The Moody Blues: Live at the Isle of Wight, 1970
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The band's performance is a little rough around the edges, but you can see how all five members show their delight and excitement and even a little fear in performing in front of that huge audience. Especially fun to watch perform is Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge. New interviews with the members are included (miss Ray). The interview with Mike Pinder talking about and demonstrating the mellotron is fascinating.
Also fun to watch is the band performing songs that are not currently on their tour lists (Gypsy). Currently, at the end of their concerts, John Lodge always thanks the audience for following them on their journey, and it is wonderful to have this recording taken from around the beginning of that journey.
So if you are a fan of British rock or a die-hard fan of the Moodies, this dvd is a must have. Especially if you are one of the Troubadour (Justin Hayward) fans.
Preceding the concert there is a 20 minute documentary including interviews with Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, and Mike Pinder, most of which were taken from 1998. Believe or not, Mike does pull out his old mellotron. Also, a valuable comment was made by Justin, where he mentions there are no other "real" live video recordings of them from this period. By "real" I believe Justin means that this is an auctual raw performance, rather than being lip-synched. This was the case with the previously released Live in Paris '70, but not with this one.
Setlist on the concert portion of the DVD includes Gypsy, Tuesday Afternoon, Never Comes the Day, Tortoise and the Hare, Question, The Sunset, Melancholy Man, Nights in White Satin, Legend of a Mind, and Ride My See Saw. Video & audio portions of still other songs from the performance, such as Minstels Song and Are You Sitting Comfortably, due appear in the documentary portion, but not in their entirety. The complete set can be obtained on audio by purchasing the previously released CD or MP3 download of the performance.
I encourage prospective buyers to not be discouraged by the fact that the setlist is incomplete. The simple fact that this is available at all that makes this DVD valuable, as endorsed by Justin himself.
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Long-time Moodies fan here. This is a fantastic trip down memory lane. Not really much to add to all the other reviews, but we love this DVD and the memories it conjures... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gerald B.
The only live recording of MB during their prime.The sound is incredible given the limitations of the sound systems of the time.Published 11 months ago by Michael McDonald