: Conflict/Ommadawn, Tubular Bells Part 1, Punkadiddle. Audio options: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, PCM Stereo. Approximately 113 minutes. Note this is NOT an all-region DVD; it is NTSC Regions 1 & 4 (North/Central/South America, Australia, New Zealand).
The Space Movie film was made in 1979 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of landing a man on the moon. NASA and the U.S. National Archive released all of this footage for the first time including unseen film of the lunar landscape, life in the spacecraft, Mars, Venus and beyond, as well as voice transmissions between the astronauts and ground control in Houston. The soundtrack was created by Mike Oldfield using sections of Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, Incantations, and some new music. Oldfield’s music fits well and lends much dramatic impact. This film is not meant to be a documentary. One impression that stands out is the optimism at that time regarding space flight and how that has since faded. Previously available on VHS, this DVD contains six minutes of previously unseen footage, taking the running time up to 80 minutes, and a 26-minute interview with Tony Palmer on the making of the movie. 16:9 aspect ratio.
The Dixie Dregs were one of the elite American progressive bands, and this DVD captures them near their peak. To quote from the liner notes, streamlining them a bit: “Out of the musically fertile jazz-rock fusion era of the 1970s emerged the Dixie Dregs. Marrying bluegrass with rock sensibilities, baroque pageantry with Celtic undertones, the Dregs soon became a band without peers. By 1978 the band had garnered such critical acclaim as to be invited to perform at the prestigious 11th annual Montreux Jazz Festival. The Dregs turned in a blinding performance of unparalleled magnitude [our hype meter just went into the red], at once passionate and precise. Here now is the complete performance.” Bonus material includes the band’s appearances on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. The latter appearance was filmed during a short promotional tour in support of their album Industry Standard and includes a band interview.
This 2002 DVD contains two concerts: Dixie Dregs live in Connecticut in 2001, and Steve Morse with his trio live in New York in 1992, along with interview, promo clip, and some Deep Purple stuff. Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM stereo audio. See SteveMorse.info for more details. Out-of-print.
Beautifully filmed by Anglia TV and originally released on VHS in 1999, this DVD documents the premier performance in Norwich Cathedral of this important work by Iona co-founders Dave Bainbridge and David Fitzgerald, inspired by David Adam’s book The Eye of the Eagle. The main program, which runs 49 minutes, is not straight concert footage. This is a professional television program done on film, not videotape, with production values far beyond the typical concert DVD. The music is interspersed with interviews and gorgeous nature scenery. The DVD includes an hour of special features including insightful interviews and previously unseen footage including the concert encore. The picture and sound quality have both been upgraded. (Not that anyone on this side of the Atlantic ever saw the VHS version.) The music has been called a Celtic symphony, but it is also a Celtic Christian prayer. It has much in common with the more mellow and atmospheric pieces on the first two Iona albums. In addition to Bainbridge (keyboards, electric & acoustic guitars) and Fitzgerald (saxes, flutes, whistle), there is spoken word by a real bishop, a second keyboardist, and during some segments, three female vocalists and a boys’ choir. The cathedral organist even gets some pipe organ in, and there is some programmed percussion. The spirituality in this music is obvious, but this is about early Christianity and the mystical side of the faith; it feels unrelated to the naive preachiness of Christian music in the U.S. See the Iona and related CDs.
Recorded during a stop in Holland in April 2006, The Flower Kings live double-DVD Instant Delivery runs through a bevy of songs off Paradox Hotel as well as many older favorites. This is the limited edition, housed in the hardcover digibook format, that adds two audio CDs and a 20-page booklet. Counts as 3 CDs for shipping. Out-of-print. See our Scandinavian page for The Flower Kings’ CDs.
The Moment to Moment DVD features the Scottish neo-prog band filmed at the atmospheric Wyspiański Theater in Katowice, Poland in October 2007. The track list: Warriors, Hide and Seek, Ghostdancers, Cut and Run, Heart Attack, Queen of the Deep, Northern Star, The Last Angel, Invincible, Midas Touch, Fragments of the Sun, Arrive Alive. Bonus video includes Tales from the Tour Bus, The Rehearsal Tapes, and an interview with Graeme Murray and Alan Reed. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, 130-minutes.
