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.
Originally a series of webisodes released circa 2009, Gemini Rising is a Spinal Tap style mockumentary series that “recounts the trials and tribulations of a hard-working, semi-successful 1974 progressive rock band from Levittown, Pennsylvania”. There are original songs, and the actors are also musicians who have performed these songs live. This double-DVD contains all eight episodes with optional audio commentary, music videos, live performances, behind-the-scenes footage and more. Watch the series trailer. Read the Stuck Beween Stations and Tubefilter reviews.
Second Home is Mystery’s first live DVD, filmed and recorded live in April 2016 headlining the ProgDreams V festival in the Netherlands. Extras include backstage video. The companion double-CD has three additional tracks recorded at the Boerderij in 2015. Watch A Song for You. See our Canadian page for the rest of the Mystery catalog.
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.
Kenso, an instrumental band, is for many the best band Japan has produced. Their early 1980s albums blended progressive rock with fusion and still stand as the best examples of this style in the world. AYR is the band’s second DVD. It features 2003 live footage plus some interviews with English subtitles.
Ha-Re-Ki is Kenso’s first DVD, containing a 100-minute concert from June 2002 at Tokyo’s On Air East venue, shot with six cameras. A guest female vocalist sings on a few pieces. Read the Sea of Tranquility review. Both of these DVDs are out-of-print and may be next to impossible to find now. One copy left of each.
Pendragon celebrated the 20th anniversary of probably their most successful album, The Masquerade Overture, with a special show at Teatr Slaski in Poland on May 18, 2016. They play The Masquerade Overture in its entirety (including bonus tracks) followed by additional songs drawn mostly from Men Who Climb Mountains, 17 tracks total. The DVD includes an interview with Peter Gee and Jan-Vincent Velazco among the extras, and surround as well as stereo audio. The double-CD comes in a fat digipack. Read the Prog Archives review. More Pendragon DVDs below.
Every two years since 2002, Marillion have welcomed their fans to a Marillion weekend. During the March 2015 Marillion weekend in The Netherlands, the band recorded the Saturday night performance of their Marbles album (the complete 2CD version, in order) plus three more tracks. The Marbles in the Park Blu-ray contains that performance. The Blu-ray contains some minor extras, but more importantly it features DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and hi-res PCM stereo audio. It runs 134-minutes, is all-region, and the video is 1080i/60, meaning no compatibility issues with North American Blu-ray players. Watch the trailer.
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.
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Scrape Across the Sky (2017) is IQ’s first Blu-ray release. Recorded in December 2014 at The Boerderij in The Netherlands, the concert was part of the The Road of Bones tour and features all the tracks from the first The Road of Bones CD, along with a host of other live IQ favorites. Audio options include stereo and 5.1 surround. The special features include the encores from the Borederij gig (Ten Million Demons, Widow’s Peak), the video of Until the End from the 2014 Lorelei festival, all the projections from the complete gig (encores too) set to the live stereo soundtrack, The Art of The Road of Bones: Peter Nicholls in conversation with artist and designer Tony Lythgoe, plus a photo gallery. Watch the album promo video. * IMPORTANT! This Blu-ray is not guaranteed to play on all players outside the PAL zone (Europe, Australia, New Zealand), and returns are not accepted due to player incompatibility. Your player must be capable of playing and converting 1080i50 (50 Hz, 25 fps) video. If you own an Oppo, you should be set; owners of other brands and especially older players should check their manuals. We refer you to Big Big Train’s technical briefing.
Stage (2006) is IQ’s first DVD in the NTSC format, a double-DVD subtitled Dark Matter Live in America and Germany 2005. The first disc is their complete July 2005 NEARfest performance, which includes the majority of the Dark Matter album plus lots of older classics. The second disc is IQ’s complete Burg Herzberg festival performance a week later, an outdoor gig with a very different atmosphere. Bonus material includes a photo gallery, the “Stage and Screen” featurette, their NEARfest soundcheck, and the “Andy’s First Gig” featurette, the latter a medley performed in Montreal two days prior to NEARfest. 260 minutes, 16:9 widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, and a beautiful package. Counts as two CDs for shipping.
Subtitled Live at the Stadthalle Kleve Germany June 12 1993, the 2007 Forever Live double-DVD contains the same video that had previously been released on VHS. But IQ do things right, and not only is the packaging beautiful, they have expanded this set with a second DVD containing two additional tracks from the concert, the Scenes from the Day documentary (including commentary by Peter Nicholls), six more tracks videotaped in Holland in January 1993, a photo gallery and IQ family tree. Both discs have brand new Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo mixes, and needless to say, it looks a lot better than the VHS did. This concert was the launch of IQ’s Ever album, with front-man Peter Nicholls back in the fold and new bassist John Jowitt on board. 4:3 aspect ratio, running time 202 minutes. Counts as two CDs for shipping.
This NTSC DVD comes from the British television program Live from London. Just prior to Peter Nicholls’ departure, IQ headlined this concert filmed at London’s Camden Palace Theatre in May 1985. (This was released as the live album and video Living Proof.) The band was promoting their latest album The Wake, which was on its way to the number one position in the indie album charts. The tracks performed: Awake and Nervous, Outer Limits, It All Stops Here, Just Changing Hands, The Wake, The Magic Roundabout, Widow’s Peak, The Thousand Days, Corners. The IQ CDs are here.
Minimum Vital’s Connexions DVD (PAL, all-region) compiles live performances of four concerts in France between 2012-2015 plus two bonus songs for a total of 17 tracks. Many of the tracks are previously unreleased, while those that do appear on studio albums are significantly enhanced in their live versions. Minimum Vital is currently founding members Jean-Luc and Thierry Payssan with Eric Rebeyrol on bass & cornet plus guest singer Emmanuelle Troy. Watch the teaser video. See our French page for the Minimum Vital CDs still in print and more info.
Sands of Time Live is Cast’s first Blu-ray, the culmination of a series of concerts to promote the Vida album, featuring the current Cast lineup. It was recorded in Mexicali, Mexico in April 2016. Watch the trailer and this longer medley. Note the disc is a BD-R, to be expected for a small run Blu-ray such as this. The disc label, insert, and booklet printing is fully professional. See our Mexican page for the Cast CDs and info on the band.
Riding on the success of The Grand Experiment album, The Neal Morse Band (Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Gillette, and Bill Hubauer) set out on a world tour in the spring of 2015. Alive Again shows them performing for an enthusiastic audience in The Netherlands in March 2015. “The Neal Morse Band are a force of nature. They have evolved into a great live band, one that is as good as there is in music and they really shine on this live set. The performances here are jaw-dropping and might have you giving a standing ovation from your couch. Take a bathroom break before you start too, because once you start watching, you won’t be able to stop.” Read the full The Prog Report review. Watch the trailer.
Morsefest! 2015 is a two-disc Blu-ray set with each disc corresponding to one of the two nights of Morsefest 2015, running over five hours total. Disc 1 contains the ? album performed in its entirety plus an album’s worth of other Neal Morse and Spock’s Beard tracks and a cover of MacArthur Park. Disc 2 contains the performance of the entire Sola Scriptura album plus more Morse and Spock’s Beard tracks, with Nick D’Virgilio joining the festivities, culminating with a medley of songs from Transatlantic’s The Whirlwind. Read The Prog Report’s review of the festival and review of this set for more details. Watch the trailer.
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 1.5 CDs for shipping. See our U.S. page for Neal Morse CDs.
This is the first live DVD and CD for popular Dutch neo-prog band Silhouette. Staging the Seventh Wave (2017, DVD+CD, digipack) is Silhouette live at Parktheater Alphen, where they performed their 2014 album Beyond the Seventh Wave in its entirety plus some older songs. The CD contains all the live Beyond the Seventh Wave tracks plus two songs from Across the Rubicon live. The DVD adds another song (off Moods) from this concert, then adds video of three tracks from a concert in Utrecht. The DVD is PAL. Watch Web of Lies. Check our Dutch page for Silhouette’s 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.
Live at Real World is the 3-disc set of Magenta’s acoustic performance at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios near Bath in November 2009. The band was augmented by a string quartet and oboe player. The double-CD contains not only the audio recording of the concert but also three additional songs recorded at Real World the next day. The DVD contains video of the entire 96-minute concert with both stereo and 5.1 surround audio. Extras include a 5.1 mix of Joe from Home, the promotional video of Blind Faith, and two photo galleries. As the album trailer will make evident, Magenta have a compelling sound in this acoustic setting. Apart from the strings and oboe, the major difference is that Rob Reed plays a superb acoustic piano rather than electronic keys, and the guitar is all acoustic. These new arrangements serve to emphasize the Renaissance aspects of Magenta’s sound, charm and subtleties that can be missed in their electric performances. The current edition comes in an Amaray (DVD) case. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
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.
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.
Flor de Loto (Lotus Flower) are at present the biggest prog band in Peru. The band began as an instrumental quartet with their first CD released in 2005. The current lineup is bigger now, with lead and backing vocals (in Spanish) and instrumentation consisting of electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, flute, Andean woodwinds, tenor sax, bass, and drums. Initially Flor de Loto were more jam-based and psychedelic. Their music continued to evolve, becoming carefully-composed, more European and less Andean sounding and closer to the prog mainstream, with a slight metal influence eventually creeping in but also some fusion. They added vocals while the psychedelic aspect vanished. There has always been a folk element that is central to the band’s identity, calling to mind an Andean version of Tempest. The flute has always suggested Tull and Solaris, maybe early Camel when the flute playing is more pastoral. Medusa: En Vivo en Buenos Aires is Flor de Loto live in Argentina in November 2014. This two-disc set is housed in a gatefold mini-LP style sleeve. Both the CD and the DVD contain the 12 tracks of the concert. The DVD also includes two song videos, three live videos from other concerts, and a 2015 documentary. Check our South American page for more Flor de Loto titles.
Brazilians Violeta de Outono appeared in the mid-1980s and rescued the psychedelic essence of the 1960s and the floating atmosphere of the 1970s. For the first part of their career, their primary influence was early Pink Floyd plus a progressive mysticism a la Gong. The Live at Rio ArtRock Festival ’97 DVD took until 2015 to be released. It contains the complete 63-minute performance and include covers of Astronomy Dominé and The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows, which should give you a good idea where their early style was coming from. The originals are sung in Portuguese, the covers in English. While their studio albums to this point had been made by a trio with no keyboardist, Fabio Ribeiro (keyboardist of Blezqi Zatsaz) joined the band for this concert. The DVD includes a backstage interview. See our South American page for Violeta de Outono’s CDs.
Directed by Lasse Hoile, A Sort of Homecoming is the concert film of Anathema’s performance on 7 March 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. That month, Anathema played an acoustic tour of cathedrals that culminated in this sold-out show in their hometown. While billed as acoustic, that only really affects the guitarists as there are drums and there are electronic keyboards. Having worked previously with Anathema on Universal, Lasse Hoile captured the 100-minute set against the sensational backdrop of the cathedral. Featuring 15 songs selected from the albums Distant Satellites, We’re Here Because We’re Here, Hindsight, and Weather Systems, the band are accompanied throughout by David Wesling on cello, while violinist Anna Phoebe guests on a haunting rendition of the song Anathema. Bruce Soord mixed the 5.1 surround audio. The Blu-ray features 24/48 stereo LPCM and DTS 5.1 Master Audio options and adds a behind-the-scenes film titled A Temporary Peace. “A once in a lifetime experience that words can barely do justice.” [Prog magazine] Watch the trailer.
The European leg of Anathema’s 2012 world tour began with a one-off show at the ancient Roman theater of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv (Bulgaria’s second city) Philharmonic Orchestra. Directed by filmmaker Lasse Hoile, known for his work for Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson, Universal captures this event. The Blu-ray also includes the 30-minute encore plus the band’s acoustic show at London’s Union Chapel. Watch the trailer.
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.
Roadskill (2015) is a live DVD and CD recorded during Landmarq’s 2013 tour at De Boerderij in the Netherlands. The DVD features two additional songs that couldn’t fit on the 78-minute CD, plus interviews with the band. Check here for Landmarq’s CDs.
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.
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. See our British page for the Karnataka CDs and info on the band.
It took until 2014, but here finally is the audio and video record of FM’s performance at NEARfest 2006. This DVD+CD set comes in a digipack. The 12 tracks include six from Black Noise, three from Surveillance (all the best ones), one from City of Fear, and two new compositions. FM reformed and rehearsed for months for this show, and it showed as they were tight and polished. See our Canadian page for FM’s studio CDs.
Touchstone’s first DVD is a double containing two performances. The ‘Inside’ concert (Disc 1) is the entire set from October 2013 at The Robin 2 in Bilston, the last date of the launch tour for Touchstone’s 2013 CD Oceans of Time. The performance was filmed and directed by Magenta’s Rob Reed, who also edited and mixed the recording. The ‘Outside’ concert (Disc 2) is the full set from 2010’s High Voltage festival in London, which has not been previously released. John Mitchell guests on the closing number Strange Days. Disc 2 also includes a “making of” documentary following the creation of Oceans of Time from initial writing sessions to rehearsing to recording. The third disc in this digisleeve package is an audio CD containing the soundtrack of the Bilston show. See our British page for the Touchstone CDs and more info on the band.
The Rockfield Files (2013, digisleeve) is the first official live Frost DVD, capturing a live performance at Rockfield Studios near Monmouth, Wales. The lineup is Jem Godfrey: keyboards & vocals, John Mitchell (Arena, Kino, It Bites): guitar & vocals, Nathan King (Level 42): bass & vocals, and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson): drums. The DVD main feature is a selection of tracks from the band’s first two albums captured on multiple cameras at Rockfield. There is an option to view the tracks with short introductions by Jem Godfrey. This is followed by two acoustic tracks performed by Mitchell and Godfrey at Mitchell’s home, including a new song Lantern. The bonus material is an in-depth interview in which Mitchell and Godfrey tackle a variety of topics ranging from chords to confectionery. The CD contains the audio of the Rockfield and acoustic sessions. See our British page for the Frost CDs and more info.
Odyssice are a Dutch instrumental sympho-prog quartet founded in 1986. They are led by guitarist Bastiaan Peeters, whose style is close to that of Andy Latimer of Camel: soaring, lyrical guitar work that might also be compared to David Gilmour, Steve Hackett, or Nick Barrett, yet is distinct from all of them. Lush keyboards also play a major role. Secret Showcase (2013, digipack) is a CD+DVD of a live performance at the studio of RTV Noord-Holland that took place shortly before the band began recording their 2010 album Silence. The CD contains about 60 minutes of music, including extra songs played during the concert that were omitted from the TV broadcast. The DVD contains the show as broadcast, a documentary, a promotional live video of the song Olympus, and some rehearsal footage. The DVD is all-region, but as there is no indication on the packaging, assume it is PAL. See our Dutch page for Odyssice’s CDs.
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 1.5 CDs for shipping. See our U.S. page for the Syzygy CDs and more info.
The RPWL Live Experience is the first DVD for RPWL, one of the best-known latter-day German prog bands, 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.
RPWL returned to the Wyspiański Theatre in 2013, the show captured on the A Show Beyond Man and Time DVD. It was the final time they performed their 2012 album Beyond Man and Time in its entirety, using a multi-media presentation. The set also includes some RPWL classics and a surprise or two. Ex-Genesis singer Ray Wilson performs with RPWL on one song. Bonuses include interviews with the band members. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 115 minutes. Watch the preview. See our German page for RPWL’s CDs.
The Alchemy double-CD (2013, digipack) is the studio recording of Clive Nolan’s (Pendragon, Arena,...) new prog rock musical, the successor to his Caamora project. The musical is set in 1842 (in case the year affects your buying decision). The album features Tracy Hitchings (Landmarq, Strangers on a Train), Andy Sears (Twelfth Night), Paul Manzi (Arena), Damian Wilson, Paul Menel (ex-IQ), David Clifford (Red Jasper), Mark Westwood (Neo), Scott Higham (Pendragon), Claudio Momberg (SETI), and more. Move over, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Listen to the song Anzeray Speaks.
The DVD captures the live performance of Alchemy in February 2013 at the Wyspiański Theater in Katowice, Poland. It’s a bigger production than Nolan’s previous musical She but sees the return of many actors from that production. They’re aided by singers Tracy Hitchings, Andy Sears, Paul Manzi, David Clifford, and Damian Wilson, and musicians Mark Westwood (guitars), Scott Higham (drums), Claudio Momberg (piano), Kylan Amos (bass), and Nolan himself. The DVD also contains The Making of Alchemy documentary plus interviews with Nolan, Clifford, Higham, Westwood, and Agnieszka Świta. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 180 minutes. The DVD comes with a hefty booklet and counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. See the Alchemy website for more info. Watch the promo video.
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 the 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.
The Dutch band Plackband was formed in the mid-1970s and was most influenced by Genesis. They took an 18-year holiday, reuniting in 2000. After 30 years, Plackband rebooted as PBII with three of the original members and the desire for a more modern sound, resulting in the 2010 CD Plastic Soup. The PBII@Boerderij.org DVD (2011, PAL) contains the launch concert for that CD. PBII perform the entire Plastic Soup album, plus additional songs that include covers of Here Comes the Flood and Have a Cigar. The concert features performances by John Mitchell, John Jowitt, and Heidi Jo Hines. It was shot by six HD cameras. The band says: “You will enjoy this concert in High Definition picture and sound”, and of course you won’t because this is a DVD, which is standard-definition picture and sound. (There is no Blu-ray.) The extras include behind the scenes material and the trailer of the new PBII project 1000Wishes. 104 minutes, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
The 1000 Wishes DVD (PAL, digipack) is the companion to PBII’s 1000 Wishes CD. PBII have performed 1000 Wishes as part of a rock opera with an orchestra and theater group (actors and dancers). The performances of 30-31 March 2013 were captured on the DVD. While the lyrics are in English, the play portion is in Dutch, so you have been warned, but it is a unique spectacle. Watch the DVD trailer.
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. See our French page for Lazuli’s CDs and more info.
The 2013 Conspiracy Live DVD+CD set under the Squire/Sherwood brand name appears to be a reissue/repackaging of the 2006 Conspiracy - Live DVD, with an audio CD added and remastered audio. Conspiracy was the band formed by Billy Sherwood and Chris Squire of Yes. This professionally shot DVD includes live-on-a-soundstage performances of songs from Conspiracy’s two studio CDs, the Yes songs The More We Live and Universal Garden, and for many the highlight: two songs from Chris Squire’s classic Fish Out of Water. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, interviews, and photo gallery. Stereo audio. The CD contains the same tracks in a slightly different order but is presumably the same audio as the DVD.
Drive Home (2013) features unreleased Steven Wilson tracks, videos, live recordings, and high-definition audio. The video content of the Blu-ray includes a new video for the title track, the video for The Raven That Refused to Sing, and four tracks recorded live in Frankfurt during the recent tour. Audio-only content includes two previously unreleased tracks. The first of these, The Birthday Party, was recorded in Los Angeles during the same sessions as The Raven... album. The second is an orchestral version of The Raven That Refused to Sing, a new mix that strips it down to just orchestra and vocals. These tracks are also featured on the CD along with the audio from the live tracks and an edit of Drive Home. All the songs on the Blu-Ray are mixed in both stereo and 5.1 surround. The audio on the Blu-Ray is lossless 96/24 throughout. Watch the promo video. See Page 2 for the rest of the Steven Wilson catalog.
Blackfield is one of Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson’s side projects, a duo with Israeli musician Aviv Geffen, fleshed out by three other musicians for live performances. This DVD captures Blackfield live at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on 16 March 2007, performing 18 songs. The DVD also includes three music videos: Hello, Pain, and Blackfield. Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround audio. Originally a DVD-only release, KScope later repackaged it, adding the audio CD and lowering the price, then repackaged it again, now a digipack.
To state the completely obvious, The Complete Reunion Concert Cologne 1994 DVD features the complete Colosseum reunion concert as it happened in Cologne in 1994. Original band members Chris Farlowe (vocals), Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxes), Clem Clempson (guitars), and Dave Greenslade (keyboards) were joined by Mark Clarke (vocals). The video and audio quality are superb, and the band plays everything from Colosseum Live and the Valentyne Suite in its entirety. As a bonus, the disc includes a 90-minute documentary The Story of Colosseum featuring interviews with band members and industry figures along with archival footage. 3 hours, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio.
The In Concert 1971 DVD is taken from a television performance and includes the tracks Skellington, Tanglewood ’63, Summertime, Walking in the Park, The Machine Demands a Sacrifice, and Take Me Back to Doomsday.
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.
Live in Argentina 1994 is of King Crimson’s double trio lineup. This is the version of the band that recorded the mini album Vroom in the spring of 1994 and performed a series of concerts in Argentina, including a run of shows at Teatro Broadway, Buenos Aires in October. This 2-disc set features a full matinee and evening concert from that venue, including material from as far back as 1972, with pieces from Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, the title track from 1974’s Red, songs and instrumentals from each of the 1980s album trilogy (Discipline, Beat, Three of a Perfect Pair), and new material from Vroom and Thrak (which was recorded soon after these gigs). The audio that accompanies the video includes DTS 24/48 4.0 (quadraphonic) surround sound and LPCM stereo. DVD-Audio compatible players can play audio without video in lossless 24/48 4.0 surround. The packaging is the same as the 40th anniversary series: gatefold digipack, booklet with sleeve notes, technical notes and photos in a slipcase.
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. The King Crimson CDs are here.
Erik Norlander is known as the keyboardist for Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane, and the John Payne version of Asia, not to mention quite a few albums under his own name. Erik Norlander and The Galactic Collective - Live in Gettysburg is a DVD+2CD set released on Gonzo Multimedia in the UK. This is the band’s complete performance at Rosfest 2011, which includes the entire Galactic Collective album, the Into the Sunset Suite, and the Norlander-penned Lana Lane songs Capture the Sun and Secrets of Astrology creatively woven into medleys, with guest vocals by (who else) Lana Lane. Also included is Garden of the Moon from a performance in Cleveland. Erik’s Modular Moog synthesizer was used extensively at this concert, and the band was introduced by Michelle Moog-Koussa. The full color, large-format booklet includes photos from the concert, liner notes by Erik’s synth tech -- former Moog Music designer and ELP keyboard tech August Worley, and an article written by Erik especially for this release. The DVD runs over two hours and includes 5.1 surround audio. Watch videos. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
The Galactic Collective studio album (79-minutes) originally appeared in 2010 as a single CD-R. This 2012 definitive edition released by Gonzo Multimedia is a 2CD+DVD set, a companion to the Live in Gettysburg set. The Galactic Collective is a new take on the best of Erik’s many instrumental compositions written for Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane, and his own solo albums over the years, including the epic 20-minute suite The Dark Water. This CD was recorded on an impressive arsenal of classic analog synthesizers (including six Moog instruments), Hammond organ, and a Steinway model B grand piano. The rest of the collective is bassist Mark Matthews, drummer Nick LePar, choral vocal sections by Lana Lane and John Payne, plus a bevy of guest guitarists including John Payne, Mitch Perry, Mark McCrite, Ron Redfield and Freddy DeMarco. There are several tracks that originally appeared on Erik’s first solo CD Threshold (first released on the derelict Kinesis label), but all the versions here are bigger, bolder, heavier, and very different from the originals. It sounds like these band-oriented arrangements are the way Erik always wanted the songs to sound. The second CD contains 46-minutes of well-crafted (not filler!) unreleased alternate versions and a new recording of Erik’s arrangement of the Space: 1999 theme. There is a 16-page, full color, large format booklet. The DVD (113-minutes) contains the complete in-studio video shot during the actual sessions, plus interviews. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. See our bargain page for Erik Norlander and Lana Lane CDs at reduced prices.
Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford assembled a new version of Renaissance in 2009. This live DVD+2CD package captures the band in September 2011 before a sellout crowd at Philadelphia’s Keswick Theater. Renaissance perform two classic albums in their entirety: Turn of the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories, plus the 2010 song The Mystic and the Muse. The DVD includes an interview with Haslam and Dunford. Note the band had been selling a quad-fold digipack version of this at a much higher price. This is the newer retail edition, which comes in a digisleeve (no plastic trays) and is about a third as thick. Read the Sea of Tranquility and Musical Discoveries reviews.
This is the first official DVD from Renaissance, featuring two live shows: one from 1976 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, and another from 1979 at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. This is the classic lineup of Annie Haslam, John Tout, Michael Dunford, Jon Camp, and Terry Sullivan. The 1976 show includes Running Hard, Ocean Gypsy, Carpet of the Sun, Mother Russia, Prologue, Song of Scheherazade: Sultan, The Young Prince and Princess, The Festival. The 1979 show includes Can You Understand (Intro), Vultures Fly High, Jekyll and Hyde, Northern Lights, Forever Changing, Secret Mission, Mother Russia, A Song for All Seasons, Flood at Lyons. This is archival footage -- it’s in black & white -- but it feels magical after all these years to again watch a band and a singer the likes of which we will never see again. 125-minutes, stereo.
This DVD contains holy grail type footage of the first Renaissance. It actually features two completely different line-ups even though all the footage is from 1970. The first footage was filmed for German television in January 1970 and features the original line-up performing the tracks Island and Kings and Queens live in a TV studio. This is the only known footage of the original line-up performing. The second piece of footage is even rarer and was originally thought lost. Filmed for Belgian television in November 1970, it features the ‘missing link’ line-up between the first Renaissance and the better-known band with Annie Haslam. This line-up lasted all of three months and did not record any studio material. It featured no original members but included keyboardist John Tout and guitarist Mike Dunford playing alongside vocalists Terry Crowe and Binky Cullom, bassist Neil Korner, and drummer Terry Slade. The band perform Kings and Queens from the first Renaissance album; Golden Thread, Mr. Pine, and Face of Yesterday from the second Renaissance album Illusion; and a song never officially recorded by Renaissance: Widdicombe Fair. Now the history of Renaissance starts to make sense.
The Live in Philadelphia 1997 CD+DVD set on the British Floating World label takes the DVD originally released as Live Studio Concert Philadelphia 1997 and packages it with an audio CD containing the soundtrack of the DVD. This DVD was recorded in 1997, a specially filmed studio concert for the Prism TV Network. The concert features Annie and her three-man American band performing music from her solo career and her days with Renaissance. The track listing: Carpet of the Sun, Pool of Tears, Summon the Angels, Captive Heart, After the Oceans Are Gone, Seashell Eyes, Sleepless Mother, What He Seeks, The Young Prince and Princess. Sleepless Mother is previously-unreleased. The CD contains a previously-unreleased bonus song that is not on the DVD: Goodbye Trees, co-written by Annie and her long time keyboard player Rave Tesar. Unlike so many DVDs that are released without the involvement of the artist, the production of this DVD and CD was overseen by Annie. Both the original DVD and this DVD+CD edition are now out-of-print.
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Toward the Within is Dead Can Dance in concert in November 1993 at the Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica, California, initially released on VHS and LaserDisc. Toward the Within was produced by Mark Magidson, who also produced the movies Baraka, Samsara, and Chronos. In fact Toward the Within was theatrically-released. In addition to the film, this DVD contains music videos for Frontier, The Protagonist, and The Carnival Is Over, a music video for Yulunga (Spirit Dance) composed of clips from Baraka, and a chapter from Baraka set to Dead Can Dance’s The Host of Seraphim.
Out of Order Comes Chaos (2012) is Pendragon’s first Blu-ray. Recorded at the Wyspianski Theatre, Poland, in April 2011, the set list includes songs from their Passion album. It’s a mostly different set list from the earlier Pendragon DVDs, specifically: Passion, Back in the Spotlight, Ghosts, Not of this World, Comatose, If I Were the Wind, Freakshow, Empathy, This Green and Pleasant Land, Shane, Feeding Frenzy, Nostradamus, Last Man on Earth, Indigo, Prayer, Paintbox. Bonuses include a video interview with Nick Barrett and two documentaries. PCM (uncompressed) 5.1 and 2.0 audio.
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.
Live at Last and More is Pendragon’s first DVD, recorded in Krakow, Poland in a television studio on the band’s 1996 Masquerade Overture tour. The video contains many of the band’s live classics. Extras include a bonus video of Red Shoes, bios, an interview with Nick Barrett, photo gallery, etc. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio.
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.
Neo 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.
Shortly after the release of their eighth studio album The Unquiet Sky, Arena embarked on their 20th anniversary tour and played an outstanding show in Poland at Katowice’s Kinoteatr “Rialto” in April 2015. The show was filmed/recorded for XX, a live DVD and companion double-CD (both are digipacks). Bonus video includes interviews with Clive Nolan and Mick Pointer. The DVD features Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 audio and runs 140 minutes. The 2CD contains the same 18 songs as the DVD.
Caught in the Act, 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.
“At the end of March 2011, Bill Nelson and the Gentlemen Rocketeers, along with one hundred plus guests, populated Studio A at Metropolis, West London for a dynamite concert reminiscent of the Marquee club in its heyday. A blistering fourteen song set from the band, which covers much of Bill’s career to date, was the result.” Much of it is Be Bop Deluxe material (click the mp3 icon above for the track list), and given how often those songs have been performed in the last 30 years, this is a godsend. The second CD is Nelson’s four song solo acoustic set, serving as his own opening act; this also appears on the DVD. The sound and video are superb. The band Nelson assembled is great and includes Theo Travis on flute and sax. The DVD features DTS 5.1 surround and LPCM stereo audio, and an interview with Bill. Read the Blurt review. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
“Metropolis Studios, London, December 2010. Studio A measures 98 square meters and contains six musicians, a five man film crew and 120 fans. This adds up to one electric performance for Canterbury’s finest – Caravan. Pye Hastings, Geoffrey Richardon, Jim Leverton, Jan Schelhaas, and new drummer Mark Walker are joined by retired percussionist and founder member Richard Coughlan to deliver an accomplished set that includes many favorites from their 25 album, 40+ year career.” The DVD features DTS 5.1 surround and LPCM stereo audio, and band interviews.
This double DVD set captures Caravan at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre in 2003 when Caravan took to the stage to commemorate a career lasting 35 years. This package includes both the electric and acoustic sets performed that evening. The lineup is Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Geoffrey Richardson, Jan Schelhaas, Doug Boyle, and Jim Leverton, with Jimmy Hastings joining them for a few numbers. Extras include interviews with all the band members conducted by Mark Powell and recorded specifically for this package, and the 1973 promotional performance of The Dog, The Dog, He’s At It Again, shown at the time on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test but unseen since. The song list: The 35th Anniversary Concert: The Dog, The Dog, He’s At It Again; Why Why Why (And I Wish I Were Stoned); Golf Girl; Nine Feet Underground; Hello Hello; Head Above the Clouds; Revenge; Nightmare; Smoking Gun; The Unauthorised Breakfast Item; Backwards; A Hunting We Shall Go; For Richard; Memory Lain Hugh / Headloss; If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You. The Acoustic Set: Place of My Own; Love Song With Flute; Chance of a Lifetime. 160-minutes.
“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 1.5 CDs for shipping. Check our British page for Van der Graaf Generator CDs.
This is the first live DVD from Osada Vida, one of the more interesting contemporary Polish prog rock bands. This concert took place in November 2011 at the Wyspianski Theatre in Poland. The songs are drawn from all three of their albums to date: Three Seats Behind a Triangle, The Body Parts Party, and Uninvited Dreams, plus the previously unreleased song Hard-Boiled Wonderland. As Osada Vida had made great strides on Uninvited Dreams, this DVD captures the band at a good time. Bonuses include a band interview and a behind-the-scenes featurette. See our East European page for Osada Vida’s CDs and more info. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 16:9 widescreen, 98 minutes, digipack.
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.
New lower price. 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.
The Sunsets on Empire double-DVD contains a 105-minute live performance filmed by TV Poland in October 1997. The songs are drawn from Fish’s entire career to that point, showcasing tracks from the then-new Sunsets on Empire album, while also revisiting tracks from his Marillion days. The second disc contains the extras, beginning with a 30-minute documentary entitled A Badger’s Day filmed backstage in November 1997 in Köln, Germany. A 52-minute interview entitled Reflections on Sunsets follows, filmed in 2002. 16:9, stereo.
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.
ELP reunited to celebrate their 40th anniversary by headlining London’s first High Voltage Rock Festival in 2010, performing for the first time since 1998 and, it turns out, for the last time ever. The track list: Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 2, The Barbarian, Bitches Crystal, Knife-Edge, From the Beginning, Touch and Go, Take A Pebble / Piano Solo / Tarkus, Farewell to Arms, Lucky Man, Pictures at an Exhibition, Fanfare for the Common Man / Drum Solo / Rondo. Bonus material includes new interviews with Mr. E., Mr. L., and Mr. P. According to the packaging, the Blu-ray has the same Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 surround audio as the DVD, a wasted opportunity to make use of several higher-resolution audio formats available on Blu-ray. Nevertheless, after watching the Blu-ray, you may feel as if you were there. 127-minutes of concert (16:9), 27-minutes of documentary.
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.
From the liner notes: “Welcome Backstage presents exclusive insight into Greg Lake and his band in pre-tour rehearsals filmed in September 2005 at Shepperton Film Studios in the UK. This DVD captures a selection of full-length tracks, excerpts from rehearsals, backstage footage, and exclusive band member interviews.” The tracks include: Farewell to Arms, Fanfare for the Common Man, Take a Pebble, Watching Over You, I Believe in Father Christmas, Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression - Part 2). Professional, multi-camera shoot. Widescreen (16:9), Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 surround audio, running time 60 minutes. This is a U.S. release. The back cover states: “Plays on all NTSC and PAL machines”, though we have not verified the PAL. View video clip.
Recorded live in concert in Bucharest, Romania, this 87-minute DVD captures The Carl Palmer Band performing the music of ELP plus a few non-ELP tracks, notably Carmina Burana. Palmer’s power trio features Paul Bielatowicz on guitar and Dave Marks on bass, sharing the responsibility of covering Keith Emerson’s keyboard parts in these unique arrangements. The track list: Intro Music (Halloween Drums/Can Can), Peter Gunn, Barbarian, Hoedown, Enemy God, L.A. Nights, Guitar Medley (an adaptation of The Flight of the Bumble Bee), J Section, Bass Solo, Bullfrog, Toccata, Canario, Tarkus, Fanfare for the Common Man (including drum solo), and Carmina Burana. Trilogy is advertised but you only get a fragment of it. Note this appears to be the NTSC version of the Carl Palmer Live in Europe DVD, which is PAL. Both appear to be out-of-print now -- at the time of this writing, the lowest amazon marketplace price for In Concert is $63.
Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2014, digipack) documents the most prestigious gig on Steve Hackett’s 2013 Genesis Revisited tour. The two CDs contain 18 Genesis songs, while the DVD contains the video of all the songs with 5.1 surround audio. Guests include John Wetton, Ray Wilson, Nad Sylvan, and Amanda Lehmann on vocals, and Roine Stolt on guitar. Read the All About Jazz review. Watch the official trailer. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
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.
Steve Hackett’s live album The Tokyo Tapes was first issued in 1998 as a double-CD, followed by a DVD in 2001. This 2013 edition on Esoteric has been newly-remastered and combines the 2CD and the DVD in one box-set. Both the 2CD and DVD were drawn from two 1996 concerts in Tokyo. Hackett’s band was a progressive rock supergroup, with John Wetton, Chester Thompson, Ian McDonald, and Julian Colbeck. In addition to songs from the Steve Hackett repertoire, the set list features Genesis, King Crimson, John Wetton, and Asia songs. The second CD still includes the studio tracks Firewall and The Dealer but now also includes a new studio recording of All Along the Watchtower by Hackett and Wetton. The DVD includes bonus rehearsal footage. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett should need no introduction, as his long solo career has kept alive the spirit of 1970s Genesis more than any other member. The Bremen Broadcast DVD was released in 2013 by Esoteric. It appears to be the same footage as the Spectral Mornings DVD. Esoteric emphasize that their edition was assembled with the full cooperation of Steve Hackett and refer to it as an “official” release, so it’s possible the Spectral Mornings DVD was done without Hackett’s involvement. The Bremen Broadcast comes in a digipack, so at least it reduces the width by half over the Spectral Mornings DVD, which comes in a standard Amaray case.
The contents are a concert filmed on 8 November 1978 for the German Television program Musikladen, though not broadcast until the following May. It was only the 14th concert the band had played, so it really captures a moment in time, whereas the other Hackett DVDs are of much later performances. Both DVDs add two tracks filmed at the same time but omitted from the broadcast, so this is a complete concert in the actual running order. It’s a great overview of Hackett’s first three albums, including tracks such as Star of Sirius and those from Please Don’t Touch that have rarely featured in later concerts.
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.
Somewhere in South America: Live at Teatro Coliseo Buenos Aires captures Steve Hackett and his band on their 2001 South American tour, with backstage footage and interviews from their 2000 Italian tour as a bonus. The tracks: The Floating Seventh, Mechanical Bride, Medley, Serpentine Song, Watcher of the Skies, Hairless Heart, Firth of Firth, Riding the Colossus, Pollution, The Steppes, Gnossienne #1, Walking Away from Rainbows, Sierra Quemada, The Wall of Knives, Vampyre with a Healthy Appetite, A Tower Struck Down, Lucridus, Darktown, Camino Royale, In Memoriam, Horizons, Los Endos. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. The Steve Hackett CDs are here.
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.
Progfest was the dean of U.S. progressive rock festivals, probably responsible for kick-starting the phenomenon of prog-only festivals worldwide. The Progfest ’95 Day One DVD covers the first day of the two-day 1995 festival and features Ars Nova, White Willow, and Solaris. This title had previously been available on VHS, but in addition to higher resolution and better sound, it contains two additional songs.
The Progfest 2000 DVD is from the last edition of that festival. Included are five tracks by Kenso (Japan), four tracks by the newer lineup of Mona Lisa (France), three tracks by Tempus Fugit (Brazil), seven tracks by Codice (Mexico), and one track by the reformed Supersister (Netherlands).
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 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.
After their 1970 debut album under the name Gleeman, which had a 1960s sound, this Italian band changed their name to Garybaldi, moving up musically as well as alphabetically. Their 2010 Note Perdute CD is a collection of rarities. It contains a track intended for inclusion on their Gleemen debut, some live and alternate versions recorded between 1969-1998, and three live tracks recorded during the 1973 Naples Be-In festival, one of very few documents of those legendary festivals, as in those days gigs in Italy were rarely recorded. The DVD (16:9) is the main feature of this set, a 70-minute Garybaldi rockumentary entitled Vicino in un Momento that includes interviews of all band members and many vintage videos from the golden age of Italian prog. Heavyweight tri-fold mini-LP sleeve.
Steve Hillage first came to the public’s attention as a member of Gong. He left Gong in 1975 to pursue a solo career, releasing albums such as Fish Rising, L, Motivation Radio, Green, Open, and the double album For To Next. After that, Hillage moved into the ambient and ambient dance field with his project System 7. In November 2006, he reformed the Steve Hillage Band and performed at the Gong Unconventional fan gathering in Amsterdam. The DVD (16:9, stereo) contains the performance recorded at the UnCon plus interview footage with Steve from the time of the performance. The companion CD contains the performance recorded at the UnCon plus three previously-unreleased 1979 live bonus tracks, plus a rare 1974 Gong performance of the Solar Musick Suite.
Live in Germany 1977 is a gem for Hillage fans as this is classic material from Hillage’s heyday. The sound is excellent, the video excellent for its time. This is a 1977 concert that was broadcast in abridged form on the German Rockpalast television show, but this DVD contains the entire concert (three more songs than were broadcast) plus an interview with Steve and Miquette Giraudy. The band also included Clive Bunker, Colin Bass, Christian Boule, Phil Hodge, and Basil Brooks. This package includes the DVD plus an audio CD of the concert. Note this is the same DVD released by Voiceprint in 2007 in an Amaray case, while the edition here is in a jewel box.
MMX is the first newly-recorded Twelfth Night CD since 1986! Recorded live in May 2010, MMX is a double-CD featuring over two hours of classic Twelfth Night performed by the new six-piece line-up. The double-DVD (PAL, all-region) has the same songs plus lots of extras: backstage footage, radio interviews, alternative views of We Are Sane, Take a Look, Creepshow and The Collector; three galleries featuring exclusive music including a new piece by Andy Sears and a new ‘avant-garde’ remix of Creepshow by Clive Mitten; new menu music by Dean Baker and Mark Spencer, and sleeve notes by Andrew Wild and Clive Mitten. Watch a low-res excerpt.
We’ll let Charlie O’Mara of Silhobbit explain the Reading Rock ’83 DVD (PAL, all-region): “Twelfth Night’s appearance at the Reading Rock festival in 1983 saw the band at their peak with Geoff Mann. Indeed this may have been his last appearance with the band, as he left soon after. Their gig was supposedly professionally filmed, though this footage has never materialised, but recently audience camera footage of the band’s set has surfaced and, although only four of the six tracks performed that day were usable, the band have painstakingly mated the visuals with archive Radio One Friday Rock Show stereo audio. So thanks to all that we get to see the band blast their way through The Ceiling Speaks, Creepshow, The Poet Sniffs a Flower and the classic Sequences. As this is an historical piece, to criticise it would be like finding the Holy Grail and whinging that “it’s a bit dented, isn’t it”. But still, it is a bit dented. This is in essence a handycam audience bootleg albeit with near perfect sound. The action on stage is sometimes a little indistinct, some of the footage had to be replaced with stills, and you’ll wish a sniper had taken out the pratt with the flag. Even given all that it still has its charm. On top of that, you do get an insightful interview with Brian Devoil and Clive Mitten and another four live tracks: We Are Sane, This City, Fact and Fiction and Afghan Red, recorded at Reading University in January 1983. The DVD is rounded off with some slideshows and a couple of Easter eggs. Which I didn’t find. This is not a DVD for the casual fan of the band or the curious outsider, but it never set out to be that. This is a piece of history for real fans to reminisce over.” This trailer will let you see/hear for yourself.
In March 1984, Twelfth Night played three gigs over three weeks at London’s Marquee Club with new singer Andy Sears. For the third date in the series, the band was captured for the TV series Live from London. The film was eventually released as the Creepshow video in late 1984. The band performed excellently, as the Marquee had become their second home. The 24-track audio master tapes were subsequently remixed by the band, while the filming was done by Trillion Pictures Ltd and re-edited by them afterwards. The songs performed are: The Ceiling Speaks, Human Being, We Are Sane, Fact and Fiction / The Poet Sniffs a Flower, Creepshow, Art and Illusion, Love Song. See our British page for Twelfth Night’s CDs.
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.
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. No indication is given on the packaging, but assume the DVD is PAL and all-region. The CD contains a concert from July 1992, while the DVD 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.
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. As with all Metal Mind’s prog DVDs, the show was filmed at the Wyspiański Theatre in Poland, this show 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, 16:9 widescreen.
This is the Limited Edition, which adds the audio double-CD and comes in deluxe packaging. For just a few dollars more, you get a 2CD that retails separately for $19.95 list, and much more attractive packaging -- the DVD-only edition comes in a standard Amaray case. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping. Watch an excerpt. Check our British page for Credo’s CDs.
This is the 2004 Alucard edition of Giant on the Box which, though a UK release, is NTSC (all-region). It includes the bonus audio CD. The DVD contains a 1974 German TV concert, a 1975 U.S. TV special, rare footage filmed for a 1974 German topical news show, a 1976 black & white film from Italian TV, a photo gallery, and some new music from Kerry Minnear. Prog Archives provides more detail in addition to numerous reviews. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
Just when you thought there wasn’t that much Gentle Giant video footage in existence, the band released a second DVD+CD set entitled GG at the GG in 2006. The main concert here was filmed at Golders Green Hippodrome, London in 1978, which was broadcast as part of the BBC’s Sight & Sound In Concert series. This was The Missing Piece tour, so the track list is heavy on that album: Two Weeks in Spain, Free Hand, On Reflection, I’m Turning Around, Just the Same, Playing the Game, Memories of Old Days, Betcha Thought We Couldn’t Do It, Funny Ways, For Nobody, Mountain Time. The stereo audio is from the original BBC Radio 1 simulcast, and there is a commentary track by Gary, John, Derek, Kerry, and Ray. Also featured are three promotional videos shot at ITN House in 1976: Interview, Give It Back, and I Lost My Head; and three videos shot in Hollywood in 1978: Words from the Wise, Thank You, and Giant for a Day. There is also a medley from Octopus filmed for the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1974 and some handheld Super 8 footage from Germany in 1974. Kerry composed new music for the menus, using John’s drumming lifted from the band’s multitracks. The bonus CD features the concert plus the Old Grey Whistle Test tracks. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
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.
Chicago’s Umphrey’s McGee are well-known in jam band circles, yet they are as much a progressive rock band as a jam band, with far more of a connection to King Crimson, The Dixie Dregs, and Frank Zappa than to The Grateful Dead. The concert on this DVD was recorded for the PBS concert series Soundstage, which uses hi-def cameras. Though broadcast in February 2009, the performance is actually from August 2007. The DVD contains six additional songs from the session that were not broadcast, plus two tracks from a December 2008 performance. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, 132-minutes, 16:9. This is the Amaray case version. (There is also a jewel box version.) Note this could be a Region 1 DVD -- no indication of a region code appears on the packaging.
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 2003 DVD 9 (dual-layer) is a DVD remastering of the earlier VHS tape of the same name. It’s a documentary strong on concert video, also containing interviews and rehearsals for the 25th Anniversary Reunion tour. The documentary itself runs about 50 minutes, but the DVD adds the full-length versions of seven videos excerpted in the documentary, taking the total up to 90 minutes. Read the All Music review, and see the Wikipedia page for detailed contents.
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 Somewhere in the Universe CD from 1995. 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. Click two of the song titles for mp3 excerpts and watch the promo video (which is lower resolution than the DVD). Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping.
This amazing Pittsburgh ensemble have created a unique and contemporary progressive rock style. But even more impressive are their big-budget, highly-imaginative shows, perhaps the best fusion of art-rock and performance art there is. Without the visual element, Squonk Opera’s CDs could only tell half the story. At last in 2009, Squonk Opera released their first DVD. Filmed in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Astro-rama is the “biggest, baddest, boldest Squonk Opera yet!,” or so says Pop City. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who chose it as one of the most memorable musical moments of 2008, said “the visuals were outstanding and Squonk’s progressive rock was transcendent.” There, a mainstream U.S. newspaper printed the term ‘progressive rock’ in the correct context and without derision! In an era when nearly everything can be easily traced to a past or current trend, Squonk Opera stand alone. 16:9 widescreen, stereo. The DVD liner states Region 1, but Nero InfoTool says the disc is all-region. Watch a video sample. See our U.S. page for the Squonk Opera CDs.
Time to retire your old Yes - Symphonic Live DVD. Shot in high-definition in Amsterdam in 2001, this region-free Blu-ray features Yes accompanied by a full orchestra for the first time in their career, touring in support of their album Magnification. The set list is full of Yes classics in new arrangements, including Close to the Edge and Gates of Delirium. Bonuses include the Dreamtime documentary and Don’t Go video. Audio includes DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0, and (if you must) Dolby Digital 5.1.
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.
This 2011 double-CD and DVD contain Yes’ August 1991 concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. This is the concert of the 8-man Yes lineup that was released on Laserdisc back in the day. The tracks: Intro/Firebird Suite, Yours Is No Disgrace, Rhythm of Love, Heart of the Sunrise, Clap/Mood for a Day, Make It Easy/Owner of a Lonely Heart, I’ve Seen All Good People, Solly’s Beard, Saving My Heart for You, Whitefish/Amazing Grace, Rick Wakeman Solo, Awaken, Roundabout. The DVD features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 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.
The Lost Broadcasts DVD contains television performances by Yes from 1969-1971, the band’s earliest days. It begins with three tracks filmed for the German TV program Beat Club in November 1969: No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed; Looking Around; and Survival. Only the first of these was actually broadcast, so the remaining two have not been seen before. Little footage has survived from this period, making this historically important. The next clip is a February 1970 lip-synched performance of Time and a Word, possibly the last TV appearance for Peter Banks with Yes. The final four tracks come from another Beat Club appearance in April 1971. The first is Yours Is No Disgrace, followed by three different takes of I’ve Seen All Good People. Obviously only one was broadcast, so the others are previously-unseen. 43-minutes total.
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.
Good price on this Region 1 DVD 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.
The 2008 The New Director’s Cut DVD contains two previously-unreleased, full-length concert performances featuring the classic line-up of Yes, recorded at the N.I.A. Birmingham and Glastonbury Festival during their 35th anniversary world tour. It includes behind-the-scenes footage and narration by Roger Daltrey. The track list: Siberian Khatru, Magnification, Don’t Kill the Whale, In the Presence of, We Have Heaven, South Side of the Sky, And You and I, To Be Over/Clap, Show Me, Rick Wakeman Solo, Heart of the Sunrise, Long Distance Runaround, The Fish, Awaken, I’ve Seen All Good People, Roundabout. 16:9, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround and Dolby Digital stereo audio, 256-minutes total.
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.
This is the ‘30th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ of Rick Wakeman’s spectacular 94-minute Journey to the Centre of the Earth concert with the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. This concert with tens of thousands in attendance was at the end of the tour to promote the album Journey to the Centre of the Earth, which sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The concert opens with tracks from The Six Wives of Henry VIII, followed by the complete Journey, and also includes tracks from his then-new album King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This is Wakeman at the pinnacle of his solo career. The DVD also includes The Lost Journey, a documentary featuring recently discovered Super 8mm footage, also showing the original band members thirty years later when they reassembled at Shepperton Studios in 2005. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio.
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.
This DVD is taken from the BBC TV show featuring the classic lineup of the band Bruford, with Annette Peacock (vocals), Allan Holdsworth (guitar), Jeff Berlin (bass), Dave Stewart (keys) and Bill Bruford (drums). Filmed in 1979 at Oxford Polytechnic, the concert features the full group playing material from the band’s first two CDs: Feels Good to Me and One of a Kind. The packaging includes a 12-page booklet archiving critical reaction at the time. The track list: Sample and Hold, Beelzebub, The Sahara of Snow (Part One), The Sahara of Snow (Part Two), Forever Until Sunday, Back to the Beginning, Adios a la Pasada (Goodbye to the Past), 5G. Check our British CDs page for the Bruford CDs.
Final Conflict are a British neo-prog band founded in 1985. They released their first CD in 1991, though there were a couple cassette releases even earlier. At times they must feel like the forgotten British neo-prog band, but this DVD should remedy that. It was filmed at the Wyspiański Theatre in Poland in October 2008. This is the Limited Edition, which adds an audio CD and comes in deluxe packaging. The DVD runs 95-minutes, the CD 70-minutes. DVD bonuses include interviews. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, 16:9 widescreen. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. Check for some of Final Conflict’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 packaging. If you’ve seen any of Metal Mind’s other limited editions, you know it’s worth $4 more for the CD and the deluxe packaging. DVD playing time 130-minutes, CD 68-minutes. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, 16:9 widescreen. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. Check our British page for DeeExpus CDs.
The One Night on Fire: Live in Poland DVD was shot at the Wyspianski Theatre in Poland during the 2009 Prog Rock Festival and features material from the albums Tinyfish, Curious Things, and The Big Red Spark. Bonus features include a documentary video and an interview with Simon Godfrey and Rob Ramsay. This is the Limited Edition, which adds the audio CD and comes in deluxe packaging. DVD playing time 140-minutes, CD 80-minutes. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 16:9 widescreen. See our British page for the Tinyfish CDs.
Shadowland is one of Clive Nolan’s (Pendragon, Arena) many projects. Nolan handles the vocals as well as the keys in Shadowland, which also features Karl Groom on guitar. Shadowland released three CDs during the nineties: Ring of Roses (1992), Through the Looking Glass (1994), and Mad as a Hatter (1996). The music is fairly typical 1990s neo-prog, close to Arena’s less aggressive style, with more emphasis on vocals and songs.
Edge of Night (2009) is Shadowland’s first DVD. This is the Limited Edition, which adds the audio double-CD and comes in deluxe packaging. Shot at the first edition of the Prog Rock Festival in Katowice, Poland, the lineup here is Nolan, Groom (Threshold, Strangers on a Train), Mike Varty (Landmarq, Credo, Jannison Edge), Mark Westwood (Caamora, Neo), and Nick Harradence (NW10). Songs from all three Shadowland albums are performed. Bonus features include an interview with Nolan and Groom, and the video Shadowland Live in Holland 2009. DVD playing time 200-minutes, CDs 110-minutes total. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 16:9 widescreen. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping.
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.
At the time of this concert, Finnish quintet Overhead had released three CDs, beginning with Zumanthum (2002), followed by Metaepitome (2005) and And We’re Not Here After All (2008). This is the Limited Edition of their first DVD, which adds an audio CD and comes in deluxe packaging. It was recorded at the first edition of the Prog Rock Festival at the Wyspiański Theatre in Katowice, Poland in February 2009. Bonuses include an interview with the band leader, the video for the song Butterfly’s Cry, and live videos of six more songs from various other appearances. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 16:9 widescreen. DVD running time 185 minutes, CD 78-minutes. Check our Scandinavian page for Overhead’s CDs.
Recorded during Saga’s 30th anniversary tour, Contact: Live In Munich (2009) also documents the end of an era. This was the farewell show for singer and co-founder Michael Sadler, who left the band to spend more time with his family and newborn son. This is one reason the sold-out show in Munich turned into an emotional musical highlight for both band and audience. Saga performed most of the best songs of their career, combined with material from their then-recent studio album 10,000 Days. The 2DVD comes in a standard Amaray case, while the Limited Edition adds the audio 2CD and comes in deluxe packaging. The second DVD in either set contains a documentary, photo gallery, and six tracks from the live show in Mannheim recorded by Underground TV. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio. The Limited Edition counts as 2 CDs for shipping.
Silhouette contains both music videos and live footage. The nine music videos are mostly from the 1980s, plus an unreleased video that was made for their 25th anniversary. All have remastered audio. The live footage includes seven tracks from the Heads or Tails tour plus three “bootleg” tracks from the UK. The DVD also includes an extensive 2002 interview with the band. Check our Canadian page for Saga’s CDs.
Spaced Out are a Montreal-based instrumental progressive fusion quartet (keys, guitar, bass, drums). The Live at the Crescendo Festival DVD 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. If you don’t know the difference between an NTSC and PAL DVD, North Americans and Japanese should choose NTSC, Europeans PAL.
The Live in 2000 DVD presents a concert filmed in October 2000. The tapes of this performance remained on the shelf for four years before the decision was finally made to release it on this DVD. While Spaced Out have gone on to release several more CDs, this DVD shows what the band was like at that moment in time. See our Canadian page for the Spaced Out CDs and more info.
Inside Seventh Story (2010) is a concert DVD by Uzbekistan progressive rock band From.uz. The DVD captures the band performing an expanded version of their album Seventh Story before an appreciative hometown crowd at the Youth Theater of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, recorded with multiple cameras over two nights. The DVD also includes footage of the band rehearsing and preparing for their stage performance, as well as an interview with the band and their producer. The DVD is in a space-saving digipack format with artwork by renowned illustrator Ken Westphal, very attractive packaging, and yet 10t Records are being really kind with the pricing. You can purchase this DVD for less than the cost of the Seventh Story CD, and the songs here are expanded versions of the studio versions. Watch video clips (in reduced quality) from this DVD. See our East European page for the From.uz CDs.
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.
SBB was Poland’s top progressive rock band during the 1970s, and their 1978 album Follow My Dream is usually considered their best. The 2004 Follow My Dream DVD contains the long Follow My Dream suite recorded live in Belgium in 1978, one song performed live in 1974, another from 1979, an entire 1994 concert, two short movies, a cartoon, band interviews and assorted extras, totaling 220 minutes. See our East European page for the SBB CDs and more information on this band.
Satellite are a Polish prog band singing in English, formed by ex-Collage members. Collage were Poland’s top prog band during their era (about 1986-1995), and although the Polish progressive scene has since become stronger, Satellite is for many the best Polish band of their era. This DVD features a nine song performance recorded in Poland in September 2005. The DVD also features a video of the song Love Is Around You, the Satellite Offstage documentary, four bonus audio tracks, interviews with all the band members, photo gallery, etc. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, approximately 206 minutes. While the standard edition comes in an Amaray (plastic) case, the now out-of-print Limited Edition comes in a DVD-size digipack and adds an audio CD. Check our East European page for Satellite’s CDs.
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. Now deleted, last copies. Check our East European page for Collage’s CDs.
Krakow’s Laboratorium was the most famous Polish jazz-rock band. They began in 1970 and, with access to Western recordings limited during those years, developed their own take on the style, some of it very proggy, using synths and generally being adventurous. This DVD features a collection of unique archival footage, documenting the band’s concert at the prestigious Jazz Jamboree festival in 1978, the recording of the live album Blue Light Pilot at Stu Theatre in 1982, and their 25th Anniversary concert in 1996. Bonus features include interviews with band members, a video of the song Late Coming (performed at a TV studio), photo gallery and more. 130-minutes, stereo.
In Princeton is a live solo piano outing from Patrick Moraz. The concert took place at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey in 1995 and captures Patrick’s piano work perfectly. The performance includes a couple pieces from Patrick’s debut solo album The Story of i. This release was at one time available on VHS tape. This DVD adds the six-minute 1975 promo film made to accompany The Story of i. This footage has not been seen since the initial release of that album. The sound reproduction on the DVD has been personally overseen by Patrick and the picture quality has been noticeably improved. The Patrick Moraz CDs are here.
Jean Luc Ponty is the world’s best-known electric violinist. This is the first concert DVD for Ponty, featuring a 1999 performance with his band (four other musicians on keyboards, bass, drums, and percussion). After an initial release in 2004, this DVD was re-released in 2008. The tracks are drawn from three decades of Ponty’s career: Rhythms of Hope, Jig, No Absolute Time, Pastoral Harmony, Caracas, Memories of California, Mouna Bowa, Enigmatic Ocean (part II), Open Mind, 71-minutes total. Bonus materials include the 11-minute “Touring Memories” featurette, backstage home video footage from circa 2002. DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround plus PCM stereo audio.
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.
Stackridge are an eccentric English progressive-folk-pop band from Bristol who released five LPs between 1971-1976, a comeback album in 1999 and a mini-CD in 2003. Their music is in the vein of City Boy, 10cc, Supertramp, and to some extent Queen, a quirky, humorous, exceedingly clever and very English music featuring innovative arrangements that can trace its lineage to The Beatles. Stackridge are active again and performed to a capacity crowd in Bath, England on 1 April 2007. This historic gig was memorable not only for Stackridge playing all their popular songs -- 25 of them -- but it also marked the return to live performance of Mutter Slater, who had always commanded audience attention and participation. Featuring Andy Davis, Mutter Slater, Crun Walter, James Warren, Glenn Tommey, Nigel Newton, Rachel Hall, Sarah Mitchell, and Andy Marsden. Bonus materials include a history of the band and interviews with band members. Running time 150 minutes. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. Check our British page for Stackridge’s CDs.
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, running time approximately 53-minutes.
For those yet 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 entire career to date. Widescreen 16:9 format, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround and Dolby 2.0 stereo 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. Note there may now be a plastic case version of this title, but this is the more elaborate cardstock version with die-cut cover. Counts as 2 discs for shipping. Check here for some Blackmore’s Night CDs.
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 faded today. 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. Widescreen 16:9.
The Live at Montreux 1981 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 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. Note this NTSC DVD is Regions 1 and 4 only.
The self-titled first DVD from Celtic/symphonic prog band Iona was filmed back in 1990. Though it includes rare concert footage, it is more of a documentary with the band filmed in their namesake location, the Scottish island of Iona. It is professionally filmed and includes portions of as well as full tracks from Iona’s debut album performed on stage in front of an enthusiastic live audience. The music is joined with atmospheric visual sequences and interview segments with the band members of that time: Joanne Hogg, Dave Bainbridge, David Fitzgerald, Frank Van Essen, and Tim Hines. The major difference between Iona then and later lineups is the presence of founding member David Fitzgerald playing saxes, flutes, and various ethnic wind instruments. This is a great introduction to a truly unique progressive band. Check here for Iona’s CDs.
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.
Recorded during a stop in Holland in April 2006, The Flower Kings latest 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. It adds two CDs containing the soundtrack of the DVD and a 20-page booklet. Counts as 2 CDs for shipping.
The Meet The Flower Kings double DVD set contains a 2003 live performance recorded at the Stadsteater in Upsala, Sweden. The seven epic length tracks are interspersed with documentary material both on tour and in the studio. Excellent camera work.
The Tour Kaputt DVD (PAL, all-region, digipack) was recorded live at De Boerderij in The Netherlands in 2007, featuring the line-up of Roine Stolt, Tomas Bodin, Hasse Fröberg, Jonas Reingold, and Pat Mastelotto. 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.
Jadis’s first DVD (2003) was recorded on the same day in the same Polish television studio as Arena’s Caught in the Act DVD. Jadis plays ten tracks, mostly their old favorites, with the lineup of Gary Chandler, Martin Orford, John Jowitt, and Steve Christey. Extras include a bonus video from 1994, bios, interviews, photo gallery, etc. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio. Check our British page for Jadis’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. 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.
Index is a Brazilian progressive rock band founded by ex-Quaterna Réquiem guitarist Jones Júnior. Index play symphonic progressive rock in the Quaterna or Apocalypse vein, full of mood changes and classically-inspired passages. Their self-titled first CD (1999) was entirely instrumental, their second Liber Secundus (2002) had some vocals, and their third Identidade (2005) was again instrumental, a very 1970s-styled progressive rock album. Focus and Camel are good reference points. This 2008 DVD features violinist Kléber Vogel of Quaterna Réquiem and is instrumental apart from one vocal track. The 90 minutes of concert video includes songs from all three Index CDs, with more emphasis on the later material of course, plus a 30-minute making-of documentary, discography and photo gallery. English subtitles are provided. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio.
Tryo is a mostly-instrumental Chilean trio playing both electric and acoustic music. In their electric version, they are an electric guitar/bass/drums power trio. In acoustic mode, they play acoustic guitar, cello, and percussion. This DVD captures the band in 2005 on the Viajes tour and includes both the electric and acoustic versions of the band, playing material from their four previous studio CDs. Extras include backstage and interview footage, photo gallery, band bio, discography and audio samples. Subtitles are provided in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 120-minutes. Check our South American page for Tryo’s CDs.
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 some Varius Manx CDs.
Anyone’s Daughter were Germany’s best Genesis-style symphonic rock group, who sang their first two albums in English, then switched to German for the last three (of the original lineup). Requested Document Live 1980-1983 Vol. 2 is a CD plus a DVD. The CD includes 13 live tracks from Anyone’s Daughter’s heyday, four of which are previously-unreleased. One of those is a cover of UK’s In the Dead of Night translated into German! The DVD is of the band preforming in Frankfurt in 1981, over two hours long. It’s not the best quality, but the material is priceless, including a complete 40-minute Piktors Verwandlungen, 28-minute Adonis I-IV, Moria, an early version of their masterpiece Tanz und Tod (a track we’d want on our desert island jukebox), and much more.
Strawbs’ Live in Tokyo ’75 / Grave New World DVD consists of two features and several extras. In 1975, Strawbs played a televised gig in Tokyo that was the first show ever to be beamed out simultaneously across all of Japan’s islands. This is the classic Hero & Heroine / Ghosts line-up of Cousins, Lambert, Hawken, Cronk, and Coombes, playing much of Ghosts plus the songs Hero & Heroine, Just Love, New World, and Down by the Sea. The second feature is a film of the Strawbs’ epic album Grave New World, the first full-length video of a rock album produced solely for cinema use. This was made in 1972, long before MTV. Special features include Rick Wakeman’s television debut from 1970, a news interview from 1974, and a song from the Wakeman/Cousins Hummingbird album filmed in Rick’s studio in 2002.
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 the Strawbs CDs.
This DVD presents the masters of psychedelic progressive space rock live at Shepherds Bush Empire in 2002. Bonus features include a documentary and interview with the band. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio, 165-minutes. Check our British page for Ozric Tentacles 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 the current 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.
These are DVDs from France’s most popular progressive rock band. Ange’s theatrical nature was tailor-made for live performance, charismatic singer Christian Decamps’ favorite playground. 70s/80s contains three unique documents: a live performance recorded on a Swiss farm for the local national television in 1976 (with interview), a concert in the Lorraine region the following year, and the much sought-after 1985 Zenith show in Paris. Time didn’t diminish Ange’s potential live, and the band remains capable of moving huge and enthusiastic crowds. Anthologie: Sève Qui Peut Tour is compelling evidence of this. The two parts of the mythical Mulhouse concert in April 1990 are both here: the Sève Qui Peut album (which was a return to form after their pop-rock of the 1980s) in its entirety, followed by some of Ange’s best compositions of the past. Each DVD is two hours long and, as a bonus, both contain ten minutes of archival photographs with commentary by Christian Decamps.
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.
XXV (2CD+DVD, digipack) is After Crying’s 25th Anniversary Concert recorded at the Palace of Arts in Budapest in November 2011. After Crying were joined by an orchestra, guest singers, and violinist. Watch Fanfare for the Common Man. The DVD is 16:9, stereo, all-region. No indication is given, but assume the DVD is PAL. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. See our Hungarian page for After Crying’s CDs.
La machine à remonter le temps (The Time Machine), released in 2010, is Nemo’s first DVD plus a double CD in a fat digipack. The DVD (PAL, all-region) contains a 110-minute live concert plus bonus material. The two CDs contain a total of 2 hours, 20 minutes of music, a selection of Nemo tracks from the past ten years in re-recorded, remixed, and/or remastered versions, plus two new tracks. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. See our French page for Nemo and related CDs plus info on the band.
See our British page for Mostly Autumn’s CDs and more info.
No indication is given on the Live at the Boerderij packaging, but we believe it is PAL, all-region. This double-DVD set contains Mostly Autumn’s complete show of 15 September 2012 in The Netherlands. It’s Mostly Autumn’s first DVD with Olivia Sparnenn on lead vocals. Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a photo gallery. Read the Background Magazine and Get Ready to Rock! reviews.
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 (Iona). The DVD includes both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS surround audio. Running time is about 90-minutes. The DVD includes a cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.
On May 8th, 2004, Mostly Autumn took the stage at the Astoria Theatre in London for the first of the V shows. These lavishly produced audio-visual spectacles were always part of Bryan Josh’s vision for the band. Their rapidly expanding fan base was at last judged to be large enough to risk a more ambitious stage show than anything previously attempted. Bryan’s intuition proved to be correct as the fans turned out in force and were rewarded with a mind-blowing light show, multiple laser display and amazing new film projections. The V Shows DVD features Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS surround audio. Bonus tracks include promos for two songs plus a third song.
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.
French-Canadian band Red Sand play music modeled on Fish-era Marillion as well as Genesis. Their Live: Au Cabaret du Liquor Store DVD contains a 2007 concert including tracks from their first three albums. As a bonus, there is a three track acoustic set from 2006. It’s a professionally-edited, multi-camera shoot and the physical package is fully-professional (replicated DVD, offset-printed sleeve, professional menus), though the audio/video quality itself is of course not on the same level as a big-budget DVD. Check our Canadian page for the Red Sand CDs and more information.
Salem Hill’s first DVD was recorded in October 2005 and features songs from the band’s entire 15-year history in 5.1 surround audio. Bonus features include Salem Hill’s four song acoustic set and an interview. See our U.S. page for Salem Hill’s CDs and more information.
This is the 2004 Echolyn double-DVD set. Stars and Gardens is over 3½ hours long: 150 minutes on stage plus 70 minutes of Echolyn history in interviews and extras. The concert footage was filmed on May 25, 2003 in a theater using six cameras, HD, 16 mm, BETA SP. The audio was recorded digitally with 32 channels and mixed by Brett Kull. The performance of Mei includes a six-piece chamber orchestra. Read the Sea of Tranquility review. Counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. See our U.S. page for the rest of the Echolyn catalog.
Discipline have rightly been hailed as the American Van der Graaf Generator, and bandleader Matthew Parmenter as the American Peter Hammill. Released in 2005, Discipline Live 1995 presents the band at their most theatrical. In addition to the 1995 concert, this DVD includes an extra hour of live footage spanning the band’s career from shows in 1988, 1992, 1997, and a rare 1998 performance of the 20-minute song suite Into the Dream. Running time: 2 hours 24 minutes. See our U.S. page for the Discipline CDs.
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.
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.
This is a professional 2010 documentary DVD about the current progressive rock scene, focusing on the east coast of the U.S., with interviews conducted at NEARfest, ProgDay, RoSfest, and Orion Studios. “This feature length documentary film highlights ten contemporary progressive music bands: Cabezas de Cera - avant/fusion (Mexico), Cheer-Accident - avant/experimental (USA), Deluge Grander - symphonic (USA), D.F.A. - jazz/fusion (Italy), Karmakanic - symphonic (Sweden), La Maschera di Cera - symphonic (Italy), Oblivion Sun - symphonic (USA), Phideaux - symphonic (USA), Qui - jazz/Canterbury (Japan), and Rob Martino - Chapman Stick player (USA). These musicians tell their stories, influences, creative process, challenges they face, and how they sell music in the era of Internet downloads. While the music’s international and cross-cultural appeal receives due coverage, the eastern United States and the Baltimore-Philadelphia region specifically are acknowledged as the cradle of prog’s post-1970s artistic renaissance. This film is also about the passion and spirit of the progressive music genre, its music, festivals, and the ecosystem that supports it.” Also getting screen time are Roine Stolt and Gary Green (Gentle Giant / Three Friends). Read the Sea of Tranquility review.