Designed to complement the 'IQ - The Wake 25th Anniversary Edition' boxset, this CD/DVD comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve which fits perfectly with the other discs in the box.
THE WAKE - Live At De Boerderij, Holland
1. Outer Limits
2. The Wake
3. The Magic Roundabout
5. Widow's Peak
6. The Thousand Days
The Darkest Hour
Laying my cards on the line from the off, my formative musical years were from the mid-1960's onwards, discovering ProgRock in the early 1970's and mainly following the likes of Genesis, Deep Purple, YES and ELP. Although I knew about the likes of Marillion, it came as something of a very-recent shock to hear that a relatively thriving music scene had continued the Prog genre - described by some, as, 'Neo-Prog', from the early to mid-1980's onwards! Unfortunately, my first experience of IQ was after purchasing the CD version of Nomzamo for around £5 at a street market! Undeterred by that initial experience of IQ, I checked out a variety of their material over the years and was quite astonished to think how I had never heard any of this stuff!!! I am quickly righting this wrong and I am eagerly pursuing the IQ back-catalogue of both CD and DVD based material (more on other IQ gems to follow, hopefully!).
Reviewing the audio CD in it's own right, I would simply describe the entir
Review Part II - The DVD - This performance features Paul Cook, Michael Holmes, Peter Nicholls, John Jowitt & Mark Westworth in superb ‘concert mode’. At June 2010 when the DVD was filmed, I guess Mark Westworth to be the relative ‘newbie’ - taking the place of the prior-to long-term keyboardist Martin Orford who I would suggest had established the prominent presence of the keyboards to the unique sound of IQ. Paul Cook (drums) and Michael on lead-guitar are both superb - ably backed by JJ on bass and Mark who replicates the keyboard sounds authentically throughout. Peter Nicholls voice is something that either greatly appeals to the individual listener or is something that you can’t grasp at-all. Combined with his wonderful stage presence and theatrical wizardry, this is a strong and essentially engaging performance providing the ‘hook’ to emotionally engage the spellbound audience.
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