In 1985, Pallas accepted an offer to tour with Uriah Heep. During this tour, the band played a concert at London’s Camden Palace Theatre in May 1985 where the Live from London DVD was filmed. At this point the band was still promoting the Knightmoves EP with new singer Andy Reed, but they included material from their previous albums The Sentinel and Arrive Alive. The track list: Shock Treatment, Crown of Thorns, Cut and Run, Imagination, Nightmare, Dinosaur, Sanctuary/Atlantis, Strangers, Eyes in the Night. See our British page for Pallas’s CDs.
In September 2007, Sylvan performed a big production concert in Hamburg, Germany, which included a guest guitarist, cellist, and three-woman choir. Leaving Backstage is a double live CD audio recording of that performance. Disc One is their performance of the complete Posthumous Silence album, their magnum opus. Disc Two is a nine track greatest hits live from Sylvan’s other albums dating back to 1998, concluding with the 19-minute title track from Artificial Paradise. The companion DVD includes just the Posthumous Silence portion of this set plus Artificial Paradise, in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio. Bonus features include In the Studio 2005-2006 (behind-the-scenes footage of the recording of Posthumous Silence and Presets), 34 Days (behind-the-scenes footage of the production of the live show), interviews with Sylvan and their main technicians, and a slide show. There are English subtitles for the interviews. Everything from the lightshow to the audio and video quality is excellent. See our German page for more Sylvan CDs and more info.
Apocalypse are one of Brazil’s top symphonic prog bands. Their Live in Rio DVD is a video companion to their CD of the same name. In this 2005 performance, Apocalypse played their old classics in new English-language versions. The DVD is the same show as the CD but includes two additional tracks and features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. Extras include backstage footage and interviews, photo gallery, bio and discography. Watch the trailer. See our South American page for Apocalypse’s CDs and more information.
Tarkus are one of the top Brazilian symphonic prog bands. Ao Vivo em Niterói is a live DVD (NTSC, all-region) recorded in 2005. Extras include backstage footage and interviews, photo gallery, bio, and discography with audio samples. On this DVD, Tarkus are a quintet with two keyboardists but no flute player, and the vocals are in Portuguese. They sound more Yes-influenced here, not so much the entire band, but at least one keyboardist loves those Wakeman-esque lead synth lines. It appears these are all new songs; in effect it is Tarkus’s second album. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. See our South American page for Tarkus’ CDs and more information.
Along with SBB, Exodus was the best first-generation Polish progressive rock band, a quintet sometimes referred to as the Polish Yes. Overall, Exodus was more symphonic than SBB. Exodus was active at the beginning of the 1980s, so this DVD is an unexpected treat. The first part of the DVD contains five songs performed live at the Jazz Jamboree festival in 1980. This is followed by seven rare videos recorded by Polish television, and a bonus video of MadMax, the band founded by four of the Exodus musicians after Exodus broke up. The DVD includes six audio tracks from the Exodus albums, a sample of the band’s discography. The DVD advertises Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, but the surround channels were most likely synthesized. Approximately 135-minutes of video. Check our East European page for Exodus’ CDs.
Varius Manx is a very popular band in Poland, with albums on Sony/BMG and EMI and sales of over two million in Poland alone. They exist on the border between neo-prog and a very intelligent, progressively-arranged pop. They actually began as an instrumental band. They have a symphonic sound palette with a good balance between keyboards and guitar, and the instrumentalists know what they’re doing, but beginning with their third album, their music has centered on their talented female singer. They’re on at least their third female lead singer (they keep leaving for solo careers), and this DVD features them all. It contains portions of three concerts: from 1995, 1998, and 2004. The songs are done music-video style, highly professionally. Some mix concert footage with other footage, while some are all concert footage but still done music-video style, with filmic treatment to the video and constant zooming, panning, and cutting between multiple cameras. After 22 tracks from the three concerts, there are ten more live video tracks spanning 1994-2006, then six bonus video clips, a total of 38 songs! The majority of songs are sung in Polish, but some are in English. One concert seems to have a school age audience -- if Polish kids grew up listening to music like this, that could explain Poland’s current prominence in the progressive rock world. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. Check our East European page for Varius Manx CDs.
On May 1-2, 2009, Historic Royal Palaces allowed a concert to take place in front of the magnificent facade of Hampton Court Palace for the first time ever. The event was a full-length performance of The Six Wives Of Henry VIII by Rick Wakeman, his band, choir and orchestra. Rick invited Acoustic Strawbs to warm the audience up - literally. It was quite chilly but, despite frozen fingers, David Cousins, Dave Lambert, and Chas Cronk gave the performance of their lives to 10,000 people over the two nights. This DVD includes Lay Down, New World, Shine On Silver Sun, Midnight Sun, Ghosts, and A Glimpse of Heaven. It also includes bonus audio tracks of Acoustic Strawbs with Rick Wakeman on piano performing Witchwood, We’ll Meet Again Sometime, A Glimpse of Heaven, and Oh How She Changed, plus a bonus video track of Acoustic Strawbs performing Oh How She Changed. Finally, the DVD includes an excerpt from the performance of The Six Wives Of Henry VIII. Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 surround audio, 16:9 aspect ratio, running time 58:30. See our British page for Strawbs CDs.
Also known as High Above the Subterania Club 2000, this DVD contains a unique performance of Gong at the Subterania Club in London on April 6, 2000. It captures the exciting, unpredictable nature of Gong’s spacey yet tight improvisation, their audience rapport, their famed musical absurdity, and even the essence of their unusual “mythical” element. Extras include an interview with Daevid Allen called A Brief History of Gong and artwork by Daevid Allen. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. Some Gong CDs are on our British page.
The late Dutch keyboardist Rick van der Linden became famous as a member of two prominent Dutch bands, beginning in the late 1960s with classical-rock band Ekseption, then in the mid-1970s with the more progressive Trace. This DVD contains a 1977 Trace performance with Ian Mosley (later of Marillion) on drums, plus a 2003 Ekseption concert during that band’s revival. Check our Dutch page for the Trace CDs.
Subtitled Live Tour 2003-2004, this 2+ hour DVD is the first from this Ange lineup, a lineup that we feel is their best since the 1970s. It includes Christian Decamps’ son Tristan on keys and vocals and Caroline Crozat on vocals. This DVD was professionally-filmed in Belgium in November 2003. Ange perform their classic Par Les Fils de Mandrin album in its entirety and a lot more, 17 tracks total. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio.
Christian Décamps is the singer and leader of Ange. This DVD captures his one man show in 1993 near Belfort. Christian sings, plays guitar and keyboards, tells tales and performs sketches (in French), all with his characteristic humor, charisma, and intensity. The songs are taken from his solo career, Ange classics (Ode à Emile), plus two Jacques Brel covers. One hour and 40 minutes.
See our French page for Ange CDs.
See our British page for Mostly Autumn’s CDs and more info.
The Next Chapter DVD is the story of a year in the life of a great rock band, featuring 14 songs performed in UK concert halls and on the summer festival circuit. Also included is superb footage of the band’s appearance at the 2002 U.S. Classic Rock Festival, along with behind-the-scenes footage, unseen promotional material, interviews, and a glimpse into the making of Passengers. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio.
The At the Grand Opera House DVD (2003) shows Mostly Autumn before a sell-out crowd, unveiling the full Passengers audio-visual stage presentation, with a new light show, special effects, and film projection. The band is augmented by a string quartet, choir, and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley. A cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb is included. DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, running time 90-minutes.
This DVD was filmed in a rock club in southern England shortly after the release of The Tangent’s landmark third album A Place in the Queue. Extras include rehearsal footage and 1981 footage of a band Andy Tillison was in called A New Opera, performing two songs that were later looted for use in Tangent material. See our British page for The Tangent CDs and more info.
After leaving Spock’s Beard, Neal Morse established a solo career with Christian-themed albums. The first DVD in the Testimony Live set contains the entire Testimony album performed in late 2003 by Morse’s eight-man band that includes Mike Portnoy on drums. The second DVD contains live performances of two Transatlantic songs and one Spock’s Beard song, plus a tour documentary. 255-minutes, stereo. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping. See our U.S. page for Neal Morse CDs.
This Classic Rock Productions DVD is a tribute to Pink Floyd, essential Pink Floyd music arranged for grand piano, flute, and string quartet and presented with Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround audio. The arrangements and piano are handled by Iain Jennings of Mostly Autumn, with bandmate Angela Goldthorpe on flute, and a string quartet. The performance is split into four segments: 1st Movement – (Invention): Astronomy Domine / Arnold Layne / See Emily Play / Bike / Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun / Saucerful of Secrets / Grantchester Meadows / Fat Old Sun / Atom Heart Mother; 2nd Movement – (Harmony): Echoes / Breathe / Great Gig in the Sky / Us and Them / Eclipse / Shine on You Crazy Diamond; 3rd Movement – (Division): Sheep / Pigs on the Wing / In the Flesh / Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) / Comfortably Numb / Fletcher Memorial Home / The Final Cut; 4th Movement – (Reconstruction): The Dogs of War / On the Turning Away / Cluster One. Out-of-print, last copy.
This DVD+CD set on Classic Rock Productions is taken from British television’s Bedrock series. This concert is from circa 1990. First released as a DVD only, this Sound & Visions version adds an audio CD containing the same music from the DVD concert film and is housed in a jewel case with a booklet and slipcase. The track list: Son of Hotta, Cannonball, Jehad, Reverie, Mehecco, Would You Say I’m in Love with You?, Praeludium, Hotta. See our British page for Sky CDs and much more info on the band.
French-Canadian band Red Sand play music modeled on Fish-era Marillion as well as Genesis, with English-language vocals. Their Live: Au Cabaret du Liquor Store DVD contains a 2007 concert featuring tracks from their first three albums. As a bonus, there is a three track acoustic set from 2006. Check our Canadian page for the Red Sand CDs and more information.
The Canadian group Delerium has enchanted audiences worldwide with their blend of lush electro-pop, sacred and world music (Gregorian chant samples, that sort of thing), adorned with heavenly female vocals. Delerium operate in similar territory as Enigma and Deep Forest, but we’d say that in this live setting, Delerium have greater energy and greater appeal to progressive rock fans in general. For while Delerium use drum loops on their studio CDs, there is a human drummer on stage. It’s easy to close your eyes and hear the influence of Kate Bush in some of the vocals. Filmed in October 2008 at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club with additional footage from Atlanta, West Palm Beach and Montreal, Epiphany captures the ethereal essence of a Delerium performance, realized as ‘paintings in motion’. It also contains the bonus short film Delerius, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 16:9, 95-minutes. Watch the DVD trailer.
The main feature of this 2006 DVD is a half-hour documentary created for PBS television circa 1994 in which Loreena McKennitt “explores the diverse influences behind award-winning albums such as The Visit and The Mask and Mirror.” It features a live concert performance of one song, excerpts of performances of two others, and excerpts from numerous studio recordings. This is followed by music videos for The Bonny Swans and The Mummers’ Dance. Notably, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mixes were created for all the features. An interactive discography is included as a bonus.
Lake is a multi-national progressive pop-rock band formed in Hamburg, Germany that reached the U.S. Billboard charts in the late 1970s and toured the U.S. with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hall & Oates. They broke up when their Scottish frontman James Hopkins-Harrison passed away in 1991. They reformed in 2003, and in 2005 released their comeback CD The Blast of Silence. This DVD features a sold-out show recorded in December 2005 in Hamburg at the prestigious venue Fabrik (a wonderfully redesigned old factory). They perform 14 tracks spanning their career. Lake’s lineup is vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums. So while the music is essentially pop-rock, there are a lot of keyboards, and there are instrumental breaks, albeit short ones. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and PCM stereo audio.
Kate Bush is of course the favorite female artist of all right-thinking people. A Life of Surprises (2011), a double-DVD digipack, is a repackaging of the DVDs Under Review (2006) and Hounds of Love: A Classic Album Under Review (2008). The Hounds of Love analysis is well done. The 75-minute Under Review is a documentary from England, another of those unofficial “independent critical analysis” DVDs. This well-made DVD includes lots of music video and performance clips, many rare and previously unavailable on DVD. Note these aren’t full songs but are excerpts used to illustrate the points being made by the critics examining her work. The DVD also includes obscure footage, rare interviews and photographs of Kate and colleagues from all periods of her career up through Aerial.