The Wake Live At De Boerderij (CD/DVD)

The Wake Live At De Boerderij (CD/DVD)

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.
While, if we consider what Sigmund Freud (the father of psychoanalysis) said of his dislike of music, stating that ‘a turn of mind in me rebels against being moved by a thing without knowing why I am thus affected’. Yet, the IQ fan and concert goer may not need to intellectually engage with why and what it is that moves them, simply, they cannot wait for the next instalment of the auditory and visual hiatus they are gloriously entrapped within!
This phenomena is clearly evident and to the forefront on this DVD during the exceptional performance of “Widow’s Peak”, and similarly, with “Headlong” which concludes the main concert presentation. In addition to the concert footage, you get three brilliant encores recorded at the same venue. “Infernal Chorus” provides the stage theatrics highlight from Peter Nicholls, followed by a fine rendition of “The Darkest Hour”. Closing the music presentation is “Failsafe” - which, along with Infernal Chorus are from the incomparable Subterranea - of which itself, I hope to get to review at a later date!
In short, to conclude on the DVD, a brilliant concert visual presentation AND something all true IQ fans will want to have as part of an archive record of this particularly productive - and, line-up changing period in IQ’s, long, and ever changing history!

Neil M., 01/05/2017
